The Cultural Resources Stewardship, Partnerships, and Science Programs of the National Park Service provide leadership for the protection and interpretation of the nation's heritage, guide a national historic preservation program that embraces national parks and heritage resources, engage all American peoples with the places and stories that make up their national identity, and serve as models for the stewardship of cultural resources throughout the world. The magnitude of NPS stewardship responsibilities for the nation's heritage resources is inspiring. The cultural resources programs and responsibilities of the NPS reach into every park and virtually every community in the nation. Explore additional resources about all Americans' stories through our history portal and through the links below.
The Introduction to African American Heritage article has more on the topic.
Tuskegee Airmen photo exhibit: The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II.
Boston's Crusade Against Slavery: This online exhibit explores the abolitionist movement in Boston, Massachusetts using primary and secondary documents.
W. E. B. Du Bois Collection at the Library of Congress: This collection includes a variety of materials associated with W. E. B. Du Bois, including photographs of African Americans from his collection, as well as a series of infographics created by Du Bois documenting the social condition of African Americans at the turn of the twentieth century.
Historic Documentation Programs (HABS, HAER, HALS): The permanent collection of architectural, engineering and landscape documentation at the Library of Congress consists of measured and interpretive drawings, large-format black and white and color photographs, written historical and descriptive data, and original field notes. The collection captures the American experience through approximately 40,000 recorded historic structures and sites, from American Indian cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde to space-age technology at Cape Canaveral.
National Heritage Areas (NHA) are a grassroots, community-driven approach to heritage conservation and economic development. Through public-private partnerships, NHA entities support historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, heritage tourism, and educational projects. NHAs are not national park units. Rather, the National Park Service partners with, provides technical assistance, and distributes matching federal funds from Congress to NHA entities. NPS does not assume ownership of land inside heritage areas or impose land use controls.