20 Sites That Tell the Story of American Women Compete for Grant from National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express

Historians in the News
tags: grants, National Trust for Historic Preservation, public history, womens history


For the past 13 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express have held a competition called Partners in Preservation to fund the rehabilitation of historic buildings. To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage in 2020, this year they have chosen to focus on preserving places whose history is tied up with important women, and whose potential to inspire others is threatened by decay.

Twenty sites across the United States have been selected to participate in the 2019 competition for a piece of a $2 million grant. (Each site has already been given $10,000 to fund awareness-raising events.) From September 24 until October 29, you can vote on which ones should win.

“[T]he site with the most votes will be awarded a full grant based on their needs. Moving down the winner list, sites will continue to receive full funding, based on their needs, until all the funding has been spent,” a spokesperson for the competition told CityLab in an email.

Some of the eligible buildings, like Ford’s home, were places of work and everyday life for ambitious, trailblazing women. There’s the former home of Ruth Hartley Mosley, who was one of the first women morticians, a decorated nurse, and an active leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Her estate in Macon, Georgia, is now the Ruth Hartley Mosley Memorial Women’s Center. There’s also the Elisabet Ney Museum, a limestone fortress built in Austin, Texas, by the German-American sculptor in 1892.

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