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Since 1995, ACRA has been the trade association supporting and promoting the common interests of cultural resource management (CRM) firms of all sizes, types and specialties. Today, our member firms undertake much of the legally mandated cultural resource management studies and investigations in the United States. Our firms’ clients include federal, state and local government agencies, private industry and non-profit groups. Our member firms employ thousands of cultural resource management professionals: archaeologists, architectural historians, historians, and an increasingly diverse group of other specialists. Using free market business practices, ACRA firms deploy skilled teams to provide our clients with the best service while fulfilling ethical and professional commitments to the historic heritage.


ACRA’s fundamental goals are to help our member firms thrive by excelling at what they do, and to make ACRA membership a recognized standard of quality. We pursue these goals in various ways:




for the legal and regulatory framework on which our industry depends, and which protects the Nation’s historic heritage. From the beginning, ACRA has been in the forefront of efforts to prevent harmful changes to Federal and State laws and regulations relating to cultural resources. In 2005 an alliance of ACRA and other historic preservation organizations successfully blocked a congressional proposal that would have seriously weakened the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. ACRA closely monitors the legal and regulatory landscape and is a frequent participant partner with regulatory agencies and professional societies. For example, in the last few years alone ACRA has taken part in the Preserve America Summit, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s Archaeology Initiative, and assisted the Federal Communications Commission in developing its programmatic agreement on historic review requirements for cell towers and similar wireless facilities.



our members to perform efficiently in a competitive and complex business environment. Our Annual Meeting is a unique event, providing sessions and workshops where members hone their skills in the business of cultural resource management, all in a warmly welcoming environment ideal for networking with colleagues and potential business partners. Member benefits are a developing field of activity. Our website provides a wide range of information and links for the benefit of our members. ACRA’s Salary Surveys and other industry statistics provide valuable information for member firms and are provided to interested professional societies.



our clients, professional colleagues and the public about cultural resource management and the key role played by our member firms in the CRM industry. ACRA members regularly attend professional meetings and conferences to inform colleagues about ACRA and the opportunities available within CRM. With the SRI Foundation, we have developed a workshop, the Business of CRM, which has been presented at such meetings. Other workshops, including one on marketing, are planned for the future.


National Distribution of ACRA-Member Firms as of July 2013


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6/3/2015 » 6/7/2015
The Vernacular Architecture Forum


ACRA-l, the free forum sponsored by ACRA, is open to anyone who is interested in participating. You do not have to be an active ACRA member to join.

If you are an ACRA Member, and wish to participate in the new ACRA-l forum, you do not need to create a new account. You may use your existing account.

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