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The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

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Celebrate Independence Day All Month Long »
We encourage people to tour one of our National Parks or visit one of the many sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places that are open to the public on the Fourth of July or at anytime to celebrate our shared history. This month we feature the Mount San Jacinto State Park in California and the City Square Park Bandstand in Humboldt, Kansas Read more . . .

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Cypress Gardens
in Winter Haven, Florida
Cypress Gardens has local and statewide significance under Criteria A and B in the area of Entertainment/Recreation as one most widely recognized tourist attractions in Florida's history, and for its association with its creator and promoter, Richard Downing (Dick) Pope, who was often called the "Father of Florida Tourism." Cypress Gardens was built on the shores of Lake Eloise near Winter Haven as botanical gardens by Pope and his wife Julie, and opened as one of Florida's first theme parks in 1936. Besides its botanical gardens, the park became well known for its water skiing shows on Lake Eloise and its role in the development of water skiing as a major sport.

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National Register Landscape Initiative

The National Park Service has initiated a study of the nomination of landscapes to the National Register of Historic Places.  The effort is called the “National Register Landscape Initiative” (NRLI). The first task of the NRLI will be an examination of current practices and existing guidance, with the end goal of establishing best practice guidance and increasing the attention paid to landscapes in nominations. Read more . . .

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Guidance on How to Submit a Nomination on Disk released

The National Register of Historic Places has accepted new technologies over the past few years including digital photographs and alternatives to the paper USGS maps. We are now accepting the nomination form in pdf format. Please read this guidance on how to submit a nomination on disk before sending. And let us know if you have any comments. Read more . . .


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Registro Nacional de Lugares Históricos: National Register of Historic Places "Poster" Brochure (in Spanish)
La lista oficial de los lugares históricos de la nación, dignos de conservar, se consigna en el Registro Nacional de Lugares Históricos (National Register of Historic Places). El Registro Nacional fue creado por la Ley Nacional para la Conservación Histórica de 1966 (National Historic Preservation Act) y forma parte de un programa nacional de coordinación y apoyo a esfuerzos tanto públicos como privados, en la identificación, evaluación y protección de los recursos históricos y arqueológicos del país.

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Progress on Updating National Register Bulletin 38 (Traditional Cultural Properties) webinar - May 23, 2013 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm Eastern time.

Progress on Updating National Register Bulletin 38 (Traditional Cultural Properties)

We have had an overwhelming response, and the June 12th and 27th and the recently scheduled July 25th webinars are full. If there is continued interest on this topic we will try to schedule one for August. Please contact Alexis Abernathy via e-mail or phone 202-354-2236.
For more information on this process, see the TCP Comments page

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July 19th GIS webinar recording: Using GIS for Latitude & Longitude Coordinates for NR

This webinar covered the use of on-line mapping programs to determine latitude and longitude coordinates in lieu of UTM references for National Register nominations. The webinar will provide step-by-step guidance on the use of Google Earth, BING Maps, ArcGIS Explorer, and a true ArcGIS application.

GIS Map Guidance (word document)

Recording (audio and visuals) of presentation - in WMV format about 1 hour, 36 minutes. Download then play in Window Media Player or similar player. (44 MB)

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For Travelers »

For Travelers » »
Travel Itineraries:
As our list of travel itineraries grows, the historic destinations you can visit online or in person are virtually endless! Each itinerary is a self-guided tour to historic places most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Spotlighting different communities, geographic regions and themes across the country, the travel itineraries expose you to a huge variety of places significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.

Current Teaching with Historic Places feature

For Teachers »
Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans
In honor of Landscape Architecture Month, Teaching with Historic Places is featuring lesson plans that focus on topics such as landscape design, urbanization and planning, and conservation.


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