Public Lands

Commerce + Interpretation: A Shared Use Toolkit

Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by Katherine Malone-France


View of the Foyer at Cooper Molera Adobe| Credit History Associates

Foyer at Cooper Molera Adobe| Credit History Associates

As the National Trust has worked to develop a shared use model for Cooper-Molera in Monterey, California, we have worked to make our process as transparent as possible so that our lessons learned can be used by historic sites, house museums, and other types of historic properties around the country. While every historic property has unique challenges and opportunities, we feel that our work at Cooper-Molera has allowed us to develop and refine an approach to shared use that is widely applicable—from stakeholder engagement to initial planning for interpretation and from collections to preservation principles that also support the re-imagination of a site.

As part of our outreach effort, we are doing both onsite and online sessions entitled Commerce + Interpretation: The Possibilities, Pitfalls, and Principles of Shared Use at Historic Sites during the 2015 AASLH Annual Meeting in Louisville (#AASLH2015).  We have also developed this toolkit to assist other stewards of historic properties in considering a shared use model. You can download the documents on Slideshare in addition to viewing them below. ... Read More →

About Katherine Malone-France

Katherine Malone-France is the vice president for historic sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

NHPA Section 106 and Tribes: A Look Back and Paths Forward

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by Special Contributor


Tribal members visit a petroglyph site on BLM land in Southeast Utah. | Credit: Amy Cole, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Tribal members visit a petroglyph site on BLM land in Southeast Utah. | Credit: Amy Cole, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act has been instrumental in protecting historic resources for almost five decades now. But when it was first enacted, there was no mention of the role of tribal governments in the process. In 1992 Congress amended the Act to mandate that federal agencies consult with Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations that attach religious and cultural significance to historic properties that may be affected by an undertaking. These amendments brought about a major set of changes in the national historic preservation program, including (1) the authorization for tribes to establish THPO programs and take over functions that would otherwise be performed by SHPOs on tribal lands; and (2) the statutory right of each tribe to be a consulting party when a proposed federal undertaking would affect a historic property that holds religious and cultural importance for the tribe. As of November 2014, there were 154 Tribal Historic Preservation Programs that had been approved by the National Park Service.

As part of the Forum series on Section 106, the editors at the Preservation Leadership Forum blog sent a short email survey asking three preservation practitioners who have worked extensively with projects affecting places of importance to the tribes to share their thoughts on the Section 106 consultation process.

Courtney Ann Coyle, a California preservation attorney; Tom King, a consultant in Maryland who is also the author of several books on Section 106 review; and Dean Suagee, an attorney with a firm that represents tribal governments, provided thoughtful written responses to the following questions:... Read More →

The National Defense Authorization Act and Public Lands

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by Denise Ryan 1 Comment


Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey, was constructed in 1932-1933 in the Art Deco style. | Courtesy of Duncan Kendell

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park will be expanded to include Hinchliffe Stadium, in Paterson, New Jersey. The stadium was constructed in 1932-1933. | Courtesy of Duncan Kendell

On December 12, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act which includes more than 60 provisions relating to public lands and natural resources. This is the first time Congress has taken action on public lands since 2009, when it designated Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, and River Raisin National Battlefield Park and passed more than 150 other public lands provisions. New legislation to designate additional parks has been introduced since then, but has been on hold because some members of Congress objected to increasing the number of new parks. That hold was recently broken by adding these measures to a “must-pass” defense authorization bill—a bill that has passed every year for the last 50 years. Now the bill is on its way to the president’s desk, and he is expected to sign it into law soon.... Read More →

About Denise Ryan

Denise Ryan is the Director for Public Lands Policy at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.