Preservationists marked the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in 2016 and took the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the federal preservation program that was created by the NHPA. The ACHP was one of the official partners of a coalition effort known as Preservation50. 

As part of its contribution to the Preservation50 initiative, the ACHP analyzed the federal preservation program established by the NHPA and developed recommendations for actions that would improve the program to address current and future needs. The resulting report is The National Historic Preservation Program at 50: Priorities and Recommendations for the Future. An executive summary also is available.

Section 106 of the NHPA placed requirements on federal agencies to take into account the effect of their actions on historic properties and give the ACHP an opportunity to comment on those effects. The ACHP is publishing a series of "106 Success Stories" that illustrate how Section 106 has been used over the past 50 years to engage people in the discussion about protecting historic properties that matter most to them.

1966 - 2016