The Congress finds and declares that, given the complexity of technical problems encountered in preserving historic properties and the lack of adequate distribution of technical information to preserve such properties, a national initiative to coordinate and promote research, distribute information, and provide training about preservation skills and technologies would be beneficial.
— 102nd Congress (Public Law 102-575—Oct. 30, 1992)
54 U.S.C. Ch. 3053: National Center for Preservation, Technology, and Training
From Title 54—TITLE 54 – NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND RELATED PROGRAMS
In this chapter:
(1) Board.—The term “Board” means the Preservation Technology and Training Board established pursuant to section 305303 of this title.
(2) Center.—The term “Center” means the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training established pursuant to section 305302 of this title.
§305302. National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
(a) Establishment.—There is established within the Department of the Interior a National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. The Center shall be located at Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
(c) Programs.—The purposes shall be carried out through research, professional training, technical assistance, and programs for public awareness, and through a program of grants established under section 305304 of this title.
§305303. Preservation Technology and Training Board
(a) Establishment.—There is established a Preservation Technology and Training Board.
(c) Membership.—The Board shall be comprised of—
§305304. Preservation grants
(a) In General.—The Secretary, in consultation with the Board, shall provide preservation technology and training grants to eligible applicants with a demonstrated institutional capability and commitment to the purposes of the Center, in order to ensure an effective and efficient system of research, information distribution, and skills training in all the related historic preservation fields.
(c) Eligible Applicants.—Eligible applicants may include—
(d) Standards and Methods.—Grants shall be awarded in accordance with accepted professional standards and methods, including peer review of projects.
§305305. General provisions
(a) Acceptance of Grants and Transfers.—The Center may accept—
(b) Contracts and Cooperative Agreements.—Subject to appropriations, the Center may enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, Native Hawaiian organizations, educational institutions, and other public entities to carry out the Center’s responsibilities under this chapter.
§305306. Service preservation centers and offices
To improve the use of existing Service resources, the Secretary shall fully utilize and further develop the Service preservation (including conservation) centers and regional offices. The Secretary shall improve the coordination of the centers and offices within the Service, and shall, where appropriate, coordinate their activities with the Center and with other appropriate parties.
Last updated: March 25, 2021