The Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, a part of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), creatively engages Coloradans and their guests in partnerships to discover, preserve, and take pride in our architectural, archaeological, and other historic places by providing statewide leadership and support to our partners in archaeology and historic preservation.
The Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (OAHP) assists property owners in listing Colorado’s most historically and architecturally significant buildings, structures, and sites in the National Register of Historic Places and the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.
When a federal agency funds, licenses or permits an activity that may affect cultural resources, the agency must consult with the State Historic Preservation Officer. This is known as Section 106 review or consultation.
History Colorado’s State Historic Preservation Office is renewing the statewide action plan for historic preservation, and inviting the public to collaborate in drafting the upcoming 2030 Statewide Preservation Plan.
In order to facilitate Federal and State Compliance projects during the current COVID-19 shut down, the OAHP is recommending that site forms, survey reports, and GIS shapefiles, be submitted digitally. For more information, please visit our Submitting your Data to Preservation Programs page.
The history of federal Indian education policy is deep and troubling. For 250 years the United States has used education to assimilate Native children and deny them access to their heritage, their culture, and their families. The resources below all explore various aspects of that history and some of the research efforts in Colorado.