The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed updates to the National Register of Historic Places’ “National Register Bulletin 38: Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties” and is seeking public comments on its revisions.

First issued in 1990, the TCP Bulletin provides guidance on nominating buildings, structures, objects, sites, and districts believed to have traditional cultural significance for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The Bulletin was last updated in the 1990s, although there was an effort to revise it that was stalled in 2017.

NPS is now relaunching that effort, having further refined the 2017 draft last October (you can read the revised draft here.)

ACRA’s Government Relations Committee is reviewing the revised Bulletin draft to determine what if any comments it should provide to NPS. As such, the Committee is seeking feedback from ACRA members to inform its comments.

Please send any feedback on the draft revised TCP Bulletin to Executive Director Amanda Stratton no later than April 15.

If you wish to comment to NPS directly on the revised Bulletin, the deadline for submissions is April 30. You can comment here.