Heritage & Historic Preservation - NPS

Heritage & Historic Preservation - NPS National Park Service (NPS) programs support the preservation of our shared heritage and historic sites in communities across the nation. The National Park Service's Cultural Resources programs are dedicated to preserving history, celebrating our diverse heritage, facilitating heritage-based education, and providing grants and technical assistance.

We are excited to share success stories and preservation news with you through this collaborative space. The programs providing regular content for this page include: - Certified Local Governments - Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation & Education - National Heritage Areas - Technical Preservation Services

Mission: The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

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The National Park Service (NPS) is proud to announce the expansion of the African American Civil Rights Grant Program (#...
11/10/2020

The National Park Service (NPS) is proud to announce the expansion of the African American Civil Rights Grant Program (#AACR). This year the program will document, interpret, and preserve sites and stories telling the full story of the long struggle for African American civil rights from the transatlantic slave trade onwards. The NPS 2008 report, Civil Rights in America, A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites, will serve as the reference document in determining the appropriateness of proposed projects and properties.

You can read the full report here:
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/tellingallamericansstories/upload/CivilRights_Framework.pdf

AACR Grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and will fund a broad range of preservation projects including survey and inventory, National Register nominations, oral histories and more. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal funding match. Congress has appropriated $15.5 million in FY2020 funding.

Applications are due December 15, 2020.

Learn more about the program:
https://www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/civil-rights/

Apply to AACR Preservation Grants via Grants.gov AACR Preservation- P21AS00200:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329757

Apply to AACR History Grants via Grants.gov AACR History- P21AS00199:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329743

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The National Park Service (NPS) is proud to announce a new competitive civil rights grant program. The History of Equal ...
11/10/2020

The National Park Service (NPS) is proud to announce a new competitive civil rights grant program. The History of Equal Rights Grant Program (#HER) will preserve sites related to the struggle to achieve the ideal of equal rights in America. HER Grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and will fund a broad range of preservation projects for historic sites including: architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation to structures. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal funding match.

Congress has appropriated $2.5 million for the HER Grant Program.

Applications will be due December 15, 2020.

Learn more about the program here:
https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1623/history-of-equal-rights.htm

Apply to HER Preservation Grants via Grants.gov HER-P21AS00201 here:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329759

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Happy #CLGMonday! Today, we'd like to congratulate Butler, Missouri! Please join us in welcoming a new member to the Cer...
11/09/2020

Happy #CLGMonday! Today, we'd like to congratulate Butler, Missouri! Please join us in welcoming a new member to the Certified Local Government (#CLG) community!

Local tradition holds that the first settler on the site now occupied by Butler was John C. Kennett, who established a mercantile business around 1849 to service "forty-niners" passing through the area for California.

Following the Missouri Compromise and the Bleeding Kansas conflict, the area around Butler, Bates County, became a center of conflict. John Brown, the leader of the Free State men made his headquarters just across the Kansas line, 16 miles west of Butler. And during the Civil War, most of Butler's buildings were destroyed. As a result, the city's built environment today dates from the period after the end of the war.

Growth in Butler through the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries brought a variety of robust popular nineteenth century styles for commercial and industrial buildings - like this Italianate style commercial building on Ohio street in downtown Butler.

To learn more about the Certified Local Government Program, please visit https://www.nps.gov/clg/

Information courtesy of Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Historic Preservation Services, L.L.C.

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11/04/2020
www.hulapreservation.org

November is Native American Heritage Month! To start our celebration, we’d like to highlight the Hula Preservation Society and their project, “I Ulu No Ka Lala I Ke Kumu (The Branches Grow Because of the Teacher/Trunk/Source)”. As part of this fantastic project, the Hula Preservation Society will conduct oral history interviews with Hula elders of Hawai’i and document cultural traditions.

The Hula Preservation Society seeks to raise awareness of Native Hawaiian history and heritage. You can read about their mission in “Memories of the Dance” (link below).

The Hula Preservation Society received a Tribal Heritage grant in 2018 to assist with this important project!

Check out the publication here:http://www.hulapreservation.org/Press/Memories%20of%20the%20Dance-email.pdf

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Happy #CLGMonday! Today, we'd like to congratulate New Albany, Mississippi! Please join us in welcoming a new member to ...
11/02/2020

Happy #CLGMonday! Today, we'd like to congratulate New Albany, Mississippi! Please join us in welcoming a new member to the Certified Local Government (#CLG) community!

"Organized in 1840 at the site of a grist mill and a saw mill on the Tallahatchie River near the intersection of two historic Chickasaw Indian trade trails, the town developed as a river port and as a regional center for agriculture and commerce. The Civil War interrupted this progress, however, as Union troops swept through the city and burned all but a few buildings.

Union County was formed from parts of neighboring Lee, Pontotoc, and Tippah Counties in 1870, with New Albany designated as county seat. The city's new role as a center of government led to renewed economic activity. Citizens’ efforts in the late 1880s to secure a railroad through New Albany were rewarded with two railroads connecting the community to points north, south, east and west.

As of 2010 New Albany has a population of 8,526 and is known for its education system, well-educated labor force and strong work ethic. The city houses modern factories, robust neighborhoods and vibrant shopping centers, while at the same time preserving its historic downtown area."

Photograph of colorized downtown New Albany

To learn more about the Certified Local Government Program, please visit https://www.nps.gov/clg/

photograph courtesy of New Albany, Mississippi - Pictorial History

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10/30/2020
Danvers Historical Society

Bring nature back into your garden with native plants. Learn more: Essex National Heritage Area, the Danvers Historical Society and Endicott Park in Massachusetts team up to score a victory for nature and community by bringing native plants back to the landscape with the help of local Girl Scouts. #glenmagnafarms #danversma #endicottpark #nativeplants #gardening #horticulture #girlscouts #community #danvershistoricalsociety #TeamWork

In this movie the Danvers Historical society and Endicott Park team up to score a victory for nature and community. Please enjoy and share this video if you’re interested in bringing a little nature back into your garden. #glenmagnafarms #danversma #endicottpark #nativeplants #gardening #horticulture #girlscouts #community #danvershistoricalsociety #TeamWork

🦇 🦇 It's #BatWeek! 🦇 🦇The “Hygieostatic” Bat Roost (or Bat Tower) was designed by Dr. Charles Campbell in the early twen...
10/28/2020

🦇 🦇 It's #BatWeek! 🦇 🦇

The “Hygieostatic” Bat Roost (or Bat Tower) was designed by Dr. Charles Campbell in the early twentieth century. A health officer for the City of San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Campbell contended that bats provided a natural control for the malaria spreading mosquitoes that plagued the city. Campbell provided plans for the construction of bat roosts across Texas, Florida and Italy. The last of these was built in 1929 by Florida real estate developer R.C. Perky.

Two bat roosts were listed on the National Register of Historic Places - NPS in the latter half of the twentieth century. One is located in Comfort, Texas. The other, the Perky "Sugarloaf" Bat Tower in the Florida Keys (pictured here), was surveyed and photographed by the Historic American Buildings Survey in 1967. Unfortunately, the roost was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

In response to the damage caused by Irma and other storms to historic structures, like the Sugarloaf Bat Tower, Congress appropriated $50 million in emergency supplemental funding from the Historic Preservation Fund (ESHPF) in 2018 to provide funding for repair and rehabilitation projects on historic properties in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, and US Virgin Islands.

Learn more about the ESHPF Disaster Recovery Grant Program here: https://www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/disaster-recovery/index.html

Learn more about the important role that bats play in our ecosystems, as well as the threats they face: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/bats/

Information and photographs courtesy of Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS

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Happy #CLGMonday! Today, we'd like to congratulate Dade County, Georgia! Please join us in welcoming a new member to the...
10/26/2020

Happy #CLGMonday! Today, we'd like to congratulate Dade County, Georgia! Please join us in welcoming a new member to the Certified Local Government (#CLG) community!

"Established in 1837, Dade County was named for U.S. Army Major Francis Langhorne Dade, a Virginian stationed in central Florida to help enforce the treaty that ended the First Seminole War.

Dade County was unlike any other county in the state for its first 102 years of existence. It was rugged, isolated and totally disconnected from the rest of the state. In fact, visitors had to leave Georgia and go through Alabama or Tennessee to visit Dade County by road. There was no road connecting this county in the extreme northwest corner of Georgia to the rest of the state until 1939, when the state purchased Cloudland Canyon. Until that time, the only access to "the state of Dade" was from Tennessee or Alabama."

Photograph of Dade County Courthouse, Trenton

To learn more about the Certified Local Government Program, please visit https://www.nps.gov/clg/

Information courtesy of Dade County, Georgia and Dade County Historical Society of Trenton, Georgia

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Enjoy the scenic views of autumn in the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area. Discover vast forests, natural wonder...
10/23/2020
Autumn in the Appalachian Forest (U.S. National Park Service)

Enjoy the scenic views of autumn in the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area. Discover vast forests, natural wonders and unique heritage that gives the region it’s character. Play in history and engage in the unique culture found only in the 18 counties along the ridge of the Alleghany Mountains in West Virginia and Maryland. The region shares Forest Heritage and similar histories of settlement, culture and natural settings. https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/afha_autumn2020.htm
https://www.appalachianforestnha.org/visitor-resources

Appalachian Forest National Heritage is host to a colorful array of seasonal delights, including award-winning cuisine, frightfully fun wagon rides, and of course, traditional music and other festivities.

October is National Community Planning Month! To celebrate #planningmonth we wanted to highlight the 2020 District of Co...
10/21/2020

October is National Community Planning Month! To celebrate #planningmonth we wanted to highlight the 2020 District of Columbia Historic Preservation Plan, recently completed by the DC Office of Planning. This historic preservation plan suggests actions that District agencies, federal partners, cultural organizations, non-profits, and property owners can take to ensure that the city’s heritage remains a vital and valued part of their lives!

"Preserving for Progress, the District of Columbia’s 2020 Historic Preservation Plan, is the second in a sequence of three plans that are transforming the District’s approach to the stewardship of cultural heritage in the nation’s capital. Beginning in 2012, the DC SHPO convened community stakeholders to engage them in a more participatory planning process strongly influenced by NPS guidance. The culmination of these efforts is a more engaging and informative preservation plan setting out shared goals and aspirations with achievable targets for action by a full range of preservation partners. Next year, this collaboration will continue with preparation of a year 2025 plan, shifting to a five-year cycle for stronger integration with the District’s comprehensive planning process."

To read the 2020 District of Columbia Historic Preservation Plan, visit: https://planning.dc.gov/publication/preserving-progress-2020-district-columbia-historic-preservation-plan-released#:~:text=Preserving%20For%20Progress%2C%20the%202020,the%20city's%20growth%20and%20renewal.

Information and photos courtesy of the DC Office of Planning and Historic Preservation

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Happy #CLGMonday! Today, we'd like to congratulate Warren County, Iowa! Please join us in welcoming a new member to the ...
10/19/2020

Happy #CLGMonday! Today, we'd like to congratulate Warren County, Iowa! Please join us in welcoming a new member to the Certified Local Government (#CLG) community!

"Warren County was founded in 1846 and was named for American Revolutionary War hero, General Joseph Warren . It is a predominantly rural county, with its County seat in the City of Indianola. Today the county is transforming, as the northern portion is rapidly developing into suburbs of Des Moines. Warren County currently has 12 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county.

The area is well know for its rolling landscape sprinkled with wineries and historic farmsteads. What is less well know is the county's role in supporting racial justice, equality, and the dignity of persons of color. Local abolitionists and religious groups (largely Quakers) were dedicated to running the Underground Railroad from their homes and churches, assisting African American slaves on their journey north to freedom. In 1890, Simpson College in Indianola admitted a young man who was born into slavery. He was accepted at Simpson when other colleges had rejected him for being black. That young man was George Washington Carver, who subsequently became of one of America's great agronomists and inventors."

Photograph of Simpson College, College Hall

To learn more about the Certified Local Government Program, please visit https://www.nps.gov/clg/

Information courtesy of the Warren County Historic Preservation Commission

Photo courtesy of Simpson College

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October is LGBTQ History Month! As we celebrate and recognize this history, we want to share the National Park Service’s...
10/16/2020
LGBTQ Heritage - Telling All Americans' Stories (U.S. National Park Service)

October is LGBTQ History Month! As we celebrate and recognize this history, we want to share the National Park Service’s resource page on LGBTQ history and heritage! There, you can explore National Parks related to LGBTQ history like the National AIDS Memorial Grove, read through the Stonewall Storytime to learn more about the pivotal Stonewall Uprising in 1969, or sit with the LGBTQ Heritage Theme Study and appreciate this extensive study of LGBTQ history as it relates to different themes, people, and places, which ultimately sets us up in a better position to understand and preserve LGBTQ history and heritage.

Spend some time to explore the fantastic resources on this page! You can check them out here: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/tellingallamericansstories/lgbtqheritage.htm

Happy LGBTQ History Month!

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Today is the anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966! This critical preservation policy has...
10/15/2020
State, Tribal, and Local Plans and Grants Division (U.S. National Park Service)

Today is the anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966! This critical preservation policy has since guided the field of historic preservation, including our work at the State, Tribal, Local, Plans and Grants Division! The NHPA serves as the foundation for our grant programs: Tribal Heritage Grants, African American Civil Rights Grants, Disaster Recovery Grants, Underrepresented Community Grants, Save America’s Treasures, Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Through these programs, we offer assistance and guidance to states, tribes, local communities, educational institutions, and others.

We are proud to support the preservation work taken up by so many folks to carry on the mission of the NHPA and we look forward to continue supporting these endeavors for future generations! To learn more about our grant programs, check out our page: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1623/index.htm.

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The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division provides preservation assistance through a number of programs that support the preservation of America's historic places and diverse history. We administer grant programs to State, Territorial, Tribal, and local governments, educational institutions,...

Happy #CLGMonday! Today, we'd like to congratulate the town of Cañon City, Colorado! Please join us in welcoming a new m...
10/12/2020

Happy #CLGMonday! Today, we'd like to congratulate the town of Cañon City, Colorado! Please join us in welcoming a new member to the Certified Local Government (#CLG) community!

"First settled in 1859, the town of Cañon City, Colorado, was incorporated in 1872 after a brief downturn in population growth during the Civil War. This resurgence of the town brought diverse developments to the local economy. Mining, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and the Colorado Territorial prison have all helped to shape and define the landscape and heritage of this small rural community. Today, Cañon City’s historic downtown and old residential neighborhoods offer treasured glimpses into this town’s rich history."

Photograph of downtown Cañon City ca. 1927

Information and photo courtesy of Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center

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The National Park Service's Cultural Resources programs are dedicated to preserving history, celebrating our diverse heritage, facilitating heritage-based education, and providing grants and technical assistance. We are excited to share success stories and preservation news with you through this collaborative space. The programs providing regular content for this page include: - State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants (www.nps.gov/stlpg) - Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation & Education - National Heritage Areas - Technical Preservation Services