Public Lands

100 Years of the National Park Service

Posted on: October 14th, 2015 by Special Contributor 1 Comment


By: Jonathan B. Jarvis

This post by Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, is the first in a monthly series of blog posts celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

A visitor looks out over Stewart's Canal at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument at dusk. | Credit: National Park Service

Stewart's Canal at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland. | Credit: National Park Service

In 2016, the nation celebrates two of our most important conservation and preservation laws: the Organic Act of the National Park Service of 1916 and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Cumulatively they represent 150 years of protection of our greatest treasures, from the Grand Canyon to the Liberty Bell, from Jamestown to the Statue of Liberty. This essential work has instilled patriotic pride, driven local economic renewal, grounded our education system, inspired domestic and international tourism, and reminded us of our values as American citizens. While we have much to celebrate, this is an opportunity to act upon the second 150 years by ensuring we are telling the complete story of America and protecting places that are representative of all our citizens.

This opportunity reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, sometimes attributed to Abraham Lincoln, though I think most historians doubt this. Regardless of the source, the message is resonant:... Read More →

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 →