Fifty years ago this week — on October 15, 1966 — President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the National Historic Preservation Act. This important piece of legislation has now allowed half a century of incredibly important work recognizing and preserving historical elements of our built environment through programs and procedures including the National Register of Historic Places, state historic preservation offices like Ohio’s own, Section 106 reviews, a Historic Preservation Fund, and more. In Ohio alone, there are nearly 4,000 listings in the National Register of Historic Places, including:
- 533 historic districts
- 252 schools and libraries
- 204 archaeological sites
- 167 religious properties
- 106 bridges
- 73 National Historic Landmarks
- 4 roadways or parts of roadways
- 1submarine, 1 river-based lock system, and 1 dirigible crash site!
You can learn more about 50 years of historic preservation in Ohio through the State Historic Preservation Office and at preservation50.org. In the meantime, let’s explore just a few National Register locations that show up on Ohio Memory!
We hope you’ll continue to explore Ohio Memory, browse Ohio’s National Register sites, and consider how to help preserve and promote your local historical places as we celebrate 50 years of historic preservation!