Interior Department Announces 24 New National Historic Landmarks
1/11/17 OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
Designations recognize places that depict a broad range of America’s rich, complex history
WASHINGTON – As the National Park Service enters its second century of service and strives to tell a more inclusive and diverse story of America’s history, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the designation of 24 new National Historic Landmarks.
The National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes historic properties of exceptional value to the nation and promotes the preservation efforts of federal, state, and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well as those of private organizations and individuals. The program is one of more than a dozen administered by the National Park Service that provide states and local communities technical assistance, recognition and funding to help preserve our nation’s shared history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities.
“These 24 new designations depict different threads of the American story that have been told through activism, architecture, music, and religious observance,” said Secretary Jewell. “Their designation ensures future generations have the ability to learn from the past as we preserve and protect the historic value of these properties and the more than 2,500 other landmarks nationwide.”
If not already so recognized, properties designated as National Historic Landmarks are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
“As the National Park Service kicks off its second century of stewardship of America’s natural and historic treasures, we look forward to connecting new generations of Americans to the places and stories recognized as National Historic Landmarks today,” said National Park Service Acting Director Michael T. Reynolds.
The 24 national historic landmarks announced today are:
- Medgar and Myrlie Evers House in Jackson, Mississippi
- The Wyandotte National Burying Ground (Eliza Burton Conley Burial Site) in Kansas City
- The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City
- The Greenhills Historic District in Greenhills, Ohio
- Chicano Park in San Diego, California
- Casa José Antonio Navarro in San Antonio, Texa
- The Neutra Studio and Residences (VDL Research House) in Los Angeles, California
- The Keim Homestead in Oley, Pennsylvania
- Schifferstadt in Frederick, Maryland
- The New York State Barge Canal in New York
- The Kimball Village Site (13PM4) in Plymouth county, Iowa
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission Chapel (McDonnell Hall) in San Jose, California
- The Painted Desert Community Complex in Apache County, Arizona
- W. A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop in Rices Landing, Pennsylvania
- The Davis-Ferris Organ, Round Lake Camp Meeting in Upstate New York
- The Pauli Murray Family Home in Durham, North Carolina
- Eldean Bridge in Miami County, Ohio
- West Union Bridge in Parke County, Indiana
- Omaha Union Station in Omaha Nebraska
- The George Read II House in New Castle, Delaware
- The Biesterfeldt Site in Ransom County, North Dakota
- Walrus Islands Archeological District near Togiak, Alaska
- 48GO305 aka “Hell Gap Paleoindian Site,” located in Goshen County, Wyoming
- Kent State Shootings Site in Kent, Ohio
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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