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Preserve America Community and Neighborhood Designations

Preserve America Community designation recognizes communities that are leaders in building the future on the strong foundation of their heritage. Granted by the White House, these designations go to communities that:

  • protect and celebrate their heritage;
  • use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization; and
  • encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs.

Benefits of designation include:

  • White House recognition;
  • a certificate of recognition;
  • a Preserve America Community road sign;
  • authorization to use the Preserve America logo on signs, flags, banners, and promotional materials;
  • listing in a Web-based Preserve America Community directory;
  • inclusion in national and regional press releases;
  • official notification of designation to State tourism offices and visitor bureaus; and
  • enhanced community visibility and pride.

Four application and designation cycles occur each year. The 2005 application deadlines are March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

On July 26, 2005, the Preserve America Community program was expanded to include the new Preserve America Community Neighborhood program, for which neighborhoods in metropolitan areas with populations greater than 200,000 persons are eligible.

For more information on the Preserve America Community program and and new Neighborhood program, visit

Preserve America, a White House initiative developed in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and ten other Federal agencies, highlights the efforts of the President and Mrs. Bush to preserve our national heritage.

Updated July 27, 2005

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