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Historic Tacoma
Historic Tacoma's mission is to "promote, conserve and enhance Tacoma's architectural character."  We use three strategies to accomplish that mission: education, advocacy and preservation. 

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Advocacy and assistance organization for historic preservation in Washington State.  Maintains the Most Endangered in Washington list. 

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Primary national level advocacy and assistance organization for historic preservation.

Preservation Action!
Preservation Action is the only preservation oriented grassroots lobby. 

Historic Preservation Programs and Technical Resources

National Park Service
Administers the Federal Government's cultural resources programs.  Provides a large number of links to technical information, Park Service programs, and other items of interest.

National Register of Historic Places
Provides an overview of the National Register of Historic Places, listing procedure, criteria, and more.

Technical Preservation Services
Technical articles and resources useful for those rehabilitating or maintaining historic buildings. Includes recommended approaches to restoration, energy retrofitting, ADA accessibility, painting, masonry restoration, etc.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Provides oversight of the National Register of Historic Places, Section 106, national information resource for historic preservation.

Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
Maintains Washington Heritage Register, historic places inventory of Washington State, administers National Trust for Washington, coordinates the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit program, archaeological data, CLG program.

National Trust Mainstreet Program
Program developed by the National Trust to create economic development and historic preservation strategies for historic business districts.

Other Historic Preservation Programs in Washington

Washington State Certified Local Government Program

City of Seattle Historic Preservation Program
City of Spokane Historic Preservation Program
Clark County Historic Preservation Program

Financial Incentives

Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives

Historical Research

Tacoma Public Library
Information and archives relating to Tacoma history, including census data, city directories, maps, media collections, etc. Also maintains the Pierce County Buildings Index, and online searchable database.

Tacoma Historical Society
Nonprofit organization dedicated to the research and preservation of Tacoma history.

University of Washington Manuscripts and Special Collections
Photographs, maps, rare books, and documents relating to Washington State history.

Puget Sound Regional Archives
Repository for government records from Washington State, including tax rolls, property assessment, and maps.

Online searchable database of articles relating to Puget Sound history. Frequently updated.


Karpeles Manuscript Museum
Washington State History Museum