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Washington, DC, May 31, 2011

National Cathedral Receives “Save America’s Treasures” Grant

$700,000 awarded for preservation of Cathedral

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Washington, D.C.—Washington National Cathedral has received a $700,000 grant from the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service, through the “Save America’s Treasures” grant program. The Cathedral received these funds for its significant role as an historic national treasure, which illustrates, interprets, and is associated with the great events, ideas, and individuals that contribute to the nation’s history and culture.

“The building is more than 100 years old in some places and one of the principal needs is repointing. The mortar between each block of limestone deteriorates over time,” said Andrew Hullinger, the Cathedral’s senior director for finance and administration, who oversaw the Cathedral’s grant application. Other work planned includes restoration of stained glass windows, Cathedral metal work, and exterior doors.

Sixty-one of these grants, totaling $14.3 million, were awarded in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For questions regarding the Save America’s Treasures grant program, contact Hampton Tucker, chief of Historic Preservation Grants at the National Park Service, at (202) 354-2067.

About Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral is a church for national purposes called to embody God’s love and to welcome people of all faiths and perspectives. A unique blend of the spiritual and the civic, this Episcopal cathedral is a voice for generous-spirited Christianity and a catalyst for reconciliation and interfaith dialogue to promote respect and understanding. We invite all people to share in our commitment to create a more hopeful and just world.

SOURCE: Washington National Cathedral

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