Historic Preservation Tools

What Is Historic Preservation?

Zwaanendael Museum

Zwaanendael Museum. Lewes, Delaware

Historic Preservation, as defined by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is identifying, protecting, and enhancing buildings, places, and objects of historical and cultural significance. Government agencies, private entities, and individual citizens are all involved in these efforts.

Every community holds valuable pieces of the past. These historic elements are responsible for keeping a community’s collective heritage part of its present. The process of historic preservation helps to ensure that these ties remain strong and that those resources remain intact for the enjoyment of future generations.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 established that the federal government would work to preserve the nation’s historic places by working with state and local governments. Today, the resources the NHPA created continue to bolster preservation efforts throughout the United States.

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Visual resources

GIS StoryMap on Historic Preservation

This GIS StoryMap showcases historic preservation as a tool to achieve an inclusive and active community that is conscious of built form concerns by recognizing the need for citizens to be involved in their community in an effort to make it a better place to live. As defined by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, historic preservation is the act of identifying, protecting, and enhancing buildings, places, and objects of historical and cultural significance.

historic-storymap

Narrated Video on Historic Preservation

This video discusses how historic preservation can build Complete Communities. Historic preservation strengthens neighborhoods, placed-based economic development, encourages local economic growth, and conserves natural resources.


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