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.
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Latest NHL News:
- 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).