Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 19, Number 38, October 14, 2016 →

NPS Releases First National Study on LGBTQ History

This week the National Park Service (NPS), Department of Interior (DOI), and the Gil Foundation announced the release of a new NPS theme study dedicated to identifying and recognizing historic places and events that shaped LGBTQ history. This theme study is an important step toward in recognizing the sites and stories of the LGBTQ civil rights movement, by providing a framework for important places and events to be permanently recognized and protected. The study contains 32 chapters and looks at different aspects and times of LGBTQ history, from native Hawaiians to the Stonewall uprising.

The LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History is part of a larger effort of the Obama administration, through the NPS, to tell a more complete American story. Over the last few years the administration has made a concerted effort to tell the story of often underrepresented groups, by permanently recognizing and protecting places that tell their story. This past summer, President Obama named the Stonewall Inn in New York City, the site of a police raid and subsequent protest that became a turning a point in the struggle for LGBTQ civil rights, a National Monument. The Obama administration also recognized the Henry Gerber house in Chicago as a National Historic Landmark and 8 other LGBTQ sites were added to the National Register of Historic Places.

“In 2016 the National Park Service is marking our centennial anniversary and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act on October 15 with a renewed commitment to share a more complete history of our nation with the next generation of Americans,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Through heritage initiatives like the LGBTQ theme study, the National Park Service is commemorating the inspiring stories of minorities and women who have made significant contributions to our nation’s history and culture.”

October 15th Marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act

Preservation50 Official Launch Reception. Photo Courtesy of Preservation50

Preservation50 Official Launch Reception. Photo Courtesy of Preservation50

This Saturday, October 15th, will officially mark the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark legislation into law on October 15th 1966. Preservation50 has led the effort to recognize and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NHPA all year long and that effort continues. Check out some of the upcoming key events that mark the anniversary of the NHPA, and add your own upcoming events to the page. October 15th also marks the deadline of two Preservation50’s signature initiatives, the ARCUS fellowship program and the Preservation50 photo contest.

Submit your application for the ARCUS fellowship program, a leadership development program designed to train the next generation of the heritage preservation movement. The fellowship includes online courses from heritage, preservation, and leadership professionals, as well as an in-person gathering at the National Preservation Conference next month in Houston, TX. Applications are due tomorrow, Oct. 15th.

Submit pictures of your favorite historic places for Preservation50’s National Photo Contest today! Preservation50 will feature the top 5 photos in each category on their website and the top 3 photos overall will receive a cash prize. To enter just photograph your favorite historic places and share your photo on Instagram, using #P50Photo. Also comment why this place is special to you and which category you are entering. The photo contest categories are inspiring places, endangered places, underrepresented places, and cultural landscapes. The submission deadline is tomorrow, Oct. 15th.

Join Preservation Action During the National Preservation Conference as We Celebrate Houston

flyer-houston-webJoin Preservation Action for an exciting event in Houston, TX coinciding with the National Preservation Conference on November 17th from 7pm-9pm at the Treebeards Restaurant. Join us in a Celebration of Houston and the recent dramatic surge of downtown historic building rehabilitation. Take in the spectacular views of downtown from the balcony and enjoy a classic Southern Style Cajun buffet at Treebeards Restaurant, located in a historic, circa 1861 building on Market Square. Learn from Anna Mod, a historic presentation specialist at SWCA Environmental Consultants in Houston, about the full range of historic tax credit rehabilitation projects she is currently involved with, including The Texas Company (Texaco) and the Houston Fire Museum. Following her presentation, Minnette Boesel, whose real estate firm led in specialization in downtown residential properties, will provide the context for the redevelopment of the Market Square area and the role of Treebeards in that story.

The buffet dinner is free for Preservation Action members. Not a member? Admission will be $40, which includes an individual Preservation Action annual membership. The buffet is a fabulous Cajun style dinner including red beans and rice, jambalaya and dessert. Cash Bar.

Reservations are required. You can make reservations or purchase tickets online at Admission will also be available at the door, space permitting. Email Rob Naylor at with any questions.

Reserve Your Spot Today!

National News

US Forest Service: “US Forest Service Celebrates Historic Preservation Milestone

Stories From Around the States

California: “Sites of LGBT History Move Toward National Landmark Status

Virginia: “Nearing End of His Tenure, Richmond Mayor Proposes Slave History Preservation

Tennessee: “Music Row’s Development Freeze Could End Soon





Leave a Comment