Privacy Policy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Scope of the Privacy Policy

Personal Information Collection

Use of Information and Privacy Choices

Security of your Credit Card Information

Compliance with Federal Laws


Changes in the Privacy Policy


The National Trust’s web sites are owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This Privacy Policy states the National Trust’s policy with regard to the personal information you provide.  The National Trust is committed to honoring the privacy preferences of members of the public that visit our web sites.   Our intention through these web sites is to supply information that will help people save historic places and build better communities. In the course of providing these online services, information may be exchanged between the National Trust, servers, online users and their browsers. In order to access certain materials or services on this site, you may be asked to provide your name, address, phone number or other information.  It is your decision to provide this information.  We will only use this information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.  Please be advised that you may opt-out of receiving certain information from the National Trust.  If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use this web site.

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Personal Information Collected  –  The National Trust has a strong commitment to internet privacy.  We provide choices to the consumer in deciding when and how to provide different categories of “personally identifiable information” (e.g., data that may be used to identify, contact or locate a person such as name, physical address, e-mail address and phone number and information you provide to help customize your web experience.)  In general, when you visit our main web sites and access information we do not require you to register or provide personal information to us. However, there are occasions when we will ask for additional information.  For example, you may be required to register your name and e-mail address or other necessary information in order to enter certain member-only areas of the web sites such as for Forum or Main Street members.  You may also be required to register your name and e-mail address if you wish to receive e-newsletters, participate in special initiatives or in surveys or contests.   You may opt out from receiving any of this type of information in the future.  Personally identifiable information, such as your name, physical address, e-mail address, phone number and credit card information will be collected if you wish to become a member of the National Trust online, make purchases online, or make online donations.  Please be advised we will never share your credit card information.  Nor will we ever share your email address unless otherwise authorized by you.

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Internet Protocol

We may keep track of your interactions with our sites and our services to offer a more personalized experience through the use of Cookies or through your Internet Protocol address.

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is associated with the portal through which you enter the internet, like your internet service provider (ISP).  Standing alone, your IP address is not personally identifiable.  At times, we use IP addresses to collect information regarding the frequency with which our visitors visit various parts of our sites.  We may also combine this information with personally identifiable information, e.g., your name and address that you have provided to us and/or with other information that is publicly available or that we receive from other reputable sources in order to make our web site and communications more targeted to your interests.


Our web sites also use “Cookies.”  “Cookies” are small files sent from a Web server to your computer through your browser program that permit the computer to help customize your experience with our web sites. The National Trust uses cookies to measure visitation to the National Trust sites, including repeat visitors, and to perform certain functions such as order processing and registrations.  Cookies may be used to store some history about the parts of our web sites that you have visited to help you navigate our web site more easily or to alert you to related pages on our web sites that may interest you.  The National Trust does not use cookies to obtain information about other web sites that you may have visited.  For more information about cookies, visit

Invite-A-Friend and e-Cards

If a user elects to use our Invite-A-Friend referral service for informing a friend or colleague about our web site or for sending an e-Card, we ask for the friend’s name and e-mail address.  The National Trust will automatically send the friend a one-time message inviting them to visit a particular web page on the site.  The National Trust uses the recipient’s information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time e-mail and the recipient information is not retained.

Personally Identifiable Information Contained in User Content

Some sections of our web site may allow users to post or transmit messages, comments, screen names, computer files and other materials.  We encourage your thoughts, stories, photos, but be advised that any content you submit to the web sites will not be returned to you and may be used by us in any manner we see fit, including reprinting it in full or in modified version on the web sites or elsewhere or using elements of it on the web sites.  You will not be entitled to any remuneration for any use of your content by us or our subsidiaries or historic sites.

You are solely responsible for the contents of your transmission through the site.  The National Trust does not monitor such transmissions, and therefore cannot be responsible for any personally identifiable information or other information that may be contained in such transmissions.  You agree not to transmit through the Site any unlawful, harassing, libelous, abusive, threatening, or harmful material of any kind or nature.

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Use of Email Addresses

If you provide the National Trust with your e-mail address we will not share that address with other organizations, unless you have otherwise authorized us to do so.  If you provide your e-mail address on a public forum, e.g. a blog, the National Trust is not responsible for monitoring these transmissions and cannot be responsible for any personally identifiable information contained in such transmissions.  If you wish to be removed from one of our e-mail lists, you may opt-out at any time.

Use of Membership Information

On a selective basis, Members may be selected to receive information via postal mail from other non-profit organizations, including state and local preservation organizations and occasionally for-profit organizations that we think may be of interest to you.  You have the right to opt-out of these mailings.

Links to Third-Party Web Sites –   We provide many links to third party web sites existing outside of the National Trust. Since we do not control the content or functionality of these web sites, we encourage you to review the privacy policies posted on these third-party web sites. Any link from to such a third-party web site does not denote an affiliation with the web site or an endorsement of its viewpoint(s) or mission(s).

Subsidiaries and National Trust Historic Sites  –  The National Trust has a number of subsidiaries and Historic Sites that offer a wide range of products and services.  Unless you opt-out, we may share your postal address with the following Subsidiaries and Historic Sites to inform you of the various product and service offerings in which you might be interested.  Subsidiaries and Historic Sites are subject to the same opt-out rights that apply to use of personally identifiable information by the National Trust.

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Co-Branded Partners

From time to time, the National Trust may offer certain promotions or activities on our site that are co-sponsored by a non-profit or for-profit partner, such as purchasing products or services offered by our partners, or electing to participate in advocacy campaigns, contests, sweepstakes, games or other programs sponsored in whole or in part by our partners, which will be subject to their own terms of use.  At the time of engagement, you will be offered an opportunity to opt-out of receiving information from the partner.  We do not control the privacy practices or terms of use of our co-branded partners, therefore, you should review their practices before you choose to access their products or services.  You are entitled to opt-out from receiving any resulting information from the National Trust as set forth in this Policy at any time.  However, if at a later date, you decide to opt-out of receiving information from our partner, you will need to contact the partner directly.


We may share your personally identifiable information, e.g. name and address, with third parties that offer products or services under or in association with brand names of the National Trust.  A licensee is one whose products or services are offered to you with our name.  These licensees are restricted by contract to use your information solely for purposes of marketing or promotional materials related to National Trust products or services.  You are entitled to opt-outfrom receiving this information as set forth in this Policy.  If you choose to access purchases through one of our licensees, they may in some cases collect your personal information subject to their own privacy policies.  We do not control the privacy practices of our licensees; therefore, you should review their practices before you choose to access their products or services.

Third Party Advertising

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.


All information provided to the National Trust is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption.  SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us.  We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our Site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of the National Trust.  Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure.  While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.

If you do not wish to use our online payment services, payments may be made by contacting our 24-hour call center at 1-800-315-NTHP (6847).  At this time all other online payment options (i.e. Preservation Books or the Main Street Store) can only be processed online.

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Children’s Privacy Policy

None of the web sites covered by this policy knowingly collect identifiable personal information from children under the age of 13.  The National Trust’s website is not directed to, nor does it have knowledge of, visitors less than 13 years of age. We are committed to protecting children’s privacy and we will monitor our website and its users to make sure that their privacy is protected. If we discover that a person under the age of 13 has provided us with any identifiable personal information, we will delete that information from our systems.  We are unable to reply to information requests from children under the age of 13, if so identified.  A parent or guardian must initiate the requests from children under the age of 13 on their behalf. If we begin marketing to children on-line and we are aware that those children are under the age of 13, the National Trust will take steps to fully comply with the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). To learn more about both of these programs see and


The National Trust complies fully with the Controlling the Assault on Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act).  To this end, the National Trust:

ALWAYS provides recipients of e-mail marketing and e-newsletters a clear mechanism to opt-out of receiving information in the future.

ALWAYS provides accurate header and subject line information prior to sending any e-mails.  The National Trust commits to sending only e-mails with specific subject lines and a clear delineation from whom the e-mail was sent.

ALWAYS provides the National Trust’s physical address within the body of all of our e-mail messages.

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The National Trust welcomes comments or questions on this policy.  We are dedicated to protecting your personal information, and will make every reasonable effort to keep that information secure.  If you have any questions or wish to opt-out, please contact us via email at or call Constituent Services Department by phone at 1-800-315-NTHP (6847), or mail us at:

Constituent Services Department
National Trust for Historic Preservation
1785 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20036

Any information you provide to us is covered by this policy.

Updating Your Information

You can help the National Trust ensure the accuracy of your information.  If you have any changes to your physical address, title, e-mail address, name, or phone number, please

1.  Update your constituent profile online if you are already registered with the National Trust
2.  Submit an address change request via email if you are not already registered
3.  Call us at 1-800-315-NTHP (6847), or
4.  Write us at:

Constituent Services Department
National Trust for Historic Preservation
1785 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20036


We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time.  Any material changes in the way we collect, use, and/or share your personally identifiable information will be posted on-line.  You are bound by such revisions and should therefore visit the page to review the current terms from time to time.  Your continued use of the sites constitutes an affirmative acknowledgement by you of the terms and term modifications and your agreement to abide and be bound by the terms as modified.

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