On March 28, 2004, Cheyenne was recognized along with 19 other communities by the White House for its efforts in historic preservation. Receiving the award for Cheyenne was Mayor Jack R. Spiker and City Council President Floyd Lopez. Also in attendance were Councilman Brent Beeman, Councilwoman Judy Case, Councilman Patrick Collins, Councilman C.J. Brown and City Preservation Planner Charles Lanham (project organizer).

Preserve America is a White House initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the initiative include a greater shared knowledge about the Nation’s past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the country’s cultural and natural assets, and support the economic vitality of our communities.

The Preserve America Communities program recognizes and designates communities that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciated local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs.

Benefits of designation include White House recognition; a certificate of recognition; a Preserve America Community road sign; authorization to use the Preserve America logo on signs, flags, banners, and promotional materials; listing in the Web-based Preserve America Community directory; inclusion in national and regional press releases; official notification of designation to State tourism offices and visitors bureaus; and enhance community visibility and pride. www.preserveamerica.gov.