Preserving Hope

The Georgia Trust and a network of Georgia non-profit historic preservation organizations have launched #PreservingHope, a campaign to raise awareness of historic buildings and sites that have been places of relief efforts, essential services, and refuge during times of war, pandemics, civil unrest, natural disasters, and other uncertain times in our country’s history.

#PreservingHope is a way for people to shine a spotlight on historic places that have played a critical role in telling the story of how Americans—past and present—have responded to critical situations.

Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be a part of #PreservingHope!

  1. Download and print a #PreservingHope sign. Don’t worry if you can’t print a sign. It’s your photo of the building and its story that are most important.
  2. Snap a photo—with or without a #PreservingHope sign—of a historic place that has housed relief efforts, essential services, or refuge.
  3. Send your photos to or share them on social media using the hashtag #PreservingHope. Be sure to tag The Georgia Trust, too!

Suggested sites include former and active historic hospitals, fire and police stations, churches, Civil Rights sites, LGBTQ sites, schools, places of protest, grocery stores, and government buildings such as post offices, courthouses, and city halls.

Download Your Sign

Sites can be big or small, historically significant or personally meaningful, restored or not. The only thing we ask is that they be at least 50 years old.

Fire Station No. 2, Macon

“The buildings that house relief efforts bear witness to the courage and endurance of current and previous generations. These buildings also remind us of the importance of continuity in our nation’s history and of our ability to heal. These places have indeed been on the front lines of history, and we will tell their stories.”

Mark C. McDonald, Georgia Trust President and CEO