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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a selection of some of the questions frequently asked about the National Register and this site.

What is the best source of information about the National Register of Historic Places?
How are properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places?
Where can I find more information about Minnesota properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places?
When will you be adding more National Register properties and themes to this site?
What properties does the searchable National Register database include?
Are the properties featured on this site open to the public?
How do I contact the Minnesota SHPO?

Q: What is the best source of information about the National Register of Historic Places?
A: The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service in the U.S. Department of Interior and is administered in each state by a State Historic Preservation Office. For information about the national program, go to http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/index.htm Back to top

Q: How are properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places?
A: The process for listing a property on the National Register is a rigorous one. It begins with research to establish the property's significance. This information is recorded on a nomination form, reviewed by SHPO staff and presented to the Minnesota Historical Society's State Review Board, a volunteer group of citizens and professionals with expertise in history, architectural history, architecture and archaeology. If the board concurs that the nominated property meets Register criteria, the nomination is sent to the State Historic Preservation Officer for signature and then to the Keeper of the Register at the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., for final review, approval and placement on the National Register. Back to top

Q: Where can I find more information about Minnesota properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places?
A: National Register files for Minnesota properties are located in the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at the Minnesota History Center. For more information about this material and how to access it, go to http://www.mnhs.org/collections/shpo/shpo.htm Back to top

Q: When will you be adding more National Register properties and themes to this site?
A: This site is a work in progress. More themes will be added as funds allow. Back to top

Q: What is the best source of information about the National Register of Historic Places?
A: The searchable National Register database contains over 7,000 entries for Minnesota properties. The properties fall into two categories: approximately 1,500 that are individually listed on the Register and approximately 5,700 properties that are located within historic districts that are listed on the National Register. The database is updated with new listings or corrected or expanded data on a regular basis. All National Register determinations, including contributing/noncontributing status within historic districts, are subject to change. All National Register determinations, including contributing/noncontributing status within historic districts, are subject to change. The Statewide Inventory at the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office contains the only accurate and up-to-date information about all National Register listings. Back to top

Q: Are the properties featured on this site open to the public?
A: Some of the properties are in public ownership or are administered as historic sites open to visitors. The majority, however, are privately owned and are not open to the public. Back to top

Q: How do I contact the Minnesota SHPO?
A: See department and staff contact information Back to top

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