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D.C.-area Washington National Cathedral wins $100,000 preservation grant

Washington National CathedralOn Monday, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Washington National Cathedral as the winner of the Partners in Preservation effort, which will allow the church to receive its full grant request of $100,000.

For the past three weeks, the effort focused on social media and public outreach, in which the public voted to choose from 24 historic buildings and landmarks for preservation funding. This is the first year Partners in Preservation used social media, including Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram, to integrate voting.

Both AmEx and the trust pledged to provide $1 million in funding to preserve historic locations throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

“The D.C. Metro region has shown a true sense of community through its spirited support of their local historic places,” Timothy J. McClimon, the president of the American Express Foundation, said. “We hope the Partners in Preservation funding is just the first step in ensuring that these cultural sites are accessible for many years to come.”

Other preservation grant recipients in the D.C. area included All Souls Church Unitarian, Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Congressional Cemetery, Dumbarton Oaks Park, the GALA Hispanic Theatre at The Tivoli, LAMB at Military Road School, Meridian Hill Park, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church and Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls, Va., the Greenbelt Theatre in Greenbelt, Md. And Mount Vernon in Virginia were also chosen for preservation grants.

Partners in Preservation is a nationwide effort for the preservation of historic places across the country. American Express has contributed $10 million in preservation grants across San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, St.Paul/Minneapolis, the D.C. metro area and New York.

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