Adina De Zavala standing outside the Spanish Governor's Palace

photo by: San Antonio Light Photograph Collection/UTSA Special Collections/ITC

Our History

Explore the diverse pasts that weave our multicultural nation together

The rich tapestry of American history occurred at places as diverse and fascinating as the people who shaped, witnessed, and experienced that history.

Through its work the National Trust seeks to preserve those places and tell the stories of all Americans. We hope that you'll explore our site to expand your view about what is worth saving and discover our nation's multicultural, multilayered past.

If you want to share your own story, then take moment to tell us about the places that matter most to you.

Want to do even more? Then take action to join us in the preservation of sites that are important to us all.

“At its most basic, preservation is about protecting places that matter to each of us. We want our children to know these places. We want them to stand as beacons for us and for those who come after us—to tell our stories, and the stories of our communities and our lives.”

Stephanie K. Meeks

Our Heritage: African-American History

The ongoing struggle for justice and civil rights has taken place in cities and communities across America, often in humble or unexpected settings.

Our Heritage: Native American History

American history begins not with the first European settlers, but with the people who lived here for centuries before: Native Americans.

Our Heritage: Women's History

It's time to celebrate fascinating American women—many of whom have not gotten the attention they deserve. Learn about their remarkable role in American history.

Our Heritage: LGBT History

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) history has many places, events, and people connected to it, yet these sites and voices are not always recognized or preserved.