This month we shared out collaboration with American Express  and the National Trust for Historic Preservation as blog ambassadors, for an exciting program dubbed Partners in Preservation, an initiative that grants rewards for the preservation of historic landmarks, buildings and monuments across the country. This year New York was announced as the official 2012 grantee with 40 sites across all five boroughs competing for 3 million dollars in grants. The unique part of this process is that who the grant is awarded to is entirely up to you! Anyone in the world over the age of 13 has a chance to vote in a quick and easy process here till May the 21st. Yes, today is the last day to make an impact for your favorite historic site. With 40 amazing sites to choose from the decision may be difficult but the voting process is easy, so please make sure to vote today! Simply click–> Vote Now

As previously mentioned we have shared a few of our favorite nominated historic sites over the past weeks and today we have one more to close out with…The National Museum of the American Indian.

The National Museum of the American Indian

“A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.

The National Museum of the American Indian operates three facilities. The museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., offers exhibition galleries and spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, and education. The George Gustav Heye Center (GGHC) in New York City houses exhibitions, research, educational activities, and performing arts programs. The Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland, Maryland, houses the museum’s collections as well as the conservation, repatriation, and digital imaging programs, and research facilities. The NMAI’s off-site outreach efforts, often referred to as the “fourth museum,” include websites, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.

Since the passage of its enabling legislation in 1989 (amended in 1996), the NMAI has been steadfastly committed to bringing Native voices to what the museum writes and presents, whether on-site at one of the three NMAI venues, through the museum’s publications, or via the Internet. The NMAI is also dedicated to acting as a resource for the hemisphere’s Native communities and to serving the greater public as an honest and thoughtful conduit to Native cultures—present and past—in all their richness, depth, and diversity.” – The National Museum of the American Indian

Renovations

NMAI requests support from the National Trust towards renovation expenses to convert a non-public, interior first-floor space with obstructed natural light and a drop ceiling into a 1,000-sq-ft open Education Classroom that will be part of a new Native American Education Center. The project will remove features installed to create offices during the 1990s, and as a public facility, will take full advantage of Cass Gilbert’s original design.

The new Native American Education Classroom and Center will dramatically increase the museum’s role as a thriving locus for education and will provide the casual visitor with a more enriching museum experience, ultimately attracting new audiences and encouraging return visits. With the GGHC’s proven track record in planning and completing ambitious and innovative capital projects, we are confident that we will meet new needs and reach an even greater breadth of constituents from New York, the nation, and the world.

***Disclosure: We have partnered up with Partners in Preservation as a blog ambassador to help spread the word and raise awareness of select historical sites throughout the tri-state area. Though we are compensated for my time, I have not been instructed to express any particular point of view. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
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