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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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New Preserve America Stewards Announced

The White House recently designated four new Preserve America Stewards. They include the Weir Farm National Historic Site (CT); Jack Jouett House Historic Site (KY); Friends of Oberlin Village (NC); and Moravian Historical Society (PA).

ACHP Invites Your Ideas on the Future of the National Historic Preservation Program

In 1966, the seminal report “With Heritage So Rich,” noted the impact of rapid post-war growth on the country’s historic fabric, epitomized in interstate highway construction and urban renewal, and proposed a comprehensive response from the federal government. The result was enactment of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The ACHP has launched an effort to emulate the work of the report’s authors and address the challenges and opportunities facing the national preservation program on its golden anniversary.

The product will be a report submitted to the incoming Administration and the 115th Congress. Obtaining the public’s views is an important component of the process to develop these recommendations. The ACHP is now posting initial observations on the challenges and opportunities facing the national preservation program.

We invite you to offer your comments on The National Historic Preservation Program at 50: Challenges and Opportunities and submit your ideas for how they might be addressed in the future. Please send your comments and suggestions by March 1, 2016 to NHPA50@achp.gov. Read more.

Celebrate African American History Month!

The ACHP is celebrating this February by showcasing important historical successes in neighborhood projects and large scale federal endeavors alike. President Obama has proclaimed this February African American History Month. ACHP Expert Member Robert Stanton is participating in several observances of Hallowed Grounds-Sites of African American Memories including the Black History Month program with the Congressional Black Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives; Annual Black History Month Observance with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History; the Annual Observance of Frederick Douglass’ birthday with the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association and the National Park Service; and Black History Month Program, Maple Springs Baptist Church, Maryland.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for stories celebrating African American history. Facebook: Preservation-The Next Generation and Twitter: @usachp.


ACHP Internships Now Available

Past ACHP InternsAttention Students: Come spend the summer at the ACHP and learn hands on historic preservation policy and activities from the experts! Click here for more information and click here for the application form.

Deadline: March 31, 2016.

Past interns are employed by the City of Houston, Indiana Landmarks, the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, at Partners for Sacred Places, and at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in a variety of positions, where they are making an impact as part of the next generation of preservation professionals.

Department of the Interior to Initiate Process for Canceling Lease in the Badger-Two Medicine Area

In a court filing dated November 23, 2015, the Department of the Interior (DOI) indicated its decision to initiate the process for the cancellation of the lease that includes the Badger-Two Medicine Area. The DOI noted that it has reached the tentative conclusions that the lease was issued without proper compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and that, therefore, the lease can be voided.

Earlier this fall, as part of a review under Section 106 of the NHPA, the ACHP sent its formal comments to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture regarding the proposed release from suspension of a Permit to Drill by Solenex LLC in the lease area. See those ACHP comments here. The court filing acknowledged those comments from the ACHP and their recommendations that the Permit to Drill be revoked, that the lease be cancelled, and that the agencies ensure that future mineral development in the area does not occur.

New Spanish Version Available for Citizen’s Guide

The ACHP is pleased to offer one of our most popular publications—the Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 Review—now in Spanish. We hope it will be useful for people who are more comfortable reading in Spanish. Feel free to contact the ACHP via our Spanish email address if you have inquiries: conservacion@achp.gov.

El ACHP se complace en ofrecer una de nuestras publicaciones más populares – la Guía del Ciudadano Sobre la Revisión de Proyectos Conforme a la Sección 106 – ahora en español. Esperamos que sea útil para las personas que les resulta más cómodo leer en español. Si tiene preguntas, no dude en contactar al ACHP, en español, a través de esta dirección de correo electrónico: conservacion@achp.gov.

2016 Training Schedule Now Available!

The ACHP is pleased to announce its 2016 ACHP Section 106 training schedule. ACHP staff instructors will offer training in cities nationwide next year. Join us for interactive courses that feature practical guidance and opportunities to apply learning in case-based exercises. Read more.

USDA Secretary Vilsack Recommends Cancelling Drilling Leases in Western Montana

On Nov. 2, Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack recommended to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell cancellation of leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in western Montana. That recommendation was consistent with comments sent by the ACHP to both secretaries earlier this fall on the impacts of energy development on historic properties in the area. The Department of the Interior must now decide the matter. The ACHP provided its comments after Section 106 consultation for these leases was terminated. The ACHP hosted a public meeting in Choteau, Montana, and received hundreds of public comments. Read the letter from Secretary Vilsack here. Read the ACHP comments here.

ACHP Receives FHWA Award

At the ACHP fall business meeting November 4 in Washington, D.C. representatives from the Federal Highway Administration presented ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson with their 2015 Federal Highway Administration Environmental Excellence Award for Section 106 programmatic work in California. Pictured from left are Marlys Osterhues, Chairman Donaldson, and Gerald Solomon.

ACHP members also discussed plans for the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act which will be celebrated next year, as well as passed motions supporting cultural resources and climate change, enhanced use leasing of Department of Veterans Affairs buildings, and the National Park Service Centennial bill. Council members also discussed outreach to underrepresented communities in the historic preservation arena and a recent Latino listening session in New Mexico.

ACHP to Meet November 3-4 in D.C.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will gather for its fall business meeting Nov. 3-4 in Washington, D.C. Read the agendas here. Also that week, preservationists from across the country will be in the nation's capital for the National Preservation Conference, in which the ACHP is playing several roles.

ACHP Electronic Section 106 System Now Available to All Federal Agencies

The ACHP is pleased to announce the availability of its voluntary Electronic Section 106 Documentation Submittal System (e106) for use by any federal agency (or officially delegated non-federal entity) when notifying the ACHP of a finding of adverse effect, inviting the ACHP to be a consulting party to resolve adverse effects, or proposing to develop a Programmatic Agreement for complex or multiple undertakings.

The e106 system is designed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of the Section 106 review process by providing federal agencies with an electronic submittal system that serves to expedite a critical step in Section 106 review and encourage complete and accurate submissions that can be shared with others. Read the announcement regarding the availability of this systemview the format form and instructions.

While federal agencies can continue to send hard copy documentation to the ACHP via regular mail, or electronically as a pdf, all agencies are encouraged to utilize e106 in their submissions to the ACHP.

Historic Preservation Grant Opportunity

The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation is offering research grants for mid-career historic preservation professionals! Read more

New England Native Youth Event Encourages Historic Preservation Careers

As part of the ACHP’s growing Native Youth Program, in late July it co-hosted a day-long event to introduce Native youth from Southern New England to the field of historic preservation to discuss issues, concerns, and career opportunities. Members of the Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Mashpee Wampanaog, Aquinnah Wampanaog, and Nipmuc tribes participated. Professors from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography are training Narragansett students in underwater cultural resource management and also attended. Read more.

Little Havana is Endangered

The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently released its 2015 "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" list, and Little Havana located in Miami, Florida made the list. Miami is also a Preserve America Community. Little Havana is known for its Latin American cultural especially its Cuban influence. Over time, the area known as Little Havana has hosted an array of different groups from the Miccosukee Indian Tribe of Florida, Bahamians Jews, and Greeks to Cuban refugees and immigrants representing a majority of Latin American countries. Little Havana was originally two neighborhoods, Riverside and Shenandoah. Riverside experienced some of the earliest development in Miami whereas Shenandoah was primarily farmland until the 1920s when it transformed into single family homes.

Little Havana Dominos Park, photo courtesy InfrogmationCubans began arriving to this part of Miami from 1959-1962, and in Riverside and Shenandoah they established both businesses and social organizations. The two neighborhoods received the nickname Little Havana during the period 1965 to 1973 when thousands of Cubans arrived in the U.S. because of easier resettlement laws. 1980 saw the final large migration of Cubans, and it was in the 1980 Census when the Cuban population topped in Little Havana. Little Havana is now home to Cubans and many people from Central and South America. According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the multi-ethnic community of Little Havana is now threatened by "up zoning; and the lack of protections for scattered, historic building types." Read more.

First Lady Designates New Preserve America Communities and Stewards

First Lady Michelle Obama has notified officials in five municipalities that they are being recognized as Preserve America Communities, bringing the total nationwide to 900 designations. Three additional volunteer programs that help preserve heritage have also been named Preserve America Stewards, increasing the ranks of organizations so designated to 50. Read more.

ACHP sends Report on Federal Historic Property Management to President

The ACHP submitted its fourth triennial report In a Spirit of Stewardship: A Report on Federal Historic Property Management, to the President on February 17, 2015. The report, required by Section 3 of Executive Order 13287, "Preserve America," summarizes the progress reports submitted in fall 2014 by federal departments and agencies responsible for the stewardship of historic properties on federal lands. The report addresses current opportunities and challenges and makes recommendations to improve federal historic preservation outcomes in the context of footprint reduction, energy efficiency and sustainability, climate adaptation, and resiliency initiatives. Read the report here.

National Historic Preservation Act Has Moved!

As you may have heard, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) has a new home in the United States Code (U.S. Code), the official compilation of federal statutes. While the NHPA was previously codified at title 16 of the U.S. Code, effective December 19, 2014, it was moved to title 54. Please find the law codifying the NHPA in title 54 here. The provisions of the newly codified NHPA may be found starting at section 300101. Read more.

National History Teacher of the Year Named

The ACHP is pleased to note that the 2015 National History Teacher of the Year has been selected and was publicly feted in New York City December 9, 2014. This program began as one of the earliest Preserve America partnerships, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HISTORY have done a wonderful job in continuing it throughout the last decade.  Read about this year’s honoree, Michele Anderson of Michigan, here. Nominations for the 2015 award are being accepted through February 1, 2015. Details are available here.

The ACHP's Guidance on Agreement Documents is Now Available!

The ACHP is pleased to announce the availability of its new "Guidance on Agreement Documents" (GAD) now on our Web site at http://www.achp.gov/agreementdocguidance.html. It is best viewed from Google Chrome or Firefox.

Guidance on Agreement DocumentsMemoranda of Agreement and Programmatic Agreements play a critical role in documenting a federal agency's commitment to carry out and conclude its responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). GAD will assist all consulting parties—federal agencies, states, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, applicants, local governments, and other stakeholders–to draft clear, concise, and complete Section 106 MOAs and PAs. Use of this guidance can also help minimize disputes regarding agreed upon measures down the line and save time that is better spent seeking creative and innovative ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to historic properties. Read more.

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 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

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.

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.

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 February 11, 2016

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