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June 17, 2011 > This Place Matters - we need your vote!

This Place Matters - we need your vote!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is conducting a community challenge contest involving 100 historic sites across the country competing for $25,000. Calling the competition "This Place Matters" at, the event is ongoing through the month of June. Only three California organizations are in the running, including Fremont's Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum and Edison Theater.

As of this writing, the Niles Museum is in 14th place, ahead of organizations in Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Galveston, Baltimore, San Antonio, Atlanta and Albuquerque, but trailing behind those in Cleveland, Houston, Detroit, Cincinnati and Jersey City, among others. The Niles Museum is calling on Fremont residents and those in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to help the museum take home the top prize by voting online at the National Trust web site.

The procedure for voting is a simple matter; all that is needed is an email address.

Go to the Niles Museum's website at and click on the rectangular icon labeled "National Trust for Historic Preservation: Please Vote Here."

Instructions outline the process for registering and voting. It only takes a minute, but will make a big difference in the future of this Fremont, California non-profit organization.

Among the benefits of this cash prize to the museum will be partial financing of a cold storage facility for the museum's collection of over 9,000 films, enabling their preservation and use for hundreds of years.

The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit formed in 2001 to preserve the legacy of silent films and Niles' place in that history with the Essanay Film Company. The museum shows silent films every Saturday night with live music in the Edison Theater, built in 1913 in the Niles district of Fremont. The museum also displays photographs, posters and early film equipment used in the Bay Area, and is available to be seen with docent-led tours every Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon - 4 p.m.

The Museum is located at 37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont, California, 94536. Phone (510) 494-1411.

Help make a difference. Your vote counts!

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