National Trust for Historic Preservation Awards Friends of Falls of Clyde a Preservation Grant from National Trust Preservation Funds

Honolulu, Hawai‘i – August 6, 2010 – The Friends of Falls of Clyde was awarded a $3,500 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Hawai‘i Preservation Fund. The seed grant will be used to offset the cost of hiring a temporary project manager to oversee the preparation of the vessel, Falls of Clyde, (1878, NHL, NR), for tow and dry dock. These funds require a one to one match of non-federal funds. The consultant will coordinate the volunteer effort to stabilize the hull and interior features of the National Historic Landmark, Falls of Clyde in preparation for tow-transport to dry dock the vessel for further repairs. A hull condition survey completed under the direction of the Friends of Falls of Clyde has identified the list of tasks to be completed prior to dry dock. Built in 1878, the Falls of Clyde is the last surviving iron-hulled four-masted full-rigged sailing oil tanker vessel.

“Without organizations like the Friends of Falls of Clyde, communities and towns all across America would have a diminished sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “The National Trust for Historic Preservation is honored to provide a grant to Friends of Falls of Clyde, which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared heritage.”

The National Trust for Historic Preservation dispenses small grants for local projects through the National Trust for Historic Preservation Funds grant program. The grants range from $500 to $5,000 and have provided over $5.5 million dollars of funding since 2002. The grants are awarded to non profit groups, educational institutions and public agencies, and must be matched, at least dollar for dollar with public or private funds. Preservation Funds grants are being used nationally for such wide-ranging activities as consultant services for rehabilitating buildings, technical assistance for tourism that promotes historic resources and educating children about their heritage. These grants are often the deciding factor on whether historic buildings or sites can be saved for future generations.

For more information on National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Fund grants, visit:
http://www.PreservationNation.org/resources/find-funding/grants/

About the Friends of Falls of Clyde
The Friends of Falls of Clyde (FoFOC) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Falls of Clyde. The FoFOC received ownership of the Falls of Clyde from the Bishop Museum on September 30, 2008. More information about the Falls of Clyde and the efforts to save this important part of Hawai‘i’s maritime heritage can be found at http://www.friendsoffallsofclyde.org.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history-and the important moments of everyday life-took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington D.C., nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.

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