Regional Resource Links
National Organizations (with regional presence)
- The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
- Preservation Briefs series
- Historic Preservation Tax Incentives
- Weatherizing and Improving Energy Efficiency
- Online Education Tools
- Historic Preservation Planning
- Historic Landscape Initiative
- American Battlefield Protection
- Federal Agency Preservation Assistance
- Tribal Preservation
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior – National Heritage Areas & National Heritage Corridors
- Northeast Regional Office, Boston
Every New England state has a designated state agency or office that is responsible for administering federal and state historic preservation programs, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
Every New England state also has a statewide, non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to historic preservation. These organizations function as advocates for monitoring, promoting, and coordinating historic preservation efforts at the state level and work closely with their respective State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) and local communities.
The Community Preservation Coalition, an alliance of open space, affordable housing, and historic preservation organizations, works with municipalities to help them understand, adopt, and implement the Community Preservation Act (CPA), a tool in Massachusetts to help communities preserve open space and historic sites, and create affordable housing and recreational facilities.
Community Preservation Coalition – Massachusetts
Local preservation commissions are agents of local government and may identify, evaluate and protect a community's historic resources. Cooperative planning efforts are often undertaken with other municipal departments or agencies (planning, economic development, conservation commissions) as well as local historical societies and other interested local groups. Call your municipal town offices or SHPO to determine whether your town has a local preservation commission or historic district.
Non-profit local preservation organizations are member-based preservation advocacy, education, membership support, and service organizations that may be active in New England’s larger cities. Local preservation organizations are important sources of support for all kinds of preservation questions, from local political advocacy to technical assistance and programming. We encourage you to support your local preservation organization. Among the non-profit preservation organizations active in New England are the following:
- Boston Preservation Alliance
- Historic Boston Incorporated
- Historic Salem
- Nantucket Preservation Trust
- Newburyport Preservation Trust
- Preservation Worcester
- Newport Restoration Foundation
- The Preservation Society of Newport County
- Providence Preservation Society
- Providence Revolving Fund
Historic Landscapes/Landscape Preservation and Conservation