Preservation 101

Advocacy Tools
Legal Tools
Disaster Management
Financial Resources
National Register
Preservation Reads
Tribal Resources
Conferences & Trainings

Advocacy Tools

Citizens Guide

The preservation of historic buildings is ultimately a land-use decision—communities demonstrate their land-use values by choosing when to invest their capital resources in their existing buildings and infrastructure, and when to build new. Get a better understanding of that decision-making process, and how you can have a say in it, by reading A Citizen’s Guide to Influencing Local Land-Use Decisions, a lighthearted guide published by Envision Minnesota.

Community Action Guide

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota compiled this Community Action Guide to provide grassroots preservation activists with a step-by-step guide for tackling location preservation issues. It includes information on legal framework, potential partners, and systems for preventing future crises.

Preservation Crisis Handbook

The Preservation Crisis Handbook is an expanded version of the Community Action Guide; it elaborates on preservation history and environmental law. It also offers further explanation of preservation at the local, state, and federal level.

Preserving Historic Religious Properties

The National Trust and Massachusetts Preservation Coalition compiled this toolkit to help religious organizations – and affected communities – effectively address upcoming challenges of maintaining historic religious properties.

“This Place Matters” Signs

Advocates from across the country have used these signs as an advocacy tool to show what places matter to them. Get someone to take your picture in front of a building you care about, or have a whole group, it doesn’t matter, have fun with it.


Legal Tools

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act

The National Trust for Historic Preservation commissioned a study to look into the effectiveness of Section 106. It further explores the idea that Section 106 doesn’t mandate preservation—It merely creates a process to ensure consideration of adverse effects on historic properties.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation/Natural Resources Conservation Service Joint Website

Since 2009, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has partnered with the ACHP to support dedicated assistance in Section 106 program innovations and greater efficiencies in program implementation. This partnership has facilitated work to develop a new NRCS nationwide program alternative, targeted training, and relevant guidance documents and templates for compliance correspondence.

Disaster Management

Disaster Plan Management

Tips for cultural institutions.  What you need to know before, during and after an emergency.

Natural Disasters: Preparedness, Planning and Response

Bringing a historic structure that has been ravaged by a natural disaster back to life requires information and resources that are not always top-of-mind for home or business owners. Over the years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and our partners have compiled a wide variety of documentation designed to help plan and prepare in the unfortunate event that disaster strikes.

Responding to Floods

Common and devastating, floods pose unique challenges to communities and property owners.  This site is designed to help those groups bounce back from flooding events and help prepare themselves for future occurrences.

National Register

Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

This site explores the US Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. It offers rehabilitation basics and illustrated guidelines for specific building features and areas (windows, entrances, roofs, masonry, wood, etc.). Additional topics include energy, new additions, accessibility, and health/safety.

Be sure to check out the National Park Service’s Good Guides to historic buildings, landmarks, and landscapes here.

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

Informational Brochure

Sample National Register Nominations

What is the National Register?

A primer on a vital but often misunderstood preservation tool.

Preservation Reads

The National Park Service offers Preservation Publications (some FREE OF CHARGE) to help with planning and preservation projects. You may request up to FIVE publications free of charge. Please send an e-mail to with your mailing address and list of requested materials.

Best Practices for the Care of Structures and Landscapes at National Trust Historic Sites – A National Trust for Historic Preservation guide on how to care for and maintain historic and existing sites.

Sustainability and Historic Federal Buildings – An Advisory Council on Historic Preservation guide that outlines how federal decision makers and facility managers can integrate green and preservation requirements

Financial Resources

This Preservation Alliance of Minnesota guide helps preservationists understand which funding resources may assist their projects. Please note that funding changes yearly and new sources are continually being identified. This is not intended to be a complete list, but rather a starting guide for funding seekers.

Successful Grant Writing Guide

This was originally created as a guide for writing grant applications for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants program, but is definitely worthwhile reading for all grant applicants.

How to Develop and Write a Grant Proposal

Tribal Resources

The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO) has a variety of publications for dealing with historic tribal resources. Make sure to check out their Tribal Tourism Toolkit and Tribal Consultation: Best Practices in Historic Preservation.

Conferences & Trainings

Minnesota Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

Mark your calendars now for Minnesota’s 32nd Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, to be held September 13-14, 2012  in historic downtown Fergus Falls.

National Preservation Conference

The annual conference organized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it is an educational and networking event for historic preservation professionals, volunteer leaders, and advocates. Expert practitioners lead approximately 100 educational and field sessions, all designed to provide tools that participants can use to improve their own communities.

Preservation Leadership Training

An intensive one-week experience tailored to respond to the needs of state and local preservation organizations and agencies sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It emphasizes providing a participatory experience in leadership and organizational development techniques and the most up-to-date and effective information and training in current preservation practices, issues and action strategies.

Historic Sites and House Museums

Great Tours, the popular one-day workshop on creating thematic tours at historic sites, features large and small group interactive exercises based on a case study of an historic site, providing participants with practical experience.  Registration includes the bestselling book, Great Tours! Thematic Tours and Guide Training for Historic Sites (AltaMira Press, 2002).

National Trust Main Street Conference

The National Trust Main Street Center puts on this conference annually on preservation-based commercial district revitalization, bringing together over 1,500 people from small and rural towns, suburban communities, large and midsized cities, and urban neighborhood business districts to network and share ideas, solutions, issue-exploration, and networking opportunities.

The National Main Street Institute offers basic and advanced level training for downtown revitalization professionals through seminars that examine the basics of implementing the Main Street Four Point Approach®, support real estate or business development, and provide advanced certification for Main Street Managers.

Cultural Heritage Tourism Workshops

The Heritage Tourism Program offers a variety of workshop formats that are customized to the needs of the client.


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