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Do I have to register to use the Historic Places Database?

How do I add information to the Historic Places Database?

How do I add information from an existing database or other electronic data?

Is this an officially recognized list of historic places?

What is as a historic place?

Does the database include architectural history properties and archaeology sites?

Do I have to register to use the Historic Places Database?

You do not have to register to view the information in the Historic Places Database. However, adding content to the Historic Places Database requires you to register. Registering allows users to identify who has added content and limits abuse of the database. 

You can automatically register yourself to be a user of the Historic Places Database by filling out and submitting the registration form. Only registered users are allowed to add information to the Historic Places Database. 

Choose a username for yourself and make sure this username contains no spaces. Also create a private password. Together these will be your "key" into the form portion of the Historic Places Database from now on. This information will be kept in a registration database that is accessible only to the webmaster, not to ordinary users. This information will not be shared to any third party. 

After you are successfully registered, your web browser will ask you to type in your username and password the first time you try to add information to the Historic Places Database. The browser will remember this information for as long as it continues to run, so you can add information to any historic place within the Historic Places Database without being asked for it again.

 

How do I add to the Historic Places Database?

1. Create an account on this website by going to our registration page.  All you have to do is choose a username and password.  You can read data without signing in, but you cannot edit information without signing in.  With an account to can edit existing entries and add new content.

2. Search the Historic Places Database to see if there is an existing entry on your historic place.  Check variations of the name of the historic place to make sure it is not in the database.  If there is already an entry, edit it with additional information or remove incorrect information.  If the name is incorrect, or the historic places goes by multiple names, edit the name accordingly.  If there is not an existing entry, add the entry by going to the blank form.

3. Add as much information as possible.  Especially important is the address so that the historic place can be linked to the map.

4.  While adding sources and references are not required, doing this will allow others to follow up with historical research on the historic place.  This is especially useful for registering the historic place at the local, state, or federal level if someone is interested in doing so in the future.

 

How do I add information from an existing database or other electronic data?

If there is an existing database or data set in some type of electronic format that you would like to see incorporated into this project, please email the support staff at support@hpdb.org.  

There are two options for adding existing data to the Historic Places Database. You have the option of adding each piece of information manually, by data entering the information into the database directly into the blank form on this website.  Alternatively, and with the least amount of time and effort on your part, the data can be copied to the Historic Places Database via computer.  For inquiries into what types of data can be copied, contact support@hpdb.org and the database administrator will answer your questions.

 

Is this an officially recognized list of historic places?  

No.  But the goal is to create a website that contains as much information on listed and non-listed historic resources that includes information for all states and counties in the United States. This website has been created in an effort to get the public involved in identifying historic places that may not already been officially designated as eligible or listed on a local, state, or national level.  There may be historic places that are added to this site that are already designated as historic.  For listings of officially designated historic places, please see the appropriate city, county, state, or federal agency.  The State Historic Preservation Office maintains lists of eligible or listed historic architectural and archaeological resources for each state.

 

What is as a historic place?  

In short, a historic place for the purposes of this website is defined as a building, structure, object, or landscape that is at least fifty-years old and has importance at a local, state, or national level.  Archaeology resources are not included in this website. 

A historic place, or a historic property, can include buildings, structures, objects, sites, and districts. For details on each of the five types see the National Park Service’s website on how to define historic properties.

In general, places are considered historic if they are at least fifty years in age and have historical significance by an association with an event or trend in history, an association with a significant person, or are a representative type or style of architectural design or building construction methods. Details on the types of significance a property can have is located at the National Park Service’s website. And remember, a place can be significant at the local, state, or national level.

If in doubt about the importance of a place, add the information to this website anyway. Sometimes there is no clear line to define what is historically significant and what is not. The idea behind this website is to gather information on all places that people think are significant.

For detailed information on the entire process of determining if a place is an eligible historic resource, read through the National Park Service’s National Register Bulletin 15: How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation.

 

Does the database include architectural history properties and archaeology sites?

The Historic Places Database includes architectural history resource information.  The database is limited to still standing built resources, such as buildings, bridges, statues, parks, and cemeteries that are open to the public.  No information about historic archaeological sites and prehistoric archaeological sites are included.  These sites, such as building remains, private cemeteries, Native American habitation sites, and similar resources are not included in the Historic Places Database.

Do not enter information about historic or prehistoric archaeology sites on this website. Information about archaeology sites is restricted from the public by federal and state laws. Any information on archaeology resources will be immediately removed.

 

 

Question not answered?  Contact the webmaster at support@hpdb.org.

 


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