One of the best ways we can imagine the future in the new millennium is
to preserve what we value of our past. But our important historic
sites, documents, monuments, and art are deteriorating. As
America changes, we must carry forward the heritage that embodies
our nation's memory to inspire future generations.
President Clinton proposed a Millennium Fund to "Save America's
Treasures" in his Fiscal 1999 budget and Congress appropriated
$30 million for this program. The fund is administered by the
National Park Service and will be allocated for the most urgent
preservation projects of national significance. To show her
support for this fund, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will be
visiting historic sites in Queens, New York, Cambridge,
Massachusetts, Los Angeles, and San Francisco California.
"Save America's Treasures" should stimulate new private efforts
to preserve our heritage. Historic preservation in America has
always been a public-private partnership. The National Trust for
Historic Preservation is offering leadership by inviting
individuals, foundations and corporations to participate in this
great initiative by serving on the Millennium Committee to Save
America's Treasure. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has agreed
to serve as Honorary Chair of this committee.
As we know, the new millennium will arrive regardless of what
anyone may do. Save America's Treasures will succeed because of
what each one of us will do.