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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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Celebrating LGBTQ Heritage in June!

In honor of June recognized as LGBTQ month the ACHP would like to draw attention to the preservation the National Park Service is accomplishing with the LGBTQ heritage initiative. Click here to explore the NPS LGBTQ projects!

Job Opening at the ACHP in Federal Property Management

The ACHP is now recruiting for the position of Assistant Director for Federal Property Management (GG-14) in its Office of Federal Agency Programs (OFAP) in Washington, DC. Read more.

Celebrate Caribbean Heritage in June!

Jose V. Toledo Federal Building and U.S. CourthouseCaribbean American heritage is celebrated during the month of June. The ACHP invites the public to learn more about Caribbean American cultural heritage by checking out the historic preservation done by our friends at the General Service Administration with the Jose V. Toledo Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

June is Immigrant Heritage Month!

The President has proclaimed June as Immigrant Heritage Month. Commemorate heritage by sharing your American stories by clicking here.

Also read about Preserve America Communities established by immigrants that keep alive their ancestors’ traditions today. A few examples are Solvang, CA,Thai Town, Los Angeles, CA , New Ulm, MN, Hanover, PA, German Village, Columbus, OH, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA,Japantown, San Francisco, CA,Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA, Little Italy, San Diego, CA, Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA

Read about all our Preserve America Communities here.

FY 2015 Historic Preservation Fund Underrepresented Communities Grant Program

The National Park Service is offering grants to support the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks, as determined by the National Park Service and the applicant. The NPS encourages the development of public-private partnerships and robust community engagement leading to projects that will serve as models to communities nationwide for innovative survey and documentation strategies. Read more here.

More Ways to Celebrate Historic Preservation and Asian American-Pacific Islander Heritage!

Learn more about the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “National Treasures,” such as the Panama Hotel, located in Seattle, WA. The hotel is an outstanding example of the single room occupancy hotels that characterize Seattle’s pre-World War II Japantown. Found in the basement were the belongings of Japanese Americans incarcerated in World War II. The Panama Hotel was the inspiration for Jamie Ford's best-selling historical fiction novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, published in 2009. Read more about this remarkable building here. Read a new interview with Jamie Ford here.

Interested in teaching your students more about AAPI month? Teaching with Historic Places at the National Park Service makes it easy and fun to do so with these classroom-ready lesson plans about Asian American history.

The National Park Service Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage projects explore how the legacy of AAPI history can be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations. Visit more NPS resources here.

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.




Celebrate Preservation in May

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May has been Preservation Month since 1973, a tradition started only seven years after the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 was enacted. The ACHP will use its Web space and social media channels to talk about ways people can participate in Preservation Month and ACHP initiatives. Get involved in your community, and let’s celebrate historic preservation!

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.

Grant Funding and "Heads Up" on an Upcoming Opportunity

Information on some currently available historic preservation grants can be found on the Web site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In FY 2014, $500,000 in matching grants was competitively awarded to State/Tribal Historic Preservation Offices by the National Park Service (NPS) to help fund 13 projects across the country. These projects will increase the number of listings in the National Register of Historic Places associated with communities currently underrepresented, including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and LGBT Americans. Descriptions of the grants awarded in 2014 can be found here.

The NPS will award additional grants in FY 2015, and a call for applications has just been issued. 2015 Award Applications are posted on grants.gov, under funding opportunity #P15AS00078. The due date is June 15, 2015. Eligible applicants this year are State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native Organizations, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Certified Local Governments. Those with questions may wish to contact their SHPO for more information on the application process; a longer press release and announcement from NPS is expected soon.

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. 

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!

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 June 26, 2015

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