The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's list of historic properties worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register supports public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect historic and archaeological properties of local, state, or national significance.
The created an . The Alaska Historical Commission, the state review board, has established criteria and a process to create a list of properties important to the state's past. All properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places are Alaska Landmarks.
Natives and Euro-American visitors and settlers gave names to many geographic features in Alaska. The Alaska Historical Commission is designated by statute as the state review board for names of lakes, streams, mountains, and other physical features. The commission coordinates with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (USBGN) for name decisions for federal maps, particularly those of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). A record of officially recognized Alaska geographic names is in the Geographic Name Information System (GNIS).
Ten percent of the annual
On occasion, the Office of History and Archaeology has Historic Preservation Fund grants for owners to assist with predevelopment and development work on historic properties. These funds are for properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. When available, a call for project proposals is advertised statewide. The Alaska Historical Commission reviews the applications and makes recommendations of awards to the State Historic Preservation Officer. More information on these grants can be found here.
The gives a 20% tax credit (not just a deduction) to owners who rehabilitate certified historic buildings in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. The Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit is based on a percentage of the rehabilitation costs.