The National Park Service's History Program was started in 1931 and is managed by the Chief Historian of the National Park Service. It administers multiple program areas, conducts historic research, and supports National Park Service staff in all matters relating to the Service's history and mission.
Provides guidance to parks and programs writing new administrative histories or updating existing histories.
Commemorates, honors, and interprets the history of the African American Civil Rights movement.
Honors communities and their citizens who supported America's war effort on the home front.
Handbooks and proceedings created for park staff, researchers, professionals, students, and the public.
Provides an historical overview of a park or region and identify and evaluate their historic resources.
A collection of digital resources that offer insights into the history and growth of the National Park Service.
Documents and protects historic maritime resources. Administers National Maritime Heritage Grants and Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.
Allows historic light stations to be transferred at no cost to federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofits, and others.
Uses in-depth interviews to document the history of the National Park Service. Provides guidance and help to park units and programs.
Works with NPS staff to list national park units and historic resources to the National Register of Historic Places or as NHLs.
Studies that focus on specific historical resources, topics, or themes.
A multiyear effort to commemorate the semiquincentennial (250th) anniversary of the United States of America.
Last updated: November 14, 2023