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Working Together to Build a More Inclusive Preservation Program

The changing demographics of America pose opportunities as well as challenges for the national historic preservation program. The diversity of cultures in our country shape and enrich the American experience, and the federal government can continue to encourage wider involvement and representation in determining what historic sites are worthy of recognition and preservation; how history and cultural heritage should be valued, interpreted, and preserved; and how we can ensure the American public as a whole can take advantage of the programs and tools created under the National Historic Preservation Act. The ACHP is pursuing efforts in all aspects of its work to build a more inclusive preservation program. This Web site will become a portal and resource for the American public as well as our partners to see all the opportunities available to fully engage in historic preservation.

Cassie ChinnThese are the Preservationists in Your Neighborhood-New Feature!

The ACHP is presenting a series of articles to showcase different professions that make up the whole of historic preservation work. Read about our latest professional, Nicholas Patrick !

Opportunities for


Kids in cowboy fringe square-dance in Santa Rosa, CA during Cinco de Mayo.

Building a preservation ethic is an important lesson for today’s young people. We hope to encourage youth of all backgrounds to care for the places that are important to them. Our Facebook page is aimed at reaching youth, teachers, parents, and anyone interested in preservation for “the next generation.” You can “like” us at Preservation-The Next Generation on Facebook.

As well, a variety of service learning opportunities exist to get youth involved in historic preservation:

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership has provided exceptional emersion projects for students throughout its National Heritage Area from Gettysburg to Monticello. Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student:

The ACHP partners with organizations and federal agencies to support youth summits to engage young people in civic duty, appreciation of historic places, and community involvement. Together with Colorado Preservation, Inc. students in Colorado have had many opportunities to care for their special state sites.
The National Park Service has hosted a summit in Washington and is planning more for the future:


The National Park Service has an extensive array of Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans that incorporate historic sites into K-12 learning, aiming to excite students to the wonder of diverse historic places across the country.


Preserve America Community: Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles CA. Taken in front of Unidad Park mural.

Designated Preserve America Communities number 887 in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. They have as their hallmark a dedication to preserving the unique cultural heritage of their towns and neighborhoods. Use of the Preserve America program promotes the recognition, preservation and appreciation of the full range of the nation’s cultural heritage. Preserve America Communities that include a sizable percentage of communities that recognize and celebrate cultural and ethnic heritage include Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, CA; Ironbound Community, Newark, NJ (“Little Portugal”); Mt. Pleasant, SC; Lancaster County, PA; Little Italy, San Diego, CA; and Boise, ID.

Preserve America Stewards, totaling 38, have as their core a demonstrated and successful use of volunteer time and commitment in order to help care for our historic heritage. Ongoing recognition of Preserve America Stewards' volunteer efforts from a cultural and ethnic heritage perspective include Friends of Iolani Palace, Honolulu, HI; Grand Ltd. Order of Odd Fellows, Sandy Spring Lodge, MD; Oberlin Heritage Center, Oberlin, OH; New Bedford Heritage Society, New Bedford, MA; Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, Kutztown, PA; German Texan Heritage Society, TX; Museum at Eldridge Street, New York.


Travel Itineraries provided by the National Park Service offer plans for amazing vacations involving historic places. Many of them involve National Register-listed properties as well as Preserve America Communities.


© Darla Hallmark - (cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, Colorado)

The ACHP’s Office of Native American Affairs has as its mission the quest to make sure American Indian and Native Hawaiian interests are considered in historic preservation work across the country. This is enhanced by a presidentially appointed Indian tribe/Native Hawaiian organization member of the ACHP as well as the addition of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers as an ACHP observer.


The ACHP and partners are working together to collaborate on ways to build a more inclusive preservation program where all American citizens feel that they can and should preserve their heritage and promote it proudly. Agency Web sites direct you to their own projects. Participation in Section 106 reviews to encourage effective outreach to diverse constituencies and ensure that their interests and concerns about historic properties are addressed. 


The ACHP has provided numerous outreach materials on working with underrepresented groups for years. This includes working with federal agencies and community members in the Section 106 process, providing for citizen involvement, and showcasing important historic preservation work across the country:

New Feature: These are the Preservationists in Your Neighborhood

The ACHP is presenting a series of articles to showcase different professions that make up the whole of historic preservation work. We want the public to see the diverse people and careers that are historic preservation-related. By choosing professions, regions of the country, and people, we are helping to expand the constituency of historic preservation and focus on Building a More Inclusive Preservation Program.

The participants were asked questions about their own backgrounds and professional endeavors and what they are currently working on. Also, they answered what they feel is important for preserving heritage in their community. Stay tuned for a new interview frequently here.

Read about Dennis Arguelles of Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown.

Read about Patricia O’Donnell, landscape architect and urban planner, founder of Heritage Landscapes, LLC.

Read about Cassie Chinn, Deputy Executive Director, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, WA.

Read about Nicholas Patrick, architectural conservator at Aeon Preservation Services LLC, Bladensburg, MD.

Read about Shelly Hargrove, Main Street Coordinator, Georgetown, TX.

Read about Jay Vogt, South Dakota State Historic Preservation Officer.

Read about Abby Gautreau, PhD candidate, Middle Tennessee State University.

Read about Robert M. Gurley, Director of Advocacy at the Preservation Society of Charleston (SC).

Read about Kyle Smitley, Entrepreneur, Detroit, Michigan.

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Updated April 15, 2014

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