What is the National Historic Preservation Act?

by Andrew Shaffer  on June 27, 2018 | | No comments

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) was enacted due to public concern that so many of the nation’s historic resources were not receiving adequate attention as the government sponsored much-needed public works projects. The NHPA, strengthened and expanded by several subsequent amendments, is today the basis of America’s historic preservation policy. The Act outlined federal policies for protecting historic properties, established the National Register of Historic Places, state historic preservation programs, and tribal historic preservation programs, as well as the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an independent federal agency that assists the President, Congress and Federal Agencies on national preservation policies.

About the Author

Andrew Shaffer is the California Preservation Foundation’s Engagement Director. His job includes sharing stories of CPF’s work and collaborating with members and partner organizations on preservation issues across California. Prior to joining CPF, he studied at the University of San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin, where he specialized in LGBTQ history, preservation, and activism. Andrew is a transplant to San Francisco and loves showing off his adopted hometown to people from all over the world.