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National Register of Historic Places Program:
Preservation Month

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.


Join the National Register of Historic Places in celebrating Preservation Month!

Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the event is co-sponsored by local preservation groups, State historical societies, business and civic organizations across the country. During Preservation Month, many events are planned to promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism, and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. Thousands of people participate annually in Preservation Month celebrations. Visit the National Park Service's Preservation Month Feature, your State Historic Preservation Office Web site, or the National Trust's calendar for a list of activities in your area.

This site showcases:
Highlighted Properties / Previous Highlights / Teaching with Historic Places / Online Travel Itineraries / Preservation Activities / Preservation Links

Featured Historic Properties for Preservation Month

Sroufe House, Dover, Kentucky

Sroufe House
Photograph courtesy of the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office

The documentation, prepared by a Girl Scout, highlights the role the house played in the escape of three enslaved people owned by the Sroufe family.  Noted Underground Railroad “conductor” John P. Parker, a free African American man living across the river in Ohio, helped Celia Brooks, her husband, and baby escape bondage and cross the river to freedom.

Iowa Tribe Community Building, White Cloude, Kansas

completed in 1940 on tribal lands of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska reservation, about five miles west of White Cloud. The building was constructed by tribal members as part of the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps' Indian Division (CCC-ID), a subset of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The building has served the needs of the Iowa Tribe community over the years as a meeting place for cultural and social events, dances, powwows, funerals, feasts, religious services, social programs, tribal government meetings, and administration.

Past Highlights:

North Hampton Town Hall
Photograph courtesy of the New Hampshire State Historic Preservation Office

North Hampton Town Hall, Rockingham County, New Hampshire

Built in 1844, and moved to its present location at 231 Atlantic Avenue in 1886, the historic single-story, clapboarded building set on a foundation of granite blocks, owes its listing to the work of local residents, starting with a Winnacunnet High School senior project in 2006. Noticing the North Hampton Town Hall was in a state of disrepair, Kathy Shea did her Winnacunnet High School senior project on researching the history of the building and placing it on the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places, administered by the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. The North Hampton Town Hall was condemned in 2004 due to its lack of structural integrity. Beginning with Kathy Shea’s research in recent years, attention was drawn to repairing the North Hampton Tall Hall. In 2010 the town embarked on a multi-year renovation project which included new bathrooms, a handicapped access ramp in back, a new front porch, restoration for the windows and the installation of storm windows. The renovated building is now used for municipal meetings, voting and a variety of community functions. The Town Hall Recreation Department and the Cable television station also have offices in this building.

Akron Opera House, Plymouth County, Iowa

Opening in the spring of 1906, the Akron Opera House embodies the heyday of rural community opera houses (1890-early 1940s), when opera houses were built all across Iowa and the Midwest as rural communities developed places to house cultural activities. During 1906-1938, the Akron Opera House was the central meeting place and entertainment venue for the entire community. Because of its size and optimum location it was an integral fixture in the community: the Akron High School held its commencement exercises in the theatre, Carrie Nation, the famous hatchet wielding, temperance crusader, was booked for a presentation in 1910, traveling plays and concerts were presented through the 1920s, dances, moving picture shows, church bazaars, declamation concerts, basketball games, political speeches, wrestling matches, revival meetings, and federal court witness interviews were presented or conducted until the late 1930s.

Chicano Park, San Diego, California

Chicano Park, in San Diego, California, was the site of a powerful protest in 1970 by members of the local San Diego Hispanic community over the planned redevelopment of a vacant site within the Barrio Logan community that had been previously promised to the community as public open space. The peaceful occupation of the site and the subsequent successful struggle to turn the location into a vibrant community gathering spot is closely associated with the local Chicano Civil Rights Movement in San Diego.


South Carolina Memorial Garden, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina

It took almost a decade, but the preservation efforts to repair the South Carolina Memorial Garden, in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, paid off. In 2000 an ice storm in South Carolina inflicted heavy damage on the trees and shrubs that were the living history of American landscape architect Loutrel W. Briggs’ vision for the landscape of the South Carolina Memorial Garden. The members of the Garden Club of South Carolina initiated an extensive restoration of the garden’s plantings, structures, and hardscapes in 2003 under the guidance of Atlanta landscape architect James R. Cothran (an expert on Briggs' work) of Robert and Company. Cothran’s efforts during a restoration undertaken in 2007-2008 and dedicated in April 2009 have adhered to Briggs’ original scheme in order to maintain the property’s historic integrity.


[photo]South San Francisco Opera House Photograph by Sfbike available on Flickr via Creative Commons

South San Francisco Opera House, San Francisco, California
Now known as the Bay View Opera House, this opera house was built in 1888. the building served as a public social hall for gatherings, cultural events and entertainment. The Opera House was the first cultural building constructed in the neighborhood and served for decades as the chief social center of the Bayview-Hunters Point district, regularly hosting dances, fairs, political rallies, and charity benefits.

San Timoteo Canyon Schoolhouse, Redlands, Riverside County, California
Follow the history of this rural one room schoolhouse from its construction in the 1890s to its rehabilitation in 2008 to become a county interpretive center.

A. Quinn Jones House, Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida
The house of this extraordinary man has been renovated and turned into a community center. Quinn was a teacher to his community and so much more. Read about his life, his career, and the communities he touched.

Moon-Randolph Ranch, Missoula County, Montana
The story of this ranch parallels the story of Montana. Read how Ray and Luella Moon established a "claim shack" and what happened to the ranch through generations. The Moon-Randolph Ranch will continue to tell the story of Montana because the City of Missoula acquired the ranch, and it is currently used for living history activities.

Downtown Churches Historic District, Sheboygan, Sheyboygan County, Wisconsin
The Downtown Churches Historic District is a well defined cluster of religious buildings. The four congregations located in the district represent four distinct faiths, each with a medium-sized, well-designed, and well-maintained church building. 

Quincy Homestead, Kitchen
Photograph by Myron O Stachiw.

Marie Webster House, Marion, IN
Marie Webster made quilts during the first half of the 20th century, and represents a shift from the traditional designs to modern designs inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement. She also wrote the path breaking book  Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them, which was the first book solely dedicated to the history of the quilt.

Woodlawn -- Alexandria, VA
Explore the former home of George Washington's adopted daughter, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property since 1951.

Henry Whitfield House -- Guilford, CT
Tour this 1639 Colonial Revival building, still in existence due to New England preservation efforts.

Quincy Homestead, Quincy, Massachusetts
(1686-1904): The Quincy Homestead is a remarkable example of New England architecture and its transformations from the late seventeenth century to the late nineteenth century.

The Hermitage Plantation, Davidson County, TN
The Hermitage Plantation, located 12 miles east of Nashville at Hermitage, Tennessee, was the home of Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States and victor of the Battle of New Orleans (1815), from 1804 until his death in 1845.

The Savannah National Historic Landmark District, Savannah GA
The Savannah National Historic Landmark District consists of the pre-Civil War section of Savannah and is significant for its city plan and remarkable architecture.

Subway Terminal Building, after renovation
Photograph courtesy Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program

The Subway Terminal Building in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Now called the Metro 17, the building won a 2006 Preservation Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy for its role in the revitalization of downtown L.A. The estimated rehabilitation costs for this project were $55,175,744.

Newport Historic District -- Rhode Island
Newport’s era of greatest prosperity was from 1740 to 1775, and numerous surviving structures date from those golden years. The prosperity was undermined by the American Revolution and the British army...

The Brick House -- in the Newport Historic District The Brick Market, Newport , begun in 1761, was designed by Peter Harrison.

Moscow Downtown Historic District -- Idaho
Moscow is a community of about 22,000 people located in northern Idaho’s panhandle.

Teaching with Historic Places

The Teaching with Historic Places program uses places to enliven the study of history and other subjects in the humanities. Among its offerings are 131 on-line, classroom-ready lesson plans that explore America's past by examining historic sites. Visit our feature page for a complete list of lessons that provide activities dealing specifically with preservation and conservation issues.


National Historic Preservation Act Lesson Plan
In partnership with the History Channel, the Teaching with Historic Places program created a lesson plan highlighting the National Historic Preservation Act.


Federal Courthouses and Post Offices: Symbols of Pride and Permanence in American Communities
Learn how buildings restored and maintained by the U.S. General Services Administration illustrate the federal role in communities. Also research the process of nominating a building to the National Register of Historic Places, as well as ways in which buildings are designated at the state and local levels. Debate the value of documenting and officially recognizing historic places. (Colorado, Kentucky, and Oregon)

Glen Echo Park: Center for Education and Recreation
Trace the evolution of this Maryland site from a chapter of the Chautauqua movement to a national park. Also create a history of a popular gathering place in your community, and locate successful examples of adaptive reuse. (Maryland)

Teaching with Historic Places Preservation Month Feature Page

Online Travel Itineraries

[graphic] Preserve America Logo

Preserve America is a White House initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage. Many Preserve America Communities are highlighted in the National Register of Historic Places' Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itinerary series.

American Presidents:
From George Washington's precedent-setting refusal to seek a third term to the present day, the presidents of the United States who led the nation, growing it from an infant republic to a global superpower, have all left their mark. This travel itinerary aids visitors in exploring the lives and contributions of 43 American Presidents.

Pierre and Fort Pierre, South Dakota:
Learn about, visit, and explore the authentic historic places that illustrate the history and development of Pierre and Fort Pierre, South Dakota from its earliest settlement to modern times.

Veterans Affairs National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers:
Learn about, visit, and explore the historic places that illustrate the history and development of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers from its earliest conception to the use of the branches as modern Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Route 66
U.S. Highway 66 -- popularly known as Route 66 or the Mother Road -- holds a special place in American consciousness and evokes images of simpler times, mom and pop businesses, and the icons of a mobile nation on the road. This travel itinerary aids the public to visit the historic places that recall those images and experiences that are reminders of our past and evidence of the influence of the automobile.

Travel Itinerary Homepage (over 50 itineraries throughout the country).

Preservation Activities

Here are just a few activities in the National Trust's Preservation Month Calendar

Brucemore Exhibit: Unsinkable Stories/100 Years Later (IA)
Brucemore announces the opening of a temporary exhibition commemorating
the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, a tragedy that
continues to resonate with people today. On April 11, 1912 the RMS
Titanic set out on he...

Richmond Walking Tour: Jackson Ward (VA)
Walking Tour: Known as the “birthplace of Black
Capitalism,” Jackson Ward is rich in African American history and
culture and boasts the largest collection of pre-Civil War homes in the
city. Tour includes the Maggie L...

Cooking Days at Hermann-Grima House (LA)
Every Thursday from October through May, trained volunteer cooks
demonstrate food preparation and cooking methods in the 1830s
kitchen. The cooks use traditional recipes and techniques to
prepare menus with appropriate seasonal ingred...

For many more activities visit the National Trust's Calendar of Events

Preservation Links

National Park Service Preservation Month
Preserve America
National Trust for Historic Preservation
State Historic Preservation Offices Nationwide
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Preservation Action
National Alliance of Preservation Commissions
Association for Preservation Technology
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training -- NPS
National Maritime Initiative -- NPS
National Historic Landmarks -- NPS
Heritage Preservation Services -- NPS
Historic American Building Survey/ Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscape Survey (HABS/HAER/HALS) -- NPS
Museum Management -- NPS
History Division -- NPS
Archaeology -- NPS
Ethnography -- NPS