National Historic Landmarks Program – 55th Anniversary

National Historic Landmarks Program

National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are historic properties that illustrate the heritage of the United States. Today, just over 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. NHLs come in many forms: historic buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts. Each NHL represents an outstanding aspect of American history and culture. The program was formally inaugurated with a series of listings on October 9, 1960.

What are National Historic Landmarks?

National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are historic places that possess exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States.  The National Park Service’s National Historic Landmarks Program oversees the designation of such sites.  There are just over 2,500 National Historic Landmarks.  All NHLs are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

NHLs come in many forms: buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts.  A historic site may be important enough to receive designation as an NHL if it:

  • is the location with the strongest association with a turning point or significant event in American history.
  • is the best location to tell the story of an individual who played a significant role in the history of the United States.
  • is an exceptional representation of a particular building or engineering method, technique, or building type in the country.
  • provides the potential to yield new and innovative information about the past through archeology.

Most NHLs are owned by private individuals, universities, non-profit organizations, corporations, tribal entities, or local and state governments.  The Federal government owns fewer than 400 NHLs (16%).  The laws that govern property rights still apply to designated Landmarks.  Designation of a property as a National Historic Landmark does not give ownership of the property to the Federal government or the National Park Service.

For more: http://www.nps.gov/nhl/

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  • On August 4, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced the designation of four new National Historic Landmarks: the George Washington Masonic National Memorial (Alexandria, Virginia), Red Rocks Park and Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (Jefferson County, Colorado), First Peoples Buffalo Jump (Cascade County, Montana), and Lafayette Park (Detroit, Michigan). To learn more about these NHLs, please consult the nominations on our Fall 2014 Landmarks Committee meeting page.
  • On June 19, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the designation of the newest National Historic Landmark, the Henry Gerber House in Chicago, Illinois, in recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. Henry Gerber is the founder of the Society for Human Rights, the first chartered organization in the United States dedicated to the advocacy of homosexuals, marking a turning point in LGBTQ history. The Henry Gerber House, where the organization was founded and headquartered in 1924, is the second National Historic Landmark designated for its association with LGBTQ history, and the first to be identified and designated through the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative. To learn more about this NHL, please consult the nomination on our Fall 2014 Landmarks Committee meeting page.
  • On April 15, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the designation of 5 new National Historic Landmarks: the Brookline Reservoir of the Cochituate Aqueduct (Brookline, Massachusetts), the California Powder Works Bridge (Santa Cruz County, California), Lake Hotel (Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming), the McGregor Memorial Conference Center (Detroit, Michigan), and Samara (West Lafayette, Indiana).

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  1. WH

    Friday, October 9, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    9:15 AM
    President Obama departs the White House
    South Lawn

    9:30 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Eugene, Oregon

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    2:40 PM
    President Obama arrives Eugene, Oregon
    Eugene Airport, Eugene, Oregon

    3:00 PM
    3:40 PM
    President Obama meets with families of the Umpqua Community College shooting
    Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon

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    President Obama departs Eugene, Oregon en route Seattle, Washington
    Eugene Airport, Eugene, Oregon

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    6:45 PM
    President Obama arrives in Seattle, Washington
    King County International Airport, Seattle, Washington

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    7:20 PM
    President Obama participates in a DNC roundtable
    Westin Hotel, Seattle, Washington

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    9:05 PM
    President Obama attends an event for Senator Patty Murray and the Washington State Democratic Party
    Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA

    10:00 PM
    President Obama departs Seattle, Washington en route San Francisco, California
    King County International Airport, Seattle, Washington

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    11:45 PM
    President Obama arrives in San Francisco, California
    San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California

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    12:20 AM
    President Obama attends an event for a DNC event
    Private Residence, San Francisco, CA

    President Obama overnights in San Francisco

  2. National Historic Landmarks Program – 55th Anniversary

    National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are historic properties that illustrate the heritage of the United States. Today, just over 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. NHLs come in many forms: historic buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts. Each NHL represents an outstanding aspect of American history and culture. The program was formally inaugurated with a series of listings on October 9, 1960.

    NHLs come in many forms: buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts. A historic site may be important enough to receive designation as an NHL if it:

    * is the location with the strongest association with a turning point or significant event in American history.

    * is the best location to tell the story of an individual who played a significant role in the history of the United States.

    * is an exceptional representation of a particular building or engineering method, technique, or building type in the country.

    * provides the potential to yield new and innovative information about the past through archeology.

    Most NHLs are owned by private individuals, universities, non-profit organizations, corporations, tribal entities, or local and state governments. The Federal government owns fewer than 400 NHLs (16%). The laws that govern property rights still apply to designated Landmarks. Designation of a property as a National Historic Landmark does not give ownership of the property to the Federal government or the National Park Service.

    For more: http://www.nps.gov/nhl/index.htm

  3. Obama to visit Roseburg in wake of shooting

    October 5, 2015 By Jim Acosta and Allie Malloy, CNN

    Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama will visit Roseburg, Oregon, Friday following the mass shooting at an Oregon community college last week that killed 10 people, including the shooter, according to a White House official.

    “On Friday, October 9, the President will travel to Roseburg, Oregon, to visit privately with families of victims of the shooting. Further details about the President’s travel to Oregon will be made available in the coming days,” the official told CNN.

    On the day of the shootings, Obama made impassioned remarks, once again renewing his call for tougher gun legislation.

    “Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it … We have become numb to this,” Obama said Thursday.

    Obama’s Roseburg visit comes during a previously announced four-day trip to the West Coast.

    • President Obama Speaks After Meeting with Shooting Victims’ Families in Roseburg, OR

      Published on Oct 9, 2015

      President Obama gives remarks after meeting with the families of victims of the shooting on October 1, 2015, at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

  4. Reid Statement on Senate Democrats’ Principles for Gun Safety Legislation

    October 8, 2015

    Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement after Senate Democrats’ announced principles for new gun safety legislation:

    “Every day gun violence claims the lives of 30 Americans. Since the Newtown shootings alone, more than 80,000 Americans have died as a result of gun violence. Tragedies like the horrific shooting we saw in Oregon are becoming a sad, frequent occurrence. It is time for more than just condolences and prayers. It is time for action.

    “That is why Senate Democrats are coming together to unveil a plan that offers real solutions for tackling the problem of gun violence. This proposal will make current background checks stronger, close loopholes, protect victims of domestic violence and shut down the pipeline of illegal guns. These are common sense steps that are supported by the vast majority of Americans. Ninety percent of gun owners believe there should be background checks, including eighty-six percent of Republicans. There is no reason why we can’t get this done.

    “Democrats are offering bipartisan solutions that can save lives, and we call on Republicans to join us in this effort. Of course we won’t be able to stop all gun violence. But, working together, we can pass legislation that can make a real difference. It is simply too important to do nothing.”

    • Senate Dems unveil new gun control push

      October 08, 2015, 12:00 pm By Jordain Carney – TheHill

      Roughly two-dozen Senate Democrats unveiled a sweeping new gun control campaign Thursday in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a community college in Oregon.

      The Democratic push focuses on three areas: bolstering current background check requirements, closing “loopholes” on background checks when guns are bought at gun shows or online, and closing the “pipeline of illegal guns” by making gun trafficking a federal crime.

      Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said that the three areas are “reasonable,” adding that “they’re common sense. They ought to have bipartisan support.”

      More than half of the Senate Democratic Conference was at Thursday’s event, bringing together red-state Democrats such as Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) with vocal advocates for additional gun control measures, such as Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.).

      Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who was governor of Virginia during the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, said the idea behind the new push is to “start a national movement around a couple of principles. … This should be easy.”

      But in a GOP-controlled Congress, Republican senators were notably absent from Thursday’s press conference.

      For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/256362-senate-dems-unveil-new-gun-control-push

  5. Train hero Spencer Stone stabbed in Sacramento, in stable condition

    10/08/2015 By Mark Gomez and David DeBol – bayareanews

    SACRAMENTO — An American hero who helped overcome a would-be terrorist on a French train nearly lost his own life early Thursday morning in a stabbing attack on a street just east of the state Capitol.

    Police said the attack on Spencer Stone, one of three local friends hailed for their actions in the August train incident, appeared to have been sparked by a verbal altercation between two groups of partiers near a row of midtown Sacramento nightclubs and had no connection to Stone’s sudden fame. But it resonated worldwide, coming just days after another of the three, Alex Skarlatos, was in the spotlight because he attends the Oregon community college that was the site of a deadly shooting rampage.

    Stone, an Airman 1st Class assigned to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, was in serious but stable condition Thursday afternoon after being stabbed three times in the torso, said Dr. Douglas Kirk, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He underwent surgery at the medical center, which has a Level 1 trauma unit, and is currently in the intensive care unit. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery, but it is too early to say how long the recovery will take.

    For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_28939820?utm_source=inthenews

    • Man arrested in California stabbing of French train hero

      November 4, 2015 AP

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A tip from the public led police in California’s capital city to arrest a 28-year-old man Wednesday in the stabbing of a U.S. airman hailed as a hero for helping thwart a European terror attack.

      Air Force Staff Sgt. Spencer Stone was knifed three times in the torso on Oct. 8 in a fight near a bar in Sacramento, shortly after nightclub patrons applauded the 23-year-old for his role in tackling a gunman with ties to radical Islam on a Paris-bound passenger train in August.

      James Tran, who lives outside Sacramento, is considered “the instigator” in the brawl that led to the stabbing, police Chief Sam Somers Jr. said at a news conference. He was arrested early Wednesday on a charge of attempted homicide.

      A number of others were questioned in the attack but none has been arrested, Somers said. Police would not say how many others were questioned.

      Stone’s injuries were so severe that police initially thought he could die, so they called in detectives who have been investigating public tips on the case ever since, Somers said. One led to Tran in recent days, and arrest and search warrants were issued Tuesday while he was kept under surveillance.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/man-arrested-california-stabbing-french-train-hero-214310698.html

  6. October 09, 2015

    Statement by the President Congratulating the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Recipients

    On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. This brave coalition of workers, industry, lawyers and human rights advocates is an inspiring reminder that lasting peace and security can only be achieved when citizens are empowered to forge their own future and that democracy is both possible and necessary in the North Africa and the Middle East.

    In the five years since a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire to protest an oppressive dictatorship, the Tunisian people have made remarkable strides in building an inclusive democracy, and the Quartet has played an indispensable role. When the promise of the Jasmine Revolution was in doubt, the Quartet helped to bring Tunisians together in a peaceful dialogue. With the Quartet’s support, Tunisians voted in free elections, forged a new constitution that upholds human rights and equality for all people, including women and minorities, and formed a national unity government, including secular and Islamist parties, showing that democracy and Islam can indeed thrive together.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/09/statement-president-congratulating-2015-nobel-peace-prize-recipients

  7. Paw print

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BO !!!

    Bo (born October 9, 2008) is the pet dog of the Obama family, the First Family of the United States. Bo is a neutered male Portuguese Water Dog. President Barack Obama and his family were given the dog as a gift after months of speculation about the breed and identity of their future pet. The final choice was made in part because Malia Obama’s allergies dictated a need for a hypoallergenic breed. The White House has referred to him as the “First Dog”, a US cultural term occasionally used during recent administrations

    Bo baseball card http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Bo-The-Portrait-the-Baseball-Card/

    Meet Bo, the First Dog http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/12/Meet-Bo-the-First-Dog/

    Photos of Bo http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/03/04/bo-photo-gallery

  8. 7:20 PM ET
    President Obama participates in a DNC roundtable
    Westin Hotel, Seattle, Washington

  9. 9:05 PM ET
    President Obama attends an event for Senator Patty Murray and the Washington State Democratic Party
    Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA

  10. 12:20 AM ET
    President Obama attends an event for a DNC event
    Private Residence, San Francisco, CA

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