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National Trust for Historic Preservation Celebrates National Preservation Month in May 2008

Theme of 2008 Preservation Month is “This Place Matters": Preservationists from Across the Country Encouraged to Share Photos of Places that Matter to Them

Posted May 7, 2008 | Contact or 202-588-6141

Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2008) – In May, 2008, people across the country are celebrating National Preservation Month. To emphasize the 2008 theme This Place Matters, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has created an online forum where people can share photos and stories about the places that matter to them.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is opening it's newly relaunched web site - - to  contributions from people everywhere, providing a virtual, web-based place for people to share photos, stories and videos that shine a light on the unique places that are important to them. Launched in February 2008, the site creates a virtual town square where people gather to share ideas and help save and celebrate the places that they care about.

"This Place Matters" online photo and video campaign

During Preservation Month 2008, the National Trust encourages people to participate in the This Place Matters theme by taking these easy steps: First, download and print out a "This Place Matters" sign from the Web site (register and download the sign here). Next, snap a photo of people holding the sign and standing in front of a building or place of particular personal significance. Then, post the photo (or photos) to the "This Place Matters" user site, along with stories about the place and why it matters. 

If a photo is not enough to celebrate your special place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has launched the PreservationNation channel on YouTube, to share preservation-related videos. Click here to visit the PreservationNation channel.

Share your YouTube video clips about your home, neighborhood or favorite historic place by including the tags "preservationnation" and "thisplacematters" when you post your video to YouTube. Then, send us an email at and we'll add you to our playlist.

"During Preservation Month 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and its partners and friends across America have much to celebrate," said Richard Moe, the president of the National Trust. "More places are being saved and more people are  working more effectively than ever—protecting the places they care about; bringing new investment, new jobs and new economic vitality to historic commercial areas. Preservation Month is a great time for us to highlight our work."

National Preservation Month began in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts around the country. In 2005, due to its overwhelming popularity, the National Trust extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it National Preservation Month – providing a greater opportunity for communities to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country's cities and states, and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement.

To learn more about these topics, or to view or submit activities and/or events to the online calendar, please visit the National Trust Web site,, email, or call 202-588-6141.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories. For more information visit



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