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Auburn, N.Y. - Citizens in Auburn will join thousands of individuals across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this May. "Old is the New Green" is the theme of the month-long celebration sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation 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, in 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation 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. Here in Auburn Preservation Month 2010 will be observed by Auburn's Historic & Cultural Sites Commission with a "State of the Sites" night to be held on May 12th at Willard Memorial Chapel from 5-7 p.m. The evening will include a presentation on the latest activities of the sites both individually and collectively. A reception will follow and is free and open to the public. Learn more about National Preservation Month at www.PreservationNation.org/. About Auburn's Historic & Cultural Sites Commission The Commission was established by the City of Auburn in 2000 to develop and administer a tourism strategy for the City of Auburn. The Commission facilitates cooperative marketing of Auburn's historic and cultural sites including the Auburn Schine Theater, Auburn Public Theater, Cayuga Museum & Case Research, Harriet Tubman Home, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Seward House Museum, and Willard Memorial Chapel. The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history - and the important moments of everyday life - took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, eight regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America's stories.