Historic preservation is the practice of protecting and preserving associated with significant people, important events or notable architecture. Preservation has many diverse purposes and rewards. It strengthens local economies, stabilizes property values, and promotes the appreciation of local and national history.  The purpose of the Historic Education section is to provide quick and easy access to people seeking information related to historic preservation issues in general and to Middle Georgia communities specifically. This section includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Historic Preservation; a list of web links to Historic Preservation resources and organizations; and information about the organizations within the communities of Middle Georgia striving to protect, promote and enhance these irreplaceable heritage resources.

This is an ongoing endeavor and we want to hear your comments. What items would you like to see included? Are there questions you would like to see answered?  Are there links you feel others would benefit from? Please send any comments or suggestions to and we will attempt to incorporate these into this section.

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. This organization is a part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Historic Preservation District

The Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s Historic Preservation District serves as the State Historic Preservation Officers to the National Register of Historic Places Program. They assist in surveying, evaluating, and nominating significant historic buildings, sites, structures, districts and objects to the National Register.

Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network (GAAHPN)

The Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network is an informal group of over 3,000 people from around the state who have interest in preservation. Members receive the award winning GAAHPN publication Reflections. Anyone can join by submitting contact information including an e-mail address to Melissa Jest, African American Programs Coordinator, at

Certified Local Government Program

The Certified Local Government (CLG) program extends the federal and state preservation partner to the local level. The benefits of becoming CLG include eligibility for federal historic preservation grant funds, the opportunity to review local nominations for the National Register of Historic Places prior to consideration by the Georgia National Register Review Board, opportunities for technical assistance, and improved communication and coordination among local, state, and federal preservation activities.

Carl Vinson Institute of Government Historic Preservation Commission Training

The Institute of Government offers historic preservation commission training annually in different host locations throughout the state in partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division, the Georgia Alliance for Preservation Commissions, and the UGA Center for Community Design and Preservation. This specialized training explains how to administer local preservation ordinances more effectively. You will learn about preservation law, design guidelines, procedures, administrative issues, local preservation planning, and community development strategies.

Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions (GAPC)

GAPC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to local historic preservation commissions. Its purpose is to provide a forum to promote communication between historic preservation commissions to help coordinate their efforts throughout the state, to promote and support educational activities that enable preservation commissions to more effectively administer local programs and ordinances, and to serve as a public information and educational resource for and about matters affecting historic districts and the work of preservation commissions.