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National Historic Site
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National Historic Site

National Historic Site is a designation for a protected area of historic significance.


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1 United States
2 Canada

United States

In the United States a National Historic Site is one that contains a single historical feature directly related to its subject. Some National Historic Sites have been so designated by the Secretary of the Interior but most have been authorized by Congress.

National Historic Sites are authorized by the Historic Sites Act of 1935.

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Canada

Canada likewise has a program for designation and preservation of National Historic Sites The government program to identify and preserve significant aspects of Canada's history was instituted in 1919, when James B. Harkin, then Commissioner of Dominion Parks, persuaded the federal government to establish the Advisory Board for Historic Site Preservation. This is now The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, a statutory advisory body to the Minister of the Environment and, through the Minister, to the Government of Canada. The national historic sites component of Parks Canada is responsible for Canada's program of historical commemoration, which recognizes nationally significant places, persons and events. All such designations are made by the Minister of the Environment on the advice of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board which seeks public consultation and suggestions.

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