National Historic Preservation Act, October 15, 1966
In continuation of the Progressive Era’s commitment to preservation, Congress enacted the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in 1966 to safeguard historic properties and other national treasures. The act promotes the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of the nation’s diverse historic resources. It also authorized the creation of a National Register of Historic Places, an official listing of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed significant in U.S. history, architecture, archaeology, and culture. The act ensures that these cultural assets are considered in the planning of federal projects and encourages historic preservation by state and local governments, as well as by the private sector.
General Records of the U.S. Government, National Archives and Records Administration
The U.S. Constitution states that “The Congress shall have Power…To make all Laws.” The original laws enacted by Congress are preserved at the National Archives. This page highlights some of the most historically significant laws Congress has passed throughout the nation’s history.