Aerial view of Lyndhurst

photo by: Clifford Pickett

Saving America's Historic Sites

Connecting Americans to our past, and to one another.

  • Coronavirus Response

    Many historic sites and museums are temporarily closed or are significantly curtailing hours and public events in response to the coronavirus. We encourage you to check directly with each site or museum for up-to-date information before planning a visit.

  • Resources for You

    We've assembled this collection of resources to help our community stay engaged with the places we love as we weather this crisis.

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America’s historic sites are irreplaceable. From icons of architecture to birthplaces of activists, historic sites are physical reminders of the diversity of our experiences and the history we share. They can celebrate our triumphs. Or challenge us to confront the harsh realities of our past.

But America’s historic places can’t be replaced once they are destroyed. That’s why the National Trust for Historic Preservation works every day to save them. With the support of people like you, the National Trust takes direct action in the courts and in Congress to save threatened places. We provide millions in grant funding to restore them. And we empower Americans to campaign for threatened historic sites in their own communities.

The story of places is the story of all of us. With your help, the National Trust can connect Americans to their past and to each other—and help inspire a better tomorrow.

#TrustSites: National Trust Historic Sites

The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects and promotes historic places, including a diverse collection of 27 sites open to the public. When you visit a historic site, you learn from their stories and help keep history alive.

#SavingPlaces: National Treasures

With the support of thousands of local preservationists and preservation professionals from coast to coast, the National Trust is identifying endangered National Treasures—irreplaceable buildings, landscapes, and communities—and taking action to save them.

#11Most: America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Since 1988, the National Trust has used this annual list to raise awareness about the threats facing some of the nation's greatest treasures. The list, which has identified more than 300 sites to date, has been so successful in galvanizing preservation efforts that only a handful of sites have been lost.

Take Action for Preservation

The National Trust frequently turns to grassroots supporters like you to help effect change at the local, state, and federal level. This includes advocating for preservation funding, saving historic places, and influencing key legislation that protects our country’s heritage.