Preserving Historic Sites

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The National Register of Historic Places “is the United States' official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archaeological resources.

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Upon the inception of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the U.S. National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, became the lead agency for the National Register of Historic Places.

Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.” ¹

There are many Historic Sites right here in Indiana (click here for some great links to Indiana's historic sites that would make great day trips from Indianapolis.)


How to Nominate a Property
Criteria for Inclusion
Benefits for Inclusion
Properties Currently Listed
Contact the National Registry
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See the Navigation sidebar for our highlighted historic properties.

See also: The National Trust for Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places

How to Nominate a Property

Anyone can prepare a nomination of a location for the National Register. Nomination forms are available on the NRHP website. Once these are completed they are documented by property owners, local governments, historical societies or state, federal or tribal staff.

For a good summary of the nomination process, visit the Kentucky Heritage Council website's section on the National Register of Historic Places.

Criteria for Inclusion

National Register properties are distinguished by having been documented and evaluated according to uniform standards. These criteria recognize the accomplishments of all peoples who have contributed to the history and heritage of the United States and are designed to help state and local governments, Federal agencies, and others identify important historic and archaeological properties worthy of preservation and of consideration in planning and development decisions. For a detailed list of the criteria for inclusion on the National Register, refer to the Criticisms and Barriers page to this wiki.

Benefits for Inclusion

Listing in the National Register contributes to preserving historic properties in a number of ways:
  • Recognition that a property is of significance to the Nation, the State, or the community.
  • Consideration in the planning for Federal or federally assisted projects.
  • Eligibility for Federal tax benefits.
  • Qualification for Federal assistance for historic preservation, when funds are available.


It is a common misconception that sites listed on the National Register are placed under various restrictions. On the contrary:
  • owners of sites listed on the National Register are not required to open their buildings to the public
  • owners don't need to gain approval by any entity in order to alter their building.
  • one's property taxes are not affected by a property listed on the National Register listing.

Restrictions that may come into play are not imposed by a National Register listing; rather, restrictions are established by local preservation ordinances (if applicable). The local register process is independent of the National Register process.

If you have any questions or concerns about possible restrictions are required due to a local register designation, contact your local planning department.

Properties Currently Listed

The National Register includes over 80,000 listings that can be searched in the online database. These locations include:
  • All historic areas in the National Park System
  • Over 2,400 National Historic Landmarks, which have been designated by the Secretary of the Interior because of their importance to all Americans
  • Properties across the country that have been nominated by governments, organizations, and individuals because they are significant to the nation, to a state, or to a community

Contact the National Registry

The National Register archive is open Monday-Thursday 9:00am to noon. For security reasons, an appointment is necessary for access to the archives. The Reference Desk may be reached at 202-354-1496 to schedule an appointment.

Because USPS mail in Washington, DC is irradiated, send official correspondence by direct or overnight mail at the following address:

National Register of Historic Places
National Park Service
1201 Eye St., NW
8th Floor (MS 2280)
Washington, DC 20005

Main telephone: 202-354-2213
Email contacts:
  • General questions about the National Register
  • Reference questions about using the National Register collection and requesting copies of nominations and publications. (If requesting information, please include your mailing address, and for nominations, please include the property name, county, and state.)
  • NRIS Database questions about how to use the system
  • Teaching with Historic Places questions
  • Travel Itinerary questions


1. Accessed 10/20/07. For an annotated timeline of the National Park Service, refer to the Criticisms and Barriers page of this wiki.

Primary Author of this Wiki Page: Yvette Couser

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