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Department of Historic Resources

How to Get Involved

Everyone can join in the action of historic preservation. Listed below are some suggestions and starting points for getting involved.

Donate to the Historic Resources Fund.
By donating a portion of your income tax refund, you can support preservation, educational programs, publications, and research. As you file your state income tax return, please take a moment to check off the box that directs part of your refund to Virginia’s Historic Resources Fund. The fund is administered by the Department of Historic Resources (DHR). You can also donate to the fund anytime by sending contributions to the department earmarked for the Historic Resources Fund. All donations are fully tax deductible. Deductions can be claimed in the following year. For your support, we thank you!

Join and support local and statewide historical, archaeological, and preservation organizations.
On the local level, you can support preservation by joining your local historical society, preservation foundation, or neighborhood association. You can support statewide preservation by becoming a member of the Preservation Virginia, or the Archeological Society of Virginia.

Support downtowns.
Local governments, developers, and businesses across the state are revitalizing and investing in their downtown and Main Street areas to maintain and strengthen their communities' character and identity.

To do your part, you can keep or locate your business in an older downtown area, patronize downtown businesses and events, or chose to live in rehabilitated dwellings downtown.

For more information on other ways you can become involved, select one of the links below:

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The Historic Resources Fund contributes to programs that support the preservation of historic sites such as this one in Rocky Mount. (Photo: Virginia Main Street)



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Staunton residents support their downtown at a farmer's market on Main Street. (Photo: Virginia Main Street)



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This shopper browses on Main Street in downtown Orange. (Photo: Virginia Main Street)