FAQ


General

  • Why did American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation decide to bring Partners in Preservation to Washington, D.C. Metro Area in 2013?
  • How can I get more involved in preserving historic sites in the D.C. Metro Area?


Voting and Funding

  • How were the participating historic places chosen?
  • How will the amounts of the grants be decided?
  • Who provides the grant funding for this initiative?
  • How often can I earn points and how will my points impact the project?
  • Why do I have to create an account log in?
  • What will you do with my information?
  • How many winners will there be?
  • When and how will the winners be announced?


Troubleshooting

  • I don’t have a Facebook account. Can I still vote?
  • I tried to create a Partners in Preservation account but it didn’t work.
  • How do I vote on my smartphone, tablet or other mobile device?
  • I am having trouble accessing the site on my web browser.
  • I have an idea to make the website better.
  • Whom can I contact for help with technical difficulties?


General

- Why did American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation decide to bring Partners in Preservation to Washington, D.C. Metro Area in 2013?

Each year, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation review many different factors when deciding where to bring the program and the D.C. Metro Area was the ideal choice to take Partners in Preservation in 2013. Washington, D.C. has rich history, unparalleled architecture, a strong commitment to preservation, and a rich legacy of volunteer participation. Washington, D.C. alone has 55 historic districts and 657 historic landmarks dating from the 1700s to iconic modern architectural marvels.

The Capital Region has also been the home to the National Trust for Historic Preservation since its founding. American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are thrilled to bring Partners in Preservation to the D.C. Metro Area and look forward to another successful program.

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- How can I get more involved in preserving historic sites in the D.C. Metro Area?

Start by supporting Partners in Preservation! In order to win, your favorite historic places need to earn the most points before the program closes on May 10. You can help them earn points by voting at PartnersinPreservation.com, sharing with your friends via Twitter, checking in on Foursquare and capturing photos on Instagram. Click here to get started. You can also encourage your friends and family to help their favorite historic places by spreading the word on your social networks.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation champions preservation by providing leadership, education, advocacy and resources to people working to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. Visit us at www.PreservationNation.org.

Other organizations that help preserve historic places in the D.C. Metro Area include the DC Preservation League.

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Voting and Funding

- How were the participating historic places chosen?

Twenty-four historic places from around the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia region were selected to participate in Partners in Preservation following an extensive review process that audited more than 100 potential places. American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation used specific criteria to select the 24 diverse, historic places participating, including their historic significance, accessibility to the public, demonstration of community support, organizational excellence and evidence of a coherent and sustainable preservation plan.

Click here to learn about the participating historic places.

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- How will the amounts of the grants be decided?

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have invited the public to help which historic places they feel most deserve preservation funding.

Each participating historic place is competing to earn points and the place that that receives the highest number of points at the conclusion of the program is guaranteed to receive their full grant request up to $100,000.

Residents of the D.C. Metro Area, and anyone who loves the Capitol Region, can visit www.PartnersinPreservation.com to help their favorite historic place earn points by voting online and via mobile, sharing with friends via Twitter, checking in on Foursquare and capturing images using Instagram. Click here to learn how.

At the end of the program, a Partners in Preservation advisory committee comprised of Washington-area civic and preservation leaders will recommend how the remainder of the preservation grants will be awarded taking into consideration the public’s votes and each site’s preservation needs.

Everyone should review the Terms of Participation available on the website prior to participating.

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- Who provides the grant funding for this initiative?

Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country. Since 2006, $9 million has been awarded to preservation projects in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Saint Paul/Minneapolis and New York City.

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- How often can I earn points and how will my points impact the project?

From April 24-May 10, anyone who registers for Partners in Preservation, can earn points for the historic places featured on www.PartnersinPreservation.com. You can choose to earn points for one or several historic places; however, you can only earn points via each channel below one time per day.

  • Earn points for places
    • VOTE: Register, select a favorite historic place and vote to earn points for that historic place. Each registered user can vote once per day. Point value: 50
  • Connect and earn more points: By registering and linking various social networks to one’s Partners in Preservation profile, users have the ability to earn even more points by:
    • Visiting one of the participating historic places and checking in on Foursquare. Point value: 10
    • Sharing a photo on Instagram and including the special hashtag for that place. Point value: 10
    • Tweeting about a place using its special hashtag. Point value: 10

Each registered user can earn points on only one post, one check-in and one tweet per day. Everyone should review the Terms of Participation available on the website prior to participating.

The program ends at 11:59pm EDT on May 10, the participating site that receives the highest number of points at the conclusion of the program is guaranteed to receive their full grant request. A Partners in Preservation advisory committee comprised of Washington-area civic and preservation leaders will recommend how the remainder of the preservation grants will be awarded taking into consideration the public’s votes and each site’s preservation needs.

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- Why do I have to create an account log in?
Asking users to register and log in keeps the program fair by ensuring that users can only earn points one time per day via the different voting methods.

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- What will you do with my information?
Information is used for voting validation only and will not be shared. Any communication will be directly related to your participation in Partners in Preservation. See Privacy Policy

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- How many winners will there be?

The one (1) historic place that receives the most points from the public voting is guaranteed to receive their full preservation grant request up to $100,000.

A Partners in Preservation advisory committee comprised of Washington-area civic and preservation leaders will recommend how the remainder of the preservation grants will be awarded.

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- When and how will the winners be announced?

The historic place that receive the most points, along with all grant recipients as determined by the advisory committee, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation will be announced on May 13, 2013.

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Troubleshooting

- I don’t have a Facebook account. Can I still vote?

Yes. We want to make it easy for everyone to get involved with Partners in Preservation. Therefore, we are giving users the option to login using their Facebook user information or by registering with an email address and password. Users can register, either through Facebook or email address and password, on desktop computer and mobile devices at www.partnersinpreservation.com.

If you wish to register via Facebook, getting started is free and easy and you control the information you share. If you are new to Facebook, these resources will help you get started:

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- I tried to create a Partners in Preservation account but it didn’t work. 

If you choose to register for Partners in Preservation using your email address and accompanying password, an activation email will be sent to the email address provided. Click the link in the email to activate the account (it’s how we know it’s a real email address and a real person). You will then be returned to PartnersinPreservation.com to begin voting. The email will come from welcome@preservedmv.com.

Some email service providers and institutional email systems are blocking activation emails or putting them in junk mail folders. If you don’t get an activation email, check that your automatic spam filter will accept email from welcome@preservedmv.com.

If you don’t get that email when you try to activate the account, please send an email to support@preservedmv.com and we can manually activate your account.

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- How do I vote on my smartphone, tablet or other mobile device?

The Partners in Preservation website was created specifically so that it was easy to use on both mobile and desktop devices. Go to www.partnersinpreservation.com to get involved. If you are having any issues, please contact us support@preservedmv.com.

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- I am having trouble accessing the site on my web browser.

We have received reports that some users are having difficulty viewing Partners in Preservation on Internet Explorer 7. Our recommendation would be to open the website in a newer version of your web browser. Here are a few resources that will help you get started:

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- I have an idea to make the website better.

We would love to hear your ideas! Send them to support@preservedmv.com.

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- Whom can I contact for help with technical difficulties?

Please contact support@preservedmv.com.

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