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Historic Preservation

The Alliance has compiled this set of conservation planning resources from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.

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Historic Preservation

The Alliance offers this issue brief on historic preservation. In addition to preserving and protecting more than one billion objects, many museums are historic themselves, and their collections are critical to telling our national story. Historic sites and historic preservation efforts not only protect our national heritage, but they are economic engines and job creators in the thousands of communities they serve.

Rethinking the Rembrandt Rule

Museum magazine discusses the standards for historic sites as museums try to balance financial sustainability with needs for conservation and collections care.

Sample Documents

AAM provides Tier 3 museum members with sample institutional plans, collections management policies, collections plans, disaster plans, mission statements, preservation policies, and mothballing historic structures plans.

Standards for Museums Housed in Historic Structures

The Alliance shares standards on the preservation of historic structures. Scroll to the bottom of this page dedicated to standards on facilities and risk management.


Other Resources

Conservation Management Plan

The Frederick C. Robie House shares it conservation management plan online which covers the history of the structure, it’s cultural significance, programs and use, and the conservation policies.

Historic Structure Reports and Preservation Plans, a Preparation Guide

The New Jersey Historic Preservation Office has a guide for preparing historic structure reports and preservation plans (PDF). The 34-page guide states that these documents provide a means for documenting original construction, alterations, and owners; identifying current conditions; and making prioritized recommendations for future work. The guide provides an outline of the elements usually found in each document.

National Historic Preservation Act of 1966

The National Park Service (NPS) shares the text of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), as amended, which provides a broad base of protection for cultural resources.

National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service (NPS) has information about the National Register of Historic Places’s criteria and results of listing in the Register; it also offers links to state, tribal, and federal preservation offices

Painting Historic Interiors

The National Park Service (NPS) Painting Historic Interiors Preservation Brief reviews types of paints that have been used historically and offers advice on paint investigation, choosing a treatment, and applying interior paints.

Planning, Treatment and Management of Historic Landscapes

The National Park Service (NPS) offers a Preservation Brief on planning, treatment, and management of historic landscapes. It provides an overview of the steps in preservation planning, the types of reports typically generated as part of planning, and options for treatments for cultural landscapes.

Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports

The National Park Service (NPS) offers a Preservation Brief on the preparation and use of historic structure reports. It provides information on what is included in a historic structure report as well as when to undertake a report and how to commission one.

Process of Architectural Investigation

The National Park Service (NPS) offers a Preservation Brief that outlines the sequence of planning, investigation, and analysis prior to beginning work on a historic structure.

Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes

The National Park Service (NPS) provides the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes. One section addresses preservation planning for cultural landscapes; it discusses factors to consider when selecting a treatment option.

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring & Reconstructing Historic Buildings

The Standards offer four distinct approaches to the treatment of historic properties—preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction with Guidelines for each. The Standards and Guidelines can be applied to historic properties of all types, materials, construction, sizes, and use. They include both the exterior and the interior and extend to a property’s landscape features, site, environment, as well as related new construction. (PDF, 252 pages)

Tribal Consultation Best Practices In Historic Preservation

The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers offers Tribal Consultation: Best Practices in Historic Preservation (PDF, 69 pages). It summarizes legal requirements, lists best practices that emerged from the study, and identifies model protocol steps for consultation between federal agencies and tribes.

Tribal Preservation Program

The National Park Service has a Tribal Preservation Program that assists Indian tribes in preserving historic properties and cultural traditions through the designation of Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO) and through annual grant funding programs.

What Historic Sites Have Learned After 25 Years with ADA

The Engaging Places blog shares several examples of settlement agreements with museums and historic sites that did not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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