San Antonio Missions Selected for National Preservation Contest


San Antonio Missions Selected for National Preservation Contest
$2 Million in Grant Funding to be Available for Winning Preservation Projects

The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is one of only 20 national parks to be selected for the inaugural Vote Your Park national campaign sponsored by the Partners in Preservation (PIP). The 20 parks will be competing for $2 million in grants designated for preservation projects at the sites. Winners will be determined by popular vote.

“We are very proud to have made the first cut for this national contest, and now we need our supporters and the general public to help us win our grant,” said Los Compadres Chairman Steve Souter. “With the support from the Missions National Historical Park personnel, we submitted a solid proposal for a much-needed preservation project at Mission Concepción and were able to get into the final running for the grant dollars.”

The United States’ newest World Heritage site, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is rich in Spanish colonial history and represents the beginning of South Texas culture. Mission Concepción, one of the four missions in the park, contains the largest concentration of Spanish colonial frescoes in the United States. A $236,000 grant will address preservation of these fragile frescoes as well as unique architectural features in the Convento and the Father President’s Office.

Partners in Preservation (PIP) is the community-based partnership between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation that raises awareness of the importance of preserving historic places. National Geographic has joined the team to assist with media this year and to host the voting process. Each park can receive up to a $250,000 grant for a total of $2 million dollars in total funding.

To “Vote Your Park,” a person will go to and register with an email address and password. Then, go to your inbox and look for email from Partners in Preservation to confirm email. After that, each participant will be able to vote for their park once each day between May 25 and July 5. Be sure to hit “submit votes” at the bottom of the page. If you sign in via Facebook, the voting process takes fewer steps. The parks with the most votes at the end of the voting will win the grant funds to start their preservation projects.

To obtain information on the contest and to download San Antonio Missions vote buttons for use everywhere, you can go to

“We will be encouraging everyone throughout the community to vote for the Missions every day,” Souter noted. “We’d love to see our government agency partners, businesses throughout the community and our friends post the Vote Missions button on their websites and social media channels. Plus, people can watch our Facebook page each day and share our posts with their friends. We will have a different photo of Mission Concepción posted each day with an easy way to vote for the Missions.”

Additionally, an open house and family-friendly event will be held at Mission Concepción on June 18. Special tours, kids activities, an interesting lecture on the Mission project, food trucks and music will all be available that day. More information on that event will be forthcoming.

Project Sponsors

Los Compadres provides volunteer and financial support for preservation, restoration, education and development projects for the national historical park for which no government funds are available. The preservation work in the Convento and Father President’s Office at Mission Concepción will strengthen and enhance the preservation work Los Compadres previously funded for the decorative frescoes in the Convento along with the preservation work done in the Concepción Courtyard.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park receives approximately 1.5 million visitors a year. Mission Concepción receives approximately 240,000 of those visitors. The park is open from 9am-5pm every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Public tours are offered twice a day at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Specialized tours are available to school groups and other organized groups by appointment. The church is an active parish and has services every week. The parish uses the Convento for gatherings after church.

Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country. Since 2006, Partners in Preservation, a community-based partnership, has committed $16 million in preservation funding to nearly 200 diverse sites in eight different cities across the country.

Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.

Local Contacts:
Susan Snow / 210-534-8875 ext. 243 /
Susan Chandoha / 210-922-3218 /
John Boggess / 210-414-9753 /

Partners in Preservation Contact: Lauren Sachs, Day One Agency /561-308-8861 /