Advocacy Resource Center

Advocacy Resource Center

At any given moment, preservationists need to serve as advocates for a variety of issues. These resources—from tools to talking points—can equip preservation leaders to make a strong case both on the Hill and at home. The broad range of available resources addresses a variety of national- and local-level issues.

Advocate for Preservation

Learn about the latest ways you can support historic preservation, including supporting America's National Treasures.

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Federal Historic Tax Credits

 The federal Historic Tax Credit is the most significant investment the federal government makes to preserve our nation’s older and historic buildings. Since the program began, the federal Historic Tax Credit has rehabilitated more than 41,250 buildings, created over 2.3 million jobs and leveraged $117.6 billion in private investment nationwide. As Congress works toward comprehensive tax reform, efforts are underway to ensure the federal Historic Tax Credit is not weakened or eliminated in the process.

Urgent Action Request

Organizational Sign On Letter

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State Historic Tax Credits

 Thirty-four states currently offer credits against state taxes to provide incentives for the appropriate rehabilitation of historic buildings. Since many historic rehabilitation projects are viable only with the financial leverage of both the federal credit and a state credit, states that have state-level historic rehabilitation tax credits typically see a greater level of historic rehabilitation activity.

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Support the Antiquities Act 

Since 1906, the Antiquities Act has enabled 16 presidents from both parties to swiftly protect historic sites and culturally important lands, ranging from the Statue of Liberty, to the Grand Canyon, to sites associated with Cesar Chavez. Now it is under threat on Capitol Hill. Join us in calling on Congress to support this vitally important preservation tool.

Current Threat to the Antiquities Act

Deferred Maintenance at NPS

The National Park System tells the story of remarkable people and events in our nation’s rich history at sites across the United States. Unfortunately, inconsistent public funding has resulted in an infrastructure repair backlog estimated to be about $12 billion dollars, and many of the National Park Service’s most significant historic sites are at risk of falling into disrepair.

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Keep Preservation in our Federal Transportation Policy

Federal transportation policy safeguards historic resources through environmental protections from the harmful effects of poorly planned transportation projects, and provides essential funding for projects that help preserve communities’ historic character and cultural resources. Opponents on Capitol Hill are mounting their attack on the preservation’s place in transportation policy and advocates need to be prepared for action.

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Public Lands

 The National Trust for Historic Preservation is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of cultural and historic resources on federal public lands. We are focused on ensuring that federal land management agencies recognize and achieve their stewardship responsibilities for cultural and historic resources.

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Budget and Appropriations

Each year, the National Trust advocates with the Administration and Congress for the appropriations that fund key programs that identify, manage and protect our cultural resources. We have a particular focus on programs administered by the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management.

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Lobbying for Preservation

Lobbying for Preservation (or Lobbying 101) is designed to acquaint you with the lobbying techniques, and resources available to aid in advocacy. While it focuses on the federal level, its information and recommendations can also be applied to state and local advocacy for historic preservation.

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