Preservation Organizations: Statewide and National

Below, we list local, statewide and national organizations that work in various aspects of historic preservation in South Dakota.


Local Organizations

Sioux Falls Board of Historic Preservation

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation

South Dakota Organizations

the Resources Agency, The site provides valuable information for planners, consultants, attorneys, and citizens with an interest in. Its offerings include Statute and Guidelines, an interactive process flow chart, a case law search, a directory of  judges, answers to frequently asked questions, and more. 


California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES)
CERES is an information system developed by the California Resources Agency to facilitate access to a variety of electronic data describing California’s rich and diverse environments. The goal of CERES is to improve environmental analysis and planning by integrating natural and cultural resource information from multple contributors and by making it available and useful to a wide variety of users. This site contains a wealth of environmental data, searchable by organization, geographical area, theme, and data type. It also contains information about environmental law and education.


California Land Use Planning Information Network (LUPIN)
LUPIN, a program of the California Resources Agency, is an information service that supports and addresses land use and planning issues online. The site contains a listing of planning, zoning, and development laws; links to city and county zoning ordinances; and information on topics such as demographics.  


South Dakota Main Street Program


Preserve South Dakota (PSD)
PSD champions the preservation of historic places through education, advocacy, and assistance.
Focused on the preservation of historic places to help spur economic development, foster community pride, and build bridges among community groups, PSD works to ensure our historic resources are treasured in the present so they are around to contribute to the future of our communities.


PSD is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of South Dakota's diverse cultural and architectural heritage. PSD is a leading voice for historic preservation, as well as its most valuable source for preservation‐related assistance. The foundation partners with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and South Dakotans for Preservation Action. 


South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) manages the National Register of Historic Places program for the National Park Service in South Dakota. The program surveys, inventories, and registers historical properties; monitors state, federal, and local government activities which affect cultural and historic resources; provides advice on preservation methods; and it promotes public education on historical properties; and supports municipal and county historic preservation commissions to advance the state's economic, social, and educational objectives.


SHPO administers federally and state mandated historic preservation programs to further the identification, evaluation, registration, and protection of South Dakota's irreplaceable archaeological and historical resources under the direction of the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), a gubernatorial appointee, and the State Historical Resources Commission. SHPO's responsibilities include:


  • Identifying, evaluating, and registering historic properties

  • Ensuring compliance with federal and state regulatory obligations

  • Encouraging the adoption of economic incentives programs designed to benefit property owners

  • Encouraging economic revitalization by promoting a historic preservation ethic through preservation education and public awareness and, most significantly, by demonstrating leadership and stewardship for historic preservation in South Dakota


South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (SDPWF)
The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation was chartered by five private citizens in 1985 to support wildlife enhancement and park development activities for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The Foundation's mission is to solicit and encourage support to preserve and protect South Dakota's natural resources, itsoutdoor heritage and provide expanded recreation and education opportunities. 

Archaeology Research Center

The Archaeological Research Center is a program of the South Dakota State Historical Society. It is under the direction of the state archaeologist. The Center serves several roles in preserving the archaeological resources of South Dakota. Crews from the Center work across the state on archaeological surveys and other projects for many agencies to assist them in meeting their obligations under federal and state cultural resource protection laws. 

South Dakota Archaeology Society (SDAS)
The South Dakota Archaeological Society (SDAS) is comprised of individuals and institutions dedicated to understanding and preserving South Dakota's fascinating prehistoric and historic cultural heritage.  The SDAS links interested amateurs with responsible, ethical attitudes toward archaeological materials and professionals who value the cooperative participation of amateurs. 


National Organizations


Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
This council is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation’s historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.  


American Planning Association (APA)
APA is a network of practicing planners, citizens, and elected officials committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. 
The APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), are organized to advance the art and science of planning and to foster the activity of planning -- physical, economic, and social -- at the local, regional, state, and national levels. The objective of the APA is to encourage planning that will contribute to public well‐being by developing communities and environments that meet the needs of people and society more effectively. This site provides information on the AICP exam, federal planning legislation, educational opportunities, and much more. 


The Archaeological Conservancy
The Archaeological Conservancy, established in 1980, is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Conservancy also operates regional offices in Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and California.  


Heritage Documentation Programs
Heritage Documentation Programs administers HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program, and companion programs HAER (Historic American Engineering Record), HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey), and CRGIS (Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems). Documentation produced through the programs constitutes the nation's largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation.

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC)
NAPC is the only organization devoted solely to representing the nation's preservation design review commissions. NAPC provides technical support and manages an information network to help local commissions accomplish their preservation objectives. The alliance also serves as an advocate at federal, state, and local levels of government to promote policies and programs that support preservation commission efforts. 


National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO)
NCSHPO is the professional association of the state government officials who carry out the national historic preservation program as delegates of the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (16 USC 470). 


National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
NEPA is the nation’s broadest environmental law, put in place in 1970. It establishes environmental policy for the nation, provides an interdisciplinary framework for federal agencies to prevent environmental damage, and contains “action‐forcing” procedures to ensure that federal agency decision‐makers consider the effects their decisions will have on the environment. Their website contains six NEPA procedures, statute, and related executive orders, as well as a Citizen’s Guide and information on the Council for Environmental Quality.


National Park Service (NPS)
Beyond the parks, the NPS is part of a national preservation partnership working with American Indian tribes, states, local governments, nonprofit organizations, historic property owners, and others who believe in the importance of our shared heritage and its preservation. 


National Preservation Institute (NPI)
Founded in 1980 as a nonprofit organization, NPI offers seminars in historic preservation and cultural resource management. NPI is proud to serve a broad spectrum of professionals from both the government and private sectors by providing preservation information, knowledge, and skills to train and guide the stewards of this nation’s historic and cultural places. 


National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. 


National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP)
NTHP provides leadership, education, and advocacy to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities. This is a private, nonprofit membership organization.


Preservation Action (PA)
Founded in 1974, PA is a grassroots organization seeking to make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of the federal government for sound preservation policy and programs. 


Recent Past Preservation Network (RPPN)
RPPN promotes preservation education, assistance, and activism through the medium of new technologies, to encourage a contextual understanding of our modern built environment. The network assists preservationists by providing an open community platform for the development and revision of practical strategies to document, preserve, and re‐use historic places of the recent past. 

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