From the founding of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 to NOAA's recognition in 1970, NOAA's heritage is rooted in 200 years of science, service, and stewardship.
Although NOAA formed in 1970, the agencies that came together at that time are among the oldest in the Federal Government. The Survey of the Coast formed in 1807, the Weather Bureau formed in 1870, and the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries formed in 1871. Much of America's scientific heritage resides in these agencies.
The NOAA Heritage Program’s mission is to preserve NOAA’s heritage. By telling our unique story, we seek to deepen our workforce’s and the public’s understanding of NOAA’s history and instill a sense of pride and value for our mission and services.