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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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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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What Is in the Future for the Heritage Area Movement?

Why are heritage areas and national heritage areas growing in popularity? Carlino : In the last two decades, heritage areas have grown from a nebulous concept to a powerful national movement. Heritage areas span a wide spectrum of activities. They can range from a single effort to save a...

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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...

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Sustaining Section 106 into the 21st Century: GSA’s Perspective

In 2010, the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued a Section 106 Back to Basics report which identified the General Services Administration (GSA) as setting “the gold standard” in its sophistication and commitment to preservation through staffing and planning. GSA was...

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Section 106 from the SHPO Perspective

Thousands of projects are submitted to individual state historic preservation offices (SHPOs) annually for Section 106 review, and each provides an opportunity to protect the well-being of our cultural heritage. While this opportunity does not always result in protection, Section 106 review...

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Nancy Schamu: Celebrating Four Decades of Service to Preservation

By Elizabeth Byrd Wood Preservationists often jokingly refer to some of the early pioneers in the preservation movement as "little old ladies in tennis shoes standing in front of bulldozers." But as we all know the movement changed dramatically in 1966 following the enactment of the...

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