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National Trust for Historic Preservation The National Trust for Historic Preservation is the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of America’s historic places. Through programs like “11 Most Endangered Places” and the “Main Street Center” as well as an annual conference series, the National Trust provides individuals and communities throughout the United States with the legal, educational, and financial tools needed to successfully advocate for the preservation of the built and natural environments.

National Register of Historic Places With its origins in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places provides legal recognition to the nation’s important historic resources. Sites, buildings, structures, and objects placed on the National Register are designated as significant for their physical and/or historical value. Placement on the National Register ensures a degree of protection for historic resources while also making property owners eligible for certain tax provisions and federal grants.


State Historic Preservation Office Nebraska’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) oversees efforts throughout the state to recognize and protect significant cultural resources. The SHPO is housed within the Nebraska State Historical Society. Some of the many duties carried out by members of the SHPO include survey and evaluation of historic resources; assistance to local government preservation programs; administration of federal tax incentives; and public outreach and education.

The SHPO webpage contains a list of all National Register sites in Nebraska, broken down by county, region, or subject. PDFs of the Nomination Forms are also included.


Omaha By Design Omaha By Design, a nonprofit organization, is at the forefront of efforts to enhance the city’s built and natural environments, ensuring that Omaha remains a livable place that is both functional and appealing. Working with stakeholders in the public and private sectors, Omaha by Design oversees projects related to urban design and environmental considerations such as public art initiatives, streetscape improvements, and neighborhood conservation efforts.

Restoration Exchange Omaha Restoration Exchange Omaha educates and motivates the area public to restore and preserve older properties through Education, Advocacy and Invigoration.

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Technical Preservation Services Technical Preservation Services (TPS) is the nation's leading provider of information and guidance on the care of historic buildings. TPS provides the tools and information necessary to take effective measures to protect and preserve historic buildings, ranging from historic masonry and window repairs to lead paint abatement to accessibility for people with disabilities. This site provides information on the Federal Historic Tax Incentives Program and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Preservation Briefs The Preservation Briefs, a series of instructional pamphlets published by the National Park Service, offers advice to building owners on the proper treatment of historic resources when undertaking preservation, rehabilitation, or restoration work.  Just some of the many topics that are addressed include repointing mortar joints, reroofing historic buildings, rehabilitating historic storefronts, and repairing historic wooden windows.

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards outline the treatments available to owners of cultural resources and provide guidance on how each might be properly carried out to ensure that work is done responsibly and sympathetically. The four treatments are preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction and vary in the degree that the historic fabric of the resource is altered.


Nebraska State Historical Society The Nebraska State Historical Society, founded in 1878, maintains a statewide repository for archival materials, oversees an archeology program for the state, promotes research of the state’s history and culture, and manages the Nebraska History Museum. Access to manuscripts, objects, photographs, government records, and genealogical records can be acquired by a visit to the Society’s website or its physical headquarters in Lincoln.

Douglas County Historical Society The Douglas County Historical Society acts as a repository of research materials related to the history of Omaha, including written, audio, and visual records. The Archive and Research Center is a vital resource for those performing research on a specific building, site, or person in the Douglas County area.

Durham Photo Archive The Durham Photo Archive is an archive of over 700,000 images displaying scenes of Omaha from the city’s early years to the present day. As of 2009, the museum began digitizing the collections to make the photographs available for online viewing. While many images are now available through the museum’s website, it is also possible to visit the archive on-site at the Durham Museum.

Omaha Public Library Digital Collections  The Omaha Public Library Digital Collections give users access to a wide variety of historic and cultural resources related to Omaha and Nebraska. Available materials include images, maps, and books of early Omaha and Nebraska, the 1898 Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition, and stereoview cards of sites throughout the world.