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Detailing past, current and future legislation in historic preservation and cultural resource preservation, as well as highlight past/current/future policy issues in preservation at the local, state and national levels. 
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Detailing past, current and future legislation in historic preservation and cultural resource preservation, as well as highlight past/current/future policy issues in preservation at the local, state and national levels. 

Now Recruiting: Maryland Preservation Policy Workgroup
Contributed by Preservation Maryland
Posted: August 10, 2017

  Preservation Maryland is currently laying the groundwork to convene a workgroup of history, preservation, economic development, and tourism organizations to focus on public policy and funding sources to...

National Park Service Announces $1.6 Million in Grants to Preserve and Interpret World War II Japanese American Confinement Sites
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: June 9, 2017

  WASHINGTON – Today, the National Park Service announced $1.6 million in grants to fund preservation, restoration and education projects at several Japanese American confinement sites. The 14 grantees in...

President Proposes $2.55 Billion FY18 Budget for National Park Service
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: May 25, 2017

  WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump today proposed a $2.55 billion Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the National Park Service (NPS), including funding increases for top Trump Administration priorities like...

RFP: Historic Preservation Legislation Evaluation, CNMI Historic Preservation Office, Saipan, CNMI
Contributed by CNMI Historic Preservation Office
Posted: February 14, 2017

  Governor Ralph DLG. Torres and Lt Governor Victor B. Hocog, through the Secretary of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and the Historic Preservation Office (HPO) are soliciting sealed proposals...

Advocacy Alert! We Need You to Help Protect the Historic Tax Credit!
Contributed by Preservation Massachusetts
Posted: January 21, 2017

  With a new Congress in place and a new Administration taking over Washington DC today, there is an urgent need for advocacy to protect the Historic Tax Credit, the Federal Government's largest...

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Releases the 2017 List of 10 Places in Peril in the State
Contributed by Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: November 16, 2016

  "This is the Trust's twelfth annual Places in Peril list," said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Trust. "We hope the list will continue to bring preservation solutions to Georgia's imperiled...

ACHP Invites Input on Ideas to Improve the National Historic Preservation Program
Contributed by The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
Posted: September 30, 2016

  The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) wants to hear from you on the future of the national historic preservation program. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic...

Announcing Funding for Regeneration Works
Contributed by The National Trust for Canada
Posted: May 30, 2016

  Ottawa, May 30, 2016 – The National Trust for Canada is pleased to acknowledge $161,234 in new funding from the Government of Canada. With this funding, the National Trust will build Regeneration Works,...

Invitation to Bid for the Yap State Historic Preservation Legislation Review Project
Contributed by Francis Reg, Historic Preservation Officer
Posted: March 16, 2016

  REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) INVITATION TO BID FOR THE YAP STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION LEGISLATION REVIEW PROJECT The Yap State Historic Preservation Office (YSHPO) hereby solicits...

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee Releases Annual Report to Congress
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: March 14, 2016

  WASHINGTON – The National Park Service has released the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee’s

Now Accepting Applications: Preservation Massachusetts' Predevelopment Loan Fund
Contributed by Preservation Massachusetts
Posted: March 1, 2016

  Do you know of a project in your community that is in need of funds for architectural and engineering studies, legal fees, historic consultant costs, etc? Preservation Massachusetts is actively...

National Trust for Canada shares its recommendations for Budget 2016
Contributed by National Trust for Canada
Posted: February 24, 2016

  Ottawa, February 23 – Responding to Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s pre-budget town hall, the National Trust for Canada is encouraging heritage supporters to promote its recommendations, designed to help...

Historic Resources in Michigan Jeopardized by Bill to Amend 1970 PA 169
Contributed by Michigan Historic Preservation Network
Posted: January 29, 2016

  Michigan?s historic places drive economic development, attract businesses, draw tourists and new residents, create a sense of place, and enhance our quality of life. Keeping these historic places is so...

National Trust for Canada Launches REGENERATION Blog
Contributed by National Trust for Canada - Fiducie nationale du Canada
Posted: December 5, 2015

  Ottawa, ON, December 3, 2015 – The National Trust for Canada is launching REGENERATION, a new blog designed to share inspiring and provocative stories and ideas about saving and regenerating places that...

National Park Service Director Jarvis Encourages Congressional Support for National Park Service Centennial
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: December 2, 2015

  WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today highlighted key provisions included in the Obama Administration’s National Park Service centennial proposal and a draft bill from House...

National Park Service Reports Historic Investments in 2014 Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: September 15, 2015

  WASHINGTON – Private investment in historic preservation is alive and well, as outlined in a series of reports on the National Park Service’s Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program. ...

10 Reasons for Exploring a Preservation Option for the Historic Chautauqua Amphitheater
Contributed by The Committee to Preserve the Historic Chautauqua Amphitheater
Posted: August 27, 2015

  Dear Chautauquans and Friends of Chautauqua: As the Board of Trustees prepares to meet this Saturday, we would first like to thank all of the Amp’s supporters. This campaign could...

Four New National Historic Landmarks Designated
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: August 4, 2015

  WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the designation of four new national historic landmarks. The designation...

Progress in Preservation: National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Announces $427,000 in Grants
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 7, 2015

  WASHINGTON – The present meets the past to benefit the future. The National Park Service announced today the award of $427,000 in Preservation Technology and Training grants to fund innovative research,...

Secretary Jewell Applauds Designation of San Antonio Missions in Texas as Nation’s 23rd World Heritage Site
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 7, 2015

  WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today applauded the decision by the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)...

Stonewall Inn Designated as an Individual Landmark
Contributed by Historic Districts Council
Posted: June 23, 2015

  This morning, the LPC voted unanimously to designate the city’s newest Historic District and its newest Individual Landmark. The latter designation, of the Stonewall Inn, marks a historic moment...

Legislative Update - The Revitalize Main Street Act
Contributed by Restore Oregon
Posted: June 22, 2015

  If our Main Streets and historic places matter to you, take 5 minutes to email your legislators today! We’re in the final rounds of a prize fight for preservation and economic development! With...

National Park Service and Maritime Administration Announce $2.6 Million in Grants for Maritime History Education and Preservation Projects
Contributed by National Park Service and Maritime Administration
Posted: April 27, 2015

  WASHINGTON — The National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, today announced the award of approximately $2.6 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects...

The National Trust for Canada Responds to Regeneration Opportunities in 2015 Federal Budget
Contributed by The National Trust for Canada
Posted: April 21, 2015

  Ottawa, ON April 21, 2015 – The National Trust for Canada is encouraged by the 2015 federal Budget’s recognition that history guides our future, reflected in new funding to renew and celebrate places that...

Secretary Jewell, Director Jarvis Announce Five New National Historic Landmarks Highlighting America’s Diverse Heritage
Contributed by Department of Interior
Posted: April 15, 2015

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the designation of five new national historic landmarks, ranging from...

Heritage Canada National Trust Accepting Applications for Young Canada Works in Heritage Funding
Contributed by Heritage Canada National Trust
Posted: January 14, 2015

  Ottawa, ON, January 14, 2015 – The Young Canada Works (YCW) program assists employers in the creation of jobs for students and recent graduates in such areas as historic research, heritage site interpretation,...

Historic Tax Credit to be Introduced in Oregon (Preservation Action)
Contributed by Restore Oregon
Posted: January 10, 2015

  The Revitalize Main Street Act is set to be introduced this month in Oregon. This legislation would create a state Historic Rehabilitation Fund to help offset the costs of restoring historic commercial...

Supporters of North Carolina’s Historic Tax Credit Launch Petition (Preservation Action)
Contributed by
Posted: January 9, 2015

  Supporters of North Carolina’s historic preservation tax credit have launched an online petition to urge state legislators to re-introduce the tax credit. The N.C Metropolitan Mayors Coalition...

House Passes FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: December 16, 2014

  The House narrowly passed the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill late Thursday night, barely averting another government shutdown. The House also passed a two-day stopgap spending bill, funding...

Alliance of National Heritage Areas Reacts to Passage of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
Contributed by Alliance of National Heritage Areas
Posted: December 15, 2014

  The Alliance of National Heritage Areas applauds the action of Congress to protect and support the work of National Heritage Areas (NHAs) across the nation....

Architects Praise Passage of Design Build Reform in Defense Authorization Bill
Contributed by The American Institute of Architects
Posted: December 15, 2014

  Washington, D.C. – December 15, 2014 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today praised Congressional passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The language...

The National Trust for Canada Releases New Report on Financial Measures for Heritage Development
Contributed by The National Trust for Canada
Posted: December 12, 2014

  Ottawa, ON, December 12, 2014 – The National Trust for Canada is pleased to announce the release of its new report, Financial Measures to Encourage Heritage Development, created to assist the...

U.S. Congress Helps Secure Future of Two National Historic Sites with Passage of National Defense Authorization Act
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: December 12, 2014

  Today, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains more than 50 separate public lands provisions. This authorization marks the first National Parks legislation passed...

New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Proposes To Remove 96 Properties for Designation Consideration
Contributed by Historic Districts Council
Posted: December 3, 2014

  As has been reported in The New York Times, DNAinfo, Gothamist, The New York Post, CBS News and elsewhere, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has announced...

The National Trust - Heritage Canada Applauds Federal Infrastructure Funding for Heritage
Contributed by The National Trust - Heritage Canada
Posted: December 3, 2014

  Ottawa, ON, November 25, 2014 – The National Trust for Canada welcomes Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement of $5.8 billion in additional spending on historic sites, museums, research centres,...

National Park Service Awards $1.3 Million in Battlefield Preservation Grants
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 24, 2014

  WASHINGTON – The National Park Service has awarded 21 preservation grants totaling more than $1.3 million to help preserve, protect, document and interpret America’s significant battlefield lands. The...

Visitor Spending in National Park Gateways Has Big Impact on Economy
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 18, 2014

  WASHINGTON – National park visitors contributed $26.5 billion to the nation’s economy and supported almost 240,000 jobs in 2013, according to a peer-reviewed report released today by National Park Service...

National Park Service Awards $830,000 to Protect Chattanooga Battlefield
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 2, 2014

  WASHINGTON – The National Park Service Director today announced $830,000 in grant money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve more than 48 acres of land from the November 23-25, 1863 Battle...

Maryland Governor O'Malley Signs HB 510
Contributed by Preservation Maryland
Posted: May 20, 2014

  Yesterday, Governor O'Malley signed into law Maryland HB510 reauthorizing the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program. The program, which provides tax credits for rehabilitation of historic buildings,...

Interior Designates Four New National Landmarks to Honor Nation’s Unique Cultural Heritage & History
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: April 23, 2014

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today marked National Park Week by announcing the designation of four new national...

National Park Service, American Architectural Foundation Enter into Agreement to Promote Save America’s Treasures Program
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: April 13, 2014

  Washington – The National Park Service and the American Architectural Foundation have announced a new partnership to promote Save America’s Treasures, a grant program that preserves nationally significant...

National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants of Nearly $34 million to States, the District of Columbia and Territories
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: March 6, 2014

  WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today awarded more than $33.8 million in grants from the Historic Preservation Fund to help states and territories preserve and protect our...

President’s Budget Requests $2.6 billion for National Park Service
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: March 4, 2014

  WASHINGTON – President Obama’s budget request for 2015 includes $2.6 billion for the critical conservation, preservation, and recreation mission of the National Park Service (NPS) as it approaches its...

Protecting the Federal Historic Tax Credit
Contributed by Preservation Massachusetts
Posted: March 4, 2014

  Each year, PM staff travels to DC to meet with our congressional delegation, discuss historic preservation and urge their support if key federal programs. One of those programs, the Federal Historic...

Secretary Jewell, NPS Director Release New Report Showing National Parks Remain Strong Economic Engines, Support 243,000 Jobs Nationwide
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: March 4, 2014

  WASHINGTON – Boosted by an additional 4 million visitors in 2012, national parks across the country continued to be important economic engines, generating $26.75 billion in economic activity and supporting...

Registration Now Open for 2014 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference
Contributed by Dave Ryder
Posted: January 23, 2014

  Registration is now open for the 12th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference which will take place at the Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico, June 11-13, 2014, emphasizing the theme “Economic Engines...

National Park Service Historic Preservation Grants to States, the District of Columbia and Territories at $13 million
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: December 25, 2013

  WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today awarded more than $13 million in historic preservation grants to help states and territories preserve and protect our nation’s historic...

National Park Service Honors Employees for Cultural Resource Work
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: November 22, 2013

  Washington – The National Park Service has awarded the 2012 Appleman-Judd-Lewis Awards to eight individuals for excellence in cultural resource stewardship and management. This year’s recipients...

National Park Service Submits Recommendation to Congress to Establish New National Historical Park to Honor César Chávez and the Farm Labor Movement
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: October 28, 2013

  WASHINGTON, DC - In response to a request from Congress to study sites related to the life of César Chávez and the farm labor movement, the National Park Service today transmitted a final resource...

National Park Service Announces Grants to Help Native Americans Identify and Repatriate Human Remains, Cultural Objects
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: August 13, 2013

  WASHINGTON – The National Park Service today announced more than $65,000 in grants under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) to assist museums, Indian tribes and Native...

National Park Service Grants $1.3Million to Preserve and Interpret World War II Japanese American Confinement Sites
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 11, 2013

  WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced more than $1.3 million in grants to help preserve and interpret the sites where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans – two-thirds...

Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit Gets Six-Year Extension
Contributed by
Posted: July 8, 2013

  The Oregon House of Representatives, following similar action by the Oregon Senate, has approved a six-year extension of the Oregon Cultural Trust's tax credit. The bill containing the extension now goes...

Interior Highlights 35th Anniversary of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program
Contributed by National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services
Posted: June 18, 2013

  WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today marked the 35th anniversary of the highly successful Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program, which has helped preserve historic...

National Park Service Grants to Protect Civil War Battlefields
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: June 14, 2013

  WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced more than $3.3 million in grants to help preserve more than 200 acres of land at five of America’s Civil War battlefields. The...

National Park Service Historic Preservation Grants Mean More Than $21 million for Projects in States and Territories
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: June 14, 2013

  WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced $21.6 million in historic preservation grants to help states and territories preserve and protect historic sites.

National Park Service Heritage Documentation Program Creates Fly-Through Videos of Historic Resources
Contributed by National Park Service Heritage Documentation Program
Posted: April 29, 2013

  WASHINGTON - Descend the historic wooden stairs that took visitors deep into Carlsbad Caverns in the 1920s. Go below deck of the timeworn Civil War gunboat USS Cairo at Vicksburg...

NJ Statewide Conference on Tax Credits for Historic Properties
Contributed by Barbara Kerr
Posted: April 25, 2013

  A statewide conference on tax credits for historic properties will be held on May 18, 2013 at the Plainfield Public Library. The event will be held from 9:30am-12:30pm followed by lunch and a walking tour....

New Reports Detail Natural, Historic and Cultural Resources in America’s National Parks
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: April 23, 2013

  WASHINGTON – National Park Service scientists and managers are taking a close look at the overall condition of the national parks in their care and have begun to report their findings in a series of State...

National Park System Advisory Board Report Offers Strategies to Strengthen 21st-century National Park Service
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: April 17, 2013

  Washington – Strategies to strengthen the work of the National Park Service as it prepares for its centennial in 2016 are included in a report released today by the National Park System Advisory Board...

President’s Budget Requests $2.6 billion for National Park Service
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: April 17, 2013

  WASHINGTON – The President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget requests $2.6 billion to support the critical conservation, preservation, and recreation mission of the National Park Service, the steward of the Nation’s...

Secretary Salazar Applauds Establishment of Delaware’s First State National Monument
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: March 26, 2013

  NEW CASTLE, DE – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, local officials and community...

Secretary Salazar, Director Jarvis Designate 13 New National Historic Landmarks
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: March 23, 2013

  WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the designation of 13 new national historic landmarks, including...

Statue of Liberty to Reopen by July 4th
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: March 19, 2013

  NEW YORK, NY– Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the National Park Service expects to reopen the Statue of Liberty to visitors by July 4, 2013, after repairing the extensive damage...

National Parks Serve as Powerful Economic Engines for Local Communities, Supporting 252,000 Jobs
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: February 25, 2013

  WASHINGTON, DC – National Parks continued to be important economic engines for local communities, with visitors generating $30.1 billion in economic activity and supporting 252,000 jobs nationwide in 2011,...

Secretary Salazar Calls for Greater Promotion and Utilization of Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program to Maximize Opportunities for Restoration, Economic Revitalization
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: February 10, 2013

  DETROIT, MI – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today asked the National Park Service to conduct an internal review of the highly successful Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program...

National Park Service Awards Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: January 23, 2013

  WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the award of more than $1.8 million in grants to help with 310.79 acres of land acquisition at six Civil War battlefields. ...

Free Entrance to all National Parks on January 21
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: January 17, 2013

  WASHINGTON – All 398 national parks across the country will have free entrance on Monday, January 21 in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.“The holiday provides the perfect opportunity...

Salazar, Jarvis Celebrate Pinnacles’ New Status as 59th National Park
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: January 11, 2013

  WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis today celebrated the establishment of America’s 59th national park with President Obama’s...

Secretary Salazar Announces Fee Free Days at National Parks, Other Public Lands for 2013
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: November 14, 2012

  WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced dates in 2013 ranging from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Veterans Day when more than 2,000 national parks, national forests,...

Interior Department Designates 27 New National Landmarks - Landmarks Honor Nation’s Cultural and Natural Heritage
Contributed by Department of Interior
Posted: October 17, 2012

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the designation of 26 national historic landmarks and one national natural landmark as places that possess exceptional...

2012 New Jersey Historic Preservation Plan Survey
Contributed by New Jersey Historic Preservation Office
Posted: October 8, 2012

  The Historic Preservation Office is working in coordination with Preservation New Jersey, the New Jersey Historic Trust, and others to learn what you think are the most important actions needed to preserve...

First of Its Kind Report Assists in Evaluating Post-WWII Properties
Contributed by Amy Squitieri
Posted: September 26, 2012

  A new streamlined and consistent guide on the application of National Register Criteria for Evaluation of postwar residential housing was just released by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program....

Antietam National Battlefield Commemorates 150th Anniversary of the Civil War’s Bloodiest Single-Day Battle
Contributed by Antietam National Battlefield
Posted: September 13, 2012

  Sharpsburg, Md. – To mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, nearly 300 special programs and tours are planned on September 14-17, 2012 at Antietam National Battlefield. These special...

US and Costa Rica National Parks Leaders Sign Agreement; Will Work Toward Common Stewardship Goals in National Parks and Protected Areas
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: August 29, 2012

  ESTES PARK, COLORADO – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today signed a memorandum of understanding with Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservacion, Costa Rica’s national system...

National Park Service Awards Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: August 16, 2012

  WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the award of more than $1.3 million in grants to help with land acquisition at four Civil War battlefields. Grant...

Salazar, Jarvis Announce $1.66 Million in Grants Under Native American Graves and Repatriation Act
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: August 2, 2012

  WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced that the National Park Service is awarding $1,663,382 in grants to assist...

Secretary Salazar Announces Transfer of Lighthouses in Washington and Michigan to Local Ownership
Contributed by Department of Interior
Posted: July 20, 2012

  WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the transfer of two historic lighthouses in Washington and Michigan to local partners under the National Historic Lighthouse...

Historic Site Management Grants from the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Contributed by Catherine Goulet
Posted: June 27, 2012

  $1.2 Million Available for Historic Preservation Grants The New Jersey Historic Trust is now accepting applications for Historic Site Management Grants from the Garden State Historic...

Secretary Salazar Approves San Antonio Missions for World Heritage Nomination
Contributed by Department of Interior
Posted: June 9, 2012

  SAN ANTONIO, Texas – At the historic Mission Concepción, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the Department of the Interior has officially authorized the San Antonio Franciscan...

2012 Holland Prize: A Single-Sheet Measured Drawing Competition
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: May 22, 2012

  The Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey) seeks your assistance in promoting the 2012 Leicester...

Secretary Salazar Designates Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: May 17, 2012

  ANNAPOLIS, MD—Joined by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and other leaders in a ceremony at Sandy Point State Park, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today designated four water trails as...

$235,500 Released for the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Grants Program
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: April 12, 2012

  National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced today the awarding of $235,500, in eleven federal competitive preservation technology and training grants. Grant recipients...

Spokane's Jensen-Byrd Building Nominated to National Trust Most Endangered Historic Buildings List
Contributed by Spokane Preservation Advocates
Posted: April 11, 2012

  Spokane Preservation Advocates (SPA) has nominated the historic Jensen-Byrd Building to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.” This...

United States Commemorates 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act of 1862
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: April 4, 2012

  Rare Loan of National Archives Document, the Homestead Act of 1862, to Homestead National Monument of America On May 20th, 2012 the United States will commemorate a monumental moment...

Secretary Salazar Designates Thirteen New National Historic Landmarks
Contributed by National Historic Landmarks Program
Posted: March 29, 2012

  WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the designation of 13 new National Historic Landmarks in nine different states, including a site associated with the famed Apache...

Interior Moves Forward with Efforts to Preserve and Interpret World War II Japanese American Internment Sites
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: March 22, 2012

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of the Interior today announced that the National Park Service is awarding funding to help preserve and interpret the U.S. confinement sites where more than...

New Jersey Historic Trust Releases Capital Needs Survey
Contributed by New Jersey Historic Trust
Posted: March 20, 2012

  The New Jersey Historic Trust asks all property managers of public and nonprofit owned historic sites to complete a new Capital Needs Survey. The survey will provide needed information on the repair,...

Ask Your Senators to Support Preservation in the Transportation Enhancements Program
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: February 9, 2012

  Dear Preservationist, Transportation Enhancements (TE), the single largest source of federal funding for historic preservation, is still under siege.With your help, we successfully...

Sign the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Historic Tax Credit Pledge
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: February 1, 2012

  The federal historic tax credit has been quietly and effectively transforming historic buildings into new uses for more than 30 years. These projects: Create more and better paying...

New York City Council Approves Borough Hall Skyscraper District
Contributed by Historic Districts Council
Posted: January 24, 2012

  Despite fierce lobbying from the real estate industry and a local coop board, the City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses voted today in favor of the designation of the Borough...

Tell The State of North Carolina What You Think About Historic Preservation
Contributed by Historic Wilmington Foundation
Posted: December 28, 2011

  Below is a survey the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is using to gather information about the state of preservation in North Carolina. I wanted to bring it to your attention and urge you to...

Historic Preservation, NLCS Funding and Historic Leasing Provisions Preserved in Year-End FY'12 Omnibus Spending Bill
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: December 23, 2011

  Historic preservation funding for FY'12 was settled at the eleventh hour when Congress approved a year-end omnibus spending bill just before a temporary continuing resolution (CR) expired on December...

Controversial Environmental Riders May Force CR on Interior Bill and Lower Historic Preservation Funding for FY'12
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: December 9, 2011

  House and Senate Appropriators began formal conference negotiations this week on a final, year-end FY’12 omnibus spending package that will contain the nine remaining appropriations bills – including the...

FY'12 Omnibus Spending Bill Could Spell Trouble for Historic Preservation Funding
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: December 7, 2011

  Federal funding for historic preservation in FY'12 may be decided in the next two weeks, provided lawmakers do not extend a temporary continuing resolution (CR) into early next year. The FY’12 Interior...

National Trust and Guam Preservation Trust Score Major Legal Victory on Pagat Village
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: December 7, 2011

  The National Trust and the Guam Preservation Trust scored a major legal victory in November when U.S. Navy publicly announced its intent to consider alternative locations for firing ranges that were originally...

Mrs. Laura Bush Joins National Trust For Historic Preservation's Board of Trustees
Contributed by National Trust For Historic Preservation
Posted: December 2, 2011

  The National Trust for Historic Preservation is proud to announce that Mrs. Laura W. Bush—one of America’s outstanding leaders in the field of historic preservation—has agreed to serve on the National...

The Fight for a Philadelphia Gem
Contributed by Maria Gorshin
Posted: December 1, 2011

  When you veer off into unknown territory you're likely to find the unexpected. That's exactly what occurred yesterday as I left the commotion of a busy Philadelphia street to explore a charming little...

Super Committee Deliberations Falter and Automatic Spending Reductions Loom for Historic Preservation Funding
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: November 21, 2011

  As Congress prepared to recess for its Thanksgiving break, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction continued to work behind the scenes on a plan this week that will reduce spending by $1.2...

FY'12 Historic Preservation Funding May Face Squeeze in Year-End Omnibus Spending Bill
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: November 15, 2011

  FY'12 historic preservation funding is far from settled and a temporary continuing resolution (CR) will expire on November 18th. Another CR is in the works which will run through December...

Preservation Green Lab, Vulcan and City of Seattle Team Up to Pilot New Strategies for Maximizing the Energy Efficiency of Historic Buildings
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: November 12, 2011

  SEATTLE, WA – As local governments across the country struggle to balance economic and environmental goals, a new agreement announced today creates a national model to do both. The City of Seattle, in...

Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit in Cross-hairs of Deficit Reduction, Tax Reform Proposals
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: November 11, 2011

  The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has apparently reached a major impasse on a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit in spite of holding two public hearings in the last two weeks. ...

National Park Service Awards Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: November 11, 2011

  WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the award of more than $1.4 million in grants to help with land acquisition at five Civil War battlefields. Grant...

Transportation Enhancements Survive Multiple Attacks in FY'12 THUD Appropriations Bill
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: November 11, 2011

  Senate consideration of the FY’12 Transportation-HUD (THUD) Appropriations bill (S. 1596) this week continued what has been a steady assault on Transportation Enhancements (TE), the largest source...

National Parks to Waive Entrance Fees November 11 to 13, 2011
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: November 8, 2011

  WASHINGTON – The National Park Service will commemorate Veterans Day by waiving entrance fees and holding special events from November 11 to 13. “America’s national parks have close...

Historic Preservation Trust Supports State Historic Tax Credit
Contributed by Joe Patterson
Posted: November 1, 2011

  Lancaster, PA -- The only volunteer organization in Lancaster County dedicated to protecting the county’s historically significant structures supports proposed legislation that would give tax credits to...

President Obama to Sign Proclamation Designating Fort Monroe a National Monument
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: November 1, 2011

  Fort Monroe, a historic fort in Virginia’s Tidewater region, played a pivotal role in the history of slavery in the United States. Built between 1819 and 1834, Fort Monroe has occupied a strategic...

2012 Preservation Action Grassroots Survey
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: October 27, 2011

  Hey Preservationists! Preservation Action is conducting our annual grassroots survey to find out what issues are important to you. It only takes a few mintues:

Senate Appropriators Restore Save America's Treasures (SAT) and Boost F'12 State and Tribal Preservation Funding
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: October 21, 2011

  The Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee last week issued its proposed FY12 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill that provided substantial increases to historic preservation...

Senate Subcommittee on National Parks Holds Hearing on Slate of Historic Preservation Bills
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: October 21, 2011

  The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on National Parks held a hearing on a number of bills this week relating to historic preservation, including the Buffalo Soldiers in the...

Transportation Enhancements Funding Threat Defeated on Senate Floor
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: October 21, 2011

  Additional threats to Transportation Enhancements (TE) – the single largest source of federal funding for historic preservation -- emerged this week during Senate consideration of a FY’12 “mini-bus” spending...

Historic School Rehabilitation Tax Credit Proposed in House and Senate
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: October 17, 2011

  School modernization and rehabilitation was on lawmakers’ minds this week as the Senate leadership announced its intentions this week to move elements of the President’s jobs act proposal – including a...

Historic Tax Credits and Preservation Funding in Question as Deficit Panel Begins Work
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: October 17, 2011

  Lawmakers and committees of jurisdiction scrambled this week to assemble their individual and collective recommendations to the 12 members of the newly-created Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction,...

Secretary Salazar Announces Significant Addition of Historic Ranch to Wind Cave National Park
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: October 11, 2011

  HOT SPRINGS, SD -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the National Park Service has acquired 5,555 acres of former ranchland, including a thousand-year-old buffalo jump...

Appropriators Begin Negotiating Final FY'12 Spending and Historic Preservation Funding Levels
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: October 10, 2011

  The House approved a continuing resolution (CR) on Tuesday to temporarily fund the government through November 18th to avoid a government shutdown. Unfortunately, the CR also contains...

National Trust Joins Chorus of Opposition to Department of Homeland Security Waivers from Federal Preservation Laws
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: October 10, 2011

  The House Natural Resources Committee held a markup of pending bills on Wednesday and approved HR 1505, the “National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act", which provides a blanket exemption for...

Online Civil War Era National Cemeteries Travel Itinerary Launched by the National Park Service
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: September 30, 2011

  WASHINGTON – Established out of necessity during the Civil War, national cemeteries have evolved from simple burial grounds to national memorials honoring all those who serve. A new online Civil...

Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office Seeks Help in Shaping the Next Statewide Plan
Contributed by Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office
Posted: September 28, 2011

  The SHPO has drafted a new plan, A New Season, Preservation Plan for Minnesota’s Historic Properties 2012-17, and is seeking comments on the draft. The input obtained will...

Secretary Salazar Announces Addition of Chavez Home to National Register of Historic Places
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: September 18, 2011

  WASHINGTON–Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (La Paz) – the place where labor leader Cesar E. Chavez lived and led the farm worker movement...

Secretary Salazar Highlights Strong Local, State Support for Historic Preservation of Fort Monroe on the Occasion of its Deactivation
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: September 15, 2011

  WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today reported that the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service are working quickly, and in close coordination with state and...

From the NTHP: Act Now to Save Historic Preservation Funding for Your Community
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: September 14, 2011

  A letter from the National Trust for Historic Preservation: Dear Preservationist, The U.S. Senate will vote soon on an extension of the existing transportation...

Congress Returns from Summer Recess to Appropriations Logjam
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: September 13, 2011

  Congress returned from its summer recess facing a major logjam in considering unfinished FY12 appropriations bills and a looming deadline with the end of the fiscal year approaching on September...

Disaster Assistance Funding Needed for Hurricane-Battered Historic Properties and Main Streets
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: September 13, 2011

  The damage to historic properties and downtown main streets from the devasting floods wrought by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee have spurred the preservation community to begin formulating a possible...

National Park Service Director Issues Call to Action for Second Century
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: September 1, 2011

  WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis marked the agency’s birthday with the release of A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement.

HABS/HAER/HALS on Facebook
Contributed by Robert Arzola, HABS Architect
Posted: August 31, 2011

  The Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey) of the National Park Service is now using Social...

National Park Service Announces FY 2011 NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation Grant and Repatriation Grant Awards
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: August 15, 2011

  (Washington, D.C.) --- The National Park Service (NPS) announces the awarding of $215,247 to assist museums, Indian Tribes, and Alaska Native Villages with implementation of the Native American...

National Park Visitor Experience Focus of Design Competition
Contributed by Van Alen Institute & National Park Service
Posted: August 15, 2011

  WASHINGTON – The National Park Service and the Van Alen Institute invite colleges of architecture, landscape architecture and related disciplines to participate in a design competition to look...

National Task Force Releases Report Recommending Improvements to the Federal Historic Preservation Program
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: August 11, 2011

  WASHINGTON, DC – A national task force of historic preservation organizations, leaders and advocates, convened by Preservation Action and the Preservation Action Foundation, today released Aligned...

Congress Adjourns But Leaves FY'12 Interior Bill Unfinished
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: August 5, 2011

  Congress adjourned for its August recess and House consideration of the Interior spending bill, which began last week, was put on hold as of last Thursday in order to resolve the debt-ceiling crisis. The...

FY 2012 Historic Preservation Funding is at Stake
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: August 5, 2011

  Prior to the debt crisis deal that was reached earlier this week, the House was in the midst of debating the FY 2012 spending bill for the Department of the Interior. More than 200 amendments had...

Fort Monroe National Monument Designation Gains Steam
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: August 1, 2011

  On July 19, the National Park Service (NPS) held two meetings to get public comment on the potential national monument designation of historic Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA as an addition to the National...

Two Major Preservation Tax Bills Now Pending in House
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: August 1, 2011

  The House began consideration of the FY'12 Interior Appropriations Bill (HR 2584) on Monday under an open rule with the expectation of debate lasting at least through the weekend. However, the collapse...

Historic Homeownership Credit Bill Introduced in House
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: July 27, 2011

  Reps. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Russ Carnahan (D-MO) introduced the "Historic Homeownership Revitalization Act of 2011" (HR 2555) on July 15. The bill would would create a 20...

Secretary Salazar Designates Four National Historic Landmarks
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 27, 2011

  WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the designation of four new National Historic Landmarks in four states, including a pre-Columbian flint quarry in North...

Preservationists Brace for Further Spending Cuts and Hostile Amendments in FY'12 Interior Bill
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: July 25, 2011

  The House Rules Committee took up consideration of the FY’12 Interior spending (HR 2584) bill late on Thursday in advance of floor action next Monday. Preservationists are expecting a whole...

House Appropriators Approve Deep Cuts in Historic Preservation Funding
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: July 17, 2011

  The House Committee on Appropriations marked up and approved the FY’12 Interior spending bill on July 13th by a 28-18 vote. Prior to the markup, the full committee...

Streamlined Federal Rehab Tax Credit Bill Introduced in House
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: July 17, 2011

  Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) introduced --'Creating American Prosperity through Preservation Act of 2011' (CAPP)— a bill making improvements to the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit on July...

Secretary of Interior Salazar Seeks to Commemorate Manhattan Project through New National Historical Park
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 13, 2011

  WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that he is recommending to Congress the establishment of a national historical park to commemorate the Manhattan Project,...

Secretary of Interior Salazar Announces $4.4 Million in Grants for Historic Preservation by American Indian Tribes
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 9, 2011

  WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced $4.4 million in grants from the Historic Preservation Fund to 117 American Indian tribes to assist with the preservation...

Secretary of the Interior Salazar Announces $26.7 Million in Grants to States, Territories and Pacific Nations for Historic Preservation
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 9, 2011

  WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced $26.7 million in grants from the Historic Preservation Fund to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories,...

House Appropriators Slash Preservation Funding by Nine Percent for FY'12
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: July 8, 2011

  The House Subcommittee on Interior and Environment Appropriations marked up and approved the FY’12 Interior spending bill on Thursday. Prior to the markup, the subcommittee released the draft bill...

Ohio State Tax Credit Signed into Law
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: July 8, 2011

  At the end of the session, the Ohio legislature passed and Governor John Kasich (R) signed a measure (Sub H.B. 153) that would make permanent the two year pilot tax credit program that provides 25% credit...

National Park Service Grants Available for Civil War Battlefield Preservation
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 6, 2011

  WASHINGTON – Nearly $9 million dollars in grant money is available from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to help states and local communities acquire...

Secretary of the Interior Salazar Designates 14 New National Historic Landmarks
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 2, 2011

  WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the designation of 14 new national historic landmarks in 11 states and the District of Columbia that have played an integral...

Antiquities Act Amendment Expected in Appropriations Markup in July
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: June 27, 2011

  The July 6th appropriations subcommittee markup will also be the first salvo in a battle to preserve the Antiquities Act of 1906, the most powerful tool the President has in preserving threatened natural...

Debt Ceiling Talks Collapse Threatens to Implode FY'12 Appropriations and Preservation Funding
Contributed by National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Posted: June 27, 2011

  Vice President Biden met with the congressional leadership four times this week in the hopes of breaking the impasse about the size and scope of a deficit reduction agreement necessary to get all...

Debt Ceiling and Budget Negotiations Could Force More Spending Cuts for Historic Preservation Funding
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: June 5, 2011

  Budget negotiations dominated again the week on Capitol Hill as the House held a largely symbolic vote this week on raising the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion to give GOP members a chance...

Secretary of Interior Salazar Honors Four Public Service and Tribal Employees With Historic Preservation Awards
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: May 25, 2011

  WASHINGTON, D.C.— Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar honored four government and tribal employees last week with the annual Secretary of the Interior Historic Preservation Awards, recognizing their...

Outcome of Debt Ceiling Negotiations Could Pose Momentus Change for Historic Preservation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 8, 2011

  Congress returned from its Easter Recess this week to begin what could be a months-long negotiation over raising the federal debt ceiling and hopefully forestall a major breakdown in the FY'12 appropriations...

National Trust for Historic Preservation is "Celebrating America's Treasures" - Preservation Month 2011
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: May 2, 2011

  May is National Preservation Month and this year’s theme is “Celebrating America’s Treasures.” Throughout our nation’s communities there are significant places that have contributed to our American...

Congress Passes and President Signs Year-End CR for FY'11 Spending with Preservation Funding Cuts
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: April 18, 2011

  Congress passed a final year-end continuing resolution (CR) to finally conclude FY'11 appropriations. The six-month CR includes $38.5 billion in spending cuts, including elimination...

Preservation Funding in FY’11 Remains Uncertain
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: April 8, 2011

  Preservation funding in FY’11 remains uncertain as negotiations between the White House and the House leadership teetered on the brink of collapse this week in the attempt to find a level of spending...

Preserve the New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit
Contributed by Landmark Society of Western New York
Posted: March 28, 2011

  Action Needed on Tax Credits Your voice can help make the New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit program work. Last year the New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit program...

House Votes to Rescind Funding for Neighborhood Stabilitation Program
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 21, 2011

  The House passed a bill (HR 861) on Wednesday that would rescind $1 billion of funding under HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). NSP grantees can create “land banks” to assemble, temporarily...

Temporary Continuing Resolution Averts Government Shutdown but Save America's Treasures Funding Rescinded in the Process
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 21, 2011

  Congress passed a second temporary CR this week that includes $6 billion in cuts and will run through April 8th. However, White House-led negotiations on a year-end deal for FY’11 spending appear...

House Cuts $61 Billion from FY'11 Discretionary Spending But Key Preservation Law and Funding Survive
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 25, 2011

  The House passed its version of a year-ending continuing resolution (HR 1) for FY’11 with $61 billion in spending cuts after considering 500+ amendments last week. Key amendments important to...

President's FY'12 Budget a Mixed Bag of Cuts and Increases for Historic Preservation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 21, 2011

  President Obama delivered his administration’s FY’12 budget on Monday that delivered expected bad news on Save America's Treasures (SAT) and Preserve America funding, which were zeroed out, but increased...

President’s $12.2 Billion 2012 Budget for Department of Interior Focuses on Spending Discipline, Strategic Investments, and Vital Missions
Contributed by Department of Interior
Posted: February 18, 2011

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama’s fiscal year 2012 Budget request of $12.2 billion for the Department of the Interior reflects fiscal discipline, setting priorities and cutting worthy programs, while...

Texas Governor Proposes Elimination of State Historical Commission in State of the State Address
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 13, 2011

  Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has ask the Texas Legislature to indefinitely suspend funding for four Texas agencies and consolidate the functions of dozens more as part of a sweeping budget plan that...

National Park Service Funds Trail Projects in 10 States and DC
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: February 7, 2011

  Washington, DC – The National Park Service has awarded $340,000 to eight projects that will link existing national historic and scenic trails to national parks and other Federal facilities. The...

Save America’s Treasures Grant Program Announces $14.3 Million in Awards
Contributed by Save America’s Treasures
Posted: February 1, 2011

  Federal-private partnership funds historic preservation and conservation WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Park Service (NPS) and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities...

National Park Service Lauds Wal-Mart Decision to Help Preserve Wilderness
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: January 29, 2011

  National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis today released a statement after Wal-Mart, Inc. abandoned plans for a Supercenter retail store on land that was part of the “Wilderness” in Virginia. Jarvis...

National Trust Submits Comments on Installing Solar Panels on Historic Properties to NREL
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: January 29, 2011

  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), housed within the Department of Energy, sought comments from stakeholders regarding their draft guide on Implementing Solar PV Panels on Historic Buildings...

President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site in Hope, Arkansas, Established as 394th National Park
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: December 15, 2010

  Washington, DC --- The President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site in Hope, Arkansas, was officially announced as the 394th park in the National Park System. The Home...

Federal Historic Preservation Program Task Force: Survey Invitation
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: November 29, 2010

  Please Help Us Improve the Federal Historic Preservation Program Federal programs such as the National Register, the Historic Tax Credit, State and Tribal grants-in-aid, Heritage Areas and Save...

The New Jersey State Assembly will consider the “Historic Property Reinvestment Act”
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: November 29, 2010

  The New Jersey state assembly will consider a bill, the “Historic Property Reinvestment Act,” (A1851/S 659) on November 22nd that would create the state’s first-ever state rehabilitation tax credit. ...

River Raisin National Battlefield in Monroe, Michigan, Established as 393rd National Park
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: October 25, 2010

  Washington, DC --- River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe, Michigan, was officially announced as the 393rd park in the National Park System. The War of 1812 battlefield was set aside by Congress...

Congress Approves Continuing Resolution (CR) with FY’10 Level Funding for Historic Preservation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 4, 2010

  Congress adjourned for the mid-term election more than a week earlier than scheduled but not before passing a continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government running through December...

Apply Now for Designation as a Preserve America Steward
Contributed by Druscilla Null
Posted: September 30, 2010

  The next quarterly deadline for submitting applications to the Preserve America Stewards program is December 1, 2010. Preserve America Stewards is a federal program which recognizes...

Take Action: Tell Congress to Restore Preservation Funding
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: September 29, 2010

  In early February, President Obama released his FY 2011 budget request that would eliminate funding for Save America's Treasures and Preserve America, and cut funding for National Heritage Areas by...

Congress Returns from Summer Recess But Uncertainty Still Looms for Preservation Funding
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 20, 2010

  Congress returned from its summer recess this week and did nothing to allay the uncertainty surrounding the FY'11 appropriations cycle and, in particular, funding for historic preservation...

Bill to Amend the Antiquities Act of 1906 Introduced
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 2, 2010

  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) introduced a bill (HR 5580) this week that would amend the Antiquities Act of 1906 and require Congress (within two years) to approve any presidential proclamations of national...

Provision Prohibiting Banks from Investing in Projects Not in Low-Income Areas Removed from Reform Bill
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 2, 2010

  A late-night, conference committee session last Friday on the financial services reform bill provided some drama for preservation. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) worked with Reps. Allyson Schwartz...

ACHP Task Force on Sustainability and Historic Preservation Overview
Contributed by Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Posted: June 26, 2010

  The chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has appointed a Task Force on Sustainability and Historic Preservation. This action reflects the priority placed on sustainability...

Livable Communities Act" Testimony Heard
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 17, 2010

  Creating more livable communities and developing context sensitive solutions (CSS) in designing transportation projects were the subject of two separate hearings in the House this week. ...

New President for the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: June 17, 2010

  Letter from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announcing hiring of new NTHP President Stephanie Meeks: "On behalf of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's board of trustees,...

Toothman to Lead Historic Preservation & Cultural Programs
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: June 10, 2010

  WASHINGTON, DC – National Park Service (NPS) Director Jonathan Jarvis has named Stephanie Smith Toothman, Ph.D., as the Service’s new Associate Director for Cultural Resources. Toothman will be responsible...

Maryland Governor Signs Sustainable Communities Act Into Law
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 23, 2010

  Governor Martin O'Malley signed House Bill 475, the Sustainable Communities Act of 2010 on May 20th. The legislation, a major piece of Governor O'Malley's Smart, Green and Growing Initiative, also provides...

President Obama Appoints New Chair of Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 23, 2010

  President Obama has appointed Milford Wayne Donaldson as the new Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Mr. Donaldson is currently the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) for...

Senate National Parks Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Chimney Rock National Monument and Civil Rights Heritage Trail Bills
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 23, 2010

  The Chimney Rock National Monument bill (S. 3303) was one of many bills heard by the Senate Energy Committee’s Subcommittee on National Parks on May 19th. S. 3303 and its companion...

National Trust for Historic Preservation Announces 2010 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places®
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: May 19, 2010

  Early this morning, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced our 2010 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, an annual list that highlights important examples of America's...

Retrofit Ramp-Up Grant Program Provides Opportunity for Historic Buildings
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: April 27, 2010

  The Obama Administration announced on Thursday that 25 states, local governments and nonprofits will split $452 million to retrofit energy inefficient homes and office buildings under its Retrofit...

$14 Million in Save America’s Treasures Grants Available Applications due May 21, 2010
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: April 22, 2010

  WASHINGTON – Applications for the National Park Service’s Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grants are due May 21, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The SAT program awards competitive,...

Federal Buildings May Be Required to Undergo Life-Cycle Analysis
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: April 21, 2010

  Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) introduced HR 4989, the “Federal Building Designs Standard Act of 2009,” on March 25th that would require that all federal agencies to consider the life-cycle costs during the...

House Energy Panel Approves HOME STAR Rebates for Storm Windows in Historic Buildings
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: April 21, 2010

  The House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up and approved the House version of the HOME STAR bill (HR 5019) on April 15th which includes a storm window replacement rebate for historic buildings....

Service Corps Act Includes Funding for Historic Resources on Public Lands
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 26, 2010

  The House passed the “Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2009” (HR 1612) with amendments on March 20th. The bill will “expand the authorization of the secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce and the Interior...

Storm Windows Rebate for Historic Properties Included in HOME STAR Legislation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 26, 2010

  The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Environment marked up its version of the HOME STAR retrofits bill on March 24th. The subcommittee approved the $6 billion bill which included...

The National Trust’s Center for State and Local Policy Releases Schools Report
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 26, 2010

  The National Trust’s Center for State and Local Policy released its report on schools that describes steps that states and localities can take to encourage more community-centered schools —i.e., schools...

Preserve America Stewards Application Deadline
Contributed by Druscilla Null
Posted: March 22, 2010

  The next quarterly deadline for submitting applications to the Preserve America Stewards program is June 1, 2010. Preserve America Stewards is a federal program which recognizes organizations...

Preservation Caucus Letter Requests Appropriators to Restore SAT and HPF Funding
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 19, 2010

  A ‘Dear Colleague’ letter circulated by the Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus supporting the restoration of funding for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) for FY’11 garnered 100 signatures...

Storm Windows Rebate for Historic Properties May Be Included in Tax Extenders Package
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 15, 2010

  The National Trust is spearheading efforts to include an amendment to the Obama administration’s HOME STAR energy program that would provide a rebate for the purchase of storm windows for National Register-eligible...

Tax Extenders Bill Includes Key Preservation Tax Credits and Investment Provisions for Rehab
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 15, 2010

  The Senate passed a $137.9 billion tax extenders package on Wednesday which includes extensions of key tax credits important to historic preservation, including the New Markets Tax Credit, the expanded...

Illinois Preservationists Push for State Rehab Credit
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 7, 2010

  The National Trust is galvanizing its membership and preservation advocates across Illinois to support the creation of a state rehabilitation tax credit based on Missouri’s successful state rehab credit....

Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act Introduced in House and Senate
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 6, 2010

  Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and, more recently, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) have introduced the “rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act of 2010”(HR 4135/S. 2970), legislation that would exempt public school rehabilitation...

GAO Report Cites National Historic Preservation Act as Impediment to Stimulus Funding Recovery Projects
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 4, 2010

  A Government Accounting Office (GAO) report released on February 23rd identified three major impediments to distribution of stimulus funding as identified by state, local, and federal agency officials...

Proposed National Monument Designations Result in Broadside Attack on the Antiquities Act of 1906
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 4, 2010

  An internal Interior department document leaked last week by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) identifies 14 new national monuments under consideration by the Obama administration for inclusion as part of the...

Minnesota Senate Includes Historic Rehab Credit in Construction Stimulus Bill
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 15, 2010

  A historic rehabilitation tax credit is among the key provisions of a “construction stimulus” bill that’s on the move in the Minnesota Senate. On Monday, the Senate Business Industry and Jobs Committee...

President’s FY’11 Budget Slashes Historic Preservation Funding
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 4, 2010

  President Obama submitted his FY’11 budget request to Congress on February 1st and delivered a stunning blow to preservationists by slashing funding for some of the nation’s signature historic preservation...

New York Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Funding Slashed in State Budget
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 29, 2010

  Facing a projected $7.4 billion in revenue shortfalls, New York Governor David Paterson proposed a “budget of necessity” last week that holds state spending to a 0.6% increase over 2009-2010 levels...

Opportunities for Preservation Jobs Stimulus Grow in Senate
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 29, 2010

  The Senate began work on a draft $82 billion jobs stimulus bill this week which is being assembled by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Senator Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) and features four broad...

Rehab Tax Credit Bills Introduced in Mississippi and New Jersey State Legislatures
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 29, 2010

  Mississippi: A bill (HB 579) has been introduced in the Mississippi House that would make the Mississippi state rehab tax credit transferable and has been referred to the...

HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Grants Favors Regional and National Consortium Projects
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 22, 2010

  On January 15th, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $2 billion in funding awarded to 56 grantees through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). NSP was created...

Senate Jobs Stimulus Package Holds Promise for Historic Preservation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 22, 2010

  The Senate is expected to take up its version of a jobs stimulus bill sometime in the next four weeks leading up to the Presidents Day recess, which is scheduled for the week of February 12th. The Senate...

State Budget Crises Threaten Historic Preservation Incentives, Programs and Sites
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 22, 2010

  The continuing budget crises faced by State governments are continuing to wreak havoc on historic preservation programs and sites across the country. For example, both Iowa and Missouri could face legislative...

Save America’s Treasures Grant Program Announces $9.5 Million in Awards
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: December 12, 2009

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) and the National Park Service (NPS), jointly announced the awarding of $9.5 million in federal competitive Save...

Senate Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Japanese Internment Camp Study and Civil War Sesquicentennial Bills
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: December 4, 2009

  The Senate Subcommittee National Parks held a hearing on a number of bills on December 3rd including S. 1838, a bill to establish a commission to direct the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the...

President Obama Signs Interior Spending Bill Into Law with Final Funding Levels for Historic Preservation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: November 9, 2009

  President Obama signed the FY’10 Interior Appropriations Bill (HR 2996) in law (PL 111-88) on October 30th with final funding levels for historic preservation. As previously reported, House...

Interior Conference Report Passes House and Senate with Historic Preservation Funding
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 31, 2009

  The Interior Appropriations Bill (HR 2996) conference report (H. Rept. 111- 316), which settled final funding levels for historic preservation for FY 2010, passed the House and Senate on Thursday. The...

Historic Preservation League of Oregon (HPLO) Initiative to Preserve Historic Properties Receives Kinsman Foundation Grant
Contributed by Peggy Moretti, Historic Preservation League of Oregon
Posted: October 26, 2009

  Oct. 22, 2009 Portland, Oregon – The Historic Preservation League of Oregon (HPLO) has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Kinsman Foundation to update and expand its conservation easement program...

Year End Omnibus Bill Possible for FY’10 Interior Appropriations
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 23, 2009

  The prospects for completing an Interior Appropriations bill (HR 2996) conference to resolve spending differences between the House and Senate regarding historic preservation funding grew dimmer this...

Advocacy Campaign for Community Restoration and Revitalization Act Begins: Proposes to Make Major Improvements to the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 13, 2009

  Following up on introduction of the “Community Restoration and Revitalization Act of 2009” (HR 3715/S. 1743) on October 1st, the National Trust has begun a major advocacy campaign to gain co-sponsors...

PreservationDirectory.com page added to Facebook
Contributed by PreservationDirectory.com
Posted: October 13, 2009

  (Portland, OR) - PreservationDirectory.com, the leading online resource for historic preservation and cultural resource management, has launched a companion page on Facebook. The focus...

Community Restoration and Revitalization Act Reintroduced with Proposed Amendments to Federal Rehab Tax Credit
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 6, 2009

  Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) introduced a revamped version of the “Community Restoration and Revitalization Act” (CRRA) that proposes to significantly expand the scope of the existing federal rehabilitation...

Apply Now for Designation as Preserve America Steward
Contributed by Druscilla Null
Posted: October 2, 2009

  The next quarterly deadline for submitting applications to the Preserve America Stewards program is December 1, 2009. Preserve America Stewards is a federal program which recognizes organizations and...

Interior Releases Report Documenting NPS Maintenance Budget and Research Shortfalls
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 26, 2009

  The Interior Department released a report on Thursday which was commissioned by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and conducted by a panel of distinguished luminaries — including co-chairmen...

Jon Jarvis Confirmed as NPS Director by Senate
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 26, 2009

  The Senate confirmed Jon Jarvis to be the next director of the National Park System by voice vote after Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) dropped his procedural hold on the nomination. Coburn had placed a hold...

Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Passes House on Second Attempt with Added Property Rights Concessions
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 26, 2009

  On its second try, the House passed legislation Wednesday that would designate a national heritage area in Santa Cruz, Ariz. The bill (HR 324) passed 281-142 after returning to the floor under a closed...

Senate Passes FY’10 Interior Bill and Rejects Controversial Amendments on Public Lands and Historic Preservation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 26, 2009

  The Senate passed the FY10 Interior Appropriations bill (H.R. 2996) this week by a vote of 77-21. The Senate Interior bill funds the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) at $74.5 million, including $20 million...

Interior Department Issues Secretarial Order on Climate Change and Historic Sites
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 18, 2009

  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed a Secretarial order on Monday setting up a Climate Change Response Council and eight regional response centers to study and respond to issues such as rising sea...

Congress Returns for Busy Fall Agenda
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 14, 2009

  Lawmakers returned from the August recess this week to confront a busy fall agenda that includes the major issues of health care reform, energy and climate change, FY10 appropriations and extension...

National Park Service Signs Agreements with Owners on Land for Flight 93 Memorial
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: September 11, 2009

  Washington, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the federal government has reached agreement with all of the landowners for all properties needed for the construction of...

Infrared Paint Removal - A Safer,Gentler, Eco-Friendly Method
Contributed by Catherine Brooks
Posted: September 7, 2009

  Infrared Paint Removal— A Safer, Gentler, Eco-Friendly Method Removal of thick layers of paint off old wood is a challenge for historic restorationists, contractors...

Sept 13 is Back the Bid Day for Chicago 2016
Contributed by Susan Ross, Chicago Architecture Foundation
Posted: August 24, 2009

  An Olympic bus tour, symphony tickets for $20.16, free activities and discounts at the Art Institute, and events for the whole family are planned to help “Back the Bid” on Sunday, September 13. Three...

Secretary Salazar Announces Rise in Visitation to National Parks in 2009: Visits to Parks and Public Lands are Energizing Local Economies
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: August 17, 2009

  BOZEMAN, MT – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that America’s national parks are seeing more visitors in 2009 than a year earlier, according to visitation information collected...

Oregon Arts Commission Announces More Than $1 Million to Oregon Arts Groups
Contributed by Oregon Arts Commission
Posted: July 29, 2009

  The Oregon Arts Commission announces $1,087,000 in 99 grants to Oregon arts organizations. The total FY2010 awards are distributed through the Commission's Operating Support, Arts Services, and Arts...

Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Bill to Preserve and Protect Historic Lighthouses
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 24, 2009

  On July 22, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks held a hearing to discuss a number of bills, including S. 715, the “National Lighthouse Stewardship Act...

Permanent Extension of Conservation and Preservation Easements Sought in House Bill
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 21, 2009

  The National Trust joined a coalition of organizations that sent a letter to all 162 members of the Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus members in the House in support of HR 1831, a bill introduced...

Historic Battlefields and Underground Railroad Sites Bills Get Hearing in Senate
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 17, 2009

  The Senate Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands held a hearing this week on a number of parks bills, including battlefield preservation bills (S. 1168/HR1694) and a bill preserving historic...

Secretary Salazar Lauds President’s Intent to Nominate Jonathan Jarvis as Director of the National Park Service
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: July 10, 2009

  WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today praised President Obama’s announcement that he intends to nominate Jonathan Jarvis to be director of the National Park Service. Jarvis, a...

Preservationists Fight to Stop Demolition of Tiger Stadium
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 5, 2009

  For nearly 20 years, Detroit’s Tiger Stadium has been the focus of a local and nationwide effort to preserve an icon of baseball and a major national historic landmark. As one of the last remaining...

Senate Energy Committee Includes Incentives for Energy-Efficiency Retrofits for Historic Buildings
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 5, 2009

  The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee marked up the Building Efficiency title of its version of the energy/climate change bill on Thursday and included a 120 percent boost in incentives...

Ohio Senate May End Funding for Ohio Historical Society History and Education Initiatives
Contributed by Nicole Hayes
Posted: June 1, 2009

  On Friday, May 29 the Ohio Senate made big budget cuts that once again targeted the Ohio Historical Society. More than $700,000 was eliminated from the Society's budget that serves teachers, students,...

Miami Beach Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Art Deco District Designation on National Register of Historic Places
Contributed by Jose Lima, Miami Design Preservation League
Posted: May 26, 2009

  (MIAMI BEACH) -- -- Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) activists fought against all odds 30 years ago to save Miami Beach's Art Deco architecture from bulldozers and demolition, and few could...

House Energy and Commerce Approves Climate Change Bill with Historic Preservation Boost
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 25, 2009

  The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a climate change bill (HR 2454) after a week-long markup that includes a 120 percent boost for incentives to retrofit historic structures listed in the...

Senate Finance Committee Passes Historic Preservation Tax Credit in New York Legislature
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 25, 2009

  On May 19, the New York State Senate Finance Committee passed the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit bill (S2960-A/Valesky), sending it to the full Senate which is expected to pass the measure next...

Senators Seek Support for Historic Preservation Funding in FY’10 Appropriations Cycle
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 25, 2009

  Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) are circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter this week in support of the Administration's FY2010 spending request for Historic Preservation Fund...

What's New on PreservationDirectory.com - April 2009
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Posted: May 18, 2009

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House Appropriations Hearings Expose Shortfalls in Cultural Resource Management and Funding
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 15, 2009

  The House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies held its first set of hearings on the FY10 Interior Appropriations Bill this week, which included testimony from Interior Secretary...

Obama’s FY 2010 Budget Boosts Historic Preservation Funding
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 11, 2009

  President Obama released his entire FY2010 budget on Thursday and provided overall funding of $12 billion for the Department of the Interior, including $77.675 million for the Historic Preservation...

Minnesota State Rehab Tax Credit Lands in Omnibus Tax Bill
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 4, 2009

  Minnesota state legislators are currently considering a rehab tax credit to encourage private investment in the state’s older communities through rehabilitation of the state’s historic buildings. Originally...

America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2009
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: April 28, 2009

  At 10:00 am PDT on Tuesday April 28, 2009, National Trust President Richard Moe and Academy Award-winning actress, Diane Keaton announced the 2009 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places...

Historic Preservation Caucus Letter on Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Funding Gathers Support for HPF
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: April 9, 2009

  The Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus’s “Dear Colleague” letter in support of increased funding for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) has garnered 82 signatories to date. The letter...

Maryland Legislature Debates State Rehab Tax Credit Program Reauthorization
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: April 9, 2009

  The Maryland state legislature is debating bills (HB 309 and SB 258) to reauthorize the Maryland Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit program, which sunsets in 2010. The National Trust...

Georgia Legislature Proposes Major cuts for Historic Preservation in State Budget
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 30, 2009

  The National Trust is urging its Georgia membership and preservation advocates in the state to contact their Representatives and Senators in opposition to proposed budget cuts to the Historic Preservation...

National Trust Endorses Extension of Conservation Easement Provisions in House
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 30, 2009

  The National Trust signed an endorsement letter dated March 4th to the entire House that seeks co-sponsors for a bill -- The “Conservation Easement Incentive Act” – a bill to be introduced by Reps....

Omnibus Lands Bill Passes in Final with SAT, Preserve America
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 30, 2009

  The House passed the omnibus lands package bill (HR 146) with key authorizations for the Save America’s Treasures (SAT), Preserve America (PA) and the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) authorization...

Arkansas Becomes 30th State to Offer Tax Credit for Historic Preservation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 29, 2009

  Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe signed a bill (HB1953) creating a historic rehabilitation tax credit program for the state. Capped at $4 million a year, the program offers a 25% credit for certified costs...

Public Lands Service Corps Bill Would Benefit Historic Sites
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 28, 2009

  House Natural Resources chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced HR 1612, the “Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2009” this week. HR 1612 would require the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture,...

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) Introduces REEP Energy Bill with Enhanced Incentives for Historic Buildings
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 27, 2009

  Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced an energy/climate change bill this week which provided financial incentives to homeowners and businesses to reduce their energy use and save them money. The...

Historic Preservation Caucus Pushes for Increased Preservation Funding in FY 2010
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: March 26, 2009

  A “Dear Colleague” letter from Historic Preservation Caucus chairs Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Mike Turner (R-OH) has been circulated on the Hill requesting increased support for the Historic Preservation...

House Passes FY’09 Omnibus Appropriations But Reduces Overall Historic Preservation Funding
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 27, 2009

  The House passed the FY’09 omnibus spending bill (HR 1105) this week by a vote of 245-178 with increases in funding for State and Tribal Preservation Offices, but reduced funding for Save America’s...

President Recommends $12 Billion for Interior in Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Proposal
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: February 27, 2009

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The President’s 2010 Budget includes $12 billion for the Department of the Interior to undertake initiatives to promote energy security with a focus on clean renewable sources and...

Governor O’Malley Proposes Extending Maryland’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 2, 2009

  As part of his Smart, Green, and Growing Legislative Initiatives, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is calling for the extension of the historic preservation tax credit program and also proposes key...

House Passes Economic Stimulus Package Without GOP Support
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public
Posted: February 2, 2009

  The House passed an $816 billion economic stimulus package by a margin of 244-188 that did not include a single Republican member vote on January 28th. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R....

Oregon Cultural Trust Releases 2008 Fundraising Results
Contributed by Oregon Cultural Trust
Posted: January 30, 2009

  January 30, 2009-Salem, ORE. The Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon's unique public-private partnership to raise money for cultural funding, reports calendar year 2008 donations of $3,374,453, a decline...

Economic Stimulus Package Includes Incentives for Energy Efficiency Retrofits of Residential and Commercial Buildings
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 27, 2009

  House appropriators began the task of moving forward on an $825 billion economic stimulus package this week that includes major spending for energy efficiency initiatives that could benefit older and...

Secretary Salazar Examines Options for Re-Opening Crown In Visit to Statue of Liberty
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: January 25, 2009

  NEW YORK HARBOR, NY—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today toured the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island to assess safety and accessibility issues at the national park sites in...

2008 Director’s Report Highlights NPS Activities
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: January 12, 2009

  WASHINGTON – There are more national parks than you’ve heard of, and there is more to the National Park Service than parks. Want to find out the whole story? Check out the National Park Service 2008...

Senate to Vote on Omnibus Lands Package with Save America's Treasures, Preserve America and Conservation System Authorization Bills
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 9, 2009

  The “Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009” (S. 22) was introduced in the Senate this week which includes the authorization bills for the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) and Preserve America (S....

110th Congress Adjourns But $850 Billion Stimulus Bill in the Works for Early January
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 6, 2009

  The 110th Congress will officially sine die adjourn on January 3rd after a stuttering lame duck session failed to pass either an auto industry bailout or even a limited stimulus package to address the...

National Trust Fights VA Proposal to Demolish Historic Mid-City Area and Charity Hospital in New Orleans
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 6, 2009

  In response to site selection announcements by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Louisiana State University (LSU) for their proposed new hospitals in New Orleans' Mid-City neighborhood,...

National Trust Joins Legal Effort to Save Nine-Mile Canyon in Utah
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 6, 2009

  The National Trust joined a coalition of environmental and preservation groups in a lawsuit on December 18th that will temporarily prevent the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from issuing oil and gas...

New Policy Features Available on PreservationNation.org
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 6, 2009

  Preservation advocates can enjoy major upgrades to public policy content on PreservationNation.org that will help keep them informed of all of the National Trust’s preservation policy efforts. In...

Wal-Mart Superstore Threatens Wilderness Battlefield - National Trust for Historic Preservation Call to Action!
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: December 22, 2008

  Plans for a Wal-Mart Supercenter within sight of one of the most significant Civil War battle sites in our nation have been submitted for approval in Orange County, Virginia. This 145,000-square...

Save America’s Treasures Grant Program Announces $10.52 Million in Awards
Contributed by National Park Service (Save America's Treasures)
Posted: December 17, 2008

  Innovative federal/private partnership funds the preservation and conservation of the U.S’s irreplaceable and endangered historic properties, sites, documents, artistic works and artifacts. WASHINGTON,...

What's New on PreservationDirectory.com - November 2008
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Posted: November 24, 2008

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National Trust President Richard Moe to Discuss Why Historic Preservation Is the Ultimate in Recycling
Contributed by Los Angeles Conservancy
Posted: October 29, 2008

  WHY RECYCLE BOTTLES BUT NOT BUILDINGS? Los Angeles Conservancy Welcomes National Trust President Richard Moe to Discuss Why Historic Preservation Is the Ultimate in Recycling. As part of its...

What's New on PreservationDirectory.com - October 2008
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Posted: October 15, 2008

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Nominations sought for 2008 Providence Preservation Society Preservation Awards
Contributed by Providence Preservation Society
Posted: October 14, 2008

  Providence Preservation Society (PPS) is soliciting nominations for outstanding examples of historic preservation to be recognized at its Awards Presentation on February 7, 2009. Each year PPS...

Help Protect Historic Griffith Park in Los Angeles - Support Nomination for Landmark Status
Contributed by Los Angeles Conservancy
Posted: October 10, 2008

  The Los Angeles Conservancy needs your help in supporting the designation of Griffith Park as a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM). Despite its unquestionable importance to Angelenos...

House Passes Financial Bailout Package with Expanded Rehab Tax Credits for Disaster Relief in Gulf States and Midwest
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 6, 2008

  The House leadership and the White House mounted a frantic campaign this week to assemble enough votes to pass a financial bailout of Wall Street after the first version of the bill was defeated in...

Recruitment for Director, Office of Federal Agency Programs at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Contributed by Ralston Cox
Posted: October 1, 2008

  Don Klima, the Director of the Office of Federal Agency Programs at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, has announced that he will be leaving the ACHP on January 2, 2009. He will be joining...

Preservationists Mobilize to Support Disaster Assistance for Midwestern States in Continuing Resolution
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 29, 2008

  The House Rules Committee approved a draft continuing resolution (CR) on Tuesday that includes $22.9 billion in disaster relief and funding for the federal government through March 6th. The legislative...

Preservationists Oppose Cuts in Illinois State Budget for Historic Preservation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 29, 2008

  Preservation advocates in Illinois have mobilized in response to a potentially devastating budget cut to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency that would impact the operation of several historic...

Safety Amendment to Amtrak Authorization Includes Section 106 Study
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 29, 2008

  A draft rail safety amendment to an Amtrak reauthorization bill (HR 2095) has been negotiated this week that includes the compromise study language that the National Trust helped develop regarding the...

Tax Extenders Package Includes Expanded Rehab Credits for Disaster Zone Areas
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 29, 2008

  The Senate passed the tax extenders package (HR 6049) on Tuesday by a 92-3 vote with our provisions for extending the federal rehab and New Market tax credits for another year in the Gulf states affected...

Michigan’s Senate Approves Add-On to State Rehabilitation Tax Credit
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 22, 2008

  Sponsored by Senator Cameron S. Brown, Senate Bill 973 (Substitute S-1) passed the Senate this week. This bill amends the Michigan Business Tax Act which says that if an owner’s expenditures qualify...

What's New on PreservationDirectory.com - September 2008
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Posted: September 11, 2008

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Resource Guide for Historic Preservation
Contributed by PreservationDirectory.com
Posted: August 26, 2008

  Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 26, 2008 Contact: Tim Cannan (503) 223-4939 Portland, Oregon - As part of a presentation given...

Federal Officials Change Course and Vow to Repair Monument at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: August 20, 2008

  The National Trust for Historic Preservation today commended Arlington National Cemetery, the Department of the Army, and the Department of Veterans Affairs for changing course and agreeing to conduct...

What's New on PreservationDirectory.com - August 2008
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Posted: August 19, 2008

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Disaster Assistance for Historic Properties Not Included in Tax Extenders Package in Senate
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 28, 2008

  Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) unveiled a tax extenders package (S. 3335) late Thursday that also includes a $68.9 million disaster-relief title and a one-year patch to the Alternative...

House-Passed Highway Bill Includes Historic Bridge Exception Provision
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 28, 2008

  On Thursday, July 24th, the House passed H.R. 3999, the “National Highway Bridge Construction Act of 2007” by a vote of 367-55. During floor consideration of the measure, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)...

Housing Relief Package with Rehab Tax Credits Near Final Passage
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 28, 2008

  The House passed the Housing/Mortgage relief bill (HR 3221) on July 23rd with three amendments to the federal rehabilitation tax credit included and President Bush rescinded his previous veto threat...

Conservation System and Preserve America/Save America’s Treasures Authorization Bills Face Uncertainty in Senate
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 21, 2008

  An omnibus lands package (S. 3213) that contains both the Senate companion Preserve America (PA)/Save America’s Treasures (SAT) authorization (S. 2262) and the Conservation System permanence (S. 1139)...

Housing Relief Package Still On Track With Rehab Tax Credit Amendments in Tow
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 21, 2008

  The Senate passed its version of the Housing/Mortgage relief bill (H.R. 3221) on July 11th with three amendments to the federal rehabilitation tax credit safely in tow. However, the expanded non-profit...

National Trust Co-Hosts Sustainable Urban Design Briefing for Hill Staffers
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 21, 2008

  On July 17th, the National Trust partnered with Smart Growth America, the Northeast-Midwest Institute, and Reconnecting America to host a briefing for over 100 Capitol Hill staffers on “sustainable...

Second Supplemental Appropriations Bill May Include Disaster Relief for Flood-Ravaged Historic Properties
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 21, 2008

  Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Robert Byrd (D-WV) is moving forward on a second economic stimulus package that may include both tax incentives and grants for rehabilitating flood-ravaged historic...

Colorado’s Preservation Tax Credit Extended
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: July 14, 2008

  On June 5, Colorado Governor Ritter signed HB 1033 which authorizes the Colorado state historic rehabilitation tax credit program for another 10 years. The new law also eliminates the annual resolution...

Continuing Resolution for Appropriations and Historic Preservation Funding a Near Certainty
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 14, 2008

  House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey (D-WI) has put a hold on all full committee markups of FY’09 appropriations bills until Republicans concede to follow the agreed-upon order for considering...

Disaster Assistance Grants and Tax Credits Proposed for Flood-Damaged Historic Properties in Midwest
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 14, 2008

  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced this week that a second supplemental bill/economic stimulus package — which could include disaster assistance funding for historic properties damaged...

Preserve America/Save America’s Treasures Authorization Passes House
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 14, 2008

  The House passed the Preserve America (PA)/Save America’s Treasures authorization (SAT) bill (HR 3981) on July 7th. However, even with all of its tremendous success and support of these preservation...

Rehab Tax Credit Amendments Included in Stalled Housing Relief Package
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 14, 2008

  The Senate began floor consideration of the housing relief package this week that contains three significant amendments to the federal rehabilitation tax credit, but failed to make any progress in the...

Carroon Testifies on Importance of Utilizing Existing Buildings in Sustainability Efforts for U.S. Capitol Complex
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 30, 2008

  Preservation Architect and National Trust Sustainability Coalition member Jean Carroon, FAIA, delivered testimony on behalf of the National Trust at a June 18th hearing of the Senate Rules Committee,...

Committee Blow Up May Delay FY’09 Appropriations Cycle and Preservation Funding Decisions
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 30, 2008

  A major flare-up in full Appropriations Committee markup on Thursday between chairman David Obey (D-WI) and Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) over an energy amendment may have scuttled the appropriations process...

Conservation System Permanence Bill Included in Senate Omnibus Lands Package
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 30, 2008

  The Senate Energy and Natural Resources has completed its work on an omnibus public lands package that totals 93 bills, including S. 1139, a bill that would permanently authorize the National Landscape...

Free Resource Guide for Historic & Cultural Resource Preservation Available
Contributed by Tim Cannan, PreservationDirectory.com
Posted: June 30, 2008

  As part of a presentation that Tim Cannan, President of PreservationDirectory.com, gave at the Architectural Heritage Center's "Old House Fair", we are pleased to announce the availability of a free...

Midwest Flood Disaster Assistance May Be Included Second Supplemental Spending Bill
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 30, 2008

  The National Trust and its preservation partners have being laying the groundwork for a possible disaster assistance package for the affected flood states in the Midwest — Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin,...

National Park Service Announces Battlefield Preservation Grants for 2008
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: June 30, 2008

  Today, the National Park Service announced the award of 32 grants totaling $1,367,144 to assist in the preservation and protection of America’s significant battlefield lands. With an increase in funding...

Pennsylvania Advocates Press for Rehab Grant Incentives
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 30, 2008

  The National Trust and preservation advocates in Pennsylvania are pressing their state legislators and the governor to pass HB 221, a bill that would provide grant incentives to buyers and sellers of...

Bill Would Ttransfer Cape Arago Lighthouse to Tribe
Contributed by Associated Press
Posted: June 29, 2008

  COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) - A coastal Native American tribe's bid for ownership of the Cape Arago Lighthouse is getting a boost from members of Oregon's congressional delegation. A bill...

House Hearing Emphasizes Transportation Bill Effects on Sustainability and Smart Growth Policies
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 23, 2008

  The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming held a hearing on June 18th and that focused on the role of smart growth in combating global warming and greenhouse gas emissions....

Los Angeles Historic Districts Claim Victory in Court Case
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 23, 2008

  Last month, the preservation community in Los Angeles breathed a sigh of relief when a lawsuit filed by property rights advocates against the city to overturn Historic Preservation Overlay Zoning (HPOZ)...

Historic Districts Claim Major Victory in Court (Los Angeles, CA)
Contributed by Los Angeles Conservancy
Posted: June 16, 2008

  The term “historic district” typically conjures images of tree-lined streets, charming homes, and friendly neighbors—not bitter court battles. Yet over the past few years, the Conservancy and other...

Amtrak Reauthorization Bill Includes Study of Rail Exemptions from Federal Preservation laws
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 14, 2008

  On Wednesday, the House passed the Amtrak reauthorization bill (H.R. 6003) with an amendment directing a study to streamline federal historic preservation processes for federally-funded railroad projects....

House Appropriators Set Benchmark Funding for Historic Preservation Programs in FY’09
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 14, 2008

  The House Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment marked up the FY’09 Interior Appropriations Bill (HR 2643) on Wednesday to set benchmark funding levels for the national preservation program....

New Technical Assistance and Grants to Encourage Community Centered Schools
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 14, 2008

  The National Trust Center for State and Local Policy is offering a new grant and technical assistance to encourage community-centered schools. Concerned about the abandonment of older neighborhood schools...

Preserve America and Save America’s Treasures Authorization Bill Approved by House Natural Resources Committee
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 14, 2008

  The House Natural Resources Committee marked up and approved with amendments a bill (H.R. 3981) authorizing the Preserve America (PA) and Save America’s Treasures (SAT) programs on June 11th. The three...

California Voters Defeat Regulatory Takings Measure
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 9, 2008

  On June 3, California voters defeated Proposition 98, a measure cloaked as eminent domain reform, but would have wiped out regulations intended to protect California’s heritage and environment. Specifically,...

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park Expansion Endorsed by National Trust
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 9, 2008

  The National Trust endorsed a bill (HR 4199) introduced by Reps. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Brad Miller (D-NC) this week expanding the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park (DAHNHP) to include...

Federal Highway Administration Proposal Would Eliminate Historic Traffic Signals in Historic Districts
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 9, 2008

  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is proposing to eliminate the 8"- diameter traffic-signal indication in the United States by requiring a single "one-size-fits-all" traffic-signal lens size...

National Trust Testifies Against Proposed Exemption for Railroad Facilities
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 9, 2008

  National Trust Assistant General Counsel, Betsy Merritt, testified on behalf of the National Trust on June 5th before the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials in opposition...

National Trust Testifies on Impact of OHVs on Cultural Resources
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 9, 2008

  National Trust President Richard Moe testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on June 5th regarding the management and limitation on the use of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs)...

Ohio's Historic Preservation Tax Credit Awaits Governor’s Signature
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 9, 2008

  As previously reported, the Ohio Department of Development capped the state's two-year pilot Historic Preservation Tax Credit at $120 million instead of the 100 projects mandated for FY 2008 by legislators....

What's New on PreservationDirectory.com - June 2008
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Posted: June 4, 2008

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From the National Trust for Historic Preservation: Your help is needed to save the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Contributed by Dolores McDonagh, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: June 1, 2008

  On this traditional Memorial Day, I wanted to take a moment to update you on our work to protect the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery — a monument that symbolizes like...

Farm Bill Conference Report Includes Impressive Historic Preservation Provisions
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 29, 2008

  This week, after a year and half of negotiations, the House and Senate passed a conference report for a $289 billion, 5 year Farm Bill. Although President Bush plans to veto the measure, both chambers...

Georgia Expands State Historic Preservation Tax Credit
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 29, 2008

  On May 14th, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed HB 851 which strengthened the state’s rehabilitation tax credit. Through the leadership of Georgians for Preservation Action and the Georgia Trust for...

House Committee Holds Hearing on Green Buildings
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 29, 2008

  On Wednesday, May 14, actor and Enterprise Communities trustee Ed Norton, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and other experts in the field of green buildings appeared before Chairman Edward J. Markey...

National Trust For Historic Preservation Names 2008 List of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places®
Contributed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
Posted: May 29, 2008

  The National Trust for Historic Preservation named the 2008 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, an annual list that highlights important examples of the nation's architectural,...

New Enhanced Federal Property Disposal Bill Raises Concern Among Preservationists
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 29, 2008

  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed a bill (H.R.5787) on May 8th to make it easier for federal agencies to dispose of excess property. Passed by unanimous voice vote, H.R. 5787...

House Committee Approves Parks Centennial Bill
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 12, 2008

  The House Natural Resources Committee approved HR 3094, a bill to authorize new mandatory funding for national parks, but lawmakers are still trying to reach agreement on how to offset the added spending....

House Passes Rehab Tax Credit Amendments as Part of Housing Bill
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 12, 2008

  The House passed a major housing bill (H.R. 3221) on Thursday that incorporates a number of other housing proposals relating to the subprime housing fallout (H.R. 5820) as well as the Housing Assistance...

Colorado State Tax Credit Extension Sent to Governor for Signature
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 5, 2008

  As reported last week, the state legislature is considering a ten-year extension of the Colorado state historic rehabilitation tax credit program set to expire in 2009 (HB 1033) with two amendments;...

Maryland Legislative Session Ends with Secured Funding for Preservation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 5, 2008

  When the Maryland Legislative session ended on April 27, preservationists had reason to thank Governor Martin O'Malley for his support of the preservation budget items. Preservation Maryland, who coordinates...

Omnibus Public Lands Bill Includes Key Historic Sites and Studies
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 5, 2008

  The House passed an omnibus public lands package (S. 2739) of 61 separate House- and Senate-passed measures dealing with a wide range of National Park, public lands, water and territorial issues on...

Rehab Tax Credit Amendments Headed for House Floor Consideration
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: May 2, 2008

  The House Financial Services Committee began its markup of a broader housing bill (H.R. 5830) this week that will also include the Housing Assistance Act (H.R. 5720), which contains three amendments...

Preserve America Grants in 25 States to be Announced On April 7, 2008 During Call-in Press Conference
Contributed by Preserve America Grant Program
Posted: April 5, 2008

  Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett, along with Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Chairman John L Nau III, will announce Preserve America grants in 25 states on a teleconference on...

Civil War Preservation Trust Identifies Most Endangered Battlefields
Contributed by National Coalition for History
Posted: March 19, 2008

  The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) recently unveiled its annual report on the status of the nation’s historic battlegrounds. The report, entitled

Renewable Energy Tax Package Will Save Consumers Money, Boost Economy, Create Jobs, Says Business-Consumer Coalition
Contributed by Scott Frank
Posted: March 15, 2008

  A coalition of more than 100 business, trade and advocacy groups today called on the U.S. Senate to pass bipartisan legislation as soon as possible that extends renewable energy and efficiency tax credits...

What's New on PreservationDirectory.com - February 2008
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Posted: February 21, 2008

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“Working Effectively With Tribal Governments” Training Program Available
Contributed by Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Posted: February 20, 2008

  Working Effectively With Tribal Governments, a new online training course, is now available to provide federal workers with better understanding and greater knowledge of the intricacies and issues involved...

AIA Urges Congress to Consider Green Stimulus Proposals
Contributed by American Institute of Architects
Posted: February 9, 2008

  Provisions would help stimulate large sector of overall economy and promote more energy-efficient homes and buildings. As Congress and the Administration discuss additional proposals to stimulate...

Federal Rehab Tax Credit Expenditures Revised in President’s FY'09 Budget
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 9, 2008

  The President’s FY’09 federal budget included new tax expenditure estimates for both the historic and commercial rehabilitation tax credits, which previously had been estimated at $200 million and $30...

President’s FY’09 Federal Budget Cuts Historic Preservation Funding
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 9, 2008

  President Bush delivered a three-trillion dollar federal budget to Congress outlining the nation’s budget for fiscal year 2009 that provided FY’06 enacted funding levels for both State Historic Preservation...

Executive Order Targets Congressional Earmarks in FY’09 and Beyond
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 4, 2008

  President Bush signed an executive order (E.O. 13457) on January 30th that calls for the elimination of congressional earmarks in all future spending bills, a prospect that could drastically effect...

Illinois Main Street Program Targeted in Proposed Budget Cut
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 4, 2008

  The National Trust is working in concert with Illinois preservation advocates to restore a $204,000 cut in the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s (IHPA) Design Services program proposed in the...

Maryland’s FY09 Budget Cuts Historic Tax Credit Program
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 4, 2008

  Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s recently released 2009 state budget contains a $10.3 million cut in the state’s highly successful Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit program. The Governor's...

President Signs Defense Authorization Bill with Tomb Study Provision
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: February 4, 2008

  President Bush signed the FY08 National Defense Authorization Bill into law on January 28th which included an amendment preventing the replacement of the Monument pending a report to Congress about...

Colorado’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program Seeks Extension
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 28, 2008

  In their January 24th meeting, the House Finance committee heard testimony from six advocates about the benefits of the historic preservation tax credit (HB08-1033). This legislation would extend the...

Michigan Historic Rehab Credit Amended
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 28, 2008

  HB 5126, an amendment which allows insurance companies to claim historic preservation credits under the Michigan Business Tax, was filed in the Office of the Great Seal on December 28, 2007 and took...

Rehab Tax Credit Bill Reintroduced in New Jersey
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 28, 2008

  The Historic Properties Reinvestment Act (HPRA) was reintroduced in the New Jersey Assembly on January 8th after opposition from the Administration stalled the bill in the 2007 legislative session....

Revised Defense Authorization Bill Passes House and Senate with Tomb of the Unknowns Study Provision Intact
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 28, 2008

  After the first measure was vetoed by the President, the House and Senate passed a revised version of the 2008 Defense Authorization bill (HR 4986) that includes a provision providing for a study to...

Rhode Island’s Rehab Credit Threatened
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 28, 2008

  Rhode Island’s Coalition for Neighborhood Economic Renewal members are gearing up to protect the state’s 30% uncapped commercial rehabilitation tax credit. The Governor’s supplemental budget,...

Support Grows for Rehab Tax Credit in Maine
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: January 28, 2008

  The historic rehabilitation tax credit that was carried over to the short session was highlighted in Governor Baldacci’s state of the state speech. To read the full text of the speech, go to

Washington Family Legacy Preservation Effort in West Virginia
Contributed by Curt Mason
Posted: January 26, 2008

  Several individuals representing the National Park Trust, Friends of Happy Retreat (a Jefferson County, West Virginia, non-profit organization), and others have recently developed a proposal for a federal...

Senator Sessions Places Hold on Presidential Records Bill
Contributed by National Coalition for History
Posted: January 23, 2008

  On January 22, 2008, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) brought the “Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007? (H.R. 1255, S. 886) to the floor under the Senate’s unanimous consent rule that...

Washington State Legislature Action on Preservation Issues
Contributed by Historic Seattle
Posted: January 18, 2008

  The 2008 Legislative Session convened on Monday, January 14. The session will last 60 days and adjourn sine die on Thursday, March 13. Senate Bill 6144 Maritime Heritage Area...

New Energy Bill Includes Block Grant Program That May Benefit Historic Rehabilitation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: December 23, 2007

  President Bush signed the “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007” (HR 6) into law this week that includes an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program designed to provide funding to...

Year End Omnibus Appropriations Includes Funding for Historic Preservation Programs and Conservation System Lands
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: December 23, 2007

  The 110th Congress completed its legislative business for the first session with the House adjourned until mid-January and the Senate in a guarded “proforma” session to block any prospective recess...

Second CR Needed to Pass Year-End Omnibus Appropriations and Historic Preservation Funding for FY’08
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: December 17, 2007

  House Democrats are expected to meet the President’s terms on discretionary budget caps in an 11 bill omnibus (including Interior and historic preservation funding) to ensure completion of the appropriations...

Senate Passes Farm Bill With Preservation Initiatives; Craig Amendment on Eminent Domain Defeated
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: December 17, 2007

  After overcoming procedural obstacles, the Senate finally passed its version of the 2007 Farm Bill on Friday, December 14th by a vote of 79-14. The National Trust is pleased that the measure includes...

Conservation Alliance Urges Interior to Boost Support for BLM’s Conservation System in FY’09 Budget
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: November 26, 2007

  The National Trust was one of 48 conservation, preservation, parks and recreation groups that sent a letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in support of increased budgetary resources for the...

Emergency Reprieve for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers Stalled in Congress
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: November 26, 2007

  A temporary reprieve for the endangered Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery may be delayed because of a disagreement between House-Senate conferees over a domestic provision...

Congress Passes Funding for Teaching American History Grants and IMLS
Contributed by National Coalition for History
Posted: November 10, 2007

  This week, Congress sent to the President, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill (H.R. 3043; H. Report 110-424). The conference agreement includes...

National Archives Inspector General Criticizes Presidential Libraries Artifacts Preservation
Contributed by National Coalition for History
Posted: November 9, 2007

  This week, National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) Inspector General (IG) issued an audit report critical of how Presidential Libraries are inventorying and preserving the over 500,000...

2007 Preservation-Related Ballot Initiatives Roundup
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: November 6, 2007

  Though 2007 is mostly an off year, several states and localities have ballot initiatives that may be of interest to preservationists: Maine In the Pine Tree State, voters...

Co-sponsor Push Begins in Senate for Tax Amendments Bill
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: November 6, 2007

  Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter this week in support of the “Community Restoration and Revitalization Act of 2007” (S. 584) in an effort...

Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America Authorization Bills Introduced in House and Senate
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: November 6, 2007

  Representative Brad Miller (D-NC) and Senators Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) introduced first-time authorizations for the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) and Preserve America (PA) programs...

GSA Redevelopment Plan Threatens St. Elizabeths Historic Campus
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: November 5, 2007

  The General Services Administration (GSA) will present its plan for redevelopment of the St. Elizabeths campus in Washington, D.C. for the construction of the Department of Homeland Security’s new headquarters...

Omnibus National Heritage Area Bill Passes House
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: November 5, 2007

  The House passed an omnibus national heritage areas bill – “Celebrating America’s Heritage Act” – on October 24th which included the “Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area bill (HR...

First Lady Urges Passage of History Preservation Bills
Contributed by National Coalition for History
Posted: November 2, 2007

  At a Capitol Hill press conference this week, First Lady Laura Bush announced introduction of bipartisan legislation authorizing two complementary historic preservation grant programs–Preserve America...

Mrs. Laura Bush Announces Bipartisan Historic Preservation Legislation
Contributed by
Posted: October 30, 2007

  At a Capitol Hill press conference today, Mrs. Laura Bush, Honorary Chair of Preserve America and Save America’s Treasures, announced introduction of bipartisan legislation authorizing two complementary...

Preservation Action Polls Grassroots on Policy Issues
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 23, 2007

  For the last three years, Preservation Action polled its grassroots membership to get a sense of what were the most salient preservation issues on Capitol Hill. Roughly one quarter of respondents represented...

Rehab Tax Credit Amendments Bill Receives Endorsement from New York Governor
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 23, 2007

  New York Governor Elliot Spitzer (D) endorsed the “Community Restoration and Revitalization Act of 2007”(HR 1043/S. 584) this week and his office sent a letter to House Ways and Means chairman, Rep....

Energy Bill May Pose Compliance Issues for Historic Buildings in Meeting Energy Efficiency Standards
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 15, 2007

  A House-passed energy bill (HR 3221) may pose compliance problems for older and historic buildings if Congress enacts the bill with its current provisions for establishing a national model for updating...

Jerome County Commission Denies CAFO Application Near Minidoka National Monument in Idaho
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 15, 2007

  On October 9th Jerome County Commissioners in Idaho voted to deny the Big Sky Farms application to locate a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) near the Minidoka National Monument. The proposed...

Vacant Property Demolition Bill Raises Concern Among Preservationists
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 15, 2007

  Representative Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) introduced bills in September that would authorize $100 million to be spent on the demolition of vacant housing over three years....

Education Department Accepting Applications for FY '08 Teaching American History Grants
Contributed by National Coalition for History
Posted: October 13, 2007

  On October 10, the U.S. Department of Education announced that has begun accepting applications for new fiscal year (FY) 2008 Teaching American History Grants (TAH). The deadline for Notice of Intent...

George Mason University Awarded Contract to Create a National History Education Clearinghouse
Contributed by National Coalition for History
Posted: October 13, 2007

  George Mason University has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Education–valued at $7 million if fully funded over five years–to create a National History Education Clearinghouse. The...

GAO Criticizes Smithsonian Maintenance and Security Practices
Contributed by National Coalition for History
Posted: October 5, 2007

  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report critical of the Smithsonian Institution’s maintenance and security practices (read the report at

Akaka Amendment on Tomb of the Unknowns Study Proposed in Senate
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 2, 2007

  Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) proposed an amendment (SA 2995) to the Defense Authorization Bill (HR 1585) on September 20th calling for the Secretaries of the Army and Veterans Affairs to produce (no later...

Congress Approves Continuing Resolution (CR) But Preservation Spending Issues Unresolved
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 2, 2007

  Congress passed a continuing resolution (HJ Res. 2) this week that will fund the government at FY’07 levels through November 16th. The CR is virtually clean from extra spending with the exception...

House Financial Services Committee Approves New HOPE VI Program Authorization
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 2, 2007

  The House Financial Services Committee approved a measure (HR 3524) that would reauthorize and overhaul the HOPE VI program under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as make...

National Trust Signs Coalition Letter to Encourage Conservation Easement Trust Fund
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: October 2, 2007

  On September 25, the National Trust signed a coalition letter that includes the Land Trust Alliance, Society for American Archaeology and the American Farmland Trust, among others, to the Senate...

Hearing Considers Public Access to the Statue of Liberty
Contributed by National Coalition for History
Posted: September 24, 2007

  On September 18, the House Resources Committee’s National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee held a hearing on whether visitors to the Statue of Liberty should have access to the observation...

National Park Service Needs Additional Funding to Safely Reopen Statue of Liberty
Contributed by Alexander Brash, Northeast Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association
Posted: September 24, 2007

  “The Statue of Liberty, like all national parks, should be open and welcoming for Americans to enjoy. Beyond security concerns, closure of the crown illustrates the chronic funding shortfalls facing...

Everglades National Park Still Needs Help Despite Removal from Endangered List
Contributed by Sara Fain, Everglades Restoration Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association
Posted: September 21, 2007

  “The removal of Everglades National Park from the World Heritage Site Endangered List seems to indicate that the historic River of Grass has been restored. Yet, as is underscored by the impacts of Florida’s...

Senate Passes Increased Funding for Bridge Repair and Affordable Housing/Main Street Programs
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 18, 2007

  The Senate passed the FY’08 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill (HR 3074) by a margin of 88-7 this week. Included in the bill was an amendment that would allocate an additional $1 billion in grants...

Hearing on Democratic Tax Plan Holds Promise for Rehab Tax Credit Amendments Bill
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: September 12, 2007

  The House Ways and Means Committee held an all-day hearing on September 6th to hear testimony on a potential Democratic tax reform package that is expected to reach the House floor this year. Although...

Historic Preservation Issues Remain Unsettled as Congress Exits for Summer Recess
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: August 13, 2007

  Congress adjourned for its month-long, summer recess on August 3rd and left behind a large amount of business to settle when lawmakers return in September. Key preservation issues to be decided...

National Trust and Coalition Partners Urge Harkin to Include Cultural Heritage Language in Senate Farm Bill
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: August 12, 2007

  On August 6th, the National Trust joined 113 rural development organizations in a letter to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, expressing support for his proposed...

Preservation Funding Entangled in Budget Showdown with White House Over FY’08 Spending
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: August 10, 2007

  Historic preservation funding contained in the FY’08 Interior Appropriations Bill (HR 2643/S 1696) will subject to a major veto threat from the Bush administration of all 12 appropriations bills, which...

CRITICAL FOR RESEARCH: Laws, Executive Orders & Regulations for preservation of cultural resources in the United States posted on NPS website
Contributed by PreservationDirectory.com
Posted: August 7, 2007

  Looking for the laws and regulations that govern the preservation of the United States' cultural heritage? The National Park Service has created an essential directory of cultural preservation...

House and Senate Hold Hearings on Centennial Fund Parks
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: August 6, 2007

  The House and Senate Subcommittees on National Parks held hearings on August 2nd on the National Parks Centennial Challenge Fund legislative proposals introduced this year. These proposals were introduced...

Rural Heritage Provisions Survive House Floor Debate on Farm Bill Reauthorization
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 27, 2007

  This week the House considered H.R. 2419, the “Farm, Nutrition, and Bio- Energy Act of 2007,” which included three major rural heritage provisions advocated by the National Trust. HR 2419 faced challenges...

National Parks Conservation Association Praises House Passage of Underground Railroad Legislation
Contributed by Alan Spears, NPCA
Posted: July 23, 2007

  Statement by National Parks Conservation Association Legislative Representative Alan Spears The U.S. House of Representatives today stood up for America’s history and heritage,...

Greening of Federal Buildings Proposed in New House Bill
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 15, 2007

  Just prior to the July 4th recess, Rep. Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced a bill (HR 2947) that would establish energy performance standards for new federal or federally-supported buildings. The “Energy Efficient...

Historic Preservation Funding Subject to Appropriations Cycle Uncertainties
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 13, 2007

  Historic preservation funding for fiscal year 2008 will remain subject to a brewing battle between Congress over overall discretionary spending limits and Iraq war funding come this fall. Although the...

Louisiana Rehab Tax Credit Bill Fails but Governor Signs New Markets Tax Bill into Law
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: July 10, 2007

  On July 10, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco signed SB188 into law (Act No. 379). The new law will make New Markets Tax Credits easier to transfer, caps the entire program at $75 million, and places...

National Parks Conservation Association Says House Appropriations Bill Puts National Parks on "Road to Recovery"
Contributed by Andrea Keller Helsel, NPCA
Posted: June 27, 2007

  The National Parks Conservation Association today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the largest funding increase ever provided for America’s national parks, making great strides...

Historic preservation and cultural resources blog has launched
Contributed by PreservationDirectory.com
Posted: June 26, 2007

  We are thrilled to announce that the newest feature on PreservationDirectory.com - the "Preservation Blog" - has officially launched. The Preservation Blog serves as a collection of "mini-blogs"...

Historic Preservation Caucus Needs More Members
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 21, 2007

  The Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus was formed in 2003 as a forum for Members of Congress to discuss ways to protect and revitalize America's historic places and structures,...

Senate Subcommittee Funds Teaching American History Grants at $120M
Contributed by
Posted: June 19, 2007

  On June 19, the Senate Appropriations’ Labor, Health Human Services and Education Subcommittee approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 appropriations bill for the programs under its jurisdiction. The...

National Archives FY ‘08 Funding
Contributed by PreservationDirectory.com
Posted: June 11, 2007

  Status On June 11, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill (no number as yet). The bill includes $315...

Coalition for Expanding Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Grows
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 8, 2007

  The National Trust and its preservation partners are continuing to work on broadening the coalition of organizations and agencies endorsing the Community Restoration and Revitalization Act of 2007 (HR...

Full Appropriations Committee Approves Historic Preservation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 8, 2007

  The full House Appropriations Committee convened on June 6th and marked up the FY’08 Interior Appropriations Bill. The full Committee approved the subcommittee’s mark of last week, which included major...

National Trust President Richard Moe Testifies before House Subcommittee on Conservation
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 8, 2007

  National Trust president Richard Moe testified before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands on June 7th on HR 2016, a bill to make permanent the National Landscape Conservation...

Historic Barns Grant Language Reauthorized in Farm Bill
Contributed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Posted: June 6, 2007

  On Wednesday, June 6th, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural Development and Foreign Agriculture favorably marked up the Rural Development title of the 2007 Farm Bill (HR 2419)...
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