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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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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