July 28, 2015

National Register Guide, Episode 5: Basics of the Nomination Form

As fantastic as it is, the National Register of Historic Places can get a little confusing -- even for a seasoned pro. But fear not, because the PreservationNation blog has teamed up with Jim Gabbert, a historian with the National Park Service, to create our National Register Guide.

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Episode Five of our National Register Guide covers the basics of the National Register nomination form.

Episode Four of our National Register of Historic Places Guide explained some of the less tangible reasons why listing a property on the National Register is important, and how listing a property can affect a community’s perception of itself.

Episode Five dives into the basics of filling out a National Register nomination form, and answers questions like:

  • Do I need to be an expert in history or historic preservation to complete a National Register nomination form?
  • What is the purpose of the National Register nomination form?
  • What information is included on the National Register nomination form?
  • What is the main focus of the National Register nomination form?
  • Is the National Register nomination form just a history of the property?


You can also access a step-by-step guide to completing the National Register nomination form here.

We hope you enjoy the show.

Special thanks to the President Woodrow Wilson House for filming accommodations.

David Weible is the content specialist at the National Trust, previously with Preservation and Outside magazines. His interest in historic preservation was inspired by the ‘20s-era architecture, streetcar neighborhoods, and bars of his hometown of Cleveland.

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