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National Register of Historic Places

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.

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May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month »

Quincy Grammar School, Boston, Massachusetts
Completed in 1849, the Quincy Grammar School set a model for Boston's educational reform movement of the 19th century. By the late 19th century, the school was educating a diverse group of immigrant children, including Chinese, a trend that continued into the 20th century. With the arrival from China of large numbers of women and children soon after WWII, Chinatown's population increased enormously, and the Quincy School became the public school serving Chinese immigrant and Chinese-American children. See more properties

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Maritime Cultural Landscape Symposium:

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Proceedings of the Maritime Culutural Landscape Symposium, which was held in Madison, Wisconsin in November 2015. It was a collaboration between the National Park Service, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Managment), and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Volume 1 features the papers that were presented and Volume 2 features links to the videos of the presentations.

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Featured Property:
The Women’s Building (TWB) in San Francisco’s Mission District represents a powerful physical embodiment of the values and achievements of second wave feminism during the mid to late twentieth century, and the movement’s efforts to secure social justice and gender equality for women and other minorities (LGBTQ/racial/ethnic). As one of the first and longest tenured women-owned and women-operated women’s centers in the U.S. TWB represented a significant, high-profile model for the establishment and operation of similar facilities nationwide.. Read more

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National Register Policy and Guidance updates

Webinar: National Register or National Historic Landmark? This webinar provides information on the difference between NR and NHL and why to choose one option over the other.


For Travelers »

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Travel Itineraries:
As our list of travel itineraries grows, the historic destinations you can visit online or in person are virtually endless! Each itinerary is a self-guided tour to historic places most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Spotlighting different communities, geographic regions and themes across the country, the travel itineraries expose you to a huge variety of places significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.

Current Teaching with Historic Places feature

For Teachers »
Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects.


The building the Big Duck in New York

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