Montana Preservation 50

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Across the country, preservationists are celebrating the Act that establishes our national program of historic preservation as a partnership among federal, tribal, state, and local governments to preserve America’s significant historic and cultural heritage legacy.

National Register Sign

NHPA created State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) in every state and the US territories - and later Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOS). It also inaugurated: the National Register of Historic Places; the Certified Local Government (CLG) program; the Presidentially-appointed Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP); the Section 106 process for considering the impact of federal undertakings on historic properties; federal funding for state-matched preservation programs; and state preservation plans, to identify issues and guide historic preservation efforts in each state.

On the links below, Montana SHPO brings attention to the NHPA by celebrating its achievements to assure its continued future in preserving Montana’s significant historic, archaeological, and traditional cultural properties.

Forward into the past!

Mark Baumler
State Historic Preservation Officer