What We Do

History is not the past for the National Park Service; it is our everyday and our future!

The National Park Service preserves and protects historic places across the United States for future generations. 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), including those on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Documentation (includes written, photographic, and technical documentation, as well as oral histories
  • Physical preservation (includes stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction)
  • We also preserve thousands of museum objects in museum collections across the country.

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