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Historic preservation may be defined as the planned effort to help protect structures, objects and properties of historic importance. In 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act was signed into law and fostered new and renewed interested in historic preservation. The 1966 Act created the National Register of Historic Places, which offered the protection of privately, owned historic buildings and properties from federal government actions. It created National Register criteria to evaluate buildings for inclusion on the Register and established a review process for public projects that involved the encroachment or razing of registered properties. It also permitted States to setup a similar process that protected registered properties from municipal, county and state encroachments. New Jersey created its State Register of Historic Places in 1970.

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