Pennsylvania celebrates Preservation50!
This page is dedicated to the 2016 celebration of the National Historic Preservation Act
and will serve as a central resource for state-wide happenings in Pennsylvania..
We invite you to bookmark the page and check back regularly for news and special events.
What is the National Historic Preservation Act?
The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on October 15, 1966. With the NHPA, the country officially recognized the value of historic preservation and created the federal framework supporting the preservation and protection of irreplaceable buildings, landscapes, and archaeology in communities across the United States.
“The historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people . . . the preservation of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest so that its vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic, and energy benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Americans” – National Historic Preservation Act, 1966
Preservation50 provides us with an opportunity to review how historic preservation has evolved over the past 50 years and to plan for a productive future.
Our calendar will share preservation events happening all across Pennsylvania!
A lot can happen in 50 years...
Did you know?
- The historic tax credit has helped create 2.3 million jobs, saved 38,700 historic structures, and attracted $106 billion in private investments.
- In the past 25 years, 1,600 communities have revitalized their downtowns and main streets. The 89,000 building renovations and efforts to preserve historic nature of neighborhoods led to 56,000 new business and 227,000 new jobs.
- Historic preservation efforts are pivotal to sustainability efforts across the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has noted that building construction debris constitutes approximately a third of all waste generated in the United States and preserving historic resources can cut down on that waste.
- Over 27% of existing buildings will be replaced between 2000 and 2030.
- From 1970 to 2000, the United States lost approximately 6.3 million older and historic year-round housing units.
- There are more than 80,000 properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and those listings represent 1.4 million individual resources.
- Almost every county in the United States has a least one place listed in the National Register.
- 30 historic lighthouses across the United States have been transferred to new owners for preservation and public use.
- There are 880 postal buildings on the National Historic Register.
- The Secretary of the Interior designates National Historic Landmark sites, which are considered to possess exceptional value or quality in representing the heritage of the United States. There are only about 2,500 historic resources bearing this national distinction.