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National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities. Chartered by Congress in 1949, this is a nonprofit organization with 200,000 members. The site features exciting historic travel destinations, old house fix-up tips, news, shopping ideas, and much more.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is an independent Federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our Nation's historic resources and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.

Save Our History

The History Channel ® created the Save Our History initiative to support local history education and historic preservation in communities across the country. The initiative includes the Save Our History Grant Program which funds partnerships between local history organizations and schools on community preservation projects, free educational resources for elementary, middle, and high school teachers interested in making local history and preservation a component of their curriculum, and cash prizes and scholarships for teachers and students who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to local history education and preservation.

National Organizations

Historic Building Inspectors Association - Members of the Historic Building Inspectors Assoc. have specific experience evaluating historic properties, have an understanding of historic preservation standards and encourage preservation through education.

The Victorian Society In America - The Victorian Society In America is the only national non-profit organization committed to historic preservation, protection, understanding, education, and enjoyment of our nineteenth century heritage.

Historic Homes Foundation, Inc. - A non-profit corporation chartered in 1957 for the purpose of purchasing, preserving and displaying historic buildings and their collections, as well as for furthering the advancement of education, culture and the arts in Kentucky. Three historic houses – Farmington , the Thomas Edison House and Whitehall – are presently owned and managed by the Foundation.

Preserve and Protect - A not-for-profit corporation providing space on the World Wide Web for Historic Preservation and Environmental Protection Organizations.

Heritage Preservation - For over a quarter century, Heritage Preservation has been working to ensure the preservation of America's collections for present and future generations. We are the nation's leading nonprofit advocate for the proper care of all our cultural heritage--works of art, books and archives, documents and photographs, architecture, monuments, natural science specimens, and family heirlooms.

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions - The NAPC is the only organization devoted solely to representing the nation's preservation design review commissions. NAPC provides technical support and manages an information network to help local commissions accomplishing their preservation objectives. The Alliance also serves as an advocate at federal, state and local levels of government to promote policies and programs that support preservation commission efforts.

National Register of Historic Places - The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Preservation Trades Network - PTN was conceived in 1995 at an Association for Preservation Technology (APT) conference roundtable strategy session in Washington, DC. At the time, representatives of the preservation trades felt it important for the preservation trades to be recognized as a valued member of preservation project teams. To do this, the preservation trades took action to build a community of like-minded individuals who share knowledge of the process of historic preservation as it occurs in the field. PTN was formed to provide a focus on and support of the sharing of the preservation trade's knowledge of the physical process of preservation, of how to shape and work historic materials. From this beginning PTN became a Task Force of APT.

PreserveNet - PreserveNet is designed to provide preservationists with a comprehensive database of regularly updated internet resources and current professional opportunities. Established in 1994 by Cornell University's Michael Tomlan and Bob Pick, PreserveNet was the result of a collaborative effort by preservation students of various universities interested in providing preservation information in what was then a new and exciting arena, the internet. Updated and expanded in 2001, PreserveNet continues to utilize the many internet resources of various preservation organizations and maintains a current listing of professional and educational opportunities.

Traditional Building Skills Institute - The Traditional Building Skills Institute offers workshops to architects, builders, contractors, trades people, students, educators and homeowners to further the art of traditional building skills for the purpose of restoring and preserving historic properties. A one-year course of study leads to a certificate in historic preservation and restoration technology; a two-year course to an Associate of Applied Science or an Associate of Science in Building Construction and Construction Management.

Historic New England Historic New England is a 100 year old preservation organization preserving New England history, artifacts, homes, landscapes and stories.

Local Organizations

Alabama

Alabama Historic Commission

Alaska

Division of Parks, Office of History and Archeology

Arizona

Arizona State Parks

Arkansas

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas

California

Alameda Architectural Preservation Society - The AAPS is dedicated to preserving the architectural history in the city of Alameda, California.

Office of Historic Preservation - Department Of Parks and Recreation

The Victorian Preservation Association of Santa Clara Valley - A non-profit group of homeowners located in the Santa Clara Valley interested in preserving old homes.

The Old Escondido Historic District - From tiny bungalows to magnificent Victorian homes, the Old Escondido Historic District contains the majority of Escondido's historic resources. It is a wonderful place to walk or tour by car.

Colorado

Colorado Historical Society

Connecticut

Connecticut Historical Commission

Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation - The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation is nonprofit statewide membership organization established in 1975. Working with local preservation groups and individuals as well as with statewide organizations, it encourages, advocates and facilitates historic preservation throughout Connecticut.

Delaware

Delaware State Historic Preservation Office

District of Columbia

State Historic Preservation Office

Florida

Dept. of State, Office of Cultural and Historical Programs

Florida Historical Commision

Riverside Avondale Preservation - Riverside Avondale Preservation Inc. (RAP) is a private, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to enhance and preserve the architecture, history, cultural heritage and economic viability of the historic neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale in Jacksonville, FL. RAP encourages community participation, promotes preservation education, and sponsors events that highlight the history, architecture and cultural vibrancy of the district.

Georgia

Southern Pine Company - Southern Pine Company of Georgia believes in preservation of our history through the salvage of antique old-growth woods. For twenty-five years, we have been reclaiming, preserving, restoring and supplying vintage old growth wood for renovation and new construction. A division of RK Construction and Development, Southern Pine Company grew from the dreams of its president, Ramsey Khalidi, of preserving the irreplaceable treasures of Savannah, Georgia's historic districts.

State Historic Preservation Office - Historic Preservation Division

The Georgia Trust - The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation promotes an appreciation of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and provides for their protection and use to reclaim, restore and revitalize the state’s historic places and communities.

Hawaii

Department Of Land and Natural Resources

Idaho

Idaho State Historical Society

Illinois

Illinois Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois

Historic Chicago Bungalow Association - The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association and the City of Chicago provides the resources necessary to ensure that the city's approximately 80,000 Chicago bungalows remain a housing choice for families through the Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative.

Quincy Preserves - The mission of Quincy Preserves, Inc., is to foster awareness of and to promote appreciation of the historic architecture of Quincy, Illinois, and Adams County and to encourage active membership involvement in the recognizing, protecting, maintaining, and displaying of these structures.

Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa

Kansas

Kansas State Historical Society

Kansas City Bungalow Club - The Kansas City Bungalow Club is an advocacy, educational and social organization dedicated to promoting the restoration and preservation of all types of bungalows in the Kansas City area.

Kentucky

Kentucky Heritage Council

Old Louisville Guide - Old Louisville National Historic Preservation District America's Victorian Treasure. The Old Louisville Guide has everything about historic preservation in Louisville, Kentucky. Complete with events, museum info, library info, walking tour schedules, and historic property features, this site is a must see.

Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation - An independent, non-profit 501(c) (3), bricks and mortar organization, which uses hands-on approaches to save Kentucky's endangered buildings and sites.

Louisiana

Foundation for Historical Louisiana - FHL mission is to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of Louisiana.  Headquarters is located in the 1930 Old Governor's Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is a replica of the White House, built by Governor Huey P. Long.  Besides being a historic house museum, it is a venue for special public and private events. 

Louisiana State Parks and Historical Sites

Maine

Maine Historic Preservation Commission

Maine Preservation - Maine Preservation is the statewide, non-profit preservation organization (1972) for Maine. Staff of four; includes seed grant program, revolving fund, and preservation easements program.

Greater Portland Landmarks, Inc. - Greater Portland Landmarks promotes preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes and encourages high-quality new architecture to enhance the livability and economic vitality of Portland and surrounding communities. We house the Frances Peabody Research Library, and we restored and run the Portland Observatory Museum, a National Historic Landmark and the last remaining maritime signal tower in the country (1807).

Maryland

Maryland Historical Trust

Preservation Maryland - Preservation Maryland is dedicated to preserving Maryland's historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and archaeological sites through education, outreach, and advocacy.

Peerless Rockville - Peerless Rockville is an award-winning nonprofit, community-based organization founded in 1974 to preserve buildings, objects and information important to Rockville's heritage. Peerless Rockville advances its goals through education, example, advocacy, and community involvement.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Historical Commission

Michigan

Michigan Historical Center

Minnesota

Minnesota Historical Society

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Missouri

Missouri State Historic Preservation Office

St. Joseph Preservation, Inc.

Montana

Montana Historical Society

Nebraska

Nebraska State Historical Society

Nevada

Nevada State Historic Preservation Office

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources

New Jersey

Historical Society of Princeton - The mission of the Historical Society of Princeton is to collect and preserve materials pertaining to the town and its environs, and to interpret the history of the area through exhibitions, educational programs, and publications. Since its founding in 1938, the Historical Society has amassed, recorded, and exhibited a collection of over 40,000 artifacts, manuscripts, photographs, decorative arts objects, artworks, and articles of clothing dating from the 17th century to the present, and has offered a broad range of educational services and activities to local residents, students, scholars, and visitors from around the world. The HSP maintains two historic sites, Bainbridge House and the Updike Farmstead.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Bergen County Historical Society - The Bergen County Historical Society, was founded in 1902 to develop public appreciation for Bergen County's remarkable history, especially through the preservation and study of its material culture. We are the only historical association to focus on the Bergen County, NJ as a whole, from its prehistory to the present day. The Steuben House, Campbell-Christie House and Demarest House are landmarks of Bergen Dutch sandstone architecture, popularly called "Dutch Colonial" and frequently seen and admired throughout northern NJ. The Steuben House still stands on its original site.

New Mexico

New Mexico Historic Preservation Division

New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance - Founded in 1995,The New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance exists to protect, preserve, advocate, and promote awareness and respect for all that is culturally significant and distinctive about New Mexico. In addition to the Most Endangered Places program, services include the Night Sky program, the annual statewide preservation conference, and information clearinghouse for preservation issues and news alerts.

New York

New York State Parks Historic Preservation Division

Aurora Coalition, Inc. - We are an upstate New York grass-roots historic community preservation organization.

North Carolina

North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office

Charlotte

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Dilworth Online

Elizabeth Neighborhood Community Association

Historic Charlotte

Plaza-Midwood Association

Raleigh-Durham

Historic Oakwood - Historic Oakwood is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and remains the only intact 19th century neighborhood in Raleigh, NC. It is a key tourist attraction and it is home to hundreds of lovingly restored Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial and Arts & Crafts style homes.

Historic Preservation Society of Durham

Salisbury

Downtown Salisbury Inc.

North Dakota

State Historical Society of North Dakota

Ohio

Heritage Ohio- We are the statewide preservation partner with the National Trust for historic preservation here in Ohio. Heritage Ohio exists to help people to save the places that matter; build community; live better.

Ohio Historic Preservation Office

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Historical Society

Saline Preservation Association - Established in 2003 to promote historic preservation and restoration within the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.  Current major project is the Saline National Park, a rural 14 acre park with the only remaining rural district courthouse of the Cherokee National

Oregon

Oregon Heritage Conservation

Pacific Northwest Field School- The University of Oregon's Historic Preservation Program is an interdisciplinary program within the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. The graduate program was established in 1980, and an undergraduate minor, open to any university major upon approval, was initiated in 1987. The courses, faculty and administration are interdepartmental. The Director of the Program and the administrative committee are appointed by the Dean.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh - Incorporated in 2002, the YPA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit comprised of dynamic preservation leaders throughout the region organized to ignite a new historic preservation movement in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Rhode Island

Preserve Rhode Island

Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Hampton Heights Neighborhood Association

South Dakota

South Dakota State Historical Society

Tennessee

Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities - The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA) is the oldest statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization in the State of Tennessee and is the fourth oldest in the nation.  The APTA has maintained and preserved over 20 historic sites since it was founded in 1951.  The APTA mission is to promote and encourage active participation in the preservation of Tennessee’s rich historic, cultural, architectural and archeological heritage through restoration, education, advocacy and statewide cooperation. The APTA has 14 chapters across the state of Tennessee that are actively working to maintain and preserve 16 historic sites and that act as advocates for historic preservation in their cities and counties.  We understand the importance of heritage tourism and education and their impact on Tennessee’s economy and future. 

Tennessee Historical Commission

Texas

Texas Historical Commission

Greater Houston Preservation Alliance - Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (GHPA) promotes the preservation and appreciation of Houston's architectural and cultural historic resources through education, advocacy and committed action, thereby creating economic value, developing a stronger sense of community, and improving the quality of life for all Houstonians.

Historic Houston - Historic Houston is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit dedicated to preservation and conservation of Houston's architecture and architectural resources through research, education, and advocacy for sustainable design. Historic Houston operates a salvage warehouse open to the public to facilitate the renovation and restoration of historic structures and has moved 24 historic homes to prevent demolition.

Preservation Texas - We are the only Texas statewide nonprofit preservation organization, a partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Utah

Utah Heritage Foundation -Established in 1966, Utah Heritage Foundation was the first statewide preservation organization in the western United States. Utah Heritage Foundation reaches communities throughout the state through a wide range of programs and activities.

Utah State Historical Society

Vermont

Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

The Preservation Trust of Vermont - The Preservation Trust of Vermont is a charitable, nonprofit organization founded in 1980 to initiate, stimulate and assist local and statewide efforts to preserve and use Vermont's rich collection of historic, architectural cultural and community resources.

Virginia

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

APVA Preservation Virginia - Through the Historic Property Revolving Fund, the APVA Preservation Virginia helps protect and preserve publicly significant historic properties in Virginia by using options to purchase, direct acquisition, or deed of gift to acquire threatened or endangered properties.

Washington

Washington Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation

West Virginia

Preservation Alliance of West Virginia - Preservation Alliance of WV is the grassroots, statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of historic preservation through direct assistance, education, advocacy, and heritage tourism.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History

Wisconsin

Alliance for Historic Wyoming - The Alliance for Historic Wyoming is Wyoming's only active statewide historic preservation nonprofit.  A 501(c)(3), AHW is dedicated to protecting Wyoming's historic and cultural resources in both the built and natural environments. 

Watertown Olde House Society - The focus of this organization is to connect people who have an interest in the care and restoration of older homes and to discuss old-house related topics. Many meetings will feature a speaker who will discuss various aspects of old-house living – from woodwork refinishing, to window restoration, to creating historically-authentic gardens.

The Wisconsin Historical Society

Wyoming

Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office

The Alliance for Historic Wyoming - Wyoming's only active statewide historic preservation nonprofit.  A 501(c)(3), AHW is dedicated to protecting Wyoming's historic and cultural resources in both the built and natural environments. 

Preservation Books