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National Heritage Area

Map of the National Heritage Areas in US.

A National Heritage Area is a site designated by United States and intended to encourage historic preservation of the area and an appreciation of the history and heritage of the site. There are currently 55 National Heritage Areas, some of which use variations of the title, such as National Heritage Corridor.[1]

National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are not National Park Service units or federally owned or managed land. NHAs are administered by state governments or non-profit organizations or other private corporations, referred to as local coordinating entities. The National Park Service provides an advisory role and limited technical, planning and financial assistance.

NHAs are created by Congress. Each area has its own authorizing legislation and a set of unique resources and goals. Areas considered for designation must have specific elements. First, the landscape must be a nationally unique natural, cultural, historic, or scenic resource. Second, when the related sites are linked, they must tell a unique story about the U.S.[2]

The first NHA created, the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, located in Illinois, was signed into legislation by President Ronald Regan on August 21st 1984.

List of National Heritage AreasEdit

There are 55 National Heritage Areas, listed below with their respective local coordinating entity:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Heritage Areas Contact Information". National Park Service. November 2010. (which serves as an official list of all 55 National Heritage Areas)
  2. ^ NPS FAQ

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