The National Register of Historic Places, created as part of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act, is the officially recognized federal list of significant cultural, historic, and archaeological resources. The Register is one measure in a nationwide program designed to protect such resources.
More than 85,000 individual sites have been identified as historic places, archeological sites, or districts, including significant places, structures, buildings, and objects. These sites and districts represent many important aspects of American history, archaeology, culture, engineering, and architecture. Administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service, the National Register of Historic Places is continually expanding, and approximately 30,000 properties are added to the Register yearly.