Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois

photo by: Mike Crews

We're In This Together

Look to our history for courage, comfort, and inspiration. Check out the resources below.

The mission of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is to enrich lives by saving our past, and now more than ever, we look to our history for courage, comfort, and inspiration. For the last 70-plus years, the National Trust has helped to orient the nation by connecting people to the places that reflect our history, our culture, and our communities, and we must—and we will—continue that essential purpose through this challenging period.

We've assembled this collection of resources to help our community, whether you are missing a visit to a favorite historic place, concerned about supporting your local businesses, or struggling as a parent to keep your family engaged with learning. We'll continue to update this page as new resources become available.

Nothing can replace the experience of walking through a historic place, but we look forward to welcoming you again when this global outbreak recedes.

Experience Historic Places, Virtually

Many historic sites across the country are temporarily closed or significantly curtailing hours and public events. While it might not be possible to visit these places in person, many offer virtual tours.

Shop Local, Shop Safe

Here are some ideas from Main Street America for how you can support your favorite local independent businesses, even if they are temporarily closed or offering reduced service.

  • Buy a gift card
  • Shop over the phone
  • Put an item on hold
  • Shop online
  • Leave a review
  • Promote on social media
  • Maintain subscriptions

Download this graphic to share on your social accounts. Use #SupportLocalSafely when posting.

If you are a business owner, head over to the Main Street America website for more resources, opportunities, and community response examples.

We've also assembled a range of resources for preservationists, museums, and historic sites over on Preservation Leadership Forum.

On the Lighter Side

  • Fill your home office (or home) with tunes from one of our historic preservation-themed playlists on Spotify.
  • At the end of the day, settle on the couch with some popcorn and watch one of these preservation-themed movies (or one of these).
  • If you are looking for a new book, fiction or nonfiction, check out our thematic reading lists.
  • Add a new podcast to your listening list. Here are some suggestions to search for on your preferred platform:
    • Conversations at the Washington Library
    • Curious City
    • Getty Art + Ideas
    • Old House Love, Archives in Context
    • Practical Preservation
    • PreserveCast
    • Sidedoor
    • Smithsonian’s Air Space
    • True Tales from Old House

For Parents and Caregivers

We know lots of schools are temporarily closed or shifting to online learning. We've found some history and preservation resources hosted by some of our favorite museums and partners.

Please note, this page doesn’t provide medical information. Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or your local health department for the latest updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19).