National Register of Historic Places in America
- Margaret Moore Booker
Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, it is the official list of the historic places of state, local and national significance worthy of preservation in the USA. Administered by the National Park Service under the Secretary of the Interior (see National Park System in America), the National Register of Historic Places has done much to aid and expand the preservation movement in America by coordinating and supporting public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect the country’s unique places. Perhaps most important of all, it has saved many a historic property from destruction.
The national historic preservation movement, which led to the creation of the Preservation Act and the National Register, was organized in response to the destruction of older buildings and neighborhoods in many historic towns and cities in post-World War II America. Much of the destruction in the 1950s and early 1960s was due to the building of the massive interstate highway system and the Urban Redevelopment Program (part of the federal Housing Act of ...