Preserve America Presidential Awards

Wed 14 2008

First Lady Laura Bush presented the 2008 Preserve America Presidential Awards, the highest national award for historic preservation achievement, in a White House ceremony May 12.

The winners? African Burial Ground Project in New York City, the Corinth and Alcorn county Mississippi Heritage Tourism Initiative, Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City, and Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.

John Nau III, chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), pointed out, "This year's honorees each represent a significant period in our nation's history. Their preservation efforts ensure Americans gain a greater knowledge of our nation's past while impacting the economic vitality of their communities, states and the nation."

Learn more about the Preserve America initiative here and read about 2008 award winners here.

About the Author

Lee Ann Ghajar is a digital history associate in Public Projects at CHNM and a PhD candidate in American history at George Mason University.