Annotated List of Historic Preservation Resources
In full disclosure, we sometimes feel awkward that Histpres is a business, not a non-profit, but we also feel that we are providing a professional service through our free-to-use, free-to-post, free-to-comment, free-to-contact, public website. Being a business, we do not apply for grants or receive funding from any institution, business or organization. The initial investment of time and money is solely that of its founders.
We provide a free professional service with altruistic intentions, so why would Histpres be excluded from the resource lists of some organizations? Well, after the sting wore-off, we got curious; how are other preservation and preservation-related jobs organized, owned, and operated?
Briefly, the results are this; the majority of websites that post and publish employment opportunities in historic preservation and –related fields are operated by private companies. Furthermore, the majority have paid-only listings, charge for business listings, have advertising, and in some cases, charge for access by job seekers. Many non-profit or educational institutions use a paid-service to manage their opportunities, and pass that cost on to users in the form of exclusivity, like member-only job boards and high fees for employers.
Suffice to say, you’re here, you know that Histpres is free! We only charge nominal fees for superior placement and promotion, advertisements for events, and when a blog’s content is promotional in nature. And we are always willing to work within your budget. We just introduced a way to sustain the day-to-day of the website, a membership option and we have a simple tip jar; but access will be free. In perpetuity.
So without further adieu, here is our resources page! If you, as a courtesy, company, co-op, or even a circus, share preservation-related opportunities online, you are welcome to be listed here. To be added, deleted, or to modify your listing, contact us.
Job Board specifically for Preservation and Related Careers (14)
The following is an annotated list of websites that operate primarily as job boards in preservation and preservation-related fields. Ordered loosely by frequency of activity, ease of use, and relevancy to historic preservation.
PreserveNet is operated by students of Cornell University and is funded by the National Council for Preservation Education. (If you ever wondered by NCPE only lists PreserveNet on their Employment page, hmm, this might be why.) PreserveNet is updated weekly with preservation and –related jobs and internships. Access, and posting is free; jobs, internships, events, and news. They have a neat map of all the recently posted opportunities. PreserveNet does not have a blog, or email, but is on Facebook.
Preservation Directory is a private business owned by Tim Cannan based in Portland, Oregon operating since 1999; and is essentially our field’s telephone book that we use regularly. Preservation Directory is active and updated daily with press releases, events, and jobs. Access, posting, and email newsletters are free. Preservation Directory offers paid business listings, paid advertising on their website and in the e-newsletter. A subsidiary of Preservation Directory, is Historic For Sale, a paid historic real estate listing agency. Both are on social media.
Cultural Resources Network (former eCulturalResources)
Cultural Resources Network, the relaunch of the former eCultural Resources, is a private company stated by Matt Brickley in 2004 that sporadically posts opportunities primarily in cultural resources management and archaeological field schools. Their weekly email digest contains current and outdated listsings up to several years ago; there are currently five job listings. Access to the listings are free; all postings (opportunities, news and business listings) are paid; the site has advertising options. eCultural Resources is on social media.
A/E/C Job Bank, Inc.
As the name suggests, A/E/C Job Bank, Inc. is a private company that posts opportunities primarily in architecture, engineering and construction at an unknown frequency.; the website affirms it is the, “Oldest, largest, and most visited construction job board.” It is free to access the website, but is $395 to post a job and $225 to post news. A/E/C maintains a business listing, allows advertising, offers paid career consultations. It does not have a free email list and is not on social media.
Architectural History Jobs
Architectural History Jobs is one of many similar websites owned and operated as a private business by Jennifer Palmer since 1996. It is active and updated sporadically, typically weekly. The majority of jobs listed appear to come from a government feed, but many are not and some are user submitted. Access, and accounts to post and use the discussion board are free. You can also upload your resume, if you care to. The site allows advertising. Architectural History Jobs is on social media. Architectural History Jobs is associated with the following; ArchaeologyFieldwork.com, CoolOutdoorJobs.com, EnvironmentalJobResource.com, GeoJobsOnline.com, MuseumJobsOnline.com, PaleoJobs.com, and ScienceGeeksJobs.com.
Global Museum International
Global Museum International keeps us updated on wacky international news stories in museum collections, history news, and international collections through their website and social media. Operated as a non-profit since 1998, Global Museum, regularly posts employment opportunities at museums, historical societies, and archives. It is free to view, free to get the e-newsletter, and costs $25 to upload your resume. Non-profits may post for free; other agencies are charged $50. News and events listings do not appear to be user-submitted. Global Museum maintains a paid business listing and has text advertising ($30-$150/month) and image advertising ($100-$400/month), they also promote their own goodies on the website. Global Museum appears to be associated with Global Pandemic News and Dinosaurnews.
Preservation and Conservation Administration News
Preservation and Conservation Administration News is concerned with the preservation and conservation of library and archive materials. Editors, Beth Doyle and Holly Robertson, post to PCAN sporadically but typically have unique content focused on opportunities in university and institutional libraries. The website is free to access, and you can make an account to post your own content relevant to this subject; it also has a comprehensive link list of associated resources.
ArchivesGig is operated by Meredith Lowe and is not affiliated with any institution or agency; it uses the LiveJournal platform and self-describes as “careers, jobs, and internships in the world of Archives & Record Management.” The site is updated regularly, several days a week. Access is free, and ArchivesGig is on Facebook.
LibGig is operated by Patty De Anda Gates, owner at LibGig, LLC based in California, and posts regularly on library employment best-suited for those with MLS or LIS degrees. It does, however, offer some good general advice for our larger career field, but some content appears to be syndicated. Access and posting is free. LigGig is on social media and has an email newsletter.
ShovelBums is owned and operated by R. Joe Brandon as a “community driven freely accessible employment service” focused on jobs and field schools in archaeology, cultural resource management, and anthropology and boasts 15,000 members. ShovelBums is free to use, has an e-newsletter, and is on Facebook. It costs $100 per listing for any entity that makes a profit from the listing, it is free to post academic opportunities, like field schools.
Museum Jobs identifies itself as “A Latitude 56 Company,” all we know is that that mean its a company, but we know it as an international website for museum jobs. It is free to access, but registration is required. The cost to post is $199 per “advert,” for 40 days, and data about the listing is offered at the end of the run.
Museum Employment Resource Center
MERC, as it is known, has operated as a private company since 1996 that, “lists jobs and other information related to the museum, heritage management, and cultural resource communities.” It is free to access the website, they are on social media and there is an RSS feed for latest jobs. It costs $29 to post to MERC, and there are advertising options. MERC maintains a list of all education institutions with museum studies courses.
Geneajobs is operated by Sarah Boehm Davies and is an aggregator of paid and volunteer opportunities in genealogy from employment sources across the web. It is free to access, and free to submit a listing. Geneajobs is on social media and has advertising from national affiliates on page.
H-net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online
H-net is operated by Michigan State University focusing on opportunities in the humanities, history, social sciences, and careers in higher education. It is free to access but registration is required, which also allows access to a discussion board. A fee of $125 is required to post to H-net.
Agencies that Have Job Boards on/in their Websites (21)
The following is an annotated list of organizations, non-profits, professional networks, companies, and educational agencies that have relatively active and comprehensive job boards. Loosely ordered by recognition of the organization, frequency of activity, and relevance to historic preservation.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is America’s membership-based non-profit preservation advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. Their Career Center has all employment opportunities in their organization, including their Main Street program, as well as other positions submitted to them, and is typically updated daily. Access, and posting is free, and the main website has lots of professional and advocacy resources, current issues and news in preservation, along with the Trust’s national advocacy campaigns. That National Trust offers professional development in the form of Leadership Training and public conferences.
Association for Preservation Technology International
APTI is an international membership-based non-profit professional network of preservationists, conservators, and material scientists, with many chapters worldwide. The main organization’s Available Positions website is updated sporadically on a monthly basis, it is free to access. APTI maintains many technical resources online and has a yearly Student Scholar program. We recommended getting in contact with your regional chapter for additional opportunities and to get involved in this great group of professional preservationists.
Society of Architectural Historians
SAH is a membership-based non-profit that supports the work of architectural historians, and publishes research, maintains resources like Archipedia and a database of research and historic images. Access to the SAH Career Center requires a free account; posting costs start at $200/month. There are currently three opportunities listed. Membership starts at $130/year for an individual, which allows access to research, professional development and networking tools, along with perks for events. There are 24 official chapters, and many partner organizations; SAH has a staff of eight and is based in Chicago, IL.
Society for American Archaeology
The Society for American Archaeology is an international membership-based non-profit with a staff of nine and over 7,000 members. They offer online and in-print job listings. Online listings, updated weekly are free to access, but only members receive those in the Archaeological Record, published quarterly. Cost to list with SAA is based on word count, ranging from $55 to $105/month. The Society also has a really nice web section for students that includes award and scholarship opportunities, and beyond that they have a Student Affairs Committee on their Board!
Society for Historical Archaeology
Historical archaeology is really fascinating, its what Histpres co-founder, Laura, does with the National Park Service!
“Historical Archaeology is the study of the material remains of past societies that also left behind documentary and oral histories. This subfield of archaeology studies the emergence, transformation, and nature of the Modern World.”
The Society for Historical Archaeology has some job listings, free to access, updated monthly, but they do have a great webpage and pamphlet on careers in historical archaeology as well as a grad school guide. Posting jobs for employers is free, they also have advertising options for online and in their publications. Members of the organization have access to a members directory and to a discussion board. The Society is a membership-based non-profit based out of Maryland, with support from the University of Montana and the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology.
American Society of Landscape Architects
The American Society of Landscape Architects has a highly developed professional structure and as part of that has something called Joblink, it is where you can view and search for jobs, you can also upload your resume for free if you are a member or $100/bi-monthly for non-members; the listings are updated daily. ASLA charges $300-$1,620 to place job listings depending on length and membership. They have a significant number of resources for professionals, some free, as well as, a RFP board, and scholarship listings. I, personally, really enjoy their The Dirt newsletter a blog about current issues in landscape architecture and cultural landscapes.
American Historical Association
We really appreciate AHA’s commitment to history education and employment;
“As the primary professional association for historians in the United States, the AHA serves as the main clearinghouse for information about jobs, careers, and employment for the historical profession. These services range from advice for the history major pondering their first job out of college to advice, information, and job listings for history PhDs.”
AHA analyzes the offerings of programs and suggesting realistic expectations for prospective students; they maintain a database of doctoral programs in history in North America. Access to the job board is for registered users only, free or with membership. Listing are charged by the word, with a minimum charge of $125 per Job Advertisement. AHA openly sells it’s membership contact information, has advertising in all of its publications, charges $175 for listing in their directory, and solicits sponsorships for events. AHA is a membership-based non-profit with a staff of 18 based in Washington, DC.
Organization of American Historians
The Organization of American Historians has some how trademarked the word COACH, as in, OAH Career COACH, that’s serious, its an acronym for Creating Opportunities for Advancing our Community of Historians. OAH self-identifies part of its mission to advance the profession of American historians beyond academia, to that end, they have several static pages of career suggestion. OAH uses a third-party system to aggregate and publish job listings, there are two jobs available, both are outdated. OAH has paid advertising on their website, in their scholarly publications, and sells their mailing lists. Membership ranges, based on income, from $45 to $200/annually, and OAH has over 7,800 members, and has 29 staff members.
National Council of Public History
The National Council of Public History is a membership-based non-profit that “inspired public engagement with the past” and supports professionals in public history. This mission includes operating a job board focused on history and education, it is updated sporadically on a weekly basis. It is free to use and to submit opportunities. NCPH maintains a list of consultants and offers lots of resource links.
American Institute of Architects
Architects have a very organized, regulated, and supportive professional development program, that is also the process to become a licensed architect, called the Intern Development Program administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. The American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Architecture Students run ARCHCareers.org that has lots of narratives and advice about becoming an architect that preservationists may also find helpful. Employment opportunities, however, are found at the AIA Career Center, free to access, optional account, and is updated daily. Posting to the Career Center ranges from $150/mo to $1,625 for a Recruitment Concierge.
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
ALHFAM is a membership-based professional organization of those that interpret through action and dress the traditions and customs of the past. While many interpreters are volunteer reenactors, there are also advanced apprenticeships available for skills of the past, this spectrum is reflected in their job board. Access is free and public, but listings can only be posted by members, membership range from $30-$250/year. Listings are sporadic typically less than five per month. ALHFAM has interest groups within the organization for specific scopes of interpretation, and has annual conferences.
American Association for State and Local History
AASLH focuses on providing resources to state and local historians, historical societies and museums as a membership-based non-profit with a staff of ten, based in Nashville. Their job board uses third-party software and is update every couple of days. It is free to access with perks for becoming a registered user, posting fees range from $150-$450. The website provides general resources about considering a career in public history that would be of interest to many preservationists working with museums
American Alliance of Museums
The American Alliance of Museums has a base of 21,000 organizations to whom they provide standards, best practices, resources, career development, and advocacy, like Museums Advocacy Day. Their job board is a third-party system, Job Target, and aggregates museum employment nationally into their website with free registration required. Posting a job costs between $250-$7,000. AAM has a special membership range and resources for Emerging Museum Professionals with 15 chapters nationally, along with other career resources, too.
American Planning Association
The American Planning Association is the membership-based professional organizations of planners; APA administers the professional accreditations for planners, has regional chapters, new professional and student divisions. Their main website has a very hearty online job database, and resources about getting started in the planning profession that might be helpful to preservationists, also. It is free to view jobs, but registration is required, you may also upload a resume. Opportunities are paid costing, $50-$250, posting internships is free of cost.
International Centre for the Study of Preservation Restoration of Cultural Property
Also known as ICCROM, focuses on the international practice of heritage conservation, such as art, furniture, book or material conservation or academic research pertaining to conservation theory, and offers new information on a monthly basis, navigate to their archive, and then select Classifieds on the right side bar for current listings. ICCROM has a comprehensive searchable database of training opportunities in heritage conservation, as well as offering their own internships and fellowships. This is the organization for those looking for international, hands-on conservation work in their preservation careers.
Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute is an international membership-based non-profit in the field of real estate. Their Career Center is a link to SelectLeaders Real Estate Job Site Network that is free to view, but requires registration. To post the cost is $50-$500. The ULI website does offer specific leadership and technical training opportunities. ULI has regional chapters and Young Leaders groups with in many of them that offer additional resources and localized opportunities.
Planetizen proclaims itself, “the world’s most popular urban planning website” and is operated by the web development company, Urban Insights, Inc. Planetizen posts jobs in urban planning, architecture and design with free access to users. Posting on Plantizen costs between $99.95-$179.99 per job, $99.95 for events and news, with internships incurring no charge. Planetizen is primarily a blog, has an email subscribtion and is on social media.
Congress for the New Urbanism
“The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.” Jobs in planning, traditional architecture, and economic development are periodically posted by CNU, alongside RFPs for similar work. Access is free, posting is free. There are currently about 20 opportunities listed.
International Downtown Association
Opportunities in downtown or department management, economic development, and planning, can be found at the International Downtown Association website; the majority of jobs are at the management level. They also have a survey salary to collect and analyze data periodically presented in their Salary Report. Posting to the website is $75 for members, and $250 for non-members for 60-days; access is free.
Society of American Archivists
Society of American Archivists is the oldest and largest association for professional archivists that provides resources and support to their members, including posting job opportunities, reports on the profession, and advancing the profession through advocacy. The SAA Online Career Center is free to view, apply through, and to post your resume; free account required. Jobs at historical societies are common here. Employers pay between $150/15 days up to $539/60 days, with frequency and membership discounts available. SAA also maintains a list of archival consultants, free to view, $396/year to be included.
We found ArchNet through Preservenet. It is a joint project of Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and self-describes as, “an international online community of scholars, students, and professionals addressing the built environment in Muslim societies. The aim is to provide a high-quality, globally-accessible, intellectual resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation.” It is free to view the handful of job listings on the website, focused on higher education and research with an international scope. ArchNet does not provide any other employment services.
Educational Institutions with Preservation Job Boards (4)
Many other educational institutions with preservation degree granting programs have advice and suggestions for possible career paths, I didn’t think to link to those while doing this list of job board, but I will! Or you can explore on your own by going through all the schools accredited by the National Council for Preservation Education.
University of Mary Washington, College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Historic Preservation
The preservation program at UMW has presented its program exceptionally well online, and we welcome real-life testimony, but we are impressed with the real-world projects and their Job Bank. You may search the jobs they have posted geographically or by general category, like part-time, internships, and museum, non-profit, etc. It appears to be updated weekly, and submissions are free. UMW hosts the Center for Historic Preservation, and has organized the Undergraduate Historic Preservation Education Symposium, showing a dedication and contribution to advancing preservation education based on data and collaboration with other institutions.
Savannah College of Art + Design, School of Building Arts, Architectural History
SCAD’s Architectural History Department hosts it’s own website, called Exploring the Built Environment, and covers news both in and out of their College, as well as providing resources for employment in Architectural History. In 2012, the Department completed a career survey using 10-years of data including geography, salary, and general duties. The comment thread on this page is active, and is accessible to all. However, the website does not list job opportunities, but calls for papers, scholarships and internships, yes.
The University of Vermont, College of Arts and Sciences, Historic Preservation Program
The University of Vermont has a webpage dedicated to preservation employment that includes advice, an analysis of jobs posted on PreserveNet from 2003 to 2013, and links to some preservation job boards, Histpres excluded. Full-text job listings are infrequently available here too.
George Washington University, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Museum Studies Program
GW’s Museum Studies Program administration hosts a website with a comprehensive list of resources for employment in museum environs.
Agencies that share Internal Opportunities in Preservation (6)
USA Jobs is the official system of the government of the United States to share federal employment opportunities. A free account is required, it allows you to store resumes and applications, and to apply directly through this highly regulated process. USA Jobs offers resources specifically for recent graduates and those looking for internships, too. Smithsonian jobs, for instance, are found on USA Jobs, as well as with other national agencies. State and local government groups also post here, or use their own municipally aligned system for government jobs.
Student Conservation Association
The SCA works with government agencies to fulfill their entry-level/intern needs, focused on conservation, which ranges from open space, water, animals, to historic resources. The type of opportunity also varies, Histpres often reposts those SCA opportunities related to historic preservation, but it’s best to check it out for yourself.
US/ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, based in Washington, DC, has one of the most competitive and sought-after internship programs that is an exchange program with international conservation agencies. The location and project varies annually, but from all accounts, the projects are hands-on, and there is a great camaraderie between the internships, as well as good support from the US/ICOMOS and host organizations.
This alphabet soup is Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, Historic American Landscapes Survey, and Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems. These documentation programs are housed by the National Park Service’s Heritage Documentation Programs and offer employment opportunities each summer; location, project, tasks vary each year. Positions are primarily in conservation, landscapes, planning, and sustainability.
The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
NCPTT was founded to “coordinate and promote research, distribute information, and provide training about preservation skills and technologies” to fulfill a need identified by the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment in 1986 and legislated by amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act in 1992; it us currently associated with the National Park Service and located on Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. They offer grants and detailed, professional-level, research in archaeology, architecture, collections management, engineering, historic landscapes and materials conservation, as well as, summer internships. NCPTT has a staff of 14, a board of directors, and publishes an annual report.
The Brookings Institution is a non-profit organization that produces independent research on a number of public policy topics, those related to preservation include economic development, metropolitan areas, energy and environment, and others. Brookings is a large agency that advertises internal opportunities regularly. Their resources are available and may be of interest to preservation planners, and those working in development, real estate, and urban issues.
General Employment Listings (9)
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Simply Hired
International and Non-US Organizations
See US/ICOMOS above
- International Committee for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement (DOCOMOMO)
- The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage
- Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada
- The Past & Present Society (UK)
- Association for Art Historians (UK)
Federal Level Preservation Agencies (4)
While many of the organizations previously listed are national in scope, the following work at the national level specifically with the federal historic preservation program, either administering, supplementing, or advocacy for improvements.
See also National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, HABS/HEAR/HALS/CRGIS, above
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation was established by the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966 as an independent agency that promotes historic preservation and provides expert guidance to the President and the Congress of the United States. Online ACHP offers detailed information about federal preservation policies, as well as, in-person training sporadically through the year and offers annual internships. Topics unique to the ACHP is a national review of “youth and historic preservation.” ACHP has a staff of over 30, which includes preservation officers in diverse federal offices, and is based out of the National Building Museum, a government owned building, in Washington, DC.
National Park Service
The National Park Service administers the National Register of Historic Places program, as well as National Heritage Landmarks, Heritage Areas Program, and reviews projects applying for the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit. NPS employes preservationists of all types, architects, archaeologists, interpreters, and manages 27,000 historic structures and 66,000 archaeological sites. Guidelines for the treatment of historic properties and professional standards are also part of the Park Service’s work.
National Preservation Institute
NPI is a non-profit organization concerned with providing continued education and training to preservation professional, in the form of workshops, conferences, and the resources available online.
Preservation Action is a grassroots organization that advocates for a more supportive and effective federal preservation program, specifically increasing the allocated level of the Historic Preservation Fund, and improving federal incentives for rehabilitation like the federal historic tax credit. Preservation Action provides educational resources, lobbying techniques, and new analysis of preservation legislation for preservation advocates.
State Historic Preservation Office/Tribal Historic Preservation Office (61)
Each state in the United States, as well as, each territory and recognized tribe are represented by a Historic Preservation Office. The State Historic Preservation Officer can be appointed, say by the Governor, or can be a merit-based position; State Historic Preservation Offices can be incorporated into a statewide organization or museum. Many State Historic Preservation Offices choose to be part of the National Conference of Station Historic Preservation Offices (NCSHPO). The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO) is the non-profit supporting organization of all 136 recognized tribes that have taken on the responsibilities of a Historic Preservation office; the National Park Service also has a Tribal Preservation Program. Funding for SHPO and THPO operations come primarily from the National Preservation Fund administered by the Federal Government on a year-to-year basis, typically $50 million total, though it is legislated up to $150 million. Increasing this level is a main priority of Preservation Action, NCSHPO and NATHPO.
National Conference of State Historic Preservation Offices
NCSHPO is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of member State Historic Preservation Officers on federal matters and facilitates state-to-state communication amongst their staff. The President of NCSHPO is invited to meetings of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. A staff of three is headquartered in Washington, DC guided by a national Board of Directors.
National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
An amendment to the National Historic Preservation Action allows recognized Indian tribes to take on all responsibilities of a State Historic Preservation Office. The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, monitors federal programs that affect any of the 136 recognized Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and provides analysis, research, and support for their member organizations.
We have ordered the State Historic Preservation Offices below by those with the most online resources, specifically for employment, professional development, advocacy and research, and then alphabetically.
State Historic Preservation Offices
Colorado State Historic Preservation Office/Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation/History Colorado
The State of Colorado, Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, is also the Colorado State Historic Preservation Office, currently the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer is also the State Archaeologist. The SHPO office and website are also that of History Colorado, a state-wide preservation non-profit. The CO SHPO posts jobs within their organization and ways to volunteer.
Georgia State Historic Preservation Office
The Georgia State Historic Preservation Office is housed in the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division. Their website has many resources in state policy, procedures, and news under the headings archaeology, community assistance, economic incentives, historic resources, National Register, review and compliance. The GA SHPO offers internships to students, and volunteer opportunities, and they also have a free monthly e-newsletter.
Indiana State Historic Preservation Office
The Indiana State Historic Preservation Offices is housed in the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. They maintain a great state-wide database called Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database, and have a free e-newsletter. Volunteers are accepted.
Iowa State Historic Preservation Office
We thank the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office for the clearest explanation of their organizational structure; “Iowa’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is part of the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division within the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Our mission is to identify, preserve, and protect Iowa’s historic resources.” They accept volunteersv.
Kansas State Historic Preservation Office
The Kansas Historic Preservation Office is housed in the state-operated Kansas Historical Society, having a joint website means that they have lots of resources on technical assistance, qualified consultants, as well as advocacy and news. Check out back issues of their print newsletter, Kansas Preservation. The KS SHPO posts internal jobs, internships, and ways to volunteer.
Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office
The Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office is also known as the Kentucky Heritage Council, the State Historic Preservation Officer is also the Executive Director of Kentucky Heritage Council. This SHPO has all of the typical resources plus content specific to African American, Native American, Military cultural preservation, and summaries of preservation projects organized by Congressional district. KY SHPO also shares some advice for those looking for employment in preservation.
Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office
The State of Louisiana, Office of Cultural Development, Division of Historic Preservation, Office of Historic Preservation houses the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office. Resources online include those regarding legislation, compliance, tax credits, grants, as well as, Lousiana-specific architectural resources, and a state-wide map of cultural resources. The Office shares internal employment opportunities.
North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office
The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office reminds us that content trumps design, and provides many resources online beyond the typical including a map of all of the state-wide maps of cultural resources and historic preservation commissions, disaster resources, tobacco barns, and the Trust’s favorites, Rosenwald Schools, as well as, specific resources for the basics. NC SHPO has a blog separate from their main website.
Ohio State Historic Preservation Office
Ohio Historical Society houses the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office. Interesting projects of the SHPO includes the Building Doctor that makes house calls for technical services, supporting an online mapping system, and a state-wide directory of preservation organizations. The OH SHPO posts jobs within their office, internal internships, and ways to volunteer.
Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office is within the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and shares the typical resources as long as those specific to historic trails, cemeteries, and like the National Park Service publishing briefs on common issues in technical preservation in Oregon.
South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office
South Carolina Department of Archives and History houses the State Historic Preservation Office. The website has many resources and seven that take advance of the web, including a state-wide GIS map, a database of surveys, nominations, historical markers, and three methods of online research. The Department has a staff of 21, offers internships, and is based in a brand new building Columbia.
Texas State Historic Preservation Office
The Texas State Historic Preservation Office is within the Texas Historical Commission (we think), “The Texas Historical Commission includes divisions and departments dedicated to overseeing the many agency programs.” And that is true by the looks of their website. There are some interesting resources like those for marine heritage, cemeteries, highways, and the Holocaust. The staff of more than 115 is based in Austin; job postings, internships, volunteer opportunities.
Washington State Historic Preservation Office
The Washington State Historic Preservation Office is within the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and has a great looking website with several specific resources like Washington Information System for Architectural and Archaeological Records Data, those for sustainability, and hosts How To videos and powerpoints. There is a staff of 18 based on Olympia, and posts internal employment opportunities.
Good Resources American Samoa State Historic Preservation Office, Alabama, Arizona, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah Some Resources California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming General Information Republic of Palau Not Currently Online Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Preservation Organizations and Initiatives by Resource Type, Style or Era
See Vernacular Architecture Forum above
See International Committee for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement (DOCOMOMO) above
- Recent Past Preservation Network
- Mid-Century Mundane
- Modern Committee
Los Angeles Conservancy
- Save the Worldport
- Modern Architecture Preservation Project
The University of Arizona
- Mid-Century Modern Architectural Resources
Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
- Save Outdoor Sculpture
Smithsonian American Art Museum and Heritage Preservation
- “Modern and Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture Conservation: Challenges and Advances“
The Getty Conservation Institute
- Cemetery Preservation
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
- Cemetery Preservation Seminar
National Preservation Institute
- Association for Maritime Preservation
- Information Sheet #42: Maritime Preservation
National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Maritime Preservation
Washington State Historic Preservation Office
See also The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage above
- Society for Industrial Archaeology
- Industrial Heritage Committee
- Greenfield, MA
- Preserving the Historic Road
- National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges
- Bridge Hunter
- Old Bridge Preservation Society
Sunset Beach, NC
- Midwest Speedway Preservation Society
- Bowling Green Speedway Preservation Society
The Cultural Landscape Foundation
The Cultural Landscape Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to creating awareness for cultural landscapes in America, it was found in 1998 by Charles Birnbaum, who is the current President of the organization. Their resource and publications are exceptional, and available at no cost.
The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land is a partner in many conservation projects nationally, and they often promote opportunities for those projects on their own website.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference is a professional organization that has a job board focused opportunities in archives, libraries, and with collections. There are no dates on their posts, but access is free.