Historical Preservation Organizations

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Doing research on historic preservation, whether it’s for your own project or want to simply know about the process, is essential to ensuring that the integrity of the building is upheld based on the architectural standards of the building’s age. One of the first things you want to do is find your local historic preservation organization. In our area, the Historical Preservation Office and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and Baltimore’s Commission of Historical and Architectural Preservation are great places to start digging. However, there are also a number of national organizations that are great resources as well. Be sure to check out:

  • The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is an independent federal agency that focuses on preservation of historic sites around the country. They promote multiple organizations who are in the fight to save important landmarks and buildings through historic preservation.

  • The Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation (AHLP): This organization focuses on the historic preservation of landscapes. They are involved with a range of locations including cemeteries, battlefields, agriculture and various rural districts.

  • The American Cultural Resources Management (ACRA): The ACRA are advocates for cultural resources protected by State and Federal laws. They are known for halting laws with the ability to hurt historic preservation around the country. The biggest cause they fight for is the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA). ACRA is known for their involvement in state and tribal historic preservation throughout the country.

  • The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC): With a focus on education, the NAPC are active in federal, state and local governments to create local preservation commissions. Through local commissions, the correct education about historic preservation is taught through forums. Each local commission has the opportunity to voice their needs and issues, resulting in NAPC’s assistance to achieve those goals.

  • National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO): As a non-profit corporation consisting of preservation officers and associate member tribes, NATHPO focuses on historic preservation of native culture and tradition. NATHPO is involved with various projects, from Native American veterans to the Lewis and Clark Trail.

  • Society for American Archaeology (SAA): The effort of SAA is put towards the appreciation and historic preservation of archaeology. With the goal of creating an interest for archaeology throughout the Americas, over 7,000 members work to prevent looting of sites, allow public access to various sites and nurture the research of archaeology through schools, museums and government sectors. 
If you are starting to renovate a historic home, visit our Pella Showroom in Hunt Valley, or call 410-698-1950, for assistance in your historic preservation project.