History & Cultural Research
BackgroundCultural resources are aspects of a cultural system that are valued by or significantly representative of a culture, or that contain significant information about a culture. Management of these resources throughout the NPS is divided into five disciplines: archeology, ethnography, museum collections, historical structures, and cultural landscapes.
Cultural resources programs strive to understand, preserve, and provide for the enjoyment of cultural resources. This work falls into four categories: research, planning, compliance, and stewardship. Within stewardship, Voyageurs’ cultural resources program overlaps with other park divisions by developing the visitor experience (interpretation), managing facilities
(maintenance), and protecting sensitive resources (law enforcement).
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Voyageurs National Park is responsible for managing 16 historical properties that are listed on or eligible for the National Register:
Three collections are managed at Voyageurs National Park:
The collections serve as scientific and historical documentation of the park’s resources and purpose.
Other Preservation Resources
Many preservation resources for the National Park Service are available online. Check out the following sites for any additional information.
National Park Service History E-Library- The National Park Service's History e-Library contains thousands of electronic publications covering the history of the National Park Service and the units comprising the National Park System. We invite you to learn more about history and how the National Park Service works to preserve it.
Preservation Briefs- Preservation Briefs provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. These NPS Publications help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work.
Conserve-O-Grams- Both experienced and inexperienced museum staff responsible for the care and use of museum collections can find short, focused leaflets about caring for museum objects, published in loose-leaf format.
Last updated: April 30, 2018