The National Park Service & Historic Preservation

The National Park Service invites you to explore and interact with the programs and resources highlighted below. 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...

multimedia collage of heritage documentation. 3 different views of the same historic structure.

Heritage Documentation Programs

Explore historic sites across the country via panoramic tours, interactive 3-D models, animations, and more with HABS/HAER/HALS.

cover of Federal Historic Preservation Law book

Federal Preservation Laws Text Available

The most recent reference text of active Federal Historic Preservation Laws is available online and in physical form!

historic plantation home in Louisiana

Research and Technical Assistance

Learn about the research and technical assistance undertaken by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

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!

Red one-room school house with white trim in Cape May, New Jersey

Learn How to be a Preservationist

Whether historic preservation is your career or hobby, there are many opportunities to learn from the professionals in the NPS.

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: June 22, 2020

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