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Preserve America is a national initiative in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Transportation; U.S. General Services Administration; National Endowment for the Humanities; President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities; Institute of Museum and Library Services; and the President's Council on Environmental Quality.

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Michelle Obama Designates Five New Communities

The Civil War Sesquicentennial promises to have an economic impact on many communities, while building an important educational and tourism base for the future. NPS' Manassas (or Bull Run) National Battlefield in Prince William County, Virginia (a Preserve America Community) was the site of two major battles in 1861 and 1862. A local analysis of economic impacts from a series of public events and activities held over a three-day weekend in July 2011 to commemorate the First Battle of Manassas found that the City of Manassas increased its restaurant revenue by more than $800,000 compared to the previous July, which resulted in a 14 percent increase in the collected meals tax. About 55 percent more sales tax revenue for the month was generated in the city’s Old Town historic area, as well as nearly 11 percent more lodging tax receipts. This was in spite of a heat wave that forced curtailment of some events and reduced overall visitor numbers. Read the full economic report.

Stacy Hoeflich Wins National History Teacher of the Yearfrom left ACHP Vice Chairman Clement A. Price, History Teacher of the Year Stacy Hoeflich, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with students from Hoeflich’s class

NYC—ACHP Vice Chairman Clement Price, along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others, honored fourth grade history teacher Stacy Hoeflich, from Alexandria, Virginia’s John Adams Elementary School with the National History Teacher of the Year award Oct. 18. Read more.

2012 Section 106 training registration now open

From Anchorage to Atlanta, ACHP staff instructors will visit 11 cities nationwide next year to offer Section 106 training. Join us for interactive courses that feature practical guidance and opportunities to apply what you learn to case-based exercises. The Section 106 Essentials covers the regulatory fundamentals needed to carry out or participate in a federal historic preservation review, while the Advanced Seminar will help experienced practitioners improve consultation and agreement development skills. Register by December 14 and take advantage of the $450 early bird rate for Essentials. For more information and to register, click here.

ACHP Commends Preservation Efforts at 9/11 Historic Sites

ACHP members tour Pentagon reconstruction, May 2002As America commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, the ACHP commended the tremendous efforts in New York and Washington, D.C., to appropriately respond to the destruction of these historic sites. On Sunday, the public was officially presented with the results of the World Trade Center Memorial and Redevelopment Plan at the site of the World Trade Center towers. Behind the scenes, more than 100 consulting parties worked under the auspices of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act—which stipulates that federal actions involving historic properties take into account possible adverse effects and avoid or minimize them to the extent possible—to accomplish this result. Please read more about historic preservation at these monumental sites.

ACHP Completes Review of Section 106 Regs; Public Comment Analyzed

Consistent with the requirements of Executive Order 13563, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” the ACHP has completed its review of the regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The ACHP adopted a plan for completing this and future reviews on August 11, 2011. Read the plan. Read the summary of public comments and actions.

Preserve America E-Newsletter Available

Read the latest e-newsletter with stories of new designations and activities Preserve America Communities can host for heritage tourism, and much more.

Obama Names ACHP Vice Chairman

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to appoint Dr. Clement A. Price, of Rutgers University, vice chairman of the ACHP. Read more.

President Announces Appointments to Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to appoint two individuals—Ms. Terry Guen, FASLA, of Chicago, and Dr. Dorothy T. Lippert of Washington, D.C.—to the ACHP. Read more.

2011 State History Teachers of the Year Announced

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History announced its state history teacher of the year winners. One from that group will win the National History Teacher of the Year award, and Preserve America is also a sponsor. Read more about the state winners. Read the press release about the award.

Mrs. Obama Designates Nine New Communities

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama has signed and sent designation letters to nine new Preserve America Communities, bringing the total nationwide to 867. Read more.

ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson Celebrates with LA Preserve America Neighborhoods

"Celebrating America's Treasures" kicks off National Historic Preservation Month and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Los Angeles May 12-13 as ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson will speak at a conference celebrating Preserve America Communities. Los Angeles' Cultural Heritage Connections Conference is sponsored by the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles and the city's five Asian Pacific Islander neighborhoods—Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Thai Town, Koreatown, and Historic Filipinotown. All but Filipinotown have been designated Preserve America Neighborhoods and have received a Preserve America Grant which helped fund the comprehensive Asian Pacific Islander Preserve America Neighborhoods Cultural Heritage and Hospitality Education and Training Project, of which this conference is part. Donaldson will address the ACHP's role in supporting cultural heritage tourism and economic development and the federal government's role in the preservation of cultural treasures.

Donaldson also is the California State Historic Preservation Officer. The state boasts 35 Preserve America Communities, from large cities to small towns and vibrant neighborhoods, that encapsulate and illustrate California's rich and diverse cultural heritage.

ACHP Publishes New Guidance

Sustainability and Historic Federal Buildings is new guidance to advise federal decision makers regarding the requirements of Section 2(g) of Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance regarding federal buildings. Read more.

New AIA/CES and AICP/CM continuing education opportunity

Planners and architects can now fulfill their continuing education requirements in part by attending ACHP Section 106 training. The ACHP’s Section 106 Essentials course has been approved to offer 12 CM credits to American Institute of Certified Planners members and 12 LUs for members of the American Institute of Architects. For more information or to register, visit the Section 106 Essentials page.

ACHP Activities Overview

The ACHP summarized some of its recent activities. Read more.

Developing a 21st Century Conservation Agenda - America’s Great Outdoors Initiative report issued

On Feb. 16, President Obama unveiled the report titled "America's Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations" at a White House ceremony. The ACHP was involved in development of the report and will play a role in its implementation to help weave cultural heritage and recognition for historic places into key parts of the program. Read more.

New Preserve America Stewards Announced

First Lady Michelle Obama has named four new volunteer organizations as Preserve America Stewards. Read more

Preserve America Grants Awarded

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson, today announced $1.3 million in Preserve America grants to 22 projects in 16 states. Read more.

Citizen's Guide to Section 106 New Edition Now Available

The ACHP is proud to announce it has updated and reissued Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizen’s Guide to Section 106. The Citizen’s Guide is a useful tool for learning how to protect historic places in your community.

ACHP Task Force on Sustainability and Historic Preservation

A task force of ACHP members has started its work addressing areas of concern in energy efficiency and community livability as part of a greater government priority for sustainability. Read more about who is serving on the task force and its activities and goals. Read more.

Preserve America Grants Effectiveness Report Released

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has released a report to Congress on the preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of Preserve America Grants over the last four years. Read more.

Section 3 Report to the President Now Available

The 2009 Report to the President on the federal government's stewardship of its historic properties is now available. Read more. The report can be downloaded here.

Summit Progress Reports

Agencies have reported their continuous progress on the recommendations issued from the Preserve America Summit for enhancing and advancing the historic preservation program in the United States and abroad. Summit progress.

Archived News

Updated September 2, 2011

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