"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others ?" -Martin Luther King, Jr.
The National Park Service cares for over 400 national park units and is a partner in nearly 50 National Heritage Areas.We also maintain the National Register of Historic Places, which is a constantly growing list of historic properties nominated by the American people as places they consider worthy of preservation.Within the National Register's approximately 90,000 listings are over 2,500 National Historic Landmarks.
Whew! That's a lot of places! Each of them tells a part of the American story.
So, what can you do to engage with All Americans' Stories?
Hit the road!
Explore our travel itineraries to plan a trip. Take a digital break with these amazing fly-throughs and virtual tours our and online museum exhibits. When you're in a new place—or considering a familiar place as if it's new—spark your own curiosity. Try Consider a Place: a Curiosity Kick-Start.
Hit the books!
If you're an educator, check out Teaching Cultural Heritage Preservation: Historic Preservation, Cultural Resource Stewardship, and Related Fields, a course outline developed by a team of educators and preservationists to encourage teaching about the preservation of diverse cultural heritage.
The Local Preservation School is a free, online, and open educational resource for volunteers and preservation professionals. This is an open learning environment where you can learn how to save and sustain historic places in your communities. The Local Preservation School is a project of the National Park Service, the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, and Baltimore Heritage. These resources are made for preservationists, by preservationists.
Share and use our teaching and training tools.
Hit the bricks!
Discover your neighborhood and preserve a place that's important. Explore all the tools we offer to help preserve and protect the places where history happened. Find preservation assistance, grant information, internship and volunteer opportunities, and much more. Nominate a property to the National Register of Historic Places. If you're a property owner interested in how federal listing may affect you, please read My Property is Important to America's Heritage. What Does that Mean? Volunteer on your public lands! Or volunteer at your local history sites.
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Last updated: July 13, 2021