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State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO):

Official appointed or designated, pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act, to administer a state's historic preservation program. Source : Miller, Julia H. A Layperson’s Guide to Historic Preservation Law: A Survey of Federal, State, and Local Laws Governing Historic Resources...

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Program Leadership and Administration

One of the most innovative and successful aspects of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 has been the creation of a strong partnership between the public and private sectors at all levels of government: national, state, and local. Like most institutions this partnership has gone...

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The French Have a Word for It

A few weeks ago, stuck in the pages of a Pottery Barn catalog (no matter where I move, I can always count on the Boston University Alumni Association and Pottery Barn to track me down) was a poignant plea for help. The League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) was reaching out to its members...

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The Future of the National Register: A Summary of National Register Data and Discussion of Issues Raised

Since the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966, the National Register of Historic Places has played a pivotal role in the national preservation program. It is the benchmark for determining which districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects are significant in American...

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Restoration Needed: Preserving SHPOs in the National Historic Preservation Program

Our national historic preservation program was created in 1966 when Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act. The National Trust and the National Park Service were leaders in drafting this legislation that created the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the state historic...

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The Decision Maker’s Guide to Section 106

Shortly after becoming Ohio’s historic preservation officer (SHPO), I was invited to speak to a gathering of economic development professionals. With prepared remarks in hand (as I recall the title was “Good for the Purse and Good for the Soul”), I showed up at the appointed time eager to make...