By EVAN HAMLIN
Hyde Park’s historic cable car building, currently utilized by the Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) for exhibitions and meetings, could soon be the recipient of a $75,000 preservation grant awarded through the Vote Your Main Street contest.
What can you do to ensure one of Hyde Park’s oldest landmarks earns the funding it needs and deserves? The answer is vote. Everyday, five times a day.
I set out this morning to navigate the voting process, and I can confidently say that it’s one of the quickest and simplest ways to contribute to a meaningful cause. To get started, I looked up “Vote Your Main Street Contest,” but you can also follow the link below to go straight to the contest:VOTE HERE
Sign up is a breeze, all you have to do is enter your name and email, and create a password.
With sign up complete, a verification email was sent to my inbox. I opened the message and followed the link right back to the contest. From there, I simply cast my five votes of the day for the cable car building and I was done. The entire process took me just under two minutes from the time I opened my Internet browser to the time I had finished casting my votes.
As of Herald press time, Hyde Park sits in the middle of the pack, so the time is now for community members to get on top of voting.
“Vote early and vote often,” said Wallace Goode, executive director of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, whose organization applied for the grant. “My family, we all have alarms set. Encourage your family, colleagues, friends, and neighbors.”
Partners in Preservation, an initiative created by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, sponsors the contest with the goal of increasing awareness and action around historic places in need of a financial boost.
The cable car building is thought to be the last surviving structure of Chicago’s cable car era, and is one of the few standing relics connected to the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. The building is one of 25 semifinalists in the contest vying for the top spot, and it’s the only site in Illinois included in the contest. Around $75,000 in funding could potentially be coming Hyde Park’s way should the cable car building finish in the top 10.
“The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and the HPHS are absolutely jazzed about this opportunity to bring in $75,000,” Goode said. “All it takes is being in the top 10 in the country. We need everyone’s vote.”
Votes are eligible to be cast through Oct. 31. Vote often to support one of Hyde Park’s historic treasures.