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Make the Save Step-by-step Guide

Published in Preservation

Public awareness 1980 staff

There’s a lot that goes into saving a historic place. It can be complex, challenging, time consuming, frustrating, fun, rewarding, and life-changing. Utah Heritage Foundation has created a step-by-step guide that will take the novice or experienced advocate through the process of making a save. There are different steps involved based on whether you own the property or not.

Owning the property is the best way to save a historic place because you control its 

Follow this chart if you already own the property. Therefore, fewer steps are involved in deciding which direction you need to take.

If you are working to save a historic place and do not own it, there are four steps in the process that you will follow. Each of the steps listed below have its own flow chart to follow.

  1. Lay the Foundation
  2. Make Your Case
  3. Educate and Advocate
  4. Live with the Results

Additional Resources

Many of our preservation partners around the country have put together excellent resources and advocacy tools that allow us not to have to reinvent the wheel. Yes a few things may be different, but the framework is the same no matter where you live. While Utah Heritage Foundation is providing you with a basic framework, check out the following resources for additional detailed information on making your next save.

Historic Seattle: Successful Historic Preservation Advocacy

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota: Community Action Guide

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota: Preservation Crisis Handbook

Preservation Pennsylvania: The Crisis Handbook: A Guide to Community Action

Preservation Pennsylvania: How to Preserve and Protect the Historic Places that Matter to You

Pick, Maritza. The Sierra Club Guide to Community Organizing: How to Save Your Neighborhood, City or Town. Sierra Club Books; San Francisco, CA. 1993.

Robin, Peggy. Saving the Neighborhood: You Can Fight Developers and Win! Woodbine House; Rockville, MD. 1990