On October 15, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) into law. The act established the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and provided for the creation of State Historic Preservation Offices in the United States to oversee the preservation of historically significant properties, including archeological and historic sites, buildings, landscapes and objects. The law established the National Register of Historic Places and created the Section 106 process to facilitate preservation of the nation’s cultural resources. Prior to the 1960s, historic preservation had been neither a public policy issue, nor a part of America’s rural or urban planning culture. The NHPA created the mechanism – specifically the Section 106 review process – through which to preserve cultural resources and a richer heritage for America.
SHRA’s staff meets the Secretary of Interior standards and is fully trained in both Section 106 compliance procedures and Section 4(f) requirements. The staff’s extensive research experience in local, state, and national archives, and proven historical methodologies make them an excellent resource for projects of any size that require detailed historical research and consultation Through professional historic preservation services, SHRA connects people to their collective past and help them appreciate their shared purpose.