The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is using the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to analyze the program established under the law and to recommend policy and other actions for enhancing and improving the program to address current and future needs.Five decades after passage of the law, there is much to celebrate. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which had a significant part in events leading to the law’s drafting and passage, adopted a resolution in June 2016 in recognition of the anniversary that speaks to many of those achievements (see sidebar, next page). As that resolution states, “the National Historic Preservation Act's innovative and prophetic vision of historic places as a living part of our communities has even greater potential to provide broad public benefits today than it did in 1966.“ By the same token, we recognize that there is a great deal of work that still needs to be done to enhance that potential, meet and live up to expectations about government’s role and commitment to that effort, embrace all of our historic and cultural heritage, and respond to the challenges and opportunities that the future presents.
Now updated with the final recommendations.
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