American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with Main Street America, announced the winners of the 2019 Partners in Preservation: Main Streets program, including Austin’s iconic Elisabet Ney Museum. The 13 winners were determined by a public voting campaign conducted online at VoteYourMainStreet.org between Sept. 24 to Oct. 29. For the Ney, the campaign culminated in an overflowing crowd at the museum’s annual music festival, Polkapocalypse, on Oct. 27.
"We are honored that our community and our nation voted to preserve the Elizabet Ney Museum,” said Kimberly McNeeley, Director of Austin Parks and Recreation. “The grant will help the Austin Parks and Recreation Department provide locals and visitors alike with opportunities for lifelong learning, enriching our culture with Ney’s vision of inclusion, equity, and art.”
For the contest, the museum chose a theme of "Through These Doors," to honor the inclusivity of its mission and Ney's life, as well as highlight the museum’s doors, which the grant funds will help to restore. The Elizabet Ney Museum received over 40,000 votes.
Twenty historic sites participated in the public voting campaign to win a share of $2 million in preservation funding from American Express. This year’s Partners in Preservation campaign placed special emphasis on historic buildings and sites that celebrate the contributions of women in communities across America to honor the upcoming 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.
Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership, created in 2006, to engage the public in preserving historic places. Over the past 13 years, the program has provided more than $28 million in support of 260 historic sites across the country, including 20 national parks, 14 cities, and 12 Main Street communities, and has engaged more than a million people through events and online voting. Partners in Preservation: Main Streets returned for its third year in a row and aimed to inspire long-term support from local citizens for sites on Main Streets across the country.
About the Elisabet Ney Museum
The Elisabet Ney Museum is the historic Austin, Texas studio of German-born portrait sculptor Elisabet Ney (1833-1907) which features sculptural portraits from life by Ney of 19th Century European intellectuals, statesmen and kings as well as Texas heroes. The former studio, including its 2.5 acres, was designed by Elisabet Ney and also displays photographs and personal memorabilia. The former studio is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of Historic Artists Homes and Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Elisabet Ney Museum is a property of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, visit the museum's website.
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