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In March 2019, the D.C. circuit court issued an opinion that clarified the meaning of the term “directly” in Section 110(f) of the National Historic Preservation Act as referring to the causality, and not the physicality, of the effect to historic properties. This means that if the effect comes from the undertaking at the same time and place with no intervening cause, it is considered “direct” regardless of its specific type (e.g., whether it is visual, physical, auditory, etc.). “Indirect” effects to historic properties are those caused by the undertaking that are later in time or farther removed in distance but are still reasonably foreseeable.


Interested applicants to the ACHP-Smithsonian Institution's fall cultural heritage fellowship regarding the music heritage of the District of Columbia have until June 23 at 11:59 p.m. to submit their applications. Please find information about the fellowship on the Smithsonian's website as well as contact information. 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places was announced on May 30, highlighting historic properties that the organization believes are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. At least three of the places on this year’s list involve Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s attention in resolving preservation issues.

By Terry Guen, FASLA, Expert Member, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Landscape Architect, Terry Guen Design Associates, Chicago, Illinois

As part of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s (ACHP) commitment to building a more inclusive national historic preservation program and the commemoration of Asian American History Month, the ACHP celebrates Asian Americans’ contributions to U.S. history. 


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- In recognition of National Historic Preservation Month in May, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) today announced a photo contest asking people to share pictures of themselves, family, or friends at their favorite or most personally meaningful historic sites.

The contest can be entered beginning May 1 by posting the photo on the ACHP Facebook page with the hashtag #MyHistoricPlace or on the individual’s own Twitter or Instagram feeds using the same hashtag and tagging @USACHP. A brief caption should accompany the photo that includes the name and location of the historic place.