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National Organizations (with regional presence)

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior – Technical Preservation Services

  • 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

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior – Heritage Preservation Services

  • 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 Historic Landmarks

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior – National Register of Historic Places 

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior – National Heritage Areas & National Heritage Corridors

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Society of Architectural Historians

Vernacular Architecture Forum

State Organizations

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). 

State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs)

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.

Statewide Non-Profit Preservation Organizations

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 Organizations

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:




Rhode Island


Specialty Organizations

Modern/Recent Past

Recent Past Preservation Network

DOcumentation and COnservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the MOdern Movement (DOCOMOMO)–United States

Cape Cod Modern House Trust

Friends of Modern Architecture (FOMA)

Religious Buildings

Partners for Sacred Places

Historic Landscapes/Landscape Preservation and Conservation

Land Trust Alliance

Trust for Public Land

The Association for Gravestone Studies 

The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Trustees of Reservations


Historic Barns of Connecticut - Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

Vermont Division for Historic Preservation - Barn Grants

A Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings by Thomas Visser






Regional Resource Links