[library-media] Become a Preserve America Steward

Donna Morris dmorris at utah.gov
Sat Oct 24 22:58:27 MDT 2009

The following is a text-only press release from the federal Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS). An HTML version of this release can
be read on the agency's Web site at
October 16, 2009
IMLS Press Contacts
Jeannine Mjoseth, jmjoseth at imls.gov 
Mamie Bittner, mbittner at imls.gov 
Apply Now to Become a Preserve America Steward
Next Deadline: December 1, 2009 
Washington, DC-Organizations with volunteer programs that focus on
preserving our heritage are encouraged to apply for designation as
Preserve America Stewards. The next quarterly deadline for submitting
applications to the Preserve America Stewards program is December 1,
2009. Preserve America Stewards, part of the federal Preserve America
initiative, is conducted in cooperation with the Advisory Council on
Historic Preservation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services
(IMLS), and other federal agencies.* An application form and further
information are available at

Preserve America Stewards receive a designation letter and certificate
of recognition signed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Other benefits
include authorization to use the Preserve America logo in public
outreach and promotional activities, listing in a Web-based Preserve
America Stewards directory, and publicity in the Preserve America
To date, programs have been recognized for a wide range of volunteer
efforts, including preservation and interpretation of historic buildings
and districts, archaeological site monitoring, historic lighthouse
preservation, and historic cemetery preservation. Designated Preserve
America Stewards include the Oberlin Heritage Center in Oberlin, Ohio;
the InfoAge Science-History Center in Wall Township, New Jersey; the
Glasco Community Foundation in Glasco, Kansas; and the U.S. Lighthouse
Society, which was recognized for its preservation of the Thomas Point
Shoal Lighthouse in Maryland.
To be designated, applicants must demonstrate that their programs:
* provide volunteers with opportunities to contribute in direct and
tangible ways to the preservation, protection, and promotion of historic
* address an otherwise unfilled need in heritage preservation through
the use of volunteer efforts; and 
* demonstrate innovative and creative use of volunteer assistance in
areas such as youth involvement, volunteer training, public education,
and public/private partnerships. 
Non-profit organizations, government entities (federal, state, local, or
tribal), and businesses are eligible to seek designation for their
*Partnering agencies include the U.S. Departments of Agriculture,
Commerce, Defense, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Interior,
and Transportation; the General Services Administration; the National
Endowment for the Humanities; the President's Committee on the Arts and
the Humanities; and the President's Council on Environmental Quality.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services 
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of
federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that
connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the
national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to
sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and
innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about
the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.
Donna Jones Morris, State Librarian
Director, Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City Ut  84116-7901
801-715-6770 (phone) 801-715-6767 (fax)
1-800-662-9150 (in-Utah-WATS)
dmorris at utah.gov
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