The National Park Service & Historic Preservation

May is Historic Preservation Month! As the National Park Service celebrates "undiscovered stories" this month, we encourage you to explore ways the National Park Service preserves and promotes our nation's rich and diverse cultural history.

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...

5 Certified Local Governments and a view of the southeastern U.S. on the CLG web application

Historic Preservation Fund in Action

Explore how the HPF helps protect and preserve historic resources through grant programs like the Certified Local Government Program.

Kalaupapa National Historical Park 1975

Discover Our Shared Heritage

Discover places associated with cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity. Explore America with a historic, thematic travel itinerary.

Cane River National Heritage Area

Find a National Heritage Area

Discover nearby places where historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally important landscapes.

Last updated: May 10, 2019

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