Mission | Vision
Our mission is to preserve and revitalize historic buildings and places in Nevada and to cultivate a presence around cultural heritage and tourism. Retention and restoration of our built environment fosters not only a sense of place but also helps to build an engaged community for residents and visitors alike. We know that preserving our buildings is as much about our collective history as it is about strengthening neighborhoods, creating jobs, diversifying tourism, and boosting conservation.
We accomplish this through our efforts in preservation, education and advocacy.
Our vision is to grow into a statewide non-profit and provide preservation services both to metropolitan and rural cities within Nevada. As our staff and experience increase, we’d also like to broaden our scope into new endeavours geared towards supporting preservation in our local communities. Such work might include forming land banks in order to rehabilitate old buildings, facilitating architectural salvage resale through storage and retail opportunities and opening new office locations around the state of Nevada.
"We are excited about the continued growth and maturation of the Nevada Preservation Foundation. Through our signature Home + History annual weekend, advocacy, education and cultural tourism, we are broadening our offerings and outreach. We hope that you will join us in our efforts to provide connections to our diverse and collective past, to save the places where Nevada history was made, and to provide the historic and entertaining context for the places we live."
- Wendy L. Van Vacter, 2018 President, Board of Directors
The Nevada Preservation Foundation was founded in late 2013 by a small group of local Las Vegas preservationists. With the intent of educating the building industry and general public on economic, social, and environmental benefits of historic preservation, the Nevada Preservation Foundation has reached countless community members, worked with local building professionals and organizations, and mobilized neighborhoods to obtain historic protections.
Our Heritage Tourism Division produces Home + History Las Vegas and Home + History Reno, annual heritage tourism events that focus on fostering an appreciation for Nevada's architectural history and cultural heritage. We also support state and local municipalities, NGO's and private organizations in their efforts to develop sustainable tourism programs as a way to further a community-centric preservation message.
Our work wouldn't be possible without our large and dedicated volunteer staff. Our small paid staff provides more than 30% of its time pro-bono to support the NPF Mission.
NPF has received advocacy awards from the City of Las Vegas and the US Green Building Council Nevada. Our work has been featured in various local and national news outlets including the Los Angeles Times, the Las Vegas Review Journal, Las Vegas Weekly, DTLV, Vegas Seven, and others.