Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, Statewide Preservation Plan

The Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is working on a Comprehensive Statewide Historic Preservation Plan to be completed by the end of the year. The Plan will be an intensive level planning document addressing the treatment of the historic and cultural resources across the state. It will serve as a guide for planning and decision making by the SHPO, Towns, agencies, non-profit organizations, and others who may affect these resources.

The SHPO is reaching out to stakeholders to gather input, information, and advice through public workshops, stakeholder conversations, and this online survey.
This online survey is critically important as a way for us to receive input from residents and those involved in historic preservation across the state. We greatly appreciate your participation! The survey should take no longer than 7-10 minutes to complete. It will help us gain input on issues important to you and your communities.

The SHPO is responsible for overseeing the governmental program of historic preservation for Connecticut’s citizens. The SHPO works to identify and increase appreciation for the buildings, structures, landscapes, archaeological sites, events/stories, people and places that form Connecticut’s heritage. Much of that work is understanding why these resources contribute to our culture and how to maintain them. Our programs include financial incentives for bricks and mortar work, technical advice, historic designations, review of specific projects for appropriate treatments, and local support. In addition to our programs, we operate four state museums and work closely with other state agencies to provide services to our communities.

Your input is important so we can serve you better! Please stay in touch as the planning process proceeds this summer and fall and continue to provide input as concepts and recommendations for the preservation plan are developed. Any questions or comments, feel free to email us at

Thank you again for participating in this survey!
Historic Preservation and Statewide Programming

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* 1. Please indicate how familiar you are with the work and mission of the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)?

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* 2. Are you aware of SHPO programs and services available to you and your community?

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* 3. Have you directly, or through an organization, ever worked with the SHPO or taken advantage of services offered by the SHPO?

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* 4. What other types of state programs are you aware of that provide benefits to your community? Please check all that apply.

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* 5. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements:

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Historic preservation is an important part of planning and deserves government support.
Preserving Connecticut’s historic places provides a sense of place to our communities and adds to our quality of life
Historic preservation and economic development share compatible goals.
Archaeology is an important aspect of historic preservation.
Historic preservation encourages sustainable activity which benefits the environment.
Historic museums and heritage tourism are important to Connecticut’s economy.
When I have visitors, I take them to visit historic places in my community.
Historic places are important in educating children about our past.
If historic places are not preserved, it would be detrimental to society’s well-being.
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