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Preserve America is a White House initiative in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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White House photos (right) by Paul Morse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Bush Presents "Preserve America
History Teacher of the Year" Award
to Wisconsin Teacher
Laura Bush congratulates Kathleen Kean, the national "Preserve America History Teacher of the Year." (White House photo by Joyce Naltchayan)
Laura Bush congratulates Kathleen Kean, the national "Preserve America History Teacher of the Year." (White House photo by Joyce Naltchayan)

Oct. 19, 2004—Mrs. Laura Bush today presented Kathleen Cochrane Kean of Glendale, Wisconsin, the first national "Preserve America History Teacher of the Year" Award during a ceremony held at the New-York Historical Society in New York City.

"This special honor is in recognition of Kathy Kean's creativity, enthusiasm and dedication to teaching children history," Mrs. Bush said.

"Through the efforts of great teachers, our young people will learn that history is not a time apart, but a vital part of who we are. We must share this lesson with our children and encourage them to be excited about their history so that they will in turn teach a new generation the story of America."

[Read Mrs. Bush's remarks]

The "Preserve America History Teacher of the Year" Award, a project of the Preserve America White House initiative, is facilitated by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The "Preserve America History Teacher of the Year" program was announced by Mrs. Bush on Jan. 15, 2004. Earlier this year, finalists were selected from each State and U.S. Territory. The national "Preserve America History Teacher of the Year" was selected from the State and Territory finalists.

For the past 25 years, Mrs. Kean has taught advanced placement U.S. history as well as other history courses, including a course for at-risk students.

More than a decade ago, she helped create an interdisciplinary American studies program in which teachers work to build connections between American literature, history and the arts.

She introduced the study of American architecture into the program and helps plan an annual field trip for juniors to visit historic neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

For more information on the "Preserve America History Teacher of the Year" program and the State winners, visit the Gilder Lehrman Web site.


Nov. 1 Deadline Approaches to Submit 2005 Preserve America Presidential Award Nominations

President and Mrs. Bush present a 2004 Preserve America Presidential Award to Dan and Mary King of Ouray, Colorado, for the Beaumont Hotel. (White House photo by Paul Morse)
President and Mrs. Bush present a 2004 Preserve America Presidential Award to Dan and Mary King of Ouray, Colorado, for the Beaumont Hotel. (White House photo by Paul Morse)
The deadline to nominate your historic preservation project for the 2005 Preserve America Presidential Award is rapidly approaching. Nomination forms
and accompanying materials must be postmarked by
November 1, 2004.

Two awardees will be selected in each of two categories:

  • Heritage Tourism, for projects that exemplify efforts that demonstrate commitment to the protection and interpretation of America's cultural or natural heritage assets; and
  • Private Preservation, for outstanding historic preservation projects that are funded priviately or through public-private partnerships and that support the Administration's Preserve America initiative objectives.

Click here for the nomination form (in PDF). Or visit our Web site's section on the Preserve America Presidential Award for more information on this prestigious award.

 

News Archives

Mrs. Laura Bush Designates 61 New Preserve America Communities

Mrs. Laura Bush Designates Corinth, Mississippi, a Preserve America Community

Blackstone River Valley Towns and Cities Designated Newest Preserve America Communities

Fifteen Preserve America Communities Designated in Texas

President and Mrs. Bush Present First Preserve America Presidential Awards

Laura Bush Designates 31 Preserve America Communities in Kentucky

Historic Preservation Caucus Sponsors Preserve America Community Designation Event

Laura Bush Announces Preserve America Grants Budget; First Preserve America Communities Also Announced

Mrs. Bush Introduces Preserve America (video)

Remarks by Mrs. Bush introducing the Preserve America recognition program, Sept. 15, 2003

Remarks by Mrs. Bush for the National Association of Counties, March 3, 2003

Statement by John L. Nau, III, Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Updated October 29, 2004

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