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Historic Preservation: Now an American Institution

Preamble to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966: The Congress finds and declares that (a) the spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected in its historic heritage; (b) the historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people.



Who Helps Define Historic Preservation in our Modern World?

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: The mission of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is to promote the preservation, enhancement and productive use of our Nation's historic resources, and advise the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.


National Council for Preservation Education.
Objectives include:
  1. Encouraging and assisting in the development and improvement of historic preservation education programs and endeavors in the United States and elsewhere;
  2. Coordinating efforts related to preservation education with public and private organizations and interested individuals;
  3. Facilitating the collection, exchange and dissemination of information and ideas concerning preservation education;
  4. Creating public awareness of endeavors in preservation education.
National Park Service: Preservation is about deciding what's important, figuring out how to protect it, and passing along an appreciation for what was saved to the next generation.

National Trust for Historic Preservation: Helping people protect, enhance, and enjoy the places that matter to them.