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Home News July 20, 2013
First Lady Designates Two New Preserve America Stewards: Amache Preservation Society and Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery
First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama has signed designation letters for two new Preserve America Stewards, bringing the total nationwide to 40. The two new Preserve America Stewards are the Amache Preservation Society in Colorado and the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery in New York.
“Preserve America Stewards are volunteer programs that have accomplished successful efforts in preserving the nation’s historic places,” said Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). “Historic preservation has always relied upon motivated, active volunteers who understand that it is an individual as well as community responsibility to make certain that significant historic places remain to enrich and enlighten present and future generations.”
Colorado: Amache Preservation Society
Since 1993, the Amache Preservation Society has led a grassroots effort to preserve and interpret the remains of the Granada Relocation Center, better known as Amache. The site is the most intact of the 10 World War II camps for the incarceration of Japanese Americans and is a National Historic Landmark. The Amache Preservation Society was established by a teacher at Granada High School, and the organization consists of student volunteers. Their work includes participating in restoration and maintenance efforts, undertaking research, giving tours and maintaining a museum.
New York: Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery
Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery (FOMH) was founded in 1980 to promote the preservation and interpretation of Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester. Dedicated in 1838, Mount Hope Cemetery is America’s oldest municipally owned Victorian cemetery. The work of FOMH volunteers provides critical support to the City of Rochester’s stewardship of the cemetery. Volunteer efforts include overseeing repair projects, helping to maintain the Victorian style gardens throughout the 196-acre cemetery, leading tours, developing publications and providing genealogical research services.
For more information on the Preserve America Stewards program, see: www.preserveamerica.gov/stewards.html.