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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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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 recognized for...


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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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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 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...