“Great architecture has only two natural enemies: water and stupid men.” –Richard Nickel
Both within and beyond the parks, the National Park Service is part of a national preservation partnership working with American Indian Tribes, states, local governments, nonprofit organizations, historic property owners, and others who believe in the importance of our shared heritage and its preservation. These programs benefit parks and local communities through their documentation services and through a variety of heritage planning opportunities, including tax incentives and technical assistance to a broad range of partners.
“Heritage Preservation Services (HPS) helps our nation’s citizens and communities identify, evaluate, protect and preserve historic properties for future generations of Americans. Located in Washington, DC, the Division provides a broad range of products and services, financial assistance and incentives,educational guidance, and technical information in support of this mission. Its diverse partners include State Historic Preservation Offices, local governments, tribes, federal agencies, colleges, and non-profit organizations.”
American Battlefield Protection Program
Federal Agency Assistance Program
Historic Preservation Planning Program
Tribal Preservation Program
Technical Preservation Services develops historic preservation policy and guidance on preserving and rehabilitating historic buildings, administers the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program for rehabilitating historic buildings, and sets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program
Historic Surplus Property Program
Historic Preservation Internship Program
National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. Through their resources, NHAs tell nationally important stories that celebrate our nation’s diverse heritage. NHAs are lived-in landscapes. Consequently, NHA entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs.