Community Heritage Action Plan
Historic Preservation Districts
Historic preservation districts are important in preserving the history of our communities. Historic preservation allows the reuse of older neighborhoods and improving them in a manner that is consistent with historic architectural practices. It is also a vital part of renewing the community and encouraging residents and businesses to remain in the community. The following tools and techniques can be helpful in implementing historic preservation in your community.
Policy and Planning Tools
- Contact the Canadian Heritage Information Network for cultural and historic related resources and tools in Canada.
- The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is located within the National Park Service and provides a variety of technology and training for historic preservation.
- The Conservation Fund and its partners have protected more than 1.4 million acres of the nation's natural and cultural heritage .
- Interested in protecting Civil War Battlefields and other related sites? Check what others are doing.
- Partners for Sacred Places is a non-denominational, non-profit organization devoted to helping Americans embrace, care for and make good use of older and historic religious properties.
- The National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation offers on-site staff and volunteer training, fund raising, and program evaluations for revitalizing urban environments and commercial downtowns of all sizes.
The following resources and tools represent historic preservation districts and agencies who regulate historic preservation.
- Historic District Council of New York City. City wide organization dedicated to historic communities and the Landmarks Law. Guide to tools on historic district implementation.
- Maryland Historical Trust. Cultural resources agency in the State of Maryland. Comprehensive links to other historic preservation web sites.
- Preserve and Protect. A New York non-profit corporation dedicated to historic preservation and environmental protection in New York.
- Preservation Action Council of San Jose. Historic preservation in California.
- Preservation League of Staten Island. Historic preservation in New York City.
- State Historic Preservation Offices. Information and links to state historic preservation offices in the United States.
- Laws, regulations, standards and conventions related to cultural resources.
- The National Park Service's "links to the past" site. Topics include America's Cultural Resources, Help Yourself, Tools for Teaching and Get Involved.
- Land Use Planning Tools from the Smart Communities Network.
- National Trust for Historic Preservation (grants and technical assistance)
- A listing of grants can be found on the The National Park Service Homepage.
- Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington. Selections from the Center's Library holdings in cultural resources and historic preservation.
- Internet Resources for Heritage Conservation, Historic Preservation and Archaeology .