About our Resources

The Local Preservation School resource collection is a directory of websites, publications, and online tools for people interested in learning about or teaching historic preservation. The resources cover a broad range of topics.

They include both:

  • online resources developed or adapted for publication by the Local Preservation School project;
  • publications or websites we found useful and thought you would too.

We published some of our resources (e.g. the National Park Service brief on architectural investigation) directly on this website. Other resources (e.g. the City Lore Toolkit on advocacy for historic places) are published on stand-alone websites. Each resource is described with general criteria and using criteria that are especially useful for educators and learners.

Resource information

Our directory describes each resource using these criteria:

  • Publisher(s)
  • Creator(s)
  • License
  • Publication date (earliest)
  • Modification date (most recent)
  • Resource state
  • Resource repository (if available)
  • Based on URL (if available)

Resource state

We use badges to show the state of each project we’re developing or including in the directory. These badges include:

  • state: brainstorming
  • state: needs work
  • state: building/designing
  • state: experimental
  • state: ready

Educational information

In addition to the general information, resources are also described with criteria useful for educators and learners. These descriptions are based in part on the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative standards.

  • Topics
  • Difficulty
  • Audience
  • Educational Use
  • Type of Interactivity
  • Type of Resource


We try to connect learners and educators with resources that are appropriate for their experience and background by noting the difficulty for each resource:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


All of the resources are categorized by broad topics including:

  • History: Historical research and interpretation. Architectural and social history.

  • Community: Working with groups of people and organizations for outreach and education.

  • Advocacy: How to push for change at the local, state, and national level.

  • Planning: Navigating issues of land use, historic designation, development, urban design and planning.

  • Design: Architecture, engineering, landscape design, site planning, etc.

  • Education: Teaching preservation and related skills in informal and formal educational contexts.


The audience for a resource are the people for whom the resource was created or the people who we think are likely to find the resource useful. We’ve identified our key audiences by role – you may fit into one audience or more than one:

  • Students: Middle, high school or college-age students with an interest in pursuing careers in historic preservation or related fields.

  • Preservation Professionals: Early to mid-career professionals working in historic preservation, including local, state, federal government; local, statewide, and regional non-profits; and private businesses in cultural resource management, preservation architecture and conservation.

  • Related Professionals: Early to mid-career professionals working in related fields, including museums, tourism, community and economic development, folklore, urban and regional planning, sustainable transportation advocacy, community organizing, etc.

  • Volunteers: Volunteer local preservationists, including volunteers with historic sites, advocacy groups, and local preservation commissioners.

  • Residents and Community Leaders: Residents of historic communities with an interest or concern for issues related to community development (e.g. vacancy, illegal dumping, underutilizing buildings) or particular historic resources (e.g. a historic school or library, a historic church).

  • Property Owners: Owners of historic properties including religious congregations, fraternal or social clubs, elected officials with local/state government, public employees in capital planning or property management programs, small developers and investors.

We do not break down audiences by age or grade level in detail. In general, our resources may be useful and accessible to high school students, college students, as well as adult learners. Only a few of our resources are designed for middle school or elementary school students.

Educational Use

Potential educational uses for resource in this collection include:

  • Self-guided learning
  • Board and volunteer trainings
  • Government and nonprofit staff trainings
  • Community workshops
  • High school and undergraduate college courses

Learn more about the potential educational uses of our resources with our guide for educators.

Type of Interactivity

The type of interactivity is the mode of learning supported by the educational resource including:

  • active
  • expositive
  • mixed

Most of the resources in our collection are expositive. Some are mixed and we plan to add interactive elements to any resources we publish.

Type of Resource

Many of our resources have been adapted from printed publications.