American Express said last week that it would provide a $2 million grant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help protect American cultural, historical and natural heritage sites at risk for damage or destruction.
“The rich and diverse history of this country has produced many treasures, from beloved cultural landmarks to inspiring national masterpieces,” AmEx Foundation President Timothy J. McClimon said. “American Express is taking action to protect these endangered places and celebrate their history and significance, so they may be experienced for years to come.”
The partnership is part of a $15 million commitment by AmEx as a partner for the National Trust over 10 years. Funding will go to support and protect America’s national treasures, as well as towards specific preservation needs.
“We are pleased to once again partner with American Express to help save our nation’s historic places,” National Trust President Stephanie Meeks said. “Their support of the National Treasures program will have a lasting impact across the country and demonstrates that the company’s long-standing commitment to historic preservation is as strong as ever.”
The National Trust represents a range of historic sites under threat, including Houston’s Astrodome, Union Station in Washington, D.C., Joe Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia and Miami’s Marine Stadium.
Over the past eight years, AmEx has provided $13 million in preservation grants across eight cities, including San Francisco, New Orleans, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, New York City, Saint Paul/Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.