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Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Promoting Historic Preservation Across the Country

The ACHP promotes the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of the nation’s diverse historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.


ACHP Chairman Highlights Benefits of Historic Tax

As Congress weighs various proposals for tax reform, ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson has asked the House Ways and Means Committee to consider the past success and future potential of the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit.

Events & Meetings

The Federal Preservation Process

You have a voice when it comes to preserving your community's history. The Section 106 review process can help you make a difference in your area.

Section 106 Cases Involving ACHP

Preservation Success Stories

The Section 106 process can result in great success with projects large and small. Read the success stories below and learn how to nominate a worthy case for a spotlight story.

A view of the historic Catoctin furnace

Catoctin Furnace

Thurmont, Maryland

Highway archaeology reveals African American contribution to U.S. industrial history.


Preservation Initiatives

Preservation touches issues across the country that impact a wide range of citizens and communities.

Our Impact Since 1966

The Advisory Council for Historic Preservation (ACHP), created from the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, implemented the process that strives to prevent adverse effects on historic properties. In many cases, ACHP will mediate through the Section 106 review process to ensure fair outcomes for our nation's historic resources.

979 Section 106 Cases with ACHP Involvement Since 2013
2,393 Section 106 Cases Closed Since 2013
56% Section 106 Cases Closed Within a Year or Less SInce 2013

Preserve America

Preserve America is a federal initiative that encourages and supports efforts to preserve and enjoy the priceless cultural and natural heritage of a community. The goals of the program include a greater shared knowledge about the nation's past, strengthened regional identities and local provide, increased local participation in preserving the country's cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of all communities.

Community Spotlight

  • A children's heritage camp in American Samoa.
    American Samoa

    American Samoa (population 68,000), located in the South Pacific Ocean, has been a territory of the United States since April 17, 1900. The Samoan archipelago was first inhabited more than 2,000 years ago and includes seven islands, five of which are currently inhabited. Western civilization first learned of the archipelago in 1722, and the first missionaries arrived in 1837.

    American Samoa (population 68,000), located in the South Pacific Ocean, has been a territory of the United States since April 17, 1900.