NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION PARTNERS WITH “AMERICAN PICKERS” MIKE WOLFE

TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE:  THESE PLACES MATTER

Washington DC (February 3, 2016)  The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the premiere organization in the United States dedicated to saving places of historic significance, announces a partnership with Mike Wolfe, creator and star of the hit series “American Pickers” and renowned citizen preservationist.   The year-long relationship is designed to combine the resources and expertise of the Trust, the respected, privately funded nonprofit organization founded in 1949, with the huge audience following Wolfe, the popular culture phenomenon whose passion for saving the spirit of America’s history by saving the things that tell its story has ignited a national movement.

“The National Trust is a big fan of Mike Wolfe’s work, and we are thrilled by this opportunity to combine our shared commitment to saving important places that build the foundation of America’s future through this exciting new partnership,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Added Wolfe:  “Partnership with the National Trust is an honor that I’m sharing with my friends and audience so that together we can help gather and preserve our greatest treasures – the memories and stories of who we are.”

The Trust and Wolfe are developing initiatives, to be announced this spring, that will allow them to share their messages with each others’ established followers and at the same time broaden their collective reach to a wider audience with the message that our stories are what make us a people and those stories are found in the places and things left as a legacy by those who built this country.

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Press contact for National Trust for Historic Preservation: Virgil McDill  202-294-9187- vmcdill@saving places.org

Press contact for Mike Wolfe: Julie Nathanson  310-200-0983 – julie@926pr.com

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51 Comments

51 thoughts on “National Trust For Historic Preservation Partners With Mike Wolfe”

  1. Ken Walters

    I’ve been a follower of your show since its inception……luckly I was born and raised in a circumstance where heritage was of the utmost importance…I.m nearing 60 years old ……and I have followed in my Grandparents and parents linage…. that where one has been is as important as the future and have always collected the Americana that I was drawn too….In July 2016 My 15 year old daughter and I stopped at a hometown shop in Simpsonville SC a few months back…Of the thousands of items she found an old brass hummingbird ..a paperweight i’m guessing…the gentleman ..Rick.. wanted five dollars for it….Savannah quietly asked me if I thought he might take less….I told her there were two answers… yes or no….I could tell he had overheard our conversation and we caught each others smile…My kiddo offered him Three dollors and he said ok…..that would be fine..That man also valued the futureWe all became the essence of picking that day…comrades..He wrapped it in several layers of tissue paper like t was a priceless Tiera for her….When my daughter and I got to the truck…we sat ther for a few minutes…her weighting her acquisition on the palm of her hand ….I asked her what it was that she was drawn to about that piece….She said…”Dad..It needs me to take care of it”…My heart stopped for a moment….. She knew

  2. Ken Walters

    I’ve been a follower of your show since its inception……luckly I was born and raised in a circumstance where heritage was of the utmost importance…I.m nearing 60 years old ……and I have followed in my Grandparents and parents linage…. that where one has been is as important as the future and have always collected the Americana that I was drawn too….In July 2016 My 15 year old daughter and I stopped at a hometown shop in Simpsonville SC a few months back…Of the thousands of items she found an old brass hummingbird ..a paperweight i’m guessing…the gentleman ..Rick.. wanted five dollars for it….Savannah quietly asked me if I thought he might take less….I told her there were two answers… yes or no….I could tell he had overheard our conversation and we caught each others smile…My kiddo offered him Three dollors and he said ok…..that would be fine..That man also valued the future .We all became the essence of picking that day…comrades..He wrapped it in several layers of tissue paper like t was a priceless Tiera for her….When my daughter and I got to the truck…we sat ther for a few minutes…her weighting her acquisition on the palm of her hand ….I asked her what it was that she was drawn to about that piece….She said…”Dad..It needs me to take care of it”…My heart stopped for a moment….. She knew

    1. Sarah Buckholtz

      Thank you for sharing this story with us, Ken! We love hearing pickin stories like yours. That brass hummingbird sounds like an incredible find!

  3. Gary C

    many years ago, I was driving up CA 49 and I made a stop in Chinese Camp. There was a brick wall standing from an old general store. ON the wall was a faded bit of advertising. I am uncertain of the age of wall, but the advertising was for “copper rivet” Levi’s. I have no idea if it still stands or not.

  4. Andrew Minney

    Mike
    We have the same problems in England! Our councils call it “progress” or “beautification”. Either way it’s wholesale destruction but it keeps the developers happy & rich!

    Andrew

  5. Drew Gruber

    Mike,
    We could use your help. The Williamsburg Battlefield Association is made up of local citizens who are interested in preserving and interpreting the 1862 Battle of Williamsburg. Its so weird that in America’s “Historic Triangle,” wedged in-between Jamestown, Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg that the major Civil War battle has been completely forgotten. Let us know if you are interested in coming to town and highlighting this history. 4,000 Americans killed, wounded or missing. 7 Medals of Honor. First captured southern battle flag, slaves saved the day for the union and very little property preserved. Thanks for all that you do!
    Drew

    https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsburgBattlefieldAssociation/
    http://www.williamsburgbattlefieldassociation.org
    https://twitter.com/battleofwmsbrg

  6. Debra Kelter

    Good for you Mike! So glad you are into helping to preserve America’s history! Preserving America’s true history has NEVER been more important than it is now, when so many are trying to erase it. Thank you.

    1. Laurie Ball

      Mike
      A few years ago you bought a1912 Harley. My friend has the rest of the original parts that’s missing, like the head light with mounting brackets, peddles,belts, and a rear tire. Plus more! How about a 1965 Rocon was a demo, never owned. Nice 1985 Volkswagen bus motor home, 32,000 original miles. Set to go camping. Then a 1967 Marlin, and 1975 Honda Goldwing. He’s got all kinds of old things. Motorcycles run. Oil signs and cans. Can’t write all the stuff. Interested Mike? ? Contact me Laurie.

  7. Terry McGovern

    Everyday I look at Dale’s Opera house in Stockton, Il and pray someone discovers it soon. It’s late 1800 architectural features will eventually be lost if it isn’t. They say the stage is still good. I will be interested in following this story. Once lost these treasures are gone forever.

    1. Clifford

      Terry – I like the idea. I haven’t driven by Dale’s Opera House in awhile. Stockton area would be great to pick and explore. The film crew is heading to CA in March. As you know, El Camino Real has some history to it too.

    2. Tony DeFilippo

      I believe we are going to own that building soon. The front is buckling out and has to be taken down and put back up. I am going to use the same bricks and finish it the same as it was.

      The stage is there…don’t know how good it is but I didn’t fall through anywhere. Old pulleys and ropes above…

      Any help to redo it as it was would be nice…or it’s just going to be a store with apts. above..

      1. Terry McGovern

        I have a spot of history on the building. Would need to know and sit down with you but we might be able to help take this project forward. We always thought a pub with the ability to have a stage so some shows could occur. I think we have in possession some of the old slave chairs from originally there. Oh I am excited and would love to talk.

        1. Terry McGovern

          Yikes, not really a pub but possibly a brewery. Pecatonica might be interested and the building has the space.

      2. Terry McGovern

        Hopefully you also see it is in the TIFF district so you would want to get an application done prior to purchase.

  8. Donna Irwin

    Are we going to have a chance to submit our own historical site and sell t-shirts to fund the restoration of that site? We are working on restoring an historic one-room schoolhouse and need all the help we can get. I have a great pic of it for the t-shirt.

    1. Sarah Buckholtz

      Hey there, Donna! In the coming months we’ll be ready to share how you can help preserve your schoolhouse. Stand by!

  9. Jeanette Agnew

    This is a wonderful thing you are doing. I remember watching the show where you and Frank were looking for Civil War relics for a museum We have a place here in Va. that has been listed on the list of the SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD,when I was in grade school. The original owner of the land was Thomas Jefferson, and it has been sold over the yers, and the last I heard it was being questioned as to IF it would any longer be open to the public. Yes, I am talking about THE NATURAL BRIDGE. Not only is it a natural wonder, but it is also a previous property of one of the greatest presidents ,who isalsoone of the seven state born presidents. It is a place that I feel like there should be no question as to IF it should be open to the public, but How it can be sopported.

    1. Sarah Buckholtz

      Jeanette- Thank you so much for sharing The Natural Bridge with us! We enjoyed learning about its history and the pictures are incredible. It certainly is a place worthy saving. Keep following us because in the coming months we’ll be ready to share how you can help preserve the bridge! :)

  10. cathy

    when will the new show air? we love see old homes brought back to life!! our home is over 100 years old and it’s not always easy saving these older homes most young families want houses with all the new bells and whistles but we love the feeling we had when we walked in our home it felt safe and warm and ready to be a home again!!! can’t wait to see more older homes being cared for with love! We are already a huge fan of “pickers” so please tell Frank we love him too!!! and someday would love to see his collections! keep saving the past Mike!

  11. Anna H

    Love the show and the t-shirts. I hope you get a chance to visit Marquand, Missouri some day. It is little rural town where many of it’s residents live to be 100. It truly is a place that matters. Thankfully our Grandparents all valued family and the art of finding a great auction to shop from with their grandchildren. We all learned the value of time well spent.

  12. stephen humphries

    Hi My Name is stephen ,I live in Australia , American pickers is my Favourite show I watch it every time it is on , Mike is my Hero ,I want to be just like him , I collect Battery operated cars and have at least 20 ,I try and buy one every chance i get and have seen you and Frank buy some on your show and i get real excited when you do .
    Do you have any tips for me on what to collect thank you Stephen Humphries
    P.S could i please get a signed picture of you staff could print off for me
    Kindest regards
    your biggest fan
    stephen

  13. William Francis

    Hi Mike, your show is awesome, I watch it all the time and am amazed at how much one can fine while traveling the back roads of the good old US of A.
    I love when you tell the seller that you think the price of the item is more then what they want. the look of amaze on their face is worth watching the show. Keep it up and show us more of the good strong well made stuff that we have all come to know as Made in America.
    thanks for making me part of this wonderful journey (even though I am Canadian, its a wonderful experience)

  14. John Eckberg

    Hello Mike, If/when you come to Southern Indiana, you have to see West Baden Springs Hotel, perhaps the most extensive and expensive landmark renovation in the history of bricks and mortar. Hope to see you there. Regards, John Eckberg, Director, Media Relations for Cook Group

  15. Wendy Wilkins Valdez

    We have a house here in Camden County that is scheduled for destruction – the last of its kind in the area of the early settlers with ties to the Revolution. Because there is a major highway reconfiguration taking place within feet of it, it will eventually be torn down to make way for the highway connectors. People are trying to save it. They need help desperately. Here is a Rutgers University page that tells about it and asks for help. Posted last month. The date on the wall facing the highway is 1767 (I think). We can’t replace these buildings once they’re gone!

    https://march.rutgers.edu/2016/02/save-the-historic-hugg-harrison-glover-house/

  16. Scott D. Wingate

    I am providing a link to an astounding building in need of primarily interior restoration. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Hall_(Bucksport,_Maine). It is on the National Register of Historic Places having been built pre-civil war. As described it is a stunner needing help. I send it to you for consideration. It is currently town owned. And if so, you can come take a peek at some nice stuff. Frank would love to see a few one of a kind cast iron 1930’s toys primarily from Kenton and Dent. Thanks for reading. SW

  17. Lorra Whitmire

    Love your show. I watch you drive through old Main Streets that reminded me of ours just a few years ago. We have a great group that is bringing Downtown Walnut Ridge Arkansas back. I love this shirt. Is it possible to get them with names if towns? We are a historic district.

    Thank you and Keep Picking!

    Lorra

  18. Jeff mark

    My wife and I have been watching the show since it first started. We ride a 1999 Harley Davidson custom low rider. Have lots of vw parts including 1957 glass lenses tail lights. We have been collecting for years here in Oregon and love picking. We have collected from blue glass to grandmother clocks. Love the show and hate missing one episode… Thanks to all of you on the show. We enjoy every moment….

  19. John Nowak

    I got some things here at my mother’s house in Saratoga Springs, NY i got some very old coins, 1984 World State Fair Medallion and one of my old coins I got a picture of an old lady on the coin and we got like 2 computer chairs that you and your company might want to take a look. We are like 45 minutes Northeast of Albany, NY.

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