The National Park Service & Historic Preservation

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.

Brightly painted historic steam engine the Jupiter Locomotive located at Golden Spike National Histo

10 Ways to Discover American Heritage

Discover lesser-known American stories, using the National Register of Historic Places as your guide.

Art deco interior of the Cincinnati Union Terminal

A Preservation Partnership

Digitizing the National Register and National Historic Landmark Records. More than 88,000 records now available!

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: June 3, 2019

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