Historic preservation is a conversation with our past about our future. It provides us with opportunities to ask, "What is important in our history?" and "What parts of our past can we preserve for the future?" Through historic preservation, we look at history in different ways, ask different questions of the past, and learn new things about our history and ourselves. Historic preservation is an important way for us to transmit our understanding of the past to future generations. Learn more...
The National Park Service & Historic Preservation
National Historic Preservation Act
The National Historic Preservation Act turned 50 years old in 2016. The law is perhaps the nation's most important advocate for the past.
Become a Junior Ranger
Learn about the National Historic Preservation Act, complete fun activities, and explore ways you can help protect the nation’s heritage!
Lost & Saved
Together, we can do a lot to protect the places that express our history and heritage. These examples show both successes and failures.
Last updated: December 2, 2018