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Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Groundbreaking Ceremony during 2008 National Preservation Month

Houston, TX (May 12, 2008) – Citizens in Houston, Texas will join thousands of individuals around the country as part of a nationwide celebration of 2008 National Preservation Month in May 2008. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum’s Groundbreaking ceremony May 20th at 11 a.m. at the historic Houston Light Guard Armory, 3816 Caroline (Caroline & Alabama) is just one of many events. “This Place Matters” is the theme of the month-long celebration, which is sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Since the National Trust created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. Due to its overwhelming popularity, the National Trust has extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even longer opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement. This year will mark the first official Preservation Month.

Here in Houston Preservation Month 2008 will be observed by other events, but none bigger than the work of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum’s project to save the historic Houston Light Guard Armory. Volunteers, financial sponsors, and employee groups are urged to attend the May 20th museum groundbreaking event, and get more information. The restoration and “green building” efforts are already underway and should be complete late in 2009.

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The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) is listed with the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in January 2001, by Captain Paul J. Matthews, a Viet Nam veteran and African American military historian. The mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the history, tradition and outstanding contributions of the Buffalo Soldier. The vision of BSNM is to help build pride and patriotism in everyone as they review the contributions of men and women across all cultures and ethnicities who have served in America’s Armed Forces.

By saving the historic Houston Light Guard Armory, built in 1925, the museum plans to spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With assistance from historic and preservation groups in Texas, the museum will be providing leadership, education, advocacy and resources with its network of people, organizations and local organizations committed to saving historic places. By volunteering or contributing finances, you will be connecting all cultures to African American military history and collectively shaping the future of America’s rich cultural and military heritage.

CONTACT: Captain Paul J. Matthews. 713-942-8920

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