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Programs > An Introduction to the National Register Program
 

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What is the National Register of Historic Places?

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The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archaeological resources. For a general overview of the program, please take a look at www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/brochure/

For more information on the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended) please check out www.achp.gov/nhpa.html. To review the Federal regulations for the National Register program, log onto www.nps.gov/history/nr/regulations.htm.

What is the difference between the State Register and the National Register?

Properties listed on the National Register are also eligible for listing on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. The Division of Historical Resources also recognizes that there are properties important to the citizens of New Hampshire that may not be eligible for the National Register but are still worthy of recognition and preservation. The New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places is one part of the state's efforts to recognize and encourage the identification and protection of historical, architectural, archaeological and cultural resources. These irreplaceable resources may be buildings, districts, sites, landscapes, structures or objects that are meaningful in the history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or traditions of New Hampshire residents and communities. The State Register is administered by the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources (NHDHR), which is the state's Historic Preservation Office. Listing on the State Register of Historic Places is one of several ways to acknowledge a property's historical significance. A property may also qualify for the National Register of Historic Places, be designated a National Historic Landmark, be part of a local historic district, or recognized in a local or regional master plan. Property owners interested in the State Register only should contact the State Survey Coordinator for more information. Property owners interested in listing their property to both the National and State Registers should contact the National Register Coordinator. For more information on the State Register of Historic Places, please check out www.nh.gov/nhdhr/programs/state_register.html.

What is the difference between listing on the National Register and National Historic Landmarks?

Landon House Portsmouth

National Historic Landmarks are those properties that have been designated by the Secretary of the Interior as having exceptional value or quality in illustrating and or interpreting our national heritage. Properties listed as National Historic Landmarks are also listed to the National Register. Less then 2500 properties are listed as National Historic Landmarks nationwide. More information on the National Historic Landmarks program can be found at www.nps.gov/history/nhl.

 

 

 

For More information on the National Register, call (603)271-3583 or e-mail Peter Michaud, National Register, Preservation Tax Incentives, & Easements Coordinator

 
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