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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. 

Senate Interior Spending Bill Markup Includes Record $180 Million for Historic Preservation Fund - NEW!
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: October 23, 2021

  From Preservation Action: The Senate Appropriations Committee released a draft of the Senate Interior Appropriations Bill Markup this week. The bill included a substantial...

National Park Service awards $917K in debut of Battlefield Interpretive Grants - NEW!
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: October 18, 2021

  WASHINGTON - The National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (NPS ABPP) today awarded $917,173 in Battlefield Interpretation Grants to preservation partners across the country....

Historic Preservation Fund Competitive Grant Programs Accepting Applications - NEW!
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: October 17, 2021

  From Preservation Action: Several competitive grant programs, funded through the Historic Preservation Fund, are currently accepting applications. Together these programs are helping...

House Committee Advances Bills Protecting Cultural Heritage and Establishing New Heritage Areas - NEW!
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: October 17, 2021

  This week, the House Natural Resources Committee held a markup hearing on several bills, including legislation that impacts cultural heritage and public lands. The committee voted by unanimous...

Underground Railroad Sites, Programs and Facilities Recognized: Network to Freedom Announces 18 New Listings in 11 States - NEW!
Contributed by National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (National Park Service)
Posted: September 30, 2021

  WASHINGTON - The National Park Service is adding 18 new listings to the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The new listings, alongside 698 others already in the Network, provide insight...

Advocacy Alert: Raise your voice in support of Historic Tax Credits - NEW!
Contributed by Preservation League of NYS
Posted: September 28, 2021

  From Preservation League of NYS: As you may have heard, the recent U.S. House infrastructure legislation included provisions to improve the federal historic tax credit - improving...

House Committees Begin Drafting $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Package. Urge Support for Historic Tax Credit Enhancements
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: September 11, 2021

  From Preservation Action: This week, House committees began considering their portions of the $3.5 trillion 'Build...

National Park Service and Partner Agencies Announce $15.5 Million in Save America’s Treasures Grants
Contributed by National Park Service - State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division
Posted: September 11, 2021

  The National Park Service (NPS) in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)...

National September 11 Memorial & Museum receives $2.5 million grant from National Park Service
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: September 7, 2021

  WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today announced it has awarded the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City a $2.5 million 9/11 Memorial Act grant. The funding will provide...

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) & the Preservation League of NYS are Pleased to Offer Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)
Contributed by Janna Rudler
Posted: August 30, 2021

  The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of NYS are pleased to offer Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), with additional support from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation...

DAHP and the Washington Trust Announce State Funding for Historic Barns and Cemeteries
Contributed by WA Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation
Posted: August 29, 2021

  Funding for two state grant programs is available for owners of historic barns and for those with stewardship responsibilities over historic cemeteries in Washington State. This marks the...

House Passes $3.5 Trillion Budget Resolution. Urge Support for Historic Tax Credit Enhancements
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: August 29, 2021

  From Preservation Action: This week the House voted 220-212, on a party-line vote, to adopt the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation framework that previously passed the Senate....

Pre-Applications Are Now Open for 2021 Technical Assistance Grants (Preservation League of NYS)
Contributed by Preservation League of NYS
Posted: August 26, 2021

  Pre-Applications are now open for 2021 Technical Assistance Grants! Interested applicants must submit a pre-application to determine eligibility.

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Signs Petition for Afghanistan's Scholars, Students, Practitioners, Civil Society Leaders, and Activists
Contributed by Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
Posted: August 24, 2021

  The Society of Architectural Historians has signed a letter (copied below) that Scholars at Risk (SAR), in partnership with 40 higher education institutions, associations, networks, and over...

Urge Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act and Include in Infrastructure Legislation
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: August 17, 2021

  From Preservation Action: Urge Your Senators and Representative to Cosponsor the Bipartisan Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act Today! The Historic...

National Park Service awards nearly $570,000 to American Indian Tribes, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian Communities
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: August 16, 2021

  WASHINGTON - The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $569,086 in grants for 12 preservation projects from across the country to support the protection of America’s Indigenous cultures.

From Troy to Buffalo Celebrating Historic Tax Credit Improvements
Contributed by Preservation League of NYS
Posted: August 14, 2021

  From Preservation League of NYS: On April 6, 2021, Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature reached their final budget agreements. A major win for historic preservation is the increase in...

National Park Service awards $743,531 to help preserve history in Underrepresented Communities
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: August 11, 2021

  WASHINGTON – The National Park Service today announced the award of $743,531 to 17 projects in 14 states to support diverse communities identify and nominate sites to the National Register of Historic...

ACHP One of 20 Federal Agencies Signing Agreement to Participate in America250 Commemoration
Contributed by Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Posted: August 10, 2021

  Washington, D.C. – ACHP Vice Chairman Jordan E. Tannenbaum, acting as ACHP chairman, signed an agreement with America250, the nationwide commemoration of America’s 250th anniversary in 2026...

National Park Service Awards $1.19 Million to Preserve American Sites of Armed Conflict
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: August 9, 2021

  WASHINGTON - The National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (NPS ABPP) today awarded $1.19 million in Battlefield Preservation Planning...

National Park Service awards $1.9 million for the return of Native American remains and sacred objects
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: August 4, 2021

  WASHINGTON - The National Park Service today announced $1.9 million in grants to nine Indian Tribes, one Native Hawaiian organization, and 22 museums to assist in the consultation, documentation and repatriation...

House Committee Holds Hearing National Heritage Area Legislation
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: July 21, 2021

  From Preservation Action: The House Natural Resources National Parks Subcommittee held a hearing on twelve bills impacting National Heritage Areas (NHAs). The...

Action Alert: Bill to Enhance and Expand Historic Tax Credit Introduced in the Senate
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: July 5, 2021

  From Preservation Action: The Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act, S. 2266, (HTC-GO) was introduced in the Senate last week by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sen....

House Transportation Bill Permanently Reauthorizes the Historic Preservation Fund and Doubles Authorization Level
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: July 2, 2021

  From Preservation Action: This week the House passed the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684), a $715 billion, five-year transportation bill. The final bill included an amendmentfrom Rep....

10 new resources added to the African American Civil Rights Network
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: June 28, 2021

  WASHINGTON – National parks, historic homes, websites, songs, oral histories and more can be discovered on the National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Network, which welcomed...

New NPS Guidance Will Help Prepare Historic Buildings for Flooding Hazards
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: June 16, 2021

  WASHINGTON – Flooding risk has long been a challenge for many historic properties. Changing weather patterns, stronger hurricanes and other extreme weather events have increased the risk of flooding, both...

National Park Service to Withdraw Proposal to Revise Regulations Governing the National Register of Historic Places
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: June 9, 2021

  WASHINGTON – In response to more than 3,200 comments received from the public and valued preservation partners, the National Park Service (NPS) today announced it is withdrawing its March 2019 proposal...

National Park Service Awards $2.4 Million to Help Preserve America’s Civil Rights History
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: June 3, 2021

  WASHINGTON – From Stonewall National Monument to the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, the physical memory of our nation’s civil rights history is preserved in many powerful places. The National Park...

President Biden Releases FY22 Budget Request, Includes Significant Increases for Historic Preservation
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: June 3, 2021

  From Preservation Action: This afternoon President Biden released his FY22 Budget Request. This includes specific programmatic requests for the Department of Interior...

Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Secretary Deb Haaland Announce New Listings in National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program
Contributed by National Park Service
Posted: April 25, 2021

  WASHINGTON – Today, Second Gentleman of the United States Douglas Emhoff and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced 16 additions to the

New Legislation Will Enhance Federal Historic Tax Credit; Assist Historic Rehabilitation Projects Put on Hold During Pandemic
Contributed by Office of U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Posted: April 18, 2021

  Today, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), co-chair of the Historic Preservation Caucus, along with Darin LaHood (R-IL), reintroduced legislation to improve and enhance the federal Historic Tax Credit. The...

Bill Introduced in Senate Would Remove National Historic Preservation Act Protections from Federal Projects in Rural Areas
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: April 10, 2021

  From Preservation Action: Legislation was introduced in the Senate that would remove certain environmental and preservation protections from federal projects in rural areas. Sen....

President Biden's Infrastructure Plan Presents Opportunities for Historic Preservation Priorities
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: April 10, 2021

  From Preservation Action: Last week President Biden released the American Jobs Plan, a sweeping, $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan. The wide reaching proposal calls for substantial...

New Grant from NPS Battlefield Project Program
Contributed by American Battlefield Protection Program (NPS ABPP).
Posted: April 9, 2021

  We invite you to apply for a Battlefield Interpretation Grant, a new funding...

Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act Introduced in House. Urge Your Representative to Cosponsor
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: April 8, 2021

  From Preservation Action: This week, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL), Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), and Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL)...

ACHP Working Group Makes Recommendations to Promote Productive Use of Federally Owned Historic Buildings Through Outleasing
Contributed by Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
Posted: April 6, 2021

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) today released a report presenting the findings of the Leveraging Federal Historic Buildings Working Group, which...

Funding Awards Support Expansion of Preservation Maryland’s Historic Property Redevelopment Program
Contributed by Preservation Maryland
Posted: March 12, 2021

  Preservation Maryland is the recipient of a generous $500,000 award from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development which will support expansion of the organization’s revitalization work...

New Jersey Becomes 39th State to Establish a State Historic Tax Credit
Contributed by Preservation Action
Posted: March 1, 2021

  From Preservation Action: Last month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, signed the Historic Property Reinvestment Act into law, officially creating a state historic tax credit. The bill...
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