National Park Service
The National Park Service provides a lot of free resources for CLGs. The Park Service will occasionally offer free webinars, but there are a number of online resources communities can use.
- Federal Historic Preservation Laws, Regulations, and Orders. This page lists all of the Federal laws and regulations related to historic preservation in the United States.
- Historic Preservation Standards and Guidelines. These are guidance documents from the Secretary of the Interior and the National Park Service, which can be used to help communities, preservationists, property owners, and others better understand how to preserve our history.
- Preservation Briefs. The Preservation Briefs are a series of publications, each of which deal with a specific element or type of preservation (e.g. Repointing Mortar Joints, Preservation of Historic Barns, Making a Historic Property Accessible, and many more). They are a great reference for addressing specific issues.
- Preservation Tech Notes. These case studies are also useful for addressing the technical aspects of specific preservation issues.
- Interpreting the Standards Bulletins. These short bulletins each look at a different project type, and provide guidance on which of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation apply to that project and how those Standards apply.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is the national non-profit, preservation advocacy organization. They have a bunch of information on historic preservation from around the country.
Preservation Idaho is our state-wide non-profit and advocacy organization. In addition to providing educational trainings and tours, and the Annual Orchids and Onions event, Preservation Idaho can also be a resource for communities looking for help advocating for preservation at the local level, whether it is for a specific building or for preservation in general.
Idaho Heritage Trust
The Idaho Heritage Trust was created for the specific purpose of preserving the historic fabric of Idaho for our State’s Bicentennial in 2009 through a program of grants and technical assistance. They are another source of potential grant funding and technical assistance for communities and property owners.
National Alliance for Preservation Commissions
The National Alliance for Preservation Commissions (NAPC) is an organization dedicated to helping local historic preservation commissions carry out their work. The NAPC provides a lot of resources and documents historic preservation commissions can use to advance preservation locally. The NAPC also offers FORUM, a biennial training conference for historic preservation commission members.