May is Historic Preservation Month! The National Park Service invites you to explore and interact with the programs and resources highlighted below. Historic preservation is a conversation with our past about our future. It provides us with opportunities to ask, "What is important in our history?" and "What parts of our past can we preserve for the future?" Through historic preservation, we look at history in different ways, ask different questions of the past, and learn new things about our history and ourselves. Historic preservation is an important way for us to transmit our understanding of the past to future generations. Learn more...
The National Park Service & Historic Preservation
Heritage Documentation Programs
Explore historic sites across the country via panoramic tours, interactive 3-D models, animations, and more with HABS/HAER/HALS.
Federal Preservation Laws Text Available
The most recent reference text of active Federal Historic Preservation Laws is available online and in physical form!
Learn How to be a Preservationist
Whether historic preservation is your career or hobby, there are many opportunities to learn from the professionals in the NPS.
Historic Preservation Fund in Action
Explore how the HPF helps protect and preserve historic resources through grant programs like the Certified Local Government Program.
Discover Our Shared Heritage
Discover places associated with cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity. Explore America with a historic, thematic travel itinerary.
Find a National Heritage Area
Discover nearby places where historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally important landscapes.
Last updated: June 1, 2020