The National Register of Historic Places recognizes the historical contributions of Asian and Pacific peoples in the United States and its associated territories. From the early 1800s to the 21th century, Asian and Pacific peoples have played a vital role in the development of the United States and made lasting contributions in all elements of American society. The month of May is
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and this site showcases historic properties listed in the National Register and National Park units highlighting important aspects of the Asian and Pacific experience in America. Join the National Register in commemorating just a few of the places where Asian and Pacific people have made history.
Garnier Building (Chinese American Museum)
in the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District
Portland Buddhist Church
Kyoto Gardens of Honolulu Memorial Park
Visit Seattle's International District (Chinatown), which combines Asian and Western architectural traditions into a uniquely American neighborhood.
This program offers a series of award-winning lesson plans that use places listed in the National Register to enliven the study of history, social studies, and geography. TwHP has ready-to-use lesson plans, available for free downloading, that examine important aspects of Asian-Pacific history.
Locke and Walnut Grove:
Havens for Early Asian Immigrants in California
War Relocation Centers of World War II: When Fear Was Stronger than Justice
Manzanar National Historic Site
Minidoka Internment National Monument
Jun Fujita Cabin at Voyageurs National Park (Past Featured Park)
Pacific Islander Heritage
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park ( Past Featured Park)
American Memorial Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kalaupapa National Historical Park
National Park of American Samoa
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
War in the Pacific National Historical Park
Asian Pacific American Heritage Council was formed in 1979 to bring existing Asian Pacific ethnic organizations together.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Association was formed in 1992 to promote awareness and increase understanding of the Asian American culture and its diversity through education and celebration.
Federal Asian Pacific American Heritage Council was formed in 1985 to promote equal opportunity and cultural diversity for Asian Pacific American in the Federal and Washington, D.C. government.
Chinese American Museum is the first such museum in Southern California dedicated to the Chinese American experience and history in this region.
Five Views: An Ethnic Historic Site Survey for California, is a publication of the California Parks and Recreation Department, which contains valuable information on the experience of Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans in the state.
and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation
"CRM" is the flagship publication of the NPs Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnership Programs and contains articles on the full range of cultural resources management and preservation topics. The following issues deal directly with questions regarding Asian and Pacific Islands cultural resources.
A CRM issue that explores aspects of Pacific Preservation. (PDF format)
Search the Issue Archives then, search Issue Title for "Pacific Preservation".
Approaches to Heritage: Hawaiian and Pacific Perspectives on Preservation
Preservation in the Pacific Basin
Another View from Hawai'i
and Cultural Resources
Library of Congress:
Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
California Office of Historic Preservation preserves and enhances California's irreplaceable historic heritage as a matter of public interest so that its vital legacy of cultural, educational, recreational, aesthetic, economic, social and environmental benefits will be maintained and enriched for present and future generations.
Hawaii State Historic Preservation Division works to preserve and sustain reminders of earlier times which link the past to the present.
Oregon State Historic Preservation Office administer programs for the protection of the state's significant historic and prehistoric resources
Asian-Pacific Heritage Month 2003,
2002, 2001 (special Micronesia feature),
2000, and 1999
Images for collage clockwise from top right:
Sunrise in Hawaii, Palm tree from Palau, Los Angeles Chinatown, Petrogylph
in Guam, House in Marshall Islands, historic photograph of sugar cane
worker in Hawaii, site in Palau, two women weaving in American Samoa