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national historic landmarks

National Historic Landmarks

Exceptional Places, Past and Present

U.S. Department of the Interior—National Park Service

what are national historic landmarks
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIP

What areNational Historic Landmarks?

nhls can be
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPNHLs can be
  • Buildings
  • Districts
  • Sites
  • Structures
  • Objects

Philadelphia Toboggan Co. Carousel #6, CO

buildings
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPBuildings

Yuma Territorial Prison, AZ Vizcaya, FL

districts
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPDistricts
  • Districts are more than the sum of their parts.

Canterbury Shaker Village, NH

sites
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPSites
  • Sometimes sites have no buildings at all.

Rock cairn along the Lolo Trail, ID

structures
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPStructures

Boston Harbor Island Light Station, MA Eads Bridge, MO

how many are there
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPHow many are there?
  • Over 2,500 properties have qualified
  • 20–25 new landmarks are named each year

Temple Square, UT

designation of national historic landmarks began in 1960
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIP

Designation of National Historic Landmarks began in 1960

what are the criteria for national historic landmark designation
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIP

What are the criteria forNational Historic Landmarkdesignation?

association with events
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPAssociation with events...
  • Locations where nationally significant historical events occurred

Oregon Trail, South Pass, WY

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  • Events may represent any time period.

Brandywine Battlefield, a Revolutionary War site, PA

association with people
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPAssociation with people...
  • Places where prominent Americans lived or worked

Jazz musician John Coltrane’s house, PA

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Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, VA Henry Thoreau’s Walden Pond, MA

association with ideals
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPAssociation with ideals...
  • Places that represent ideals that shaped the nation

Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Selma, AL

outstanding architecture or design
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPOutstanding architecture or design
  • Outstanding examples of design or construction
    • Unusual construction
    • Superb craftsmanship
    • Design innovation

Alden Dow home and architectural studio , MI

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Hotel Del Coronado, CA Charleston’s Market Hall, SC

ability to yield information
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPAbility to yield information...
  • Mostly archeological sites

Abo Mission, NM

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Wailua Complex of Heiaus, HI Kijik Archeological District, AK

how does a property become a national historic landmark
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPHow does a property becomea National Historic Landmark?
  • For designation information, visit the NHL web site

Bear Butte, SD

who owns national historic landmarks
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPWho owns National Historic Landmarks?
  • More than half are owned privately
  • Others are owned by institutions or government
  • Many are supported by “friends” groups

Laurel Hill Cemetery, PA

how do owners benefit from designation
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIP

How do owners benefit from designation?

owners receive
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPOwners receive...
  • Honorary recognition
  • Funding information
  • Technical assistance

Wynnewood, TN

honorary recognition
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPHonorary recognition
  • A bronze plaque is available upon request

Columbus Landing Site, USVI

financial assistance
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPFinancial assistance
  • NHLs get funding priority in some cases
    • Kennecott Mines received a federal “Save America’s Treasures” grant

Kennecott Mines, AK

a steward s association offers
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPA Steward’s Association offers...
  • Networking with NHL peers, outreach, advocacy, education

NHL Stewards visit West Point, NY, in 1998

information and public education
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPInformation and public education
  • Comprehensive web site
  • Technical assistance
  • Report to Congress
what threatens national historic landmarks today
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIP

What threatens National Historic Landmarks today?

threats include
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPThreats include...
  • Deterioration
  • Incompatible new construction
  • Damaging uses
  • Erosion
  • Vandalism and looting
  • Demolition
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  • Deterioration tops the list

New Almaden General Store, CA

web site www cr nps gov nhl
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPWeb Site: www.cr.nps.gov/nhl
  • Funding sources
  • Landmarks database
  • Virtual visits
  • Training information
  • Online publications

Old State Capitol, IA

national park service support offices and parks offer
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPNational Park Service support offices and parks offer
  • Localized assistance
    • Technical support
    • Conferences and workshops
    • Survey and nomination help
the public also benefits
NHL EXAMPLES BEGINNINGS CRITERIA THREATS STEWARDSHIPThe public also benefits
  • Some NHLs are open to the public
  • Tourism boosts local economies
  • The public better understands our American heritage

Mission Concepcion, TX

for more information contact the national park service
For more information contact the National Park Service

This program has been made possible, in part, with special funding by the National Park Servicethrough its Cultural Resources Training Initiative.

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National Historic Landmarks

Exceptional Places, Past and Present

U.S. Department of the Interior—National Park Service

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