· The National Register of Historic Places was established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and is maintained by the National Park Service (NPS).
· In Pennsylvania, the Bureau for Historic Preservation (BHP), acting as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), manages the National Register program.
o The SHPO, in this role, evaluates National Register eligibility; makes the official nomination of resources to the National Register of Historic Places; provides information on historic properties, including National Register and National Historic Landmark listings; provides guidance on conducting architectural and historic surveys; and technical assistance to preparers of National Register nominations.
o As per the Code of Federal Regulations 36 CFR Part 60.6, nomination forms are prepared under the supervision of the SHPO. The SHPO reserves the right to make edits to all nominations in order to ensure they meet NPS guidance, criteria, and mandates.
· Properties listed in the National Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. National Register properties are distinguished by having been documented and evaluated according to uniform criteria established by the NPS.
o National Register criteria recognizes 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 significant historic and archeological properties worthy of preservation and of consideration in planning and development decisions.
o To view listed National Register nominations, please visit CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. A tutorial has been developed to guide users of CRGIS through the process of locating and viewing National Register nominations.
· Listing in the National Register often changes the way communities perceive their historic resources and gives credibility to efforts to preserve these resources as irreplaceable parts of our communities.
· The National Register Fact Sheet (PDF) provides an overview of the program and explains what the listing designation does and does not entail.
For information on how historic resources get listed, visit The National Register Process in Pennsylvania
National Register Review Staff and Regions:
Western PA Reviewer: Central PA Reviewer: Eastern PA Reviewer:
Keith Heinrich Dave Maher April Frantz
(717) 783-9919 (717) 783-9918 (717) 783-9922
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Pennsylvania Register of Historic Places
· Chapter 5, §502(2), of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute, Title 37, Historical and Museums, also known as The Pennsylvania History Code, empowers the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (Commission) to compile, maintain, revise and publish a selected inventory of significant historic resources in the Commonwealth, to be known as the Pennsylvania Register of Historic Places, pursuant to criteria of significance approved by the Commission.
· The policy and practice of the Commission is and has been that properties listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places shall constitute the Pennsylvania Register of Historic Places.
· The Commission's policy of maintaining a Pennsylvania Register of Historic Places parallels those listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. This policy was officially approved at its quarterly meeting on March 15, 2006 and recorded in the minutes of that meeting to confirm the existing practice.
Please Note: By submitting materials with respect to state or federal historic preservation programs administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), you grant to the PHMC the rights to:
- use the materials for education and promotional purposes and to promote the mission of the PHMC;
- publish the materials on the PHMC Web site; and
- make the materials available to researchers and scholars.
Below is a list of Bureau for Historic Preservation forms and guidance for completing National Register eligibility review forms (Historic Resource Survey Form) and National Register nominations. For the most recent versions of National Register nomination forms and policies, please visit the National Park Service’s National Register website: http://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/forms.htm. For more information about the nomination process in Pennsylvania, please visit our “Process” page.