History is part of the future of any country. In an effort to protect and educate on the mistakes, the brilliance, the resilience and the culture of an area, we protect and preserve areas that have significance to these and other aspects of our lives. In the U.S., the department that oversees this job is the National Park Service, more specifically the National Register of Historic Places.
When the National Park Service was created in 1916, it was created with the intent to safeguard the areas which are important to the natural history as well as the history of the area and to revitalize and preserve the communities around them.
In 1966, the National Register of Historic Places, a smaller part of the NPS was created in order to “coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archeological resources”..taken from the NPS.gov
Waukesha, like many other towns and cities across America is protecting and preserving their history as well by getting many of the buildings and homes in the city, which are part of the city’s history, preserved for future generations. With a history which dates back thousands of years, and with a European history dating back hundreds, many of the area sites are located within the larger “historical district” of Waukesha.
How To Get Listed
In order for a site to be considered worthy of being listed as a National Historic Place, there are some criteria that must be met such as the property’s age, integrity, and significance. It must be at least 50 years old, represent its look from the past, and have a significance relating to events, activities or developments of the area. At this point, over 85,000 sites and over 13,000 districts included in the list.
Some of Waukeshas more well known sites include:
- Many historic districts including the Waukesha Downtown District
- Andrews, Sewall, House – Also known as the Mukwonago Museum
- Burr Oak Tavern
- Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Passenger Depot
- Church Street Mounds
- Dansk Evangelical Lutheran Church
- Delafield Fish Hatchery
- Dunkel Inn
- First Congregational Church
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