National Register Bulletin #38

Traditional cultural values are often central to the way a community or group defines itself, and maintaining such values is often vital to maintaining the group’s sense of identity and self respect. Properties to which traditional cultural value is ascribed often take on this kind of vital significance, so that any damage to or infringement upon them is perceived to be deeply offensive to, and even destructive of, the group that values them. As a result, it is extremely important that traditional cultural properties be considered carefully in planning; hence it is important that such properties, when they are eligible for inclusion in the National Register, be nominated to the Register or otherwise identified in inventories for planning purposes.

Guideline for Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties (PDF)

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