Special Publications

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

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SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR’S REPORT To The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation In Accordance with Section 213 of the National Historic Preservation Act: Evaluation of the Proposed Mitigation Plans for the K-25 building on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation, Tennessee
Draft of Public Housing Context - questions can be directed to Paul Lusignan
Nantucket Sound Found Eligible for Listing in the National Register Decision (Cape Wind) and Cape Wind Comments of effects on NHLs October 22, 2009

Turner Falls DOE Decision

Dune Shacks DOE/TCP Decision
Manual for State Historic Preservation Review Boards
National Historic Property Inventory Initiative - - Final Report Released Building Capacity to Preserve and Protect Our Cultural Heritage
The goal of the report is to create a comprehensive inventory of historic properties through a multi-year plan that expands current inventories and makes them more compatible and accessible.
National Register Landscape Initiative
From 2013 to 2015 the National Register program undertook a study known as the National Register Landscape Initiative (NRLI). The initiative, led by Barbara Wyatt, was a series of webinars that included presentations by NPS staff and staff from federal, state, and tribal historic preservation offices. Webinars were structured around landscape themes, with presentations given by participants to generate discussions about issues related to nominating landscapes to National Register. The NRLI provided an excellent forum for sharing information and identifying common problems.

Two publications resulted from the NRLI. Acknowledging Landscapes is a compilation of the presentations given by webinar participants. Eleven topics address themes like institutional landscapes, Tribal landscapes, archeological landscapes, etc. Proceedings of the Maritime Cultural Landscape Symposium consists of two volumes that reflect a symposium held in 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Plans for the symposium were generated by the NRLI maritime cultural landscape webinar. Held in Madison, Wisconsin, the symposium was a collaboration between the NPS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. The first volume is a compilation of the papers and the second provides links to videos of the presentations.

The publications should be considered a resource for those preparing National Register nominations with a landscape emphasis.

Please e-mail us for Acknowledging Landscapes
Download Proceedings of the Maritime Cultural Landscape Symposium volume 1 (pdf 3MB)
Download Proceedings of the Maritime Cultural Landscape Symposium volume 2 (pdf 1 MB)
Of Exceptional Importance: The Origins of the 'Fifty-Year Rule' in Historic Preservation." The Public Historian,Volume 29, no.2. © Spring 2007

Criteria Consideration A: Origins of the National Register Criteria Consideration for Religious Properties - article in Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, Volume 16, Number 2, Fall 2009, pp. 1-15 by John Sprinkle (external link)
Building the National Parks: Historic Landscape Design and Construction is a comprehensive history of the policy, principles, and practices of landscape design through which the natural parks of the National Park System became accessible to ever-increasing numbers of visitors. (ISBN# 0-89133-253-7)

Presenting Nature: The Historic Landscape Design of the National Park Service 1916 to 1942 is a study of naturalistic landscape design in the national parks, reveals how the National Park Service met the dual challenge of developing parks for visitor appreciation and enjoyment while ensuring the preservation of scenic resources.

African American Historic Places describes more than 800 National Register properties in 42 States and 2 U.S. Territories that have played a role in African American history. Also included are 8 essays on the African American experience. Available from the Preservation Press, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., (Reference ISBN# 978-0471-143-451)


Please e-mail us for copies of these dvds, all were produced around 1994
  • American Legacy: The Work of the National Register of Historic Places
  • The Multiple Property Approach
  • Through the Generations: Identifying and Protecting Traditional Cultural Places

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