Then, Now, and What Comes Next

The field of preservation as we know it today began as a reaction to post-war urban renewal policies, but the idea that our historic resources should be protected was nothing new. The passing of the Antiquities Act in 1906, formation of the National Park Service in 1916, and creation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1949 were all important milestones in the preservation movement. However, by the mid-twentieth century, there was still not widespread public awareness for the cause of preservation.

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