NAPC-L is a Google Group managed by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions to provide a professional network for preservation commission members and staff to ask questions, exchange ideas and share information. Access is open to members of the NAPC and allows anyone to pose a question or otherwise initiate a discussion by sending a message to a single e-mail address, which distributes it to everyone on the list. You do not need a gmail address to be a member.

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General Information


To keep the group professionally useful, group members are expected to adhere to the guidelines contained herein. NAPC members who do not follow the guidelines may have their group privileges suspended.

  • Members are encouraged to suggest preservation-related topics for discussion.
  • Members are encouraged to share their community’s success stories.
  • Members may ask how others have handled specific preservation challenges.
  • Members may ask for assistance to locate a specific resource.
  • Members may not post promotional materials or advertising, although persons may recommend or endorse consultants or other preservation professionals based on past experience.
  • The group should not be used to post job announcements, requests for proposals, calls for papers, grant opportunities, etc.
  • Members should not post articles from newspapers, magazines, or journals. Instead, members should provide links to websites where such material may be read. The NAPC reserves the right to reject any e-mail submission to the group that contains articles or copyrighted materials.
  • To guard against spam and viruses, NAPC-L does not accept e-mail with attachments.
  • The NAPC-L administrator may revoke a participant’s subscription for violations of NAPC-L rules or abuse of the group.

NAPC-L Etiquette

  • Discussions should be kept focused on the topic at hand.
  • Include your e-mail address and full name on any sent message, so other members can know who sent the message. Members are welcome to request responses to their inquiry off the group, if desired.
  • Be sure to include a subject line in each posting.
  • Maintain professionalism and respect when responding to members of the group.
  • Posted messages may reach persons other than the intended audience. Compose them with care and discretion.
  • If you are able, please adjust the out-of-office settings in your e-mail program so out-of-office replies go only to the individual who posted a question rather than to the entire group.

Using NAPC-L as a Research Tool

The NAPC encourages research initiatives and will allow surveys and other research requests to be posted on NAPC-L, under the following conditions:

  • The organization or institution of higher learning is clearly identified.
  • The survey or research request is prefaced by a clear explanation of the intent of the research and the anticipated product.
  • The topic clearly relates to historic districts and/or commissions/staff.
  • A survey from a student has the faculty advisor’s endorsement.
  • The research related posting has been approved by the NAPC’s Education Committee.
  • The posting includes a disclaimer that it is forwarded as a courtesy and does not imply NAPC endorsement or support.
  • The person/organization using NAPC-L to facilitate their research is a member of NAPC.