March 24, 2008

Book Review - Federal Historic Preservation Laws

Federal Historic Preservation Laws: The Official Compilation of U.S. Cultural Heritage Statutes
2006 ed.
U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service
KF 4310 .A3 2006

This fourth version of Federal Historic Preservation Laws contains twenty-four statutes that are key to historic preservation and the protection of American cultural heritage. Because there are so many programs and agencies which are involved in historic and cultural preservation efforts, there are additional laws not included in this collection which are also relevant in this field. Developed over the course of the 20th century, cultural preservation in the United States began with the establishment of the National Park Service, and has since broadened its application to other public lands, communities, structures, and objects. This book arranges the laws chronologically so that this developmental process is readily apparent. This book serves as a starting point for those interested in preservation issues as well as a guide to finding additional federal government information on this topic.