Preservation is the process of protecting the form, integrity and materials of a resource(s).

Independence National Historical Park is the steward of many different kinds of cultural resources, including historic buildings, artifacts, structures and landscapes. As with all of the other parks in the National Park Service, our preservation projects must comply with national standards and guidelines. These guidelines exist to protect resources from any harm or negative impacts. Cultural Resource professionals reference these standards and guidelines prior to any projects that might change historic structures or landscapes.

Preservation is a priority at Independence National Historical Park. A team of professionals is responsible for the preservation and rehabilitation of these park resources. These professionals include architects, landscape architects, archeologists, historians, archivists and architectural historians.

  • Color photo of table with a number of partially reconstructed pottery vessels on it.

    The history beneath our feet reveals volumes - about famous people in American history AND the diverse population of 1790's Philadelphia.

  • Photograph of the Syng Inkstand, with three silver containers for ink, quills, and sand.
    Museum Collection

    It's a varied collection - from national treasures like the Liberty Bell and the Syng inkstand to artifacts left behind by ordinary people.

  • Color photo showing scaffolding around the Independence Hall tower.
    Past Preservation Projects

    Learn more about recent preservation projects, like the rehabilitation of the Independence Hall tower.

Last updated: March 6, 2024

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