May is Historic Preservation Month!

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This May, how will you support historic preservation efforts at federal, state, and local levels?

We’ve got a couple ideas and need your help!

1. Encourage your Congressmembers to sign on to the Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Letters

The U.S. Senate and House are now circulating a dear colleague letter which requests funding for the Historic Preservation Fund for FY25 in the amount of $225 million!

The Senate letter is co-led once again by Senators Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cassidy (R-LA) & the House letter is again co-led by Congressmen Blumenauer (D-OR) and Turner (R-OH).

Each letter requests FY 2025 HPF funding as follows:

$70 million for State Historic Preservation Offices
$40 million for the Save America’s Treasures grant program
$34 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
$28 million for African American Civil Rights History Grants
$17 million for Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants
$13 million for Grants to Historically Black Colleges & Universities
$11 million for the Semiquincentennial grant program to preserve historical sites commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the U.S.
$7 million for History of Equal Rights Grants
FY 2025 Dear Colleague letter requests

MAKE YOUR IMPACT by contacting your U.S. Senate and U.S. House offices and request their signature on the FY 2025 HPF Dear Colleague Letter.

Senate Details
House Details

2. Spread the Word – May Congressional Briefing

On May 14th from noon-1 pm et Congressmembers and their staff are invited to a lunchtime briefing on Historic Preservation!

Attendees will hear directly from folks on the forefront of preservation policy and learn more about the past, present, and future of historic preservation.

Please encourage your Congressional offices to RSVP to learn more about the federal preservation program and including the work of SHPOs & THPOs; preservation grant programs; and historic tax credits.

3. Find More Ways to Celebrate Historic Preservation Month

  • See if your SHPO has any events planned (don’t forget to check out ongoings for your local statewide and local preservation nonprofits as well as municipal preservation offices)