Promote a Historic Place or Local Story
There are many ways to promote the historic sites and stories that you care about, and the National Park Service has developed a number of tools and programs that are suited to this purpose. The following tools and programs can also provide a model for you to create your own local lists of important places, travel itineraries, or special initiatives centered around a theme.
One of the best tools to begin with is the National Register of Historic Places. This is the official list of the Nation's historic places that are worthy of preservation. A companion program to the National Register is the list of National Historic Landmarks, which are all nationally significant places that possess exceptional value in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.
The Maritime Heritage Program advances the awareness and understanding of the role of maritime affairs in U.S. history.
Most of the storytelling we do and encourage is place-based. The Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series allows people to explore a city or region or follow a theme that covers sites coast-to-coast. Teaching with Historic Places provides teachers with a variety of products, lesson plans, and activities that help connect history with the places around us.
National Heritage Areas are Congressionally-designated landscapes that tell nationally important stories. They encourage collaboration within and among communities, to help make heritage relevant to local interests and needs.
Emphasizing our commitment to tell the stories of all Americans, the National Park Service launched the first of its Heritage and History Initiatives in 2012. Active initiatives include efforts to broaden the understanding of the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, American Latinos, Women, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer individuals to the American story.
Last updated: June 23, 2015