Save America’s Treasures: Paying Tribute to Women Who Changed AmericaSave America’s Treasures: Paying Tribute to Women Who Changed America

After describing damage by the British to her home and community in a letter in 1776, Abigail Adams reminded her husband John to “remember the ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Laidies we are determined to foment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.”

Save America’s Treasures: Paying Tribute to Women Who Changed AmericaDavid McCullough's powerful  portrait of Abigail Adams in his Pulitizer-Prize winning biography, John Adams, could not have not been written without SAT's preservation  of her letters.
Adam's advice to her husband anticipated the actions, ideas and contributions of the countless women who won for themselves the promise of the Declaration of Independence over the next 200 years. Their ideas, sacrifices, and contributions are embodied in an almost indescribably wide-array of documents, artifacts, places and structures. Keeping this legacy alive are thousands of citizen-driven preservation efforts underwritten in part by Save America's Treasures (SAT). The trajectory of each generation building on the previous generation of women as they changed the very notion of United States as an idea and place can be witnessed through SAT projects that pay tribute to these remarkable women.

  • Adams Family Papers–Abigail Adams's letter is one of thousands of documents cared for by the Massachusetts Historical Society, which received a conservation award for these and other documents. (SAT Award 2002, $169,000)
  • New England Hospital for Women and Children–At a time when were there few opportunities for women to train and practice as physicians, this institution was founded in 1863 by women physicians and a became leading medical facility for the practice and training of female doctors. (SAT Award 2004—$200,000) 
  • M'Clintock House–restoration of the house where the Declaration of Sentiments was written, a keystone document in the women's rights movement. (SAT Award 1999—$185,000) 
  • Race Street Meetinghouse –For women in the 19th-century there were few places where they could join the public discourse and this meetinghouse provided a prominent platform for women leaders to address abolition and women's rights. (SAT Award 2007—$325,181)
  • Jane Addams–led social justice and education efforts in the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago in the late 19th-century, creating a model of community outreach and service through the settlement house program. More than 5,000 photographs and documents of her work were conserved. (SAT Award 1999—$92,176)

More SAT Projects Honoring the Accomplishments of U.S. Women

  • Susan B. Anthony–preservation of the home of this leading women’s rights advocate. (SAT Award 2001—$300,000)
  • Emily Dickinson–preservation of the poet’s home. (SAT Award 2004—$197,535)
  • Louisa May Alcott–preservation of the novelist’s home. (SAT Award 2000—$400,000)
  • Mary Church Terrell House–preservation of this early civil rights leader and educator’s home. (SAT Award 2004—$260,000) 
  • Pine Mountain Settlement School–preservation of a rural educational facility patterned after Jane Addams Hull House. (SAT Award 2008—$138,575)
  • Sewall-Belmont House–preservation of the headquarters of the National Women’s Party. (SAT Award 1999—$500,000)
  • Edith Wharton–preservation of this 20th century writer’s home, The Mount. (SAT Award 1999—$2,865,000)
  • Pearl S. Buck–preservation of the novelist’s home. (SAT Award 2005—$450,000)
  • Martha Graham–conservation of legendary modern dance figure’s work. (SAT Award 2004—$52,625)
  • Eudora Welty—preservation of her home. (SAT Award 2003—$251,000)
  • Rosa Parks–restoration of a city bus that became a civil rights icon. (SAT Award 2002—$205,000)