Our nation's history has many facets, and historic preservation helps tell these stories. Sometimes historic preservation involves celebrating events, people, places, and ideas that we are proud of; other times it involves recognizing moments in our history that can be painful or uncomfortable to remember.
Within the National Park Service, many people work in historic preservation: archeologists, architects, curators, historians, landscape architects, and other cultural resource professionals. The National Park Service carries out historic preservation both within and outside the National Park System:
- Designation of historic sites (includes federally, state, and privately owned properties)
- Documentation (includes written, photographic, and technical documentation, as well as oral histories)
- Physical preservation (includes stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction)