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Historic preservation was a founding principle of the Victorian Society in America - and since 1966 we have supported preservation efforts throughout the United States.
Activities in this field are conducted in response to and in support of the Society's members in two main ways:
The Awards Program
The flagship program that the Society initiated many years ago is the granting of annual awards for projects of outstanding merit in the preservation or conservation of Victorian material culture.
The awards are typically given in respect of buildings, but also eligible are preservation organizations, landscape architecture, collections of decorative arts, costumes, or folk art, and other aspects of material culture.
Letters of Support
From time to time, a crisis arises in the saving or preserving of Victorian buildings, landscapes or artifacts which are threatened with demolition or other adverse action.
For buildings or artifacts constructed or created between 1837-1917, the Preservation Committee of the Victorian Society in America will be pleased to write a letter of support to a individual or organization about a specific local preservation threat or problem.
The letter of support must be requested by an individual national VSA member or the president or preservation officer of a VSA Chapter. If the building of artifact is within the jurisdiction of a VSA chapter, the request must receive the endorsement of that chapter.
for the form to request a Letter of Support
Print the form and mail, email or fax together with a draft of your suggested letter for our investigation and review. Attachments are welcome if the space provided is inadequate.
Only members and chapters can nominate for an award or request a letter of support.