Our Cause

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America’s historic places for the next generation. We take direct, on-the-ground action when historic buildings and sites are threatened. We advocate with governments to save America’s heritage. We help the nation’s 15 million local preservationists take action, creating more vibrant, sustainable communities in the process. We strive to create a cultural legacy as diverse as the nation itself.

What We Do:

  • Provide millions of dollars in financial assistance every year
  • Advocate for national and local preservation policies
  • Revitalize neighborhoods, main streets, and communities
  • Support statewide and local partners saving places from coast to coast
  • Promote cultural and heritage tourism to historic destinations
  • Steward 29 beloved National Trust Historic Sites

Why Partner With Us:

  • We lead the effort to protect Civil War sites, such as Wilderness Battlefield and Fort Monroe.
  • We spotlight threatened buildings and landscapes with our 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list.
  • We preserve Modernist icons, such as Philip Johnson’s Glass House.
  • We save irreplaceable places with our innovative National Treasures program.
  • We galvanize more than 300,000 members and supporters with action alerts and online campaigns.
  • We protect diverse places—from historic schools built by and for African Americans to sacred Native American sites.