Experts, online voters give 25 historic sites $1 million in grants in scheme modelled on American Idol





Twenty-five Bay Area historic sites will share $1 million in cash grants as the result of an unusual electronic vote and a review by a panel of experts....

The final decision about how much money each site got was made by a panel of experts who considered historical significance and need along with the number of votes. ...

The online election, which National Trust Vice President David Brown said was inspired by the television show "American Idol," ran from mid-September until Oct. 31.




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