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Program Description

Sumner School, Washington D.C.
Charles Sumner School, Washington, DC.
School Museum and Archives,
Washington, DC

The National Park Service established the Cultural Resources Diversity Program in late 1998 to develop programs and approaches that will diversify the professional workforce in the cultural resources/historic preservation field. Through research, publications, and the internship program we are working to achieve these goals:

  • Increase the number of individuals representing all the nation's cultural and ethnic groups in professional jobs in this field, as historians, archeologists, historical architects, ethnographers, historical landscape architects, and curators.

  • Increase the number of historic and cultural resources associated with the nation's diverse cultural groups that are identified, documented, preserved, and interpreted.

  • Increase the number of diverse organizations and communities that are involved in the cultural resources/historic preservation field and served by National Park Service and other public/private preservation programs.

These goals reflect the need to address the changing demographics of the United States. Our nation's increasingly diverse population will influence how the nation sees its past; how it uses the past in the present and future; and, importantly, which historic places are identified, preserved, and interpreted for future generations.
The National Park Service and its partnership organizations must increase the diversity of the professional groups that work in this field, address the totality of the nation's cultural heritage, and engage a wider range of organizations and communities in fulfilling their missions.


Contact the staff of the Cultural Resources Diversity Program at:

Cultural Resources
National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW (2280)
Washington, DC 20240-0001




jcl 11.5.2012