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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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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 Meets in DC

Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. (center) received the oath of office representing the nation's mayors on the ACHP from ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson (left). ACHP Expert Member Bob Stanton (right) commended the mayor's serviceThe Advisory Council on Historic Preservation met for its summer business meeting July 15 in Washington, DC in the Russell Senate Office Building. Charleston, South Carolina, Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. was sworn in as the newest member of the ACHP, appointed by President Obama to represent the country’s mayors on the council.

Members voted to amend the agency’s operating procedures allowing for expedited action regarding legislative matters in order for the ACHP to comment to Congress or the Administration. They adopted an action plan which spells out ways the ACHP can encourage and support federal agencies in assisting State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in carrying out essential Section 106 historic preservation activities. A key part of that plan is working with federal agencies in the Administration to encourage full funding of the Historic Preservation Fund. The ACHP membership passed a motion in support of the National Historic Preservation Amendments Act currently pending in Congress. The bill would reauthorize the Historic Preservation Fund for the next 10 years.

ACHP members also heard a presentation from Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D., a global preservationist and leader in the preservation field. Members discussed how the ACHP can take a leadership role in developing recommendations for future preservation policy in the context of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Historic Preservation Program.

Members also discussed outreach to youth, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others in the ongoing mission to involve more people in preservation. ACHP members reviewed and adopted recommendations that support engaging Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in historic preservation. These follow-up actions complement work being done by preservation partners.

Members of the Suquamish Tribe’s Youth Council attended the meeting and gave a musical performance in thanks for the ACHP's support.

Diving With A Purpose Receives Chairman’s Award

Winners of the ACHP Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic PreservationThe innovative program that trains volunteer maritime advocates to assist in the stewardship of heritage assets in national parks and national marine sanctuaries was honored by the ACHP July 14. Diving With A Purpose, National Association of Black Scuba Divers, National Park Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are the program partners. The program also introduces young people to maritime and archaeology careers. Watch this video about the Youth Diving With A Purpose program! Read more.

Parks and Recreation Month—Let’s Move!

Support the Let’s Move Campaign and head outside to enjoy this Park and Recreation month! Find creative ways to get active on the Let’s Move website and visit the National Recreation and Park Association website to discover what events your local park is hosting. For example the Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site in St. Francisville, LA is organizing a fun event called “History Mythbusters.”

Put Some History in Your Fourth of July Celebrations!

The Washington Monument, Washington DCCelebrate Independence Day at the National Mall! The National Mall is famous for its monuments honoring our nation's heritage and its location in the historic L'Enfant plan listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more here and here.

Share with family and friends the United States Census Bureau "Facts for Features: Fourth of July" or challenge each other to take the PBS American History quiz on the Fourth of July!

Section 106 Successes Celebrate Preservation Month—Send Us Your Ideas!

We want to hear from you about your favorite Section 106 success story! The ACHP is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016, and an important part of this celebration will include the collection of “Section 106 Success Stories” that illustrate how Section 106 of the NHPA has been used to engage people in the discussion about protecting historic properties that matter most to them. These stories provide examples of how federal agencies have used the Section 106 process to protect historic properties, improve federal planning, and raise awareness of the benefits of historic preservation. Read them here and read how you can nominate a successful project.

Start Planning for the 50th Anniversary Today!

May 2015 is the perfect time to start planning for 2016 -- the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)! Players in the national historic preservation program, local preservationists, and citizens are already working on exciting events and opportunities to showcase the success of the NHPA. Read more.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 July 24, 2015

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