We believe all Americans deserve to see their history in the places that surround us. Yet just a small fraction of the sites on the National Register of Historic Places represent women and people of color. As a nation, we have work to do to fill in the gaps of our cultural heritage.
That’s why the National Trust for Historic Preservation shines a long-overdue spotlight on generations of trailblazers by saving the places where they raised their voices, took their stands, and found the courage to change the world
Thanks to the support of people like you, we can tell a fuller American story. It’s a story that does justice to the contributions of women, people of color, and all Americans in shaping our nation and leading us forward. And it’s a story that stirs us all to take pride in our shared heritage and inspires us to create an even more perfect union for generations to come.
On April 7, 2002, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to 80 organizations across 39 states. The Telling the Full History Preservation Fund was made possible through a one-time National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant program funded through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.
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The National Trust knows that preservation must tell the stories of every American. From places that had thrived for hundreds of years before the arrival of European settlers, to communities that are being energized in the 21st century by new immigrants, the places we save are as diverse as the people they matter to.
Native American History
American history begins not with the first European settlers, but with the people who lived here for centuries before: Native Americans.
Asian and Pacific Islander American History
Throughout much of American history, Asians and Pacific Islanders have left an indelible mark on the events and places that make up our common experience.
Latino and Hispanic American History
Hispanic and Latino Americans have a long and rich history in the United States, as wide-ranging places from the Palace of the Governors to Miami Marine Stadium show us.
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.
Our American Stories