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Historic Preservation Resources

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Historic preservation is saving our past, our cultural heritage, and our historic environments. It is concerned with conservation, maintenance, protection, and repair, and, at times, the replication of our built and human environment.

Historic preservation includes the architectural aspects of our heritage from buildings and other structures to historic sites and entire communities, heritage districts, and heritage corridors. Historic canals, farms, haciendas, landscapes, industries, lighthouses, pueblos, railroads, rivers, scenic views, and archaeological ruins are all part of our cultural heritage. Historic preservation considers our heirloom craftsmanship, building materials, tools, and construction methods. The description and documentation of all aspects of our heritage and history are a vital part of historic preservation. In addition to rotecting and saving our heritage, historic preservation fosters an appreciation of our diverse cultural heritage.

To many, the economic benefits of historic preservation may be the most important. Historic preservation provides an avenue to enrich and revitalize our lives and communities. It creates jobs, revitalizes downtown areas, stimulates businesses, and ultimately, makes communities more vital. Historic preservation offers tax incentives, funding possibilities, motivation for community involvement, and fosters community spirit. Historic preservation enables communities to become economically viable and livable.

Historic Preservation Resources provides web links to more than fifty full-text "how to" information guides and manuals on general and technical aspects of historic preservation. It includes web links to specialty resources on historic barns, farms, bridges, schools, battlefields, landscapes, lighthouses, interiors, exteriors, preservation techniques, and other facts of historic preservation.

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  1. American Defenders of Land, Sea, & Sky. Kay D. Weeks. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Heritage Preservation Services, 1997. 80 p.
  2. This guidebook of fifty-five national landmarks illustrates how American defenders took part in various military actions throughout history and includes: battlefields, forts, lighthouses, and rocket sites.

    • A Guide to American Defenders of Land, Sea, & Sky: A Resource for Teachers, Parents, and Other Educators. Patricia A. Bonner. Washington, DC: U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships, Heritage Preservation Services, 1996, 59 p.
    • A guide to teaching about historic sites, national parks, and national reserves.

  3. American Heritage Rivers Initiative: Oversight Hearing before the Committee on Resources, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session, July 15, 1997. Washington, DC: United States, Congress, House of Representatives, Committee on Resources, 1997. 96 p.
  4. Discusses the American Heritage Rivers Initiative that integrates the economic, environmental, and historic preservation programs and services of the federal agencies that are helping the communities who are involved in restoring and revitalizing America's rivers and the communities surrounding them.

  5. "Altogether Fitting and Proper: Saving America's Battlefields." CRM Cultural Resource Management, Vol 20(5).
  6. Includes 14 articles focusing on the recent national effort to protect, preserve, and interpret United States battlefields, particularly Civil War battlefields.

  7. "The Application and Management of Information Systems in the Care and Conservation of Historic Buildings and Their Contents." Peter A. Madden. International Journal of Information Management Vol. 15(1), February, pp. 47-56.

    Discusses how information systems are used to help with the care and conservation of historic buildings and their contents, including costs, energy consumption, safety, and security.

  8. "Approaches to Heritage: Hawaiian and Pacific Perspectives on Preservation." CRM Cultural Resource Management, Vol. 19(8).
  9. Includes 17 articles on cultural resource management and heritage conservation in Hawaii.

  10. "Around the State." Connecticut Preservation News Vol. 20(1), January-February 1997, pp. 6-7, 9.
  11. Describes historic preservation projects in ten Connecticut communities are briefly described.

  12. Barns and Barn Preservation -- A Bibliography. Peggy Lee Beedle and Geoffrey M. Gyrisco. [PDF file]
  13. Includes widely available general works, key scholarly works specific to Wisconsin and original sources that have special significance in the development of Wisconsin farm buildings. The materials listed are intended to provide leads to additional works.

  14. "Beyond Decks: Using Pressure Treated Wood on a Historic House." Josh Garskof. Old House Journal Vol. 24(5), September-October 1996, pp. 52-57.
  15. Provides practical information, including choice of materials and installation of pressure-treated wood, wood preservation, and maintenance and repair of wood houses.

  16. "Bridges to History: New York Surveys Historic Spans." Raymond W. Smith. Preservation New York Vol. 2(4), Fall 1994, pp. 8-9.
  17. Describes the wrought and cast iron bridge project by the Historic American Engineering Record in cooperation with the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

  18. "Capturing the Past: Documentation and Preservation." Margaret G. H. MacLean. Conservation: GCI Newsletter Vol. 11(2), 1996, pp. 12-13.
  19. Explains what documentation is and what it has to do with conservation.

  20. "Caring for Cultural Landscapes: How a Blackstone River Valley Town Preserved Its Historic Mill Village and Booster Its Economy." Small Town Vol. 25(3), November-December 1994, pp. 12-21. NAL Call No.: HT101.S52
  21. Case study illustrates the potential of historic preservation and heritage tourism in economic development. Describes the cultural landscape of the mill village of Farnumville in Grafton, Massachusetts and the participation of citizens and businesses in this preservation initiative.

  22. "A Celebration of Old Houses: PNJ's Old House Resource Fair." Linda Waller. Preservation Perspective NJ Vol. 15(2), Summer 1996, pp. 1-2.
  23. Record of the first annual trade show where free advise was available to the owners of historic or old houses in New Jersey.

  24. Clubhouse, Brown Cottage, Moorhead Cottage, Clubhouse Annex, South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club, St. Michael, Pennsylvania. Landmarks Design Associates, Architects, and Wallace, Roberts & Todd. Washington, DC, U. S. National Park Service, 1993. 2 Vols. 300 p.
  25. Details about the conservation and restoration of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club Historical Preservation Project which is one of the initiatives of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Program.

  26. The Conservation Easement Handbook, Managing Land Conservation & Historic Preservation Easement Programs. Janet Diehl. Washington, DC: The Land Trust Alliance, 1997. NAL Call No.: KF736.L3D54
  27. Guides the reader through the process of identifying, accepting, and managing conservation easements. Explains techniques in clear, plan language from those with hands-on experiences in the process. Includes examples of conservation and historic preservation easements.

  28. "Education at the Peter French Round Barn." David Pineyerd. CRM Cultural Resource management Vol. 19(4), 1996, pp. 35-37. [PDF file]
  29. Focuses on masonry, wood conservation and restorations for the preservation of the 19th Century Peter French Round Barn in Harney County, Oregon

  30. "The Engineer as Preservationist." Marie Ennis. Civil Engineering Vol. 64(9), September 1994, pp. 48-51.
  31. Discusses responsibilities and conflicts of an engineer in a historic preservation project, including code review, interventions, and conventional probes that review concealed structural building elements.

  32. Federal Historic Preservation Case Law, 1966-2000. Washington, DC: Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 2002. 250p.
  33. Part I of this case law overview covers the National Historic Preservation Act, implementing regulations, court opinions, Executive Orders, attorney's fees, and preservation costs. Part II provided summaries of court decisions involving federal historic preservation law.

  34. "Financing Historic Preservation in Rural Communities: A Case of Legalized Gaming." William V. Ackerman. CRM Cultural Resource Management Vol. 19(4), 1996, pp. 27-32.
  35. Examines using gambling casinos as an economic solution to finance historic preservation and promote tourism in Deadwood, SD. Includes aerial photos, charts, and maps.

  36. "Gambling on the Lure of Historic Preservation: Community Transformation in Rocky Mountain Mining Towns." Katherine Jensen. Journal of the Community Development Society Vol. 26(1), 1995, pp. 71-92. NAL Call No.: HN49.C6J6
  37. Examines the efforts of four mining towns in Colorado and South Dakota that instituted "small stakes gambling" to encourage community development. Gambling was a part of each town's history and each town had its own theme for historic development and preservation.

  38. "Getting Neighborly about Preservation Regulations: An Rx for Historic District Anxiety." Sanford Johnson. Old House Journal Vol. 24(6), November-December 1996, pp. 24-29.
  39. Discusses neighborhood commissions, architecture review boards, district goals, and regulations.

  40. "Helping Out Ma & Pa." Trains Magazine Vol. 55(9), September 1995, p. 82.
  41. Describes restoration of an eight-mile stretch of train track from the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad and Muddy Creek Forks, a small Pennsylvania village.

  42. Historic Building Interiors, An Annotated Bibliography. Compiled by Anne Grimmer. Washington, DC: U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cultural Resources, Preservation Assistance Division, 1994, 2 Vols.
  43. Serves as a guide to the historic interior architecture in the United States.

  44. Historic Buildings: Issues in Preservation and Protection. Kathleen Parrott and Ann Dellenbarger. North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. 1990.
  45. Serves as an introduction to the issues of historic buildings. Discusses historic significance, identifying historic buildings, tracing and documenting the history of a building, and protection of historic structures through political action, certification and property restriction.

  46. Historic Farmsteads. Kathleen Parrott and Ann Dellenbarger. North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. 1987.
  47. Discusses what makes a farmstead historic and why historic farmsteads merit protection. Considers suggestions for preserving historic farmsteads in the context of principles of farmstead planning.

  48. Historic House Museums: A Practical Handbook for Their Care, Preservation, and Management. Sherry Butcher-Younghans. New York, Oxford University Press, 1993, 269 p.
  49. Presents conservation and restoration methods for historic museums that were private homes of the United States.

  50. Historic Preservation Resources Bibliography. Vermont Heritage Network.
  51. Lists materials about architecture, conservation, preservation philosophy, history of the historic preservation movement, preservation planning and reference resources.

  52. "Historic Preservation through Canal Train Development." Rory Robinson and Robert Bobel. CRM Cultural Resource Management, Vol. 19(4), 1996, pp. 11-14. [PDF file]
  53. Describes the Towpaths-to-Trails Initiative of the National Park Service and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, primarily the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area in Ohio.

  54. "Homeowner Tax Credit on the Horizon." Dorothy Guzzo, Deborah Marquis Kelly, and Mary Delaney Krugman. Preservation Perspective NJ, Vol. 16(2), Summer 1997, pp.1-6.
  55. Discusses tax relief incentives for historic property owners in the Historic Property Reinvestment Act.

  56. "Humidity and Moisture in Historic Buildings: The Origins of Building and Object Conservation." J. P. Brown and William B. Rose. Association for Preservation Technology Bulletin, Vol. 27(3), 1996, pp. 12-23.
  57. Focuses on how-to resolve humidity and moisture problems in 1930s and 1940s buildings, including measurement, vapor barriers, air conditioning, and new techniques.

  58. "Keeping Lighthouses - A New Breed of Keepers Focus on Preservation." CRM Cultural Resource Management, Vol 20(8).
  59. Includes 16 articles on the movement, resources, and projects to save, restore, and preserve America's lighthouses.

  60. Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America. Rev. ed. William J. Murtagh. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997. 246 p. NAL Call No.: E159.M8
  61. Traces the history of the preservation movement in the United States from the early 19th century to today. Covers topics of historic houses, adaptive use, outdoor museums, historic districts, rural and small-town preservation, archaeology, and landscape preservation.

  62. Landmark Yellow Pages, Where to Find All the Names, Addresses, Facts, & Figures You Need. 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1993. 408 p.
  63. Provides thousands of answers to historic preservation questions ranging from how local groups can help preservation problems to key rehabilitation standards and the characteristics of architecture.

  64. Making Educated Decisions: A Landscape Preservation Bibliography. Charles A. Birnbaum, Cheryl Wagner, eds. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cultural Resources, Preservation Assistance Division, Historic Landscape Initiative, 1994. 160 p. NAL Call No.: Z5940.M34 1994
  65. Reviews literature for developing practical guidance to make educated decision for "researching, planning, managing and undertaking project work in cultural landscape resources.

  66. " Mending the Modern." Susan D. Bronson and Thomas C. Jester. Association for Preservation Technology Bulletin, Vol. 28(4), 1997, pp. 3-60.
  67. Includes seven articles that focus on the preservation of the built heritage from the recent past. Includes bibliography, drawings, diagrams, photos, and plans.

  68. "A Model Partnership: 30th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act." CRM Cultural Resource Management, Vol. 19(6).
  69. Focuses on success of forging a national historic preservation partnership involving states, communities, Indian tribes, federal agencies, the private sector, and individuals.

  70. "Moravia: Big Accomplishments in a Small Place. Tania Werbizky. Preservation New York, Vol. 2(4), Fall 1994, pp. 3,5, 12-13.
  71. Describes the preservation efforts of this village in New York's Finger Lakes area, specifically of the Moravia Development Committee and the Society for Historic Moravia.

  72. National Register Bulletins.
  73. Provides guidance to document, evaluate and nominate historically significant sites to the National Register. Includes four sections on the Basics, Property Types, Technical Assistance, and General Guidance.

    • Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Rural Historic Landscapes. Linda Flint McClelland and others. Revised 1999.
    • Offers guidance to Federal agencies, State Historic Preservation Offices, Certified Local Governments, preservation professionals, and interested individuals in the successful preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and requests for determinations of eligibility for historic sites or districts known as rural historic landscapes.

    Citizen participation, ethic neighborhoods, and historic districts are covered.

  74. Preservation Briefs: Technical Preservation Service (TPS), National Park Service. More than 40 are available at:

    TPS provides easy-to-read guidance for homeowners, preservation professionals, organizations, and government agencies on preserving, rehabitating and restoring historic buildings.

      #20. The Preservation of Historic Barns. Michael J. Auer.

        Encourages the preservation of historic barns and other agricultural structures by encouraging their maintenance and use as agricultural buildings, and by advancing their sensitive rehabilitation for new users when their historic use is no longer feasible. Discusses historic barn types including Dutch, bank, crib, round, and prairie barns.

      #31. Mothballing Historic Buildings. Sharon C. Park. 1993.

        Discusses the process of protecting a deteriorating historic building from weather and vandalism. It focuses on what to do when funding is not available to begin a preservation project.

      #34. Applied Decoration for Historic Interiors Preserving Composition Ornament. Jonathan Thornton and William Adair. 1995.

        Describes the types of composition materials and various composition ornaments and ways to proceed to preserve these historic interior items.

      #35. Understanding Old Buildings: The Process of Architectural Investigation. Travis C. McDonald Jr. 1995.

        Addresses the investigation process in easy to understand terminology and provides a logical sequence of planning, investigation, and analysis. Stress that very careful planning prior to actual preservation is absolutely necessary.

      #36. Protecting Cultural Landscapes: Planning, Treatment, and Management of Historic Landscapes. Charles A. Birnbaum. 1994. 16p.

        Discusses a step-by-step process for preserving historic designed and vernacular landscapes to ensure a successful balance between historic preservation and change

      #37. Appropriate Methods for Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing. 1995.

        Explains that historic properties can be made lead-safe for children without removing decorative features and finishes and gives tips on proceeding.

      #38. Removing Graffiti from Historic Masonry. Martin E. Weaver. 1995.

        Explains the necessity of removing graffiti without damaging the historic masonry and gives hints on the best ways to proceed.

      #39. Holding the Line: Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings. Sharon C. Park. 1995.

        Stresses the principles that should guide treatment decisions about moisture problems, including: avoid remedial treatments without careful diagnosis, undertake only treatments that protect the historical significance of the property, and implement monitoring program when moisture is controlled.

      #41. The Seismic Retrofit of Historic Buildings: Keeping Preservation in the Forefront. David W. Look, Terry Wong, Sylvia Rose Augustus. 1997. 16p.

        Provides the necessary information on how earthquakes affect historic buildings, how preservation ethics can guide decisions, and how seismic retrofit can protect human lives and historic structures.

  75. Preservation Tax Incentives for Historic Buildings. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cultural Resources, Heritage Preservation Services, 1996, 28 p.
  76. Explains the basics of tax incentives for historic preservation, including: obtaining the necessary certifications, charitable contributions for historic preservation purposes, and investment tax credit for low-income housing.

  77. "Preservation: The Ongoing Challenge." Andrea Openheimer Dean. Architecture Record, Vol. 185(2), February 1997, pp. 104-5.
  78. Covers new issues that historic preservationists face including how to integrate preservation into the planning process, property rights, and what should be saved.

  79. Preservation Yellow Pages: The Complete Information Source for Homemakers, Communities, and Professionals. Rev ed. Julie Zagars, ed. National Trust for Historic Preservation. New York, Wiley, 1997.
  80. Lists resources for all types of preservation tasks.

  81. Preserving Historic Neighborhood Schools. National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
  82. Provides links, books, and journal articles on the preservation of historic schools, providing financial and administrative preservation tools and school preservation case studies.

  83. Preserving the Built Heritage, Tools for Implementation. J. Mark Schuster. Hanover, University Press of New England, 1997, 241 p.
  84. Discusses how to choose and use government tools of action or private-public partnerships for historic preservation initiatives. Includes topics on architectural heritage management, inciting preservation, and information as an impetus to action.

  85. Reaching Out, Reaching In: A Guide to Creating Effective Public Participation for State Historic Preservation Programs. Barry R. Lawson, Ellen P. Ryan, Rebecca Bartlett Hutchinson. Web Edition, 2002. (Originally published in 1993).
  86. Explains how to bring about citizen participation in historic preservation initiatives.

  87. Rehabilitating a Historic Iron Bridge. Joseph P. Saldibar III. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cultural Resources, Preservation Assistance Division, 1995
  88. Describes how the Stillwater Road (Shea) Bridge in Cumberland, RI, was rehabilitated. Discusses the physical threats to iron bridges, including deferred maintenance, harmful deicing salts, and overloading. Also explains ways to proceed to save an iron bridge.

  89. "Restoring Historic Buildings to Their Communities." Ross Currier and Deidre Schmidt. Historic Preservation Forum, Vol. 10(3), Spring 1996, pp. 14-21.
  90. Describes the renovation of five historic buildings in Minnesota.

  91. "Revitalizing our Communities - The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives." CRM Cultural Resource Management, Vol 20(6).
  92. Includes 11 articles focusing on the success of the federal historic Preservation Tax Incentives program that generated over 25,000 projects and more than $17 billion in private investment in the rehabilitation of historic building in 20 years.

  93. "Saving Our Towns." Southern Living, Vol. 30(5), May 1995, pp. 156-162.
  94. Describes successful National Trust Main Street Initiatives that have generated change and economic vitality in more than 350 Southern towns in the past 15 years. Discusses the town of Grapevine, TX, Harrodsburg, KY, and Salisbury, NC.

  95. The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties: With Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring, and Reconstructing Historic Buildings. Kay D. Weeks and Anne E. Grimmer. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cultural Resource Stewardship and Partnerships, Heritage Preservation Services, 1995, 188 p.
  96. Discusses how-to choose appropriate treatments for historic buildings from exterior building materials to interiors, sites, settings, and special requirement (energy efficiency, accessibility, health and safety).

  97. "Slow days in Brattonville." Karen Lingo. Southern Living, Vol. 32(3), May 1997, pp. 24-26.
  98. Describes Brattonville, SC historic site.

  99. "Tax Credit Gives Barn Rehabilitation an Edge." Preservation New York, Vol. 5(1), Winter 1997, pp. 1-9.
  100. Discusses the economic aspect of the New York State program that provides for tax incentives for the conservation and restoration of barns.

  101. "Vermont Architecture Inspires Local Preservationists." David Newton. Historic Illinois, Vol. 19(5), February 1997, pp. 3-7.
  102. Discusses work of Vermont Betterment, Inc, an active group of preservations who work to preserve and promote Vermont's architecture and history.

  103. "Virginia Historic District Design Guidelines Research Projects." Kathleen O. Frazier and William T. Frazier. Historic Preservation Forum, Vol. 10(3), Spring 1996, pp. 4-13.
  104. Examines eight historic communities for effectiveness of design guidelines.

  105. Window Directory for Historic Buildings. Compiled by Brooks Prueher. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Center for Cultural Resources Stewardship & Partnerships, Heritage Preservation Services Program Technical Preservation Services, 1996, 40 p.
  106. Discusses topics on architecture, conservation, maintenance, repair, and restoration of windows in historic buildings.


Historic preservation associations often publish a journal, newsletter, or magazine about a geographic area (local, regional, or state) or about a specific architectural style or historic interest. A few specific journals are listed to below to provide an indication of the variety available. To find out what other publications are available locally, check with a library or an organization in your area. Those journals listed with a web address are available free online.

Common Ground: Preserving Our Nation's Heritage
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
From 1978 through 2002, known as CRM Cultural Resource Management:

GCI Newsletters
Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1679

Headquarters Heliogram
Council on America's Military Past, USA, Inc.
P.O. Box 1151
Ft. Myer, VA 22211
(703) 912-6124
Fax: (703)912-5666

Heritage News
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

History News
American Association for State and Local History
1717 Church St.
Nashville, TN 37203-2991
(615) 320-3203
Fax: (615)327-9013

National Trust for Historic Preservation
1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
(800) 944-6847

Old House Journal
P.O. Box 420235
Palm Coast, FL 32142-0235

Old Mill News
Society for Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM)

Preservation Online
The Online Magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
National Trust for Historic Preservation
1785 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036-2117
Fax: 202-588-6038

Small Town
Small Towns Institute
P.O. Box 517
Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 925-1830
NAL Call No.: HT 101.S52

Technology and Conservation: Of Art, Architecture, and Antiquities
Technology Corporation, Inc.
76 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 623-4488
Fax: (617)623-2253

Windmiller's Gazette: A Journal for the Preservation of America's Wind Power History and Heritage
Box 507
Rio Vista, TX 76093
NAL Call No.: TJ823 .W5

Federal and State Resources

Among the federal resource that provide assistance in historic preservation, the National Park Service within the Department of the Interior and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, chartered by the federal government are primary resources. These two organizations offer a wealth of expertise and services, including grant and funding assistance, publications, training, and technical assistance. To learn more about any of their services or about other federal services, check with their offices, the state historic preservation offices, historic preservation associations, libraries, or local, state, or regional historic societies.

  • National Park Service
    For decades, the National Park Service (NPS) has led federal efforts to preserve this country's cultural heritage by providing a variety of historic preservation services through their various cultural resource programs. NPS's Heritage Preservation Services (HPS) focuses on preserving and protecting American battlefields, historic buildings, natural historic landmarks, and tribal culture heritage. NPS sets the standards for all aspects of preservation from research to documentation to repair work. Their other services include: developing technical preservation techniques, publishing and distributing technical information about historic preservation, providing training and workshops on all facets of historic preservation from planning to preservation methods, administering the Preservation Tax Incentives program, monitoring the status of the National Historic Landmarks, managing the Historic Preservation Fund grants-in-aid program, and managing all aspects of the National Register of Historic Places. The NPS offers many publications including nationally recognized standards with helpful guidelines, popular "hands-on" bulletins dealing with repair and replacement issues, and documentary videotapes for workshops and classrooms. Many NPS publications are available online to help in planning activities and preservation projects:

    For more information:
    National Park Service Cultural Resources

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
    The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) is a leading advocate and educator for historic preservation demonstrating that preserving our heritage improves the quality of life in American by saving diverse historic places and revitalizing our communities. The National Trust acts as an information clearinghouse on preservation practice, as curator of a collection of historic American homes, and as an advocate for federal, state, and local legislation protecting architectural, cultural, and maritime heritage. The National Trust offers grants, loans, consultation and technical services, and publication. The NTHP Library Collection, one of the most extensive collections of historic preservation resources available, is located at the University of Maryland Hornbake Library in College Park, MD.

    For more information:
    The National Trust for Historic Preservation
    1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    (800) 944-6847

  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
    The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation(ACHP), established in 1966, is an independent Federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our Nation's historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.

    Federal, State and Tribal Historic Preservation Programs and Offices

    • Federal Agency Historic Preservation Programs and Officers.
      With passage of the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966, Congress made the Federal government a full partner and a leader in historic preservation.

    • State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs)
      The SHPOs administer the national historic preservation program at the State level, review National Register of Historic Places nominations, maintain data on historic properties that have been identified but not yet nominated, and consult with Federal agencies. SHPOs are designated by the governor of their respective State or territory.

    • Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs)
      The tribes on the National Park Service's list assumed the responsibilities of the SHPO for compliance on their tribal lands. They have designated Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) whom Federal agencies consult in lieu of the SHPO for undertakings occuring on, or affecting historic properties on, tribal lands.

    For more information:
    Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
    1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 809
    Washington, DC 20004
    (202) 606-8503

National Organizations

Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation
82 Wall Street, Suite 1105
New York, NY 10005

American Association for State and Local History
1717 Church St.
Nashville, TN 37203-2991
(615) 320-3203

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
1717 K St., Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 452-9545

American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006-5292
(800) AIA-3837

American Planning Association
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036-1904
(202) 872-0611
Fax: (202) 872-0643

American Society of Landscape Architects
636 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3736
(888) 999-ASLA
Fax: (202) 898-1185

America the Beautiful Fund
725 15th Street, NW, Suite 605, Dept AG
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 638-1649

The Association for Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums
8774 Route 45 NW
North Bloomfield, OH 44450
Fax: (440) 685-4410

The Association for Preservation Technology International
4513 Lincoln Ave. Suite 213
Lisle, IL 60532-1290
(630) 968-6400
Fax: (888) 723-4242

The Civil War Preservation Trust
1331 H Street, NW, Suite 1001
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 367-1861

Friends of Cast Iron Architecture
235 East 87th St., Rm. 6C
New York, NY 10128
(212) 369-6004

Historic New England
141 Cambridge St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 227-3956

Land Trust Alliance
1331 H St., NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005-4734
(202) 638-4725

League of Historic America Theatres
616 Water Street, Suite 320
Baltimore, MD 21202
(877) 627-0833
Fax: (410) 837-9664

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions
325 South Lumpkin Street
Founders Garden House
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-4731

National Building Museum
401 F St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 272-2448

National Housing and Rehabilitation Association
1625 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 601
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 939-1750

National Railway Historical Society
100 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 557-6606
Fax: (215) 557-6740

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
1100 17th Street, 10th floor, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-9696

Saving Graves

Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM)

USDA, Rural Information Center
National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Ave., Room 123
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351