About Historic Preservation

The mission of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office is to work together with all Montanans to preserve our significant historic, archaeological and cultural places.

Created with the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966, State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) exist in each of the states. In Montana, the SHPO is established as one of five core programs of the Montana Historical Society. Its staff includes preservation specialists (historians, architectural historians, historic architects, and archaeologists) as well as administrative support personnel. The duties of the Montana SHPO.

View a brief History of the Montana SHPO.

Montana SHPO FY 2020 Annual Report of Activities (PDF)