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24 sites around DC compete for preservation funds

Wednesday - 4/24/2013, 2:27am  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's home and Clara Barton's downtown Washington office used to search for missing Civil War soldiers are among 24 sites around the nation's capital competing for $1 million in historic preservation grants.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express are announcing an initiative Wednesday to enlist area residents and visitors to help choose which buildings and landmarks receive preservation funding.

Between Wednesday and May 10, the public can vote online to help their favorite historic places win funding through the Partners in Preservation program. The public can help sites earn points by posting on Twitter, checking in on Foursquare or capturing images on Instagram.

Competing sites include the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, George Washington's Mount Vernon estate and Washington National Cathedral.


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