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On the Hill: Historic Tax Credit Update, Bears Ears, Transportation, Disaster Relief, and World War I Monuments

By Government Affairs Staff Updated 12/20/17: See updates in the Historic Tax Credit Section. As we head into the last month of 2017, a number of critical issues related to historic preservation are looming on the hill—from the future of the historic tax credit (HTC) to some good news...

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2017 Two Pager on Historic Preservation Disaster Assistance Package for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

12/4/2017: As victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria continue to assess damages and begin planning efforts to rebuild, the Trump Administration and Congress have begun consideration of another emergency supplemental hurricane recovery package. The Administration has proposed a $44 billion...

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Mexico City Is on Its Feet: Reflections on Earthquake Recovery

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s ReUrbanism work positions preservation in the larger context of human needs. But society’s ability to meet our most basic needs can be undercut by disasters. We all understand the direct threats that natural disasters pose to our cultural heritage...

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Keeping History Above Water in Annapolis

By Carlo Urmy The second Keeping History Above Water conference —held October 29 through November 1 in Annapolis, Maryland—again brought attendees from around the world together to discuss the impact of sea level rise on historic coastal communities. The first conference, organized by the ...

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Fire Safety and Historic Buildings (2008)

​ Do you know the top causes of fire in historic buildings? The three key steps for preventing them? The new detection and suppression technologies you can put to use right now? Fire Safety and Historic Buildings, a 2008 Preservation Book, shows owners and stewards of historic buildings how to...

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Ellicott City One Year Later: Rising from a Flood

On the evening of July 30, 2016, the historic center of Ellicott City, Maryland, was devastated by one of the strongest floods in its 250-year history. In less than 90 minutes, a torrential storm dropped more than six inches of rain. In addition to being a humanitarian nightmare, the flood also...

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Summer 2015 Forum Journal: High Water and High Stakes: Cultural Resources and Climate Change

The summer issue of the Forum Journal looks at climate change and sea level rise and what they mean for historic resources now and in the future. Discover what communities are doing to mitigate the effects of sea level rise, and find out about changes to the National Flood Insurance Program and...


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Disaster Relief

FEMA Mitigation Assessment Team Reports and Recommendations 2016 Fall Flooding in Iowa 2012 Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York 2012 Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana 2005 Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast Focus on Recovery Following Climate and Weather-related Disasters ...

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Protecting Our Historic Places in Uncertain Times

Is your historic property prepared for a disaster? Probably not. That was the conclusion by many who attended the two national conferences on “Balancing Public Safety and Protection of Historic Places” offered in 2002 by the Federal Preservation Institute, a program of the National Park...

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Lessons Learned from Hurricane Isabel

On September 18, 2003, Isabel slammed into southeast Virginia. This was the first hurricane experience for me and for many at Fort Monroe, an active Army post and a National Historic Landmark. Below are some lessons we learned. Know your storm history. A storm photo collection, covering 90...