Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month

May 2016

"Celebrating 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act: Our Legacy, Our Future"


This year the nation is commemorating 50 years of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on October 15, 1966, through the NHPA the country officially recognized the value of historic preservation. It created the federal framework supporting the preservation and protection of the irreplaceable buildings, landscapes, and archaeology in communities across the United States. For more information, check out

Celebrated in May, South Dakota's Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month was created to acquaint the public with the disciplines of archaeology and historic preservation and to strengthen the enduring bond between the past and the present.

It is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals who preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that shape us as South Dakotans. The protection and preservation of these sites, buildings, and landscapes provide educational, scientific, and economic benefits for all citizens.