Historic Preservation Information

Listing your home on the National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, and engineering. Places may be listed individually, as part of an Historic District, or as part of a multiple property or statewide thematic category.

Benefits of Listing
In addition to honorific recognition, listing in the registers results in the following benefits for historic properties:
• Gives it recognition for its historic significance.
• Qualifies the owner for federal and/or state rehabilitation tax credits.
• Helps educate the public and community about historic and culture resources.

Find more info at the Kansas Historical Society
Or contact us for help.

Cemetery Preservation Workshop

The Douglas County, KS, Heritage Conservation Council presented "Tombstones on the Kansas Prairie: A Cemetery Conservation Workshop" in 2018. The goal was to train individuals in the correct procedures for cleaning tombstones, making minor repairs, and resetting small monuments. Consultant, Corey Thomas of Pishny Restoration Services of Olathe, Kansas, led the workshop. Fifty attendees represented 19 communities from across Douglas County and beyond.

A set of videos from the workshop can be found here.

Preserving Your Property

Preservation Tips

The National Park Service website provides more than 40 “Preservation Briefs” that provide specific information regarding almost any maintenance task you could think of for your historic building.
See the briefs on the National Park Service Website.

Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings
Local Tuckpointers: H & H Waterproofing

Window Repair

For decades, consumers have been led to believe that replacing their old wood windows with new vinyl, metal or clad windows will improve their home. Replacement windows have been marketed as energy efficient, and therefore environmentally friendly, and economical, by saving the homeowner money over the lifespan of the window. In reality, properly repaired wood windows can be equally energy efficient, are more environmentally friendly, are a better financial investment, and preserve one of the most important character-defining features of a historic home. Follow window experts, and LPA board members, Dennis Brown and Mike Goans as they show you how to preserve your windows.
These videos were created in collaboration with the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office.

Also check out our 8 Good Reasons To Save Your Old Windows flyer.

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