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Historic Preservation

Welcome to the State Historic Preservation Office

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) encourages and facilitates the responsible stewardship of South Carolina's irreplaceable historic and prehistoric places. 

The SHPO was established in 1969 to implement the goals of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, which extended federal support to state and local preservation efforts. The SHPO, which receives federal funds through the National Park Service, is a program of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

William Light "Bill" Kinney, Jr.

Our friend of many years, Mr. Bill Kinney of Bennettsville, passed away on Sunday, February 19. Mr. Kinney was the long-time Chairman of the State Board of Review for the National Register and Vice Chair of the SC Archives and History Commission. As Chair of the State Board of Review, Mr. Kinney was the face of the National Register program in South Carolina at countless Review Board meetings. Because of his charm and enthusiasm for history, Mr. Kinney was a great Ambassador for the National Register and advocate for historic preservation in South Carolina. He will be greatly missed.

What's New

March is Women's History Month!

SHPO Job Openings: Historic Architecture Consultant and Review Coordinator for Transportation Projects and African American History Consultant

2023 Historic Preservation Awards Call for Nominations - Deadline April 1

2023 SC Historic Preservation Conference, Brochure and Registration

FY2023 Federal Historic Preservation Grants Application Now Available



Maintenance of the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office web pages is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, administered by the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.
U.S. Department of the Interior regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility operated by a recipient of federal assistance, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC 20240.