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Junior Ranger Activities Celebrate the National Historic Preservation Act's 50th Anniversary
Washington –The National Park Service invites Junior Rangers of all ages to a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, our nation's most important and comprehensive preservation law. The event will take place on Saturday, October 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the World War II Memorial (17th Street and Independence Avenue, SW).
In addition to activities and demonstrations about historic preservation, participants can earn a commemorative Junior Ranger badge by completing the National Historic Preservation Act 50th Anniversary Activity Booklet. The event will conclude with a swearing in ceremony for Junior Rangers who earn the badge.
Enacted on October 15, 1966, after the destruction of numerous buildings and historic sites in the years following World War II, the National Historic Preservation Act created a clearly defined process for historic preservation in the United States. It authorized a national historic preservation program, including establishing the National Register of Historic Places;creating state, tribal and local government historic preservation offices and programs;instituting the Section 106 Review Process, which requires the federal government to take into account the effects of undertakings on historic and cultural resources;and founding the Historic Preservation Fund to provide grants for projects relating to historic preservation. Many other procedures for protecting our cultural resources have evolved out of this important piece of legislation.