October 10, 2008

National Trust Accepting Nominations for Endangered Places

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting nominations for its annual list of endangered places, which identifies examples of America's architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk.

Nominations are due Dec. 5. The 2009 list of 11 endangered historic places will be announced May 6. Details at www.PreservationNation.org/issues/11-most-endangered.

Focusing attention on a landmark in need of restoration often galvanizes preservation efforts. The list has identified 200 sites since it started in 1988, and only six of those have been lost.

The 2008 list included New York's Lower East Side, where development threatens to erase the neighborhood's history as a haven for immigrants; Great Falls Portage, Mont., an important site in the Lewis and Clark expedition, which the National Trust says is threatened by a proposal for a coal plant nearby; and the Sumner Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas, one of the schools at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education ruling.

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