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Heritage & Historic Preservation

Public Groups and Agencies:

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation advises federal agencies, the President, and Congress on preservation policy. The council also reviews proposed projects in which federal funds are involved in order to evaluate and mitigate potential effects on historic properties.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 809, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 606-8503 Internet: http://www.achp.gov

The National Park Service (NPS) of the U.S. Department of the Interior, is the principal federal agency responsible for preservation law and activities. The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, with amendments, creates the basic framework for community preservation planning and provides the legal structure for the retention of historic properties. The Act established the National Register of Historic Places to recognize, identify and evaluate significant historical properties. The federal government provides funding for the listing and federal review process and provides incentives to encourage reuse of income-producing historic properties.

National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240 (202) 208-6843, Internet: http://www.nps.gov

The Certified Local Government Program, administered by the National Park Service, provides information on certified local governments, which are local governments with historic preservation programs that meet prescribed standards. These governments are then eligible for special enhanced participation in national preservation programs and grants-in-aid and technical assistance from the state historic preservation officers to assist in carrying out preservation activities at the local level.

Certified Local Government Program, Heritage Preservation Services - National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, NC330, Washington, DC 20240 (202) 343-9583 Internet: http://www2.cr.nps.gov/clg/

State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs) are the state-level public-sector preservation partners. Each state is required to appoint an SHPO and to appropriate funds to match federal preservation dollars. States are additionally required to identify historically significant properties and nominate them to the National Register. SHPOs also administer state and/or local federal grant programs, provide technical assistance on rehabilitation and the National Register, and participate in the federal rehabilitation tax incentives certification program. Contact the National Conference of SHPOs to identify the SHPO in your state.

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, 444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 332, Washington, DC 20001-1512  (202) 624-5465  (202) 624-5465 , Internet: http://www.ncshpo.org/

New York Chapter of the NCSHPO NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Bldg. #1 - Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12238

Private Groups & Organizations:

The Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation provides a forum for communication and exchange of information among its varied members and promotes the preservation and conservation of historic landscapes in all their variety. The Alliance publishes a newsletter and a members’ directory and is working with the National Park Service on standards and guidelines for landscape preservation.

Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation, 82 Wall Street, Suite 1105, New York, NY 10005, Internet: http://www.ahlp.org

The American Historical Association (AHA), a professional association for historians, has as its mission the advancement of historical scholarship. The AHA brings together nearly 5,000 institutions and 14,000 individuals, including university faculty, public historians, independent scholars, archivists, librarians, and secondary school teachers. AHA members receive The American Historical Review, Perspectives and the AHA Annual Meeting Program.

American Historical Association, 400 A Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20003 (202) 544-2422, Internet: http://www.historians.org/

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) established the Committee on History and Heritage of American Civil Engineering (CHHACE) in 1964, with the purpose of furthering preservation, knowledge, and appreciation of engineering history and heritage. The committee administers the Historical Civil Engineering Landmark Program to identify and give recognition to historically significant engineering projects. It also sponsors the publication of an historical series.

American Society of Civil Engineers 1801 Alexander Bell Drive Reston, VA 20191-4400  (800) 548-2723  (800) 548-2723 Internet: http://www.asce.org

ASCE - Committee on History and Heritage of American Civil Engineering 1015 15th Street, N.W., Suite 600 Washington, DC 20005 (202) 789-2200

The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions serves as an alliance of local preservation commissions that provides information regarding historic preservation law, local ordinances, design review, and local preservation planning. The alliance maintains a speakers’ bureau and publishes the periodic Alliance Review.

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, c/o School of Environmental Design, 609 Caldwell Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30620, Internet: http://www.uga.edu/sed/pso/programs/napc/napc.htm

Heritage Preservation (formerly The National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property, Inc.) serves as a national forum for conservation and preservation activities in the United States. It provides leadership and coordination in national efforts to promote and facilitate the conservation of the nation’s patrimony, which includes cultural property, architecture, and natural history specimens in both public and private collections. It provides coordination in identifying issues and needs, in formulating strategies and solutions, and in initiating programs to ensure the preservation of the nation’s cultural property. Heritage Preservation publishes Council Update and Save Outdoor Sculpture! Update, as well as other publications.

Heritage Preservation, 1730 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007 (202) 632-1422 FAX: 202-634-1435, Internet: http://www.heritagepreservation.org

The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc., is one of the oldest and most active preservation organizations in America. It is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving, interpreting and fostering interest in the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region. The Landmark Society’s service area covers nine Western New York counties.

The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc., 133 South Fitzhough Street, Rochester, New York 14608-2204  (716) 546-7029  (716) 546-7029 , Internet: http://www.landmarksociety.org

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) is a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to foster an appreciation of the diverse character and meaning of America’s cultural heritage. The National Trust publishes Historic Preservation magazine, Historic Preservation News, and Preservation Forum, as well as numerous books through its Preservation Press. NTHP acts as a clearinghouse for information on all aspects of preservation, assists in coordinating efforts of preservation groups, provides professional advice on preservation, conducts conferences and seminars, and maintains historic properties. The National Trust operates six regional offices and one field office that should be contacted first about the following three programs. The goal of the Community Organization Effectiveness Program (COEP) is to strengthen organized preservation efforts at the local level. The National Preservation Loan Fund (NPLF) promotes the revitalization of commercial and industrial centers, the conservation of neighborhoods and rural communities, and the preservation of archeological and maritime resources. The Preservation Services Fund (PSF) supplies grants intended to increase the flow of information and ideas in the field of preservation.

National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (800) 944-6847  (202) 588-6000  (202) 588-6000 , Internet: http://www.nthp.org

Northeast Regional Office, 7 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02109 (617) 523-0885

The National Trust operates a number of special programs at its headquarters in Washington, DC. Among them are: Public Policy Center:  (202) 588-6254  (202) 588-6254 Historic District Commissions:  (202) 588-6255  (202) 588-6255 National Main Street Center:  (202) 588-6219  (202) 588-6219 Rural Heritage Program:  (202) 588-6279  (202) 588-6279 Heritage Tourism Program:  (202) 623-1504  (202) 623-1504

Preservation Action (PA) is a national grassroots citizen lobby, with lobbying coordinators in each state. PA assists in drafting legislation, monitors proposed legislation, provides expert testimony, and works with federal agencies that administer preservation programs.

Preservation Action, 1350 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 401, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 659-0915, Internet: http://www.preservationaction.org

The Preservation League of New York State is dedicated to the protection of New York’s diverse and rich heritage of historic buildings, districts, and landscapes. It actively encourages historic preservation by public and private organizations, agencies, and individuals in local communities throughout New York State and provides the united voice for historic preservation.

Preservation League of New York State, 44 Central Avenue, Albany, New York 12206-3002 Phone:  518-462-5658  518-462-5658 fax: 518-462-5684, Internet: http://www.preservenys.org

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is a nonprofit, international scholarly and professional association comprised of avocational archaeologists concerned about the discovery, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of America. While SAA boasts an active grassroots network throughout the country, it also maintains an office of Governmental Relations that works closely with Congress and federal agencies. The society has initiated a major public awareness project called Save the Past for the Future.

The Society for American Archaeology, Office of Governmental Relations, 1333 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 293-1774 or  (202) 789-8200  (202) 789-8200 , Internet: http://www.saa.org

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is an international, non-governmental professional organization composed of 60 national committees that form a worldwide alliance for the study and conservation of historic buildings, districts, and sites. The United States Committee of ICOMOS (US/ICOMOS) helps to exchange technical preservation information and expertise, and highlights the American preservation system. US/ICOMOS Newsletter is published monthly, ICOMOS Information quarterly, and publications are updated regularly in the US/ICOMOS Booklist.

International Council on Monuments and Sites, United States Committee, 1600 H Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (202) 842-1866 Internet: http://www.icomos.org

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