Tennessee Preservation Trust

National Preservation Organizations:

Tennessee Preservation Trust is part of the larger national preservation movement. National organizations include:

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private organization that “provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.” Founded in 1949 by congressional charter, the National Trust offers a wide array of programs, activities, grants, educational materials, and the publication Preservation Magazine. National Trust programs include the Main Street Center, Historic Hotels of America, Partners in Preservation. National Trust Community Investment Corporation, National Trust Preservation Conference, and “America’s 11 Most Endangered Places.” Tennessee Preservation Trust is the Statewide Partner of the National Trust.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation’s diverse historic resources, and advises the President and the Congress on national historic preservation policy. The goal of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), which established the ACHP in 1966, is to have federal agencies act as responsible stewards of our nation’s resources when their actions affect historic properties. The ACHP is the only entity with the legal responsibility to encourage federal agencies to factor historic preservation into federal project requirements.

Preservation Action

Preservation Action is a nonprofit organization created in 1974 to serve as the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation. Preservation Action seeks to make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of the federal government for sound preservation policy and programs through a grassroots constituency empowered with information and training and through direct contact with elected representatives.

American Alliance of Museums

(Formerly the American Association of Museums)
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is the one organization that supports all museums in the United States. Through advocacy and excellence, the Alliance strengthens the museum community. It supports 21,000 museums, individuals and companies by developing standards and best practices, providing resources and career development, and advocating for museums to thrive.

Association for Preservation Technology International

The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) is a cross-disciplinary membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. The organization’s mission is to advance the application of traditional and contemporary technology appropriate to conservation of the built environment and the cultural resources that contribute to its significance.

General Services Administration

The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) mission is to use expertise to provide innovative solutions for their customers in support of their missions and by so doing foster an effective, sustainable, and transparent government for the American people. GSA’s historic preservation program provides technical and strategic expertise to promote the viability, reuse, and integrity of historic buildings GSA owns, leases, and has the opportunity to acquire. The Center for Historic Buildings, under GSA’s Office of the Chief Architect, provides national leadership for compliance with the spirit and substance of the National Historic Preservation Act and other stewardship directives.

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for the care of the 397 national parks in the United States. Twelve of those parks are located in Tennessee. The NPS helps to revitalize communities, preserve local history, celebrate local heritage, promote outdoor activity.

Teaching with Historic Places

Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom.

Society for Commercial Archeology

Established in 1977, the Society for Commercial Archeology (SCA) is the oldest national organization devoted to buildings, artifacts, structures, signs, and symbols of the 20th century commercial landscape. The SCA offers publications, conferences, and tours to help preserve, document, and celebrate the structures and architecture of the 20th century.

National Council on Public History

Established in 1980, this Indiana based educational organization encourages a broader interest in history by bringing together people, institutions, agencies, businesses, and academic programs associated with the field of public history. NCPH is “dedicated to making the past useful in the present and to encouraging collaboration between historians and their publics.”

American Association for State and Local History

Organized in 1904, the AASLH was the first organization created in support of the field of state and local history, Its mission is to “provide leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.”

National Preservation Institute

The National Preservation Institute (NPI) offers continuing education and professional training for those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. NPI serves a broad spectrum of individuals and groups from the government and private sectors by providing seminars in historic preservation and cultural resource management. NPI was founded in 1980 as a nonprofit, 501( c )(3) organization.