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Roslindale Congregational Church, UCC Can Win Preservation Funding with Support From the Local Community

Boston  September 24, 2018 — As a participant of the 2018 Partners in Preservation campaign, Roslindale Village Main Street is encouraging the public to visit VoteYourMainStreet.org/Boston to secure funding to help preserve the Roslindale Congregational Church, UCC (RCC) by installing a lift, ramp, and handicapped accessible bathroom. A lift that enables people to access both the basement and the main floor will ensure that this community-oriented building can fully welcome and be accessible to all for generations to come, while preserving the main facade of the building and its historic integrity as a building that has already served the community for over 125 years.

RCC is a place that matters: an Open & Affirming church, welcoming all, and a pillar of community support. Service projects include the Roslindale Food Pantry (50 years). RCC hosts community meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous, Adoptive Families, Roslindale IS for Everyone (RISE), Jazz, Open Studios, and more. This accessibility project will enable RCC to increase community events hosted and participation for those with disabilities and/or mobility issues in Roslindale.

American Express and The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with Main Street America, announced today that their annual Partners in Preservation campaign is headed back to Main Street with a focus on sites that celebrate diversity and the fight for equality.

Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership, created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities. To-date, it has committed over $22 million in support of more than 200 historic sites across the country. Drawing on the success of the 2017 program, this year the campaign will award $2 million in grants to historic sites on America’s Main Streets. Each of the 20 sites featured in the campaign played a role in the development of a diverse nation or the struggle for equal rights.

Partners in Preservation: Main Streets seeks to inspire long-term support from local citizens for sites on Main Street. Each local partner is receiving an initial grant of $20,000 to increase public awareness of the importance of these historic places and build grassroots support for their Main Street district. The public will decide which historic sites will receive a share of $2 million in preservation funding by voting for their favorite main streets through October 26 at VoteYourMainStreet.org, hosted by media partner National Geographic. Winners will be announced on October 29.

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Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend

 Roslindale Village Main Street will host an Open House Weekend event on October 20th for the public, highlighting the importance of Main Street preservation efforts in Boston. Roslindale Village Main Street is one of twenty diverse and historic Main Street districts across the country participating in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend.

As part of Roslindale Village Main Street’s Open House Weekend, residents and guests of Boston will not only learn about this important accessibility project, but attendees will also enjoy Roslindale Open Studios that same weekend (https://roslindaleopenstudios.org/). The Roslindale Congregational Church, UCC is one of the group sites and will showcase 10 artists, live music, and the RCC Café.

Open House Weekend activities in Roslindale Village Main Street are one of many local events taking place nationwide on October 20th and 21st.

For more information and to vote daily for the Roslindale Congregational Church, UCC through October 26, visit VoteYourMainStreet.org/Boston.


About Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS)

Roslindale Village Main Street is a community-driven nonprofit organization that seeks to promote Roslindale Village as an appealing destination and the dynamic center of our community.  RVMS brings together residents, business owners, property owners, and public agencies with a common stake in supporting a vibrant and healthy neighborhood business district and works closely with volunteers to strengthen the Village’s economic vitality, physical appearance, and unique local character. RVMS was established in 1985 as one of the first urban Main Street Programs in the nation. Learn more at www.roslindale.net and connect with us on www.facebook.com/roslindalevillagemainstreethttps://www.instagram.com/rosmainstreet/, andhttps://twitter.com/rosmainstreet.


About Partners in Preservation

Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country.

Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public's awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America's historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.

About American Express

American Express is a globally integrated payments company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success.  Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpressinstagram.com/americanexpresslinkedin.com/company/american-express,twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.

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About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places: www.savingplaces.org.


About Main Street America

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. www.mainstreet.org

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Shop Small®

Shop Small® is a nationwide movement to support small, independent businesses and call attention to the valuable and distinct contributions they make to their communities and the economy. Shop Small celebrates small businesses ranging from retail stores and restaurants to fitness studios and salons, and everything in between. The Shop Small movement was spurred by the widespread participation in Small Business Saturday®, a day founded in 2010 by American Express. This national holiday shopping tradition is dedicated to celebrating small businesses and driving more customers through their doors on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. November 24, 2018 marks the ninth annual Small Business Saturday, proudly backed by American Express. Learn more and connect with us on ShopSmall.cominstagram.com/shopsmallfacebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday.