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The State Historic Preservation Office is the official historic preservation agency of the State of Ohio. It has developed since 1967 when the Ohio History Connection was designated to manage responsibilities delegated to the state by Congress in National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

May is Historic Preservation month! 
Click here to see a calendar of Ohio events!

2016 Marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act

Help clelebrate 50 years of the national historic preservation program. Click here to learn more about historic preservation in Ohio and some ways you can promote historic preservation where you live.

The State Historic Preservation Office:

  • prepares and distributes a state historic preservation plan,
  • identifies historic places and archaeological sites,
  • nominates eligible properties to the National Register of Historic Places,
  • reviews rehabilitation work to income-producing National Register properties for federal investment tax credits,
  • consults on significance and proposed federally-assisted projects for effects on historic, architectural, and archaeological resources,
  • qualifies communities for the Certified Local Government program and administers matching grants to them,
  • consults on the conservation of buildings and sites, and
  • offers educational programs and publications.

Headquartered in Columbus, the office has a staff of archaeologists, historians, architectural historians, a historical architect, and others with professional expertise in preservation-related fields. The office is funded in part by an annual grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Historic Preservation Fund. The Ohio History Connection, State of Ohio, and other public and private sources match the federal funds.

Click here for directions, hours, contacts and to learn more about the work of the State Historic Preservation Office.