Below are some preservation resources that you may hear mentioned in the podcast. Universities, libraries and state historic preservation offices are also good sources of local information. If you have any specific questions about locating a resource please reach out to us!
New Orleans Resources
“Our mission is to promote the preservation, restoration, and revitalization of New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods.”
“The Vieux Carré Commission (VCC) protects, preserves, and maintains the distinct architectural, historic character, and zoning integrity of the Vieux Carré as mandated by the Louisiana State Constitution, the City Charter, the City Code and the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.”
“To preserve the Vieux Carré as a national treasure, to maintain its quaint and distinctive character and to achieve in that historic, living neighborhood a quality of life which can be enjoyed by residents, fellow citizens, businesses and visitors.”
“The Louisiana Landmarks Society is a non-profit 501(C)3 preservation advocacy organization, established in 1950. With founders such as Samuel Wilson, Jr. and Martha Robinson, Landmarks rapidly defined preservation advocacy in New Orleans by leading the charge to preserve Gallier Hall in 1950 and defeat the proposed Riverfront Expressway a decade later. Today, the spirit of the organization’s founders lives on in Landmarks’ annual “New Orleans’ 9 Most Endangered” listing of at-risk historic properties. Landmarks’ preservation activities restored the c. 1799 Pitot House to its Creole West Indies colonial charm and current use as a site for preservation education.
Focusing their efforts to the New Orleans area, Landmarks' mission is to promote historic preservation through education, advocacy and operation of the Pitot House.”
“Tulane University’s archival program is one of the oldest in the state of Louisiana. On May 3, 1889, Mrs. L. Dolhonde presented to the Charles T. Howard Memorial Library a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to M. duPlantier of New Orleans. The Louisiana Research Collection still preserves that letter, and has since collected almost three linear miles of archival records that document the breadth of Louisiana life from the colonial period to the present day. Included among our holdings are the papers of governors, statesmen, and soldiers, as well Southern ladies and suffragettes. We collect the papers of artists and writers, free people of color, merchants, breweries, prominent Louisiana businesses, ministers and congregations, LGBT activist groups, and much, much more.”
“NCPTT helps preservationists find better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. It conducts research and testing in its own laboratories, provides cutting edge training around the U.S., and supports research and training projects at universities and nonprofits. NCPTT pushes the envelope of current preservation practice by exploring advances in science and technology in other fields and applying them to issues in cultural resources management.”
“Technical Preservation Services develops historic preservation policy and guidance on preserving and rehabilitating historic buildings, administers the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program for rehabilitating historic buildings, and sets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.”
“The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archaeological resources.”
“The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. We are the cause that inspires Americans to save the places where history happened. The cause that connects us to our diverse pasts, weaving a multi-cultural nation together. The cause that transforms communities from places where we live into places that we love. As the leading voice for preservation, we are the cause for people saving places.”