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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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Winter Business Meeting Wrap-up

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation had its winter business meeting in San Francisco, California, with three days of engaging with preservationists on the west coast. Council members hosted a listening session at historic Angel Island State Park with more than 20 representatives of the Asian American community to discuss ways to better identify and interpret places important to the nation’s Asian American-Pacific Islander history and bring them into the national historic preservation movement’s consciousness. Read more.

Calling All Interns

Are you, or do you know of, a student interested in the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation’s diverse historic resources? The ACHP in Washington, D.C., has internship opportunities available for undergraduate or graduate students, as well as individuals at an early stage of their career and professional development. Read more.

Latino Heritage Internships Available

The National Park Service is partnering with two Latino-serving organizations to provide graduate and undergraduate students with internships at national parks around the country.  The internship program is designed to engage the next generation of conservation stewards and will raise awareness of national parks and historic sites, their accessibility, and the need for the Latino community's involvement in their preservation.

These ten-week internships will be compensated with a weekly stipend, and housing and transportation costs will be fully covered.  Hispanic Access Foundation  and Environment for the Americas

First Lady Designates More Preserve America Stewards

St. Augustine Archaeology ProgramFirst Lady Michelle Obama has named four new Preserve America Stewards. Read about them here.








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.

Treasures of NOAA’s Ark Open House Feb. 7

What began as a modest Preserve America initiative 10 years ago, “Treasures of NOAA’s Ark” has continued to grow every year. Kudos to Preserve America partner NOAA. Visit the exhibit in Silver Spring, Maryland, Feb. 7.

President’s Budget Seeks Increase in Historic Preservation Fund, Among Other Items

The President’s FY 2016 budget seeks $89.9 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, an increase of $33.5 million over FY 2015. The bulk of the increase is for a Civil Rights initiative, including the addition of $2.5 million for grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and $30 million for new competitive grants to preserve the stories and sites associated with the Civil Rights movement. Read More.

Section 106 Featured in National Trust Blog

The ACHP is proud to be part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s new blog series as part of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson contributed the blog about Section 106 and ACHP activities. Read it 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.

First Lady Designates Three New Communities

NC Matthews Reid houses carolersThe White House sent letters to the three latest Preserve America Communities, located in Illinois, North Carolina, and Kentucky. 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.

ACHP Leaders Participate in White House Tribal Nations Conference

Chairman Leonard Forsman (far left) and ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson (back row, far right) are joined by tribal leaders and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (front row, third from right) and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn (front row, third from left) during the White House Tribal Nations ConferenceACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, and Native American Member Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, participated in the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. Dec. 2-3. Read more.

ACHP Mourns Loss of Vice Chairman Clement Price

Clement Price is sworn in as ACHP Vice Chairman March 7, 2014, by NPS Director Jon Jarvis, with ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson.Nov. 6—The members and staff of the ACHP paid tribute today to ACHP Vice Chairman Clement A. Price who died Nov. 5 after suffering a major stroke. At the ACHP's fall business meeting, Chairman Wayne Donaldson led a moment of silence to honor the man whose presence will be felt long into the future by those who had the honor to know and work with him. The ACHP extends its deepest sympathy to Dr. Price’s wife, Mary Sue Sweeney Price, his family, and colleagues.

Donaldson said, "Clem was one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met. His warmth, intelligence and wit flowed like a force of nature and filled the atmosphere around him. As a member and vice chairman of the ACHP, he elevated the agency through the sheer power of his wisdom and character, and deepened our collective understanding of the importance of accurately telling and sharing the story of America through the prism of historic places and the stories they conveyed. We all miss him terribly. He leaves a void on the ACHP and in the hearts of those who knew him that can never be filled."

Local news in Newark, New Jersey, is chronicling the stories following Price's death. Read them here and here. See this nice local video tribute from Newark here.

Cultural Resources Diversity Interns Needed at NPS

Click here to find out how to apply for The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) at the National Park Service. It provides career exploration opportunities to diverse undergraduate and graduate students in historic preservation and cultural resources management.

2015 Training Schedule Now Available!

The ACHP is pleased to announce its 2015 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.

Joint National Trust-ACHP Award Goes to Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project, NM

The Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project received the National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation at the National Preservation Conference on November 13. From left: Milford Wayne Donaldson, Chairman, ACHP; Marita Rivero, Chair, National Trust Board of Trustees; Stephanie Meeks, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Tomasita Duran, Executive Director, Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority; Cheryl Dixon, Grants Management Specialist, Department of Housing and Urban Development, South West Office of Native American Programs; and, Shawn Evans, Associate, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects. At the honor awards ceremony Nov. 13 in Savannah, Ga., ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson and National Trust President Stephanie Meeks presented the National Trust-ACHP Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Ohkay Owingeh Tribe. Read the press release here. Read the Section 106 Success Story about the project here.


New Preserve America Stewards Named

First Lady Michelle Obama designated three new Preserve America Stewards. Read about these important volunteer efforts here.

Chairman's Award Presented to Tribal Consultation Committee Participants

Chairman's Award recipients from left Gerald Soloman, Jeani Borchert, Erich Longie, and Pete CoffeyACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson presented the Chairman's Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation to three entities in North Dakota for their innovative consultation with tribes for transit projects. Read more.  

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. 

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.

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 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.



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.

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.

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Updated March 29, 2015

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