The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Shaping National Preservation Policy

NATIONAL PRESERVATION POLICY (NPP)

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON HISTORIC PRESERVATION (ACHP)

Timeline

1966
June 20

ACHP created

June 20

With Heritage So Rich
National Historic Preservation Act, Department of Transportation Act/Section 4(f)

With Heritage So Rich<br/>National Historic Preservation Act, Department of Transportation Act/Section 4(f)
The National Historic Preservation Act created the National Register of Historic Places, which recognizes districts, sties, buildings, structures, and objects important to our history and culture at the local, state, and national level. Read More.  
1967
June 20

First ACHP meeting

First ACHP meeting
ACHP Members being sworn in at U.S. Department of the Interior, July 20, 1967. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall is fourth from left, holding papers.
June 21

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1968
June 20

First Section 106 case considered

The ACHP considered the effects of a new heating and cooling plant for Georgetown University (supported by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare) on the Georgetown Historic District, Washington, DC.
June 21

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1969
June 20

First ACHP Section 106 procedures published

1970
June 20

National Environmental Policy Act

1971
June 20

First ACHP Annual Report

June 20

Executive Order (E.O.) 11593, “Protection and Enhancement of the Cultural Environment”

1972
July 19

ACHP guidelines on State Preservation Legislation

ACHP guidelines on State Preservation Legislation
July 19

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1973
January 19

Section 106 revised procedures published

July 19

World Heritage Convention signed

1974
June 21

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June 22

Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act

1976
June 20

The National Historic Preservation Program [NHPA] Today Special Report (10th anniversary)

Report prepared by the ACHP at the request of Henry M. Jackson, Chairman, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, U.S. Senate—basis for 1976 NHPA amendments
June 22

NHPA amendments, ACHP made independent agency, “eligible properties” added to Section 106 consideration;Historic Preservation Fund created
Federal Tax incentives

1978
June 21

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June 22

American Indian Religious Freedom Act

American Indian Religious Freedom Act
The law gave support to Indian tribes’ recognition of places like Devil’s Tower in Wyoming for their spiritual and cultural value.
1979
June 20

First Section 106 regulations

June 20

Archaeological Resources Protection Act

1980
June 21

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June 21

NHPA amendments, Federal programs, SHPO programs, Certified Local Governments

July 19

NCSHPO becomes voting member

NCSHPO becomes voting member
1981
January 5

Federal Historic Tax Credits passed

Federal Historic Tax Credits passed
Since the 1980s, federal historic tax incentives have saved tens of thousands of buildings, including this one in Philadelphia.
January 19

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March 19

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June 21

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July 19

Economic Recovery Tax Act (2 bills for Federal Historic Tax Credits)

1983
June 20

ACHP report on tax incentives

June 21

1983 hide

July 19

ACHP report on Federal Taxation (requested by Congress)

1986
January 19

Tax Credit from 25% to 20%

February 19

Section 106 regulations revised

March 19

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June 20

NHPA 20th anniversary, which included a special report reviewing NHPA

NHPA 20th anniversary, which included a special report reviewing NHPA
June 20

Federal Historic Tax Credits revised

1987
June 21

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June 22

Abandoned Shipwreck Act

Abandoned Shipwreck Act
The law clarified ownership of historic shipwrecks in U.S. waters and regulated their salvage and recovery by treasure hunters and others.
1988
June 20

First National Preservation Awards with White House

June 21

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1991
January 19

ACHP report on preserving high tech facilities (requested by Congress)

1992
January 1

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January 18

Second National Preservation Awards with White House

February 5

NHPA amendments, TCPs, tribes, THPOs

February 19

NHPA amendments added Native American Member to ACHP

1995
January 1

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January 19

First ACHP Affordable Housing Policy

First ACHP Affordable Housing Policy
1996
January 19

ACHP reauthorized, directed to do study on Section 106 alternatives

2000
June 20

ACHP Millennium Report on Federal Stewardship
ACHP Indian Tribal policy

June 21

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2003
January 1

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January 21

E.0. 13287, “Preserve America”

February 20

Preserve America Program announced by White House
E.O. requires federal stewardship reports every 3 years

2004
January 1

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January 19

Current ACHP regulations issued

February 19

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June 20

Preserve America Presidential Awards

Preserve America Presidential Awards
President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at Preserve America Presidential Awards, White House, 2005.
June 21

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2006
February 19

ACHP Affordable Housing policy

December 23

Preserve America Summit

2007
June 20

ACHP Burial Sites & Human Remains policy

ACHP Burial Sites & Human Remains policy
The ACHP’s policy was intended to guide situations like ShukáKáa (On Your Knees Cave) in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest,where human remains and cultural artifacts were discovered as part of planning for a Forest Service timber sale.(The site was also subject to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.)
June 21

2007 hide

2008
February 3

ACHP-Native Hawaiian policy

2009
January 1

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January 19

Law [Omnibus Public Land Management Act on Left] clarified ACHP responsibilities for Preserve America

June 20

Omnibus Public Land Management Act, Preserve America and Grants authorized

2010
January 19

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July 19

U.S. Supports 2008 U.N. Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

2013
January 19

ACHP adopts plan to implement U.N. Indigenous Peoples Declaration

2014
January 1

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January 19

ACHP Reports on Post Office Preservation (requested by Congress) and Urban Rightsizing

2016
January 1

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January 2

Senate confirmed, full-time chair authorized for ACHP

February 20

NATHPO becomes voting member

March 3

NHPA 50th Anniversary report published

NHPA 50th Anniversary report published
The ACHP celebrated the 50th anniversary of NHPA in 2016 with a retrospective look at ACHP policies and accomplishments, culminating in a series of recommendations for future progress.

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