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The National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded non-profit organization that provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.

The Trust has been “protecting the irreplaceable” for over 50 years. According to their website, “The need for the National Trust has increased since its founding in 1949. When historic buildings and neighborhoods are torn down or allowed to deteriorate, a part of our past disappears forever. When that happens, we lose history that helps us know who we are, and we lose opportunities to live and work in the kinds of interesting and attractive surroundings that older buildings can provide.”

The Trust has a world-class magazine called Preservation, which highlights preservation issues, including what properties have been lost, threatened, or saved, as well as historic property listings.

Some of the most significant historic places are part of the Trust’s network of museums across the country, which span a variety of topics and time periods. Members of the Trust receive free or discounted admission at many of these sites, which include:

* African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School
Boston, MA

* Belle Grove Plantation
Middletown, VA

* Brucemore
Cedar Rapids, IA

* Chesterwood
Stockbridge, MA

* Cliveden
Philadelphia, PA

* Cooper-Molera Adobe
Monterey, CA

* Decatur House
Washington, DC

* Drayton Hall
Charleston, SC

* Farnsworth House
Plano, IL

* Filoli
Woodside, CA

* Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio
Oak Park, IL

* Frank Lloyd Wright's
Pope-Leighey House
Alexandria, VA

* Frederick C. Robie House
Chicago, IL

* Gaylord Building
Lockport, IL

* Kykuit
Tarrytown, NY

* James Madison's Montpelier
Montpelier Station, VA

* Lower East Side Tenement Museum
New York, NY

* Lyndhurst
Tarrytown, NY

* Oatlands
Leesburg, VA

* Shadows-on-the-Teche
New Iberia, LA

* Touro Synagogue
Newport, RI

* Woodlawn
Alexandria, VA

* Woodrow Wilson House
Washington, DC

UNDER DEVELOPMENT
* President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home National Monument
Washington, DC

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