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Preserve America is a national initiative in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Transportation; U.S. General Services Administration; National Endowment for the Humanities; President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities; Institute of Museum and Library Services; and the President's Council on Environmental Quality.

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America’s Best Main Streets are in Preserve America Communities

Congratulations to one of our recently designated Preserve America Communities, Collierville, Tennessee, voted America’s Best Main Street in a contest run this summer by Parade magazine! As a matter of fact, half of the outstanding finalists--Placerville, CA; DeLand, FL; Rockland, ME; Corinth, MS; Greenville, SC; Georgetown, TX; and Montpelier, VT--have been recognized as Preserve America Communities. The Preserve America program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources in sustainable ways and share the myriad benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors. You can read about the contest finalists.

Consider nominating your community for Preserve America Community recognition! Designated communities, great places to live, visit, and explore, are located in all 50 states and several overseas U.S. territories. Find a full list of the Preserve America Communities, along with profiles and contact information, here.

Applications from prospective new Preserve America Communities are accepted quarterly; the next deadlines for submission are September 1 and December 1, 2014. Preserve America is administered by the ACHP with assistance from the U.S. Department of the Interior. Read about community designation criteria and application forms. 

ACHP Participates in Panel Discussion on Indigenous Sacred Sites at United Nations

NEW YORK – Office of Native American Affairs Director Valerie Hauser participated August 18, 2014, in a panel discussion “Protecting and Preserving Indigenous Sacred Sites” at the invitation of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and the Navajo Nation. Read More.

East at Main Street Focuses on Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage

As part of the ACHP’s mission of building a more inclusive preservation program, we love finding new resources and projects that represent communities throughout the country. One of our newest finds is a great new mapping project created by Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP). The project, developed by Donna Graves and Michelle Magalong, began as a way to connect technology with preservation, and also create a helpful tool for the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) community to discover and share their own history. With the help of HistoryPin, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, East at Main Street is an impressive resource for the APIA community.

Read our interview with Michelle Magalong about what APIAHiP is working on and some specifics of the project.

Heritage Tourism Gets Boost With House Vote

On July 22, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4450 to reauthorize the Travel Promotion Act and “Brand USA.” (A companion bill in the Senate, S. 2250, has 31 co-sponsors and is awaiting committee action.) America’s historic landmarks make up a bulk of the tourism draw to the United States from people all over the world. Read more.

ACHP Meets in Philadelphia for Summer Business

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation received a greeting from President Barack Obama the day before its summer business meeting July 17 in Philadelphia, and The ACHP summer business meeting in Philadelphia on July 17 featured a session with many State Historic Preservation Officers. The colorful posters on the stage are the logos designed for the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act that will be marked in 2016.Chairman Wayne Donaldson read it to council members at the meeting. The meeting also included members' supporting full funding of the Historic Preservation Fund and a conversation with 12 State Historic Preservation Officers, among other business. Read the story here.

First Lady Designates Two New Preserve America Communities

First Lady Michelle Obama sent letters to the mayors of Albany, NY and Collierville, TN this week announcing their designation as Preserve America Communities. Their attention to their cities' historic assets is admirable. Read more.

Cleveland Historical and Curatescape Bring Legacy City into Digital World

One could make the argument there’s a “historic renaissance” of sorts happening in Cleveland, Ohio, pushing the city’s history to the forefront is the progressive app: Cleveland Historical. Born out of the Euclid Corridor History Project in 2005, Cleveland Historical was created by two Cleveland State University professors, Mark Souther and Mark Tebeau, as a way to put Cleveland’s vast history at people’s fingertips- literally. Available for both iPhone and Android users, this app takes users through the city of Cleveland’s history through the use of text, photos, and audio/visual content. Read more about this exciting program and learn how to log on!

THE ACHP HAS MOVED!

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has moved to the National Building Museum, located in the National Historic Landmark Pension Building in Washington, D.C. New contact information is located here.

 

 

 

Meet the Summer 2014 Interns at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

ACHP summer interns from left: Amanda Barry, Sarah Berger, Burrell Jones, Laura KennedyThe Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is pleased to be able to host four interns this summer, a record number for the agency. Each of the interns is working with a different office within the agency on a number of projects that will further the ACHP's goal to build a more inclusive preservation program. Read more.

11 Most Endangered Historic Places List Involves ACHP Issues

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has issued its 27th Annual List of America's Most Endangered Historic Places.

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act often plays a significant role in the eventual outcomes of many cases on the Trust's annual lists. Notable in the 2014 list is the first case listed (cases are cited alphabetically), relating to Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs, South Dakota. A National Historic Landmark (NHL), the Department of Veterans Affairs is considering closing the facility. As the ACHP must be offered an opportunity to participate whenever the fate of an NHL hangs in the balance, Section 106 is likely to be a critical factor in this case.

This year the Trust has placed the Federal Historic Tax Credit on "Watch Status." The list notes that:  "the Federal Historic Tax Credit, a proven tool to encourage preservation across the country, is currently threatened by tax reform on Capitol Hill." This is only the second time that such a status has been declared by the Trust on its annual lists.

Among the many notable places on the 11 Most Endangered List is Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, VA, which includes remnants of the jail where Solomon Northup of "12 Years a Slave" was held after being kidnapped and sold into slavery by his abductors.

View the entire list at http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/11-most-endangered/index.html

ACHP, National Trust Host Session on African American Historic Preservation for Congressional Black Caucus

Civil Rights leader and U.S. Representative John Lewis spoke eloquently of the importance of historic preservation for all Americans and the necessity of keeping the national heritage of historic places as a gift to coming generations.The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (National Trust) sponsored a briefing June 19 that included the National Park Service (NPS) and four members of the Congressional Black Caucus about the importance of African American historic preservation involvement and important tools to assist those efforts at a Juneteenth observation in the Cannon House Office Building. Read more here.

ACHP Sends Report on Historic Post Office Disposals to Congress

Post Office built 1935 in Westport, CT; photo by Evan KalishResponding to a specific requirement placed upon the ACHP by the 2014 congressional appropriations bill, the ACHP today issued PRESERVING HISTORIC POST OFFICES: A Report to Congress. The report finds that significant improvements to United States Postal Service planning and compliance for its historic preservation and disposal programs are needed.
Read the report here
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Read the press release here.

March 2014 Rightsizing Report CoverACHP Produces Rightsizing Report to Aid Localities in Managing Change

The ACHP's Rightsizing Task Force has published its report on the effects of rightsizing in legacy cities across America, offering policy ideas and recommendations for all levels of government. Read more. Read the press release.

ACHP Launches New Web Section

Involving All People in Preservation will showcase different professions and people who make up the cadre of historic preservationists across the country. Tune in for new Q&A stories frequently. Read more.

National History Teacher of the Year Named

from left, Dr. Clement Price, Jill Szymanski, James BaskerJill Szymanski, an elementary school teacher from Wilmington, Delaware, was awarded the National History Teacher of the Year honor. Read more.
Read the Press Release from the event here.

ACHP Publishes Measuring Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation

A report by Washington, D.C.-based PlaceEconomics is now available here. Read more about the study and the importance that historic preservation makes in your community.

Brownsville, Texas, uses Preserve America Money to Spark Downtown Development

At one of Texas’s most famous border towns, Brownsville has turned its once vacant and abandoned Downtown into a visitor’s mecca. Using its expansive supply of historic resources that just needed a little boost, the city now has four times the visitorship compared to a decade ago. Preserve America Grant funding of $132,870 helped spark the work to make downtown Brownsville a successful cultural tourist destination. Read more

Preserve America Forum Provides ACHP Members Opportunity to Explore Program’s Future Direction

Panelists from the July 17, 2013, forum are from left: Kathleen Kilpatrick, Cheryl Oliver, Mayor Salvatore Panto, Jr., and, Robert Billington.Ten years after the initiative’s launch, four panelists representing different facets of the Preserve America program discussed the current state and future direction of the program with ACHP members at a forum held in conjunction with the ACHP’s summer business meeting.

The invited guest panelists, who made presentations and then responded to questions and explored the program’s operation with members, were Mayor Salvatore Panto, Jr. of Easton, Pennsylvania; Dr. Robert Billington of the Blackstone River Valley Tourism Council, Rhode Island; Ms. Kathleen Kilpatrick, the Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer; and Ms. Cheryl Oliver of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The forum resulted from the ACHP’s desire to offer an opportunity for several local, regional, and national Preserve America program participants and beneficiaries from various parts of the country to share some of their experiences. Collectively, the panelists provided the ACHP members, staff, and audience with an excellent understanding of the reach and benefits of the program.

This will assist the ACHP to begin an examination of the future of the Preserve America program within the current Administration’s priorities and examine how to best utilize its components as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016. Read more about the Forum here.

Preserve America Stewards Named

NY, Friends of Mt. HopeFirst Lady Michelle Obama named two new Preserve America Stewards, bringing the nationwide total to 40. Read more.

 

New Preserve America Fact Sheet Now Available

Read the updated fact sheet about the Preserve America program.

Preserve America E-Newsletter Available

Read the latest e-newsletter with stories of new designations and activities Preserve America Communities can host for heritage tourism, and much more.

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Section 106 Success Stories

The Section 106 process can breed much success with projects large and small. Consultation is a hallmark of the process. Read about three Section 106 success stories here.

 

 

Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation Study Released

A 2011 study commissioned by the ACHP, with funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, identifies and analyzes methods for measuring the economic impacts of historic preservation. The report focuses on such economic indicators as jobs and household income, property values, heritage tourism, sustainable development, and downtown revitalization, and recommends ways to improve our understanding of how preservation activity supports economic vitality.
Read the full report here.
Read a brief compilation of related facts and figures here.

Section 3 Report to the President Now Available

Section 3 Report to the President Now AvailableThe 2012 Report to the President on the federal government's stewardship of its historic properties is now available. The report can be downloaded here.

Citizen's Guide to Section 106 New Edition Now Available

The ACHP is proud to announce it has updated and reissued Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizen’s Guide to Section 106. The Citizen’s Guide is a useful tool for learning how to protect historic places in your community.

Preserve America Grants Effectiveness Report Released

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has released a report to Congress on the preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of Preserve America Grants over the last four years. Read more.

Summit Progress Reports

Agencies have reported their continuous progress on the recommendations issued from the Preserve America Summit for enhancing and advancing the historic preservation program in the United States and abroad. Summit progress.

Archived News

Updated August 23, 2014

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