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
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 b
e 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.