Preservation is about deciding what's important, figuring out how to protect it, and passing along an appreciation for what was saved to the next generation. The National Park Service employs archeologists, architects, curators, historians, and other professionals to help ensure the protection and preservation of the lands and objects entrusted to our care. Beyond the parks, national preservation partnership programs document historic places, develop standards and guidelines, and provide financial and technical assistance to preserve our shared heritage.
The NPS & Historic Preservation
Learn what historic preservation is, find out how to take action, and find resources for educating children and youth about the past.
We document historic places with archival drawings, photographs, and reports, as well as interactive virtual tours based on laser scans!
A Century of Design in the Parks
This conference – which will be in Santa Fe, NM, June 21 to 23 – will focus on the preservation of built features in national & state parks.
Historic Landmarks in your State
National Historic Landmarks are all nationally significant. Find out what has been designated in your state.
Protect a Battlefield
NPS provides support for the preservation of historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil.
Make your Town a CLG
Learn about how to get your community designated as a “Certified Local Government” to become a partner in Federal preservation programs.
Last updated: April 13, 2016