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Developed by the Illinois Arts Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Architeacher is dedicated to encouraging excellence in the design of communities. As part of training teachers to help students value architectural design, a strong focus is given to building student attitudes toward preserving the architectural heritage. The website includes information on community planning, architecture and aesthetics, and historic preservation, as well as teaching tips and lessons plans.

National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
The Association is a national non-profit membership organization of Tribal government officials who implement federal and tribal preservation laws. NATHPO’s overarching purpose is to support the preservation, maintenance and revitalization of the culture and traditions of Native peoples of the United States. This is accomplished most importantly through the support of Tribal Historic Preservation Programs as acknowledged by the National Park Service.

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers
The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers is the professional association of the State government officials who carry out the national historic preservation program as delegates of the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America’s communities. They provide leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.

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.

Preservation Directory
PreservationDirectory.com is a comprehensive resource for the historic and cultural resource community, including preservation news and events, organizations and resources, preservation educational programs, museums and historic structures, historic real estate, preservation products and services, historic lodging, historic tours, and a historic and cultural photo gallery.

PreserveNet - Historic Preservation Source
PreserveNet is designed to provide preservationists with a comprehensive database of regularly updated internet resources and current professional opportunities. The site also outlines legislation related to historic preservation topics.

Iowa Web Sites

Iowa Barn Foundation
The Iowa Barn Foundation is dedicated to preserving Iowa's rural buildings. Founded in 1997, they educate Iowans about rural heritage and the importance of barn preservation, provide matching grants to property owners for barn restoration, gives Awards of Distinction to property owners who restore barns at their own expense, and accepts economically and financially self-sustaining farms and farmland for preservation.

Iowa Department of Transportation Iowa History Booklet Series
The booklets in the State Historic Preservation Office’s booklet series typically are the result of consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. A number of these booklets have been produced under the auspices of the Iowa Department of Transportation and are available online.

Iowa Geographic Map Server
The Iowa Geographic Map Server provides free access to geographic map data, including recent orthophotos and topographic maps, the 1800s General Land Office Survey Map of Iowa, 1930s historic aerial photos, and a number of other geographic and land cover maps.

Iowa’s Historic Bridges
The site offers links to information and photographs of a wide range of historic bridges such as the metal truss bridges, concrete arch and beam bridges, steel bridges, and the magnificent covered bridges of Madison County, built in the early 1870s and 1880s. Search for specific bridge details by county, type or decade. The information presented in this Web site is based on Iowa's Historic Bridge Inventory and other information current as of December 2005.

Preservation Iowa
Preservation Iowa is a statewide, non-profit preservation organization. Their mission is to build partnerships that enhance our economic and cultural future through preservation of Iowa's historic resources.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation builds partnerships and educates Iowans to protect, preserve, and enhance Iowa’s natural resources for future generations.

Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist
The Office of the State Archaeologist is to develops, disseminates, and preserves knowledge of Iowa’s human past through Midwestern and Plains archaeological research, scientific discovery, public stewardship, service, and education.

Main Street Iowa Program
The State Historic Preservation Office works very closely with Main Street Iowa. Their mission is to improve the social and economic well-being of Iowa’s communities by assisting selected communities to capitalize on the unique identity, assets and character of their downtown area.

Sanborn Maps for Iowa
Nineteenth and twentieth-century Sanborn fire insurance maps are an invaluable way to document the historic development of towns and cities as well as individual properties. Researchers can access historic fire insurance maps for more than 360 Iowa towns and cities from the 1870s to the 1930s through the State Library of Iowa website free of charge. A State Library Card is required for access to this online collection. Anyone who lives in the State of Iowa may apply for a State Library Card through this link: http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/services/state-library-card.

Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area is a 37-county region in Iowa designated as a federal heritage area. It is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Their mission is to preserve and tell the story of American agriculture and its global significance through partnerships and activities that celebrate the land, people, and communities of the area.

Federal Government’s Historic Preservation Programs

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is an independent federal agency whose mission is to “promote the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our Nation’s historic resources, and advise the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.” The Iowa Historic Preservation Office works with Advisory Council on a regular basis, especially through our Review & Compliance program.

Library of Congress American Memory
The Library of Congress’s American Memory website includes historic maps, images, and other books and media from the American Memory Collection. Look for historic panoramic drawings, historic photographs of places and people, Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) collections, and other information about history and historic places that interest you.

National Center for Preservation Technology & Training (NCPTT)
The NCPTT advances the application of science and technology to historic preservation. Working in the fields of archeology, architecture, landscape architecture, and materials conservation, the Center accomplishes its mission through training, education, research, technology transfer, and partnerships.

National Park Service
Within the National Park Service website, you can find information on historic preservation, Certified Local Governments, tribal preservation programs, the National Register of Historic Places, preservation standards and treatments, archaeology programs, and much, much more!

Financial Assistance

National Endowment for the Humanities
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. The grants strengthen teaching and learning in the humanities in schools and colleges across the nation, facilitate research and original scholarship, provide opportunities for lifelong learning, preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources, and strengthen the institutional base of the humanities.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Financial Assistance
The National Trust for Historic Preservation offers several types of financial assistance to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, for-profit companies, and individuals involved in preservation-related projects.

Preserve America Program
The Preserve America matching-grant program provides funding to designated Preserve America Communities to support preservation efforts through heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation planning. Through these projects, our country gains a greater shared knowledge about the Nation’s past, strengthens regional identities and local pride, improves local participation in preserving the country’s cultural and natural heritage assets, and increases support for the economic vitality of our communities.

Save America’s Treasures
The Federal Save America’s Treasures program is one of the largest and most successful grant programs for the protection of our nation’s endangered and irreplaceable and endangered cultural heritage. Grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and historic structures and sites. Intellectual and cultural artifacts include artifacts, collections, documents, sculpture, and works of art. Historic structures and sites include historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects.

Save Our History
Save Our History is a national history education and preservation initiative that raises awareness and support for preserving local heritage. The History Channel created Save Our History to support local history education and historic preservation efforts in communities across America.

National Center for Preservation Training and Technology (NCPTT) Grants
NCPTT funds innovative projects that advance the application of science and technology to historic preservation. Typically these projects develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve cultural resources.


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