Sites Worth Saving

PROGRAM APPLICATION INFORMATION

The Sites Worth Saving program has a formal application process, similar to that of our former 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list. Advocates for prospective Sites are asked to fill out a two-page application form and submit additional information, including written descriptions, photographs, recent press coverage, and letters of support. The PAM Field Representative and members of the volunteer Sites Worth Saving Steering Committee will review all applications. Sites under strong consideration will receive a site visit, during which the PAM staff will meet with local advocates.

There is no set deadline date—Sites Worth Saving applications may be submitted year-round and will be considered by PAM staff and the Steering Committee as they are received. Applicants should first demonstrate their willingness to engage with and support PAM by becoming members, or by joining Places of Interest, which is equivalent to an associate-level membership in Sites Worth Saving. Places of Interest memberships include up to 6 hours of dedicated staff assistance, regardless of whether the application is accepted for Sites Worth Saving.

FAQs:

How many Sites Worth Saving will PAM work with at one time?

PAM’s capacity is limited by its available financial and staff resources. Most likely, only two or three Sites will be allowed to participate in the program at any one time. Sites that demonstrate a high level of community engagement and fundraising opportunity will ease the burden on PAM staff, allowing us to expand this program and increase the potential for success.

 

Can past 10 Most Endangered Places be Sites Worth Saving?

Yes, past 10 Most sites are welcome and encouraged to submit applications to be considered for Sites Worth Saving or to become Places of Interest members.

 

Is there a fee for participating in Sites Worth Saving?

Applicants should demonstrate their willingness to engage with and support PAM by becoming members, or by joining Places of Interest, which is equivalent to an associate-level membership in Sites Worth Saving. Places of Interest memberships include up to 6 hours of dedicated staff assistance, regardless of whether the application is accepted for Sites Worth Saving. Applications that demonstrate capacity to raise funds – for the benefit of all partner organizations and local preservation efforts – will be reviewed more favorably than those that lack fundraising ability.

 

What if my site is not selected?

PAM’s volunteers will provide feedback to unaccepted applicants to strengthen their submissions. PAM staff is not able to provide direct assistance to advocates who are not accepted into Sites Worth Saving. Local advocates in need of PAM’s professional staff support are encouraged to become members of Places of Interest.

 

What is Places of Interest?


Places of Interest is comparable to an associate membership in Sites Worth Saving. Places of Interest receive up to 6 hours of professional staff support from PAM, as well as additional publicity. The $200 membership requirement for Places of Interest helps local advocates develop the support that is critical for preservation success, and helps PAM gauge the level of local capacity.

 

How can I come up with $200 for a Places of Interest membership?

PAM requires a local donation in support of Places of Interest for two reasons: 1) it helps support PAM’s professional staff time, and 2) it is a straightforward and effective way to measure local capacity for preservation leadership. The $200 requirement can be achieved through five PAM memberships from your community’s Places of Interest supporters ($40 dollars each), through larger individual contributions totaling $200, or through a PAM business membership ($250) from a local business sponsor. (There are additional benefits to business memberships. Please contact PAM staff for more information.) Local advocates who demonstrate an ability to contribute substantially more than $200 might be candidates for PAM’s Fiscal Sponsorship program. Places of Interest memberships should be made using the specific membership form to ensure proper credit for all contributors.