“Buildings are the most subtle, accurate and enduring records of life. . . . in the aggregate, the architecture of a people certainly represents the greatest amount of human effort applied to the realization of purely human ideals.” — Walter Burley Griffin
Human effort gave us majestic historic buildings and places, and human effort is what will save them. Taking action begins with making connections at the local level.
Get Involved Locally
Join your local heritage preservation commission, historical society, city commission, or community or neighborhood council. No matter how small a town, there's always people interested in preserving the built environment and the historical legacies that our relatives left behind.
You may not have time to serve on a commission or board, but volunteering at annual events gives local historical societies the capacity they need to raise funds and continue programs and projects. Giving a little time, makes a big difference, especially for small organizations.
Exercise Best Practices
Whether it's your home or business, you can be a model for best practices in historic preservation. By reading and following preservation guidelines such as the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Historic Preservation or preservation bulletins from the National Park Service, your efforts are likely to rub off on your neighbors.
Talk to Your State Representatives
Make your local representatives aware of the benefits of historic preservation. Let them know that historic preservation brings jobs, updated and revitalized downtown businesses, more tourism, and increased community pride. When they see the positive connection between economics and saving history, our state heritage sites may benefit when it comes to making policies and laws.
Talk to MPA
When your stumped about a preservation issue or there's a threatened place in your town, don't hesitate to contact us. We provide the resources, know-how, and sometimes even the elbow grease, to save and protect Montana's historic places.