Historical Resources

Historic Preservation

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What is Preservation?

The Webster dictionary defines “preserve”: to keep something in its original state or good condition; to keep something safe from harm or loss; to prevent from decaying. Generally speaking, historic preservation is to protect and maintain our cultural heritage for future generations. Below are links to the leading organizations of historic preservation.

Economic Impact of Historic Preservation:

Protect of Historic Properties:

Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places:

Legislation to protect historic sites:


Other links in Historic Preservation:

Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, and one of the most effective preservation advocacy groups in the country.  Although known for their admirable collection of well-preserved house museums, they offer a range of Preservation information, including their services, stewardship and easements, practical building conservation techniques, and general information about the pros, cons, and possibilities of preservation.

Maine Preservation Protect & Sell Program

The Protect & Sell Program for historic properties, formerly known as the Revolving Fund Program, matches owners interested in rehabilitating historic buildings with unique properties across Maine. Protect & Sell works with buildings at least 50 years old, which enter the program either by donation or by Maine Preservation securing an option-to-purchase the property. The Protect & Sell Program provides peace of mind to individuals who are seeking to sell their historic properties but who are concerned about safeguarding the building’s future.

Maine Preservation Easements

A preservation easement is when a non-profit organization holds a partial interest in a property and provides for the preservation of its historically significant features. In Maine, Maine Preservation holds preservation easements.

Maine Preservation Tax Incentives

The State of Maine, as well as the Federal Government, offers tax credits and other tax incentives to property owners whose property meets the National Register of Historic Properties criteria and is scheduled for undergoing renovation.

Historic Preservation Standards

To help protect and keep our country’s irreplaceable cultural resources, the Secretary of the Interior has guidelines and standards for the treatment of historic properties. Depending on the future plans for each resource, the Secretary of the Interior has issued standards for craftsmen, property owners, and other professionals to follow in order to preserve the character and significant features of each historic property.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation advises both the US Congress and the President on historic preservation issues. They work to education, inform, and coordinate historic preservation efforts with community members, and local, state, and national leaders.