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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 25, August 04, 2017 →

Action Alert: Schedule a Meeting or Site Visit During the August Recess


Congress will be on recess from July 31st to September 4th. Contact your members of Congress today and request an in-district/in-state meeting or site-visit!

Congress is expected to begin their summer recess soon. This is the best chance of the year to meet with your members of Congress or invite them to tour a historic tax credit project in their district/state. It is critical that lawmakers hear from preservationists during the recess. We need to insure that historic preservation is a priority.

Historic Tax Credit

Tax reform is quickly becoming the top legislative priority for Congress, and based on previous draft proposals, like the Tax Reform Blueprint, the future of the Historic Tax Credit is at risk. Congressional leaders have committed to producing tax reform legislation by the end of the year and in the aftermath of the Senate healthcare votes, congressional leaders indicated a pivot towards tax reform. This makes the August recess (July 31st to September 4th) the best time to reach members of Congress before tax reform legislation is released. House members will again be in-district Sept. 17-23 and Senators Sept. 20-23. We need your help to protect the HTC!



  • Invite your members of Congress to attend an in-district/in-state meeting or tour a completed or planned HTC project. Showing members of Congress rehabilitated historic buildings is one of the most effective ways to demonstrate the value of the HTC. Also be sure to tie in the important role SHPOs and THPOs (funded by the Historic Preservation Fund) play in administering the HTC. If your member of Congress is unavailable, it is absolutely still valuable to meet with their staff. Check out this excellent guide for more information on arranging a congressional site visit and a sample meeting request letter. If you need any assistance arranging a site visit or meeting contact Rob Naylor at Preservation Action (rnaylor@preservationaction.org). Also be sure share stories and photos from your site visits with us on Facebook and Twitter!


  • Encourage your Representative and Senator to sign on as a cosponsor to the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act (H.R 1158S. 425). This bill would make several changes to improve and enhance the HTC. Signing on as a cosponsor is a great way for members of congress to demonstrate their support for the HTC. So far H.R 1158 is up to 73 cosponsors and S. 425 is up 12 cosponsors. If your members of congress already signed on as a cosponsor, be sure to thank them for their support!



National Park Service Releases Reconstruction Era Theme Study

The National Park Service (NPS) recently published a theme study looking at nationally significant historic properties associated with the post Civil War Reconstruction era. The report titled, “The Era of Reconstruction, 1861-1900” , helps to tell lesser known stories of the reconstruction era, and identify historic properties that could become new National Historic Landmarks. Identification and recognition of these sites help us to tell a more complete American story.

“Discovering the lesser known stories of the Reconstruction Era and identifying places and people who impacted our collective American story is the result of two years of dedicated work by historians, field practitioners, and subject matter experts,” Dr. Joy Beasley, National Park Service Acting Associate Director for Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science said of the study.

Many of the sites and resources identified in this study contributed to the the designation of the Reconstruction Era National Monument. The Reconstruction Era National Monument was established by President Obama in January of this year, recognizing 4 nationally significant sites near Beaufort, South Carolina.

Attend the Living Heritage Symposium, Sept. 6-8, in San Antonio

SA Living Heritage SymposiumHow can preservation be the heart of sustainable urban development?

The San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation invites heritage professionals, policy-makers, academics, and grassroots preservationists from around the world to assemble in San Antonio to answer that question and produce new ideas for managing living heritage in historic cities.

The Living Heritage Symposium takes place September 6 – 8 in the historic Bexar County Courthouse. Join us in San Antonio as we draft action steps to protect culturally significant properties and the legacies and traditions association with them. For more information, visit the symposium website.

Save the Date! Preservation Action Foundation After Party and Auction Returns Nov. 15th

PastFoward 2017We’re excited to announce the revival of our annual benefit auction with the Preservation Action Foundation’s After Party and Auctionon November 15, 2017 from 830pm-1030pm during the National Preservation Conference in Chicago, IL! The annual auction had long been a highlight for Preservation Action and of the National Preservation Conference. The After Party and Auction will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15th at the Cliff Dwellers Club on the 22nd floor of the Borg-Warner building in Chicago. The event will held from 8pm-10pm following the Opening Reception of the National Preservation Conference at the Field Museum. Please save the date, and stay tuned for more details!

If your interested in donating an item to be auctioned off during the National Preservation Conference email Rob Naylor at rnaylor@preservationaction.org. Ideal auction items include hotel stays, tours of historic sites, or other unique experiences. We’d love to feature your city or state at our annual auction! Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Registration for the National Preservation Conference Now Open

PastFoward 2017, the National Preservation Conference hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will be held Nov. 14-17 in Chicago, IL. Check out the conference website for more information. Register today!

National News

National Park Service: “National Park Service Awards $1.2 Million in Battlefield Planning Grants

Department of Interior: “Secretary Zinke Recommends No Modifications to Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

Stories From Around the States

Virginia: “Another Federal Lawsuit Filed Over Dominion’s James River Transmission Line

Michigan: “Hamtramck Stadium Takes Next Step in Preservation and Restoration

Pennsylvania: “A Beginner’s Guide to Historic Preservation in Philadelphia

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