History Is Who We Are

The National Park Service is one of the United States' leading agencies for understanding history and culture. We preserve historic sites both within national park boundaries and beyond. We offer opportunities to help communities preserve their history. Whether you want to visit an historic national park, discover America's stories, or find assistance to preserve the places that matter to you, we hope you discover something new about our shared history. 

Cultural Resources Programs
Cultural Resources Programs

Find out more about Cultural Resources Programs.

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Grant Opportunities

Learn about funding opportunities available to your organization or community. Many grants are now open.

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Climate Adaptation

Like natural resources, cultural resources are affected by climate change yet depend on people to withstand climate change.

Pueblo art from Park Museum Management Program
Native American Stories

Native Americans are the first American stories beginning with prehistoric tribes leading up to today.

Explore National Park Service Museum Collections
Explore NPS Museum Collections

Explore its locations, stories, and thousands of objects.

Cumberland Railroad Station. Photo Courtesy of Kathy McKenney, Department of Community Development
Heritage Travel

Visit over 3,000 places in over 60 Travel Itineraries

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Telling Stories in the Parks

National Parks each contribute a significant story that helps create the American natural and cultural historic fabric.

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Cultural Landscapes

Discover the intersection of cultural and natural resources.

Last updated: November 9, 2023