The History Channel said 27 organizations across the country will receive Save Our History preservation grants (www.saveourhistory.com).
Backed by national sponsors Lowe's and American Express, as well as cable affiliates in each community, the grants will fund innovative, educational projects designed to bring communities together, to actively engage children in the preservation of their local history and to communicate the importance of saving local history for future generations.
Projects range from tracing local immigration and contributions to the civil-rights movement to protests at the White House and preservation of a Revolutionary War forge used by officers and soldiers under George Washington.
They include a project in Birmingham, Ala., involving students at Banks Middle School to study the role of children and students in the civil-rights movement and studies of the Gaslamp District architecture in San Diego with students in grades 2-5 in the city.
History, counseled by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, created the Save Our History Grant Program as an extension of the Save Our History philanthropic initiative in order to inspire and motivate local communities to learn about and take an active role in the preservation of their past through projects involving artifacts, oral histories, sites, museums or landmarks that exist in their own neighborhoods.
The channel has received funding requests exceeding $13.4 million from history organizations representing 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since its inception in 2004, the program has contributed nearly $750,000 in grant funding.