Preservation & Historic Sites

Preservation & Historic Sites

The dynamic field of preservation is forging a versatile new relationship with historic sites—and with the landscapes in which they are situated—for the 21st century. Today preservationists are re-evaluating the role of house museums, applying new interpretive frameworks to historic sites, rethinking how best to manage collections, representing a broader range of stories—and developing tools to encompass this evolution.

Additional Resources

The National Trust is not the only organization working on new tools for historic sites. Check out the great information at the American Alliance of Museums, American Association for State and Local History and the National Council on Public History.



New tools and strategies for interpretation at historic sites.


Shared Use

Learn about a new model for preservation at historic sites.


Direct Care of Collections

An examination of the new AAM defintion for direct care at historic sites.


preservationTOMMORROW: Majora Carter

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Webinar: Historic Sites & Shared Use

Shared Use: Taking a Closer Look at Re-Imagining Cooper-Molera with Katherine Malone-France and others. Date TBD.

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National Trust Historic Sites

African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School by Shawmut Design and Construction

Historic places create connections to our heritage that help us understand our past, appreciate our triumphs, and learn from our mistakes. Historic places help define and distinguish our communities by building a strong sense of identity.

To ensure that their stories remain a part of our lives today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation protects and promotes historic places, including a diverse collection of 27 sites. When you visit a historic site, you learn from you learn from their stories and help keep history alive.