Discover History and Historic Preservation in the National Park Service
Explore the NPS thematic framework, which is an outline of major themes and concepts that help us to conceptualize American history. It is used to help identify cultural resources that embody America's past and to describe and analyze the multiple layers of history encapsulated within each resource.
Stories of America’s diverse places and people are everywhere. Our stories are found across the landscapes of our nation, in more than 400 national parks, in National Heritage Areas, along historic trails and waterways, and in every neighborhood.
The National Park Service invites you to discover American history in all its diversity, from ancient archeological places to the homes of poets and Presidents to the sobering stories of Civil War soldiers and civilians to the legacy of a courageous woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus. Our history is part of who we were, who we are, and who we will be.
Our national Heritage Initiatives are helping us to tell the stories of all Americans and recognizing the special places associated with our diverse past. Learn more about American history by exploring American Latino heritage and Asian American Pacific Islander heritage, Women's history, and LGBTQ history.
We invite you to explore historic preservation and the tools we use to help preserve and protect the places where history happened. Explore our cultural resource programs to find preservation assistance resources, grant information, internship and volunteer opportunities, and much more.
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People, Places & Stories
Asian Pacific Heritage
Asian and Pacific peoples have played a vital role in the development of the United StatesRead More
The War of 1812 - Bicentennial
The young republic’s first warRead More
American Indian Heritage
There are hundreds of sites of our native pastRead More
America's Park Service Visionaries
Celebrate the visionaries who helped create National Park Service’s mission to preserve and share American treasures.Read More
The National Park Service American Latino Heritage projects explore how the legacy of American Latinos can be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations.Read More
Celebrate Women's History
Meet some of the women who made history and shaped the park service and our nation.Read More
Preservation, Guidance & Grants
Tax Incentive Case Studies
Fontainebleau Resort Hotel, Crown Jewel of Miami Beach Shines AgainRead More
Two types of grants are available – Consultation/Documentation Grants and Repatriation Grants..Read More
Thin Section Petrography for Conservation (Podcast 40)Read More
Save America's Treasures
Save America’s Treasures program is one of the largest and most successful grant programs in saving BuildingsRead More
NPS Museum Handbook
a reference guide on how to manage, preserve, document, access and use museum collections.Read More