GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND OFFICES
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The mission of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is to promote the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation’s historic resources, and advise the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.
American Battlefield Protection Program
The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. The ABPP focuses primarily on land use, cultural resource and site management planning, and public education.
Conservation Study Institute
Collaborative conservation creates sustainable stewardship of national parks and other places of natural and cultural heritage through broad-based partnerships, community engagement, and cooperative leadership, to build a vision for the future.
Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS)
The mission of the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) is to record historic landscapes in the United States and its territories through measured and interpretive drawings, written histories, and large-format black and white photographs and color photographs.
National Historic Landmarks Program
National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.
Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation
The Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (OCLP) promotes the stewardship of significant landscapes through research, planning, and sustainable preservation maintenance.
Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation
The Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation is an inter-disciplinary professional organization which provides a forum for communication and exchange of information among its members. It is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of historic landscapes in all their variety, from formal gardens and public parks to rural expanses.
American Cultural Resource Association
The American Cultural Resource Associations’ mission is to promote the professional, ethical, and business practices of the cultural resources consulting industry.
American Public Gardens Association (APGA)
The APGA is committed to increasing the knowledge of public garden professionals throughout North America through information sharing, professional development, networking, public awareness, and research so they have the tools to effectively serve visitors and members.
American Planning Association
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.
The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT)
The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) is a cross-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings.
California Garden and Landscape History Society (CGLHS)
The society’s mission is to celebrate the beauty and diversity of California’s
historic gardens and landscapes.
The Garden Club of America
The purpose of The Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.
The Garden Conservancy
The Garden Conservancy is a national organization with a mission to preserve exceptional American gardens for public education and enjoyment.
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), Cultural Landscape Committee
The International Federation of Landscape Architects is the body representing Landscape Architects worldwide. Its purpose is to coordinate the activities of member associations when dealing with global issues, and to ensure that the profession of landscape architecture continues to prosper as it continues to affect the design and management of our environment.
National Association of Olmsted Parks (NAOP)
NAOP advances Olmsted principles and the legacy of irreplaceable parks and landscapes that revitalize communities and enrich people’s lives.
National Alliance of Preservation Commissions
The organization builds strong local preservation programs through education, advocacy, and training.
National Council of State Historic Preservation Officers
The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) is the professional association of the State government officials who carry out the national historic preservation program as delegates of the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA) (16 USC 470).
National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.
The Society for Commercial Archeology
The Society carries out projects of documentation, education, advocacy and conservation of historically significant 20th-century commercial built environments and cultural landscapes of North America, emphasizing the impact of the automobile and the commercial process.
The Society of Architectural Historians, Landscape History Chapter
The chapter encourages research and dissemination of research in landscape, gardening and horticultural history through publications, meetings, lectures, etc; provides a forum for the exchange of ideas related to these disciplines; promotes conservation, preservation, and recording of significant landscapes, and to cooperate with learned and professional societies in the pursuit of common objectives.
Southern Garden History Society
The purpose of the society is to stimulate interest in Southern garden and landscape history, in historic horticulture, and in the preservation of historic gardens and landscapes in the South.
UNESCO World Heritage Convention
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural patrimony and significant natural landscapes around the world. This Web site contains a searchable list of World Heritage sites, PDF files of World Heritage reports, and an interactive global map that provides access to descriptions of many World Heritage properties.
American Farmland Trust
The mission of American Farmland Trust is to help farmers and ranchers protect their land, produce a healthier environment and build successful communities.
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
The arboretum supports world-class research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of trees.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF)
Through education, technical assistance, and outreach, TCLF broadens awareness of and support for historic landscapes nationwide in hopes of saving this diverse and priceless heritage for future generations.
Foundation for Landscape Studies
The mission of the Foundation for Landscape Studies is to foster an active understanding of the importance of place in human life.
Library of American Landscape History
The Library’s mission is to educate and thereby promote thoughtful stewardship of the land.
Preservation Action is a 501c4 nonprofit organization created in 1974 to serve as the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation. Preservation Action seeks to
make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of the federal government for sound preservation policy and programs through a grassroots constituency empowered with information and training and through direct contact with elected representatives.
Recent Past Preservation Network
The Recent Past Preservation Network promotes preservation education, assistance, and activism through the medium of new technologies, to encourage a contextual understanding of our modern built environment.
National New Deal Preservation Association
A group of individuals, agencies, facilities and programs organized to promote the identification, documentation, preservation and education of people about the New Deal visual and performing arts, literature, crafts, structures and environmental projects.
Seed Savers Exchange
A non-profit organization dedicated to save North America’s diverse, but endangered, garden heritage for future generations by building a network of people committed to collecting, conserving and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, while educating people about the value of genetic and cultural diversity.
Scenic America is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to preserving and enhancing the visual character of America’s communities and countryside. Its work includes national advocacy efforts and technical assistance services, local and national projects, and the support of state affiliates.
Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants
The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, established at Monticello in 1987, collects, preserves, and distributes historic plant varieties and strives to promote greater appreciation for the origins and evolution of garden plants. The program centers on Thomas Jefferson’s horticultural interests and the plants he grew at Monticello, but covers the broad history of plants cultivated in America by including varieties documented through the nineteenth century, and choice North American plants, a group of special interest to Jefferson himself.
The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.
The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.
American Memory (Library of Congress) provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. The site includes periodicals, plans, photographs, and postcards related to the study of historic landscapes.
American Memory: Built In America Collection: HABS/HAER/HALS
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are among the largest and most heavily used in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Since 2000, documentation from the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) has been added to the holdings.
Archive of American Gardens (Smithsonian Institute)
The Archives of American Gardens (AAG) contains approximately 80,000 photographic images and records that document over 6,300 gardens throughout the United States. Images in the archives, which date from the late-nineteenth century to the present, highlight such features as garden furniture and ornamentation, fountains, sculptures, fences and gates, parterres, and garden structures. Designs represented range from large Italianate estates to herb and rose gardens, cottage and patio gardens, and community gardens.
The Art Institute of Chicago: Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection
The online Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection, a large collection of mounted photographic prints and lantern slides, provides valuable historic records of American architecture, landscape design, and urban planning.
Catena: Digital Archive of Historic Gardens + Landscapes
Sponsored by the Bard Graduate Center, Catena is an online archive of digital images with accompanying educational materials. The website’s purpose is to serve as an educational tool for teachers and scholars of landscape history affiliated with schools and universities.
Cultural Resource Management Journal
Cultural Resource Management Journal (CRM) is a scholarly journal for the preservation community. The publication carries articles, reports, and reviews of books, exhibits, websites, and other media related to the preservation field and of concern to diverse communities and resources in particular.
Historic Landscape Initiative, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
DCR’s Historic Landscape Preservation programs have resulted in several publications that are available free of charge to the public. Publications cover a wide range of landscape preservation topics, such as mature tree care; protecting historic roads; preserving historic cemeteries; and reading the landscape.
The Internet Archive offers permanent access to historical collections that exist in digital format. Intended for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public. Holdings include a number of National Park Service cultural landscape reports and other NPS publications.
Living New Deal
A national database of thousands of documents, photographs, and personal stories about public works made possible by the New Deal. Includes a list of additional New Deal websites.
Living Landscape Observer
To provide observations and information on the emerging fields of landscape scale conservation, heritage preservation, and sustainable community development.
National Historic Landmark Database
Provides access to National Historic District Landmark documentation.
National Register of Historic Places Database
Provides access to National Register of Historic Places documentation.
National Park Service History E-Library
On-line source for current and historic National Park Service Documents, including cultural landscape reports, historic resource studies, historic grounds reports, and landscape management plans.
Networking Guide to Historic Landscape Resources
This survey-based database was designed to inventory and manage information about the historic landscape resources of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (now known as the American Public Gardens Association) members within North America.
PreservationDirectory.com is an online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States & Canada. Our goal is to foster the preservation of historic buildings, historic downtowns and neighborhoods, cultural resources and to promote heritage tourism by facilitating communication among historic preservation professionals and the general public.
Texas CCC State Parks
Provides visual access to CCC landscapes and structures located in 29 state parks in Texas. Online resources include historic and contemporary photographs, CCC landscape and building plans, and oral histories.
What’s Out There
An easy-to-navigate database that includes over a thousand historic designed landscapes, with content created by academics, volunteers, and advocates. The newly-created on-line resource will serve as a reference for students and teachers of design and history, professionals, and preservationists.
Site/Lines is literary forum for essays and reviews of books, exhibitions, and designs dealing with landscape themes and projects. The publication covers the portrayal of landscape subjects in the fine arts, including the art of photography, as well as the practical disciplines of landscape architecture and landscape management.
View is an annual news magazine that profiles preservation successes inspired by books published by the Library of Landscape History.
SELECT EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Center for Preservation Research (CoPR)
The Center of Preservation Research (CoPR) is a university research center dedicated to the study, preservation and sustainable use of the built environment and cultural landscapes. As part of the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD), we focus on place, preservation, education, and research. Through education and scholarship, our exploration of the past for application in the present provides a basis for future sustainable preservation.
Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation
The Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation is a resource within the SUNY ESF Department of Landscape Architecture that supports the education of landscape architects as best stewards of the cultural environment. The Center works in partnership with the National Park Service’s Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation and several other public and private organizations to advance expertise in preservation of our nation’s landscape heritage.
Founded in 1995 as the nation’s first limited-residency graduate program in Historic Preservation, our students have included long-time preservationists who wish to add to their knowledge, professionals in related fields who seek to specialize in historic preservation, as well as those who wish to change careers. Specifically designed for students who cannot, for family or professional reasons, attend traditional on-campus programs, courses are conducted electronically and by telecommunication during traditional fall and spring semesters. On-campus residency requirements are limited to two-week summer sessions.
National Preservation Institute
The National Preservation Institute (NPI) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization offering specialized information, continuing education, and professional training to those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of our cultural heritage. NPI offers seminars in historic preservation and cultural resource management.
Rutgers – Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies
The Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) provides a unique opportunity in the region to study heritage preservation issues within local, national, and global contexts. Based in the Department of Art History, CHAPS offers both a Certificate in Historic Preservation, (15 credits), open to undergraduates and graduate students, and a Master of Cultural Heritage Preservation track (30 credits), open to students with a bachelors degree or its equivalent.
Willowbank – Center for Cultural Landscape
The Centre for Cultural Landscape is a national and international centre for research, short courses, conferences, lecture series, and consulting services, related to the broad and emerging field of cultural landscape theory and practice. Willowbank has been a leader in this field for many years, and the Centre brings together its experience and expertise and makes them available to a wider audience.