Pecos Pueblo, South of Pecos, NM;
Eric Vondy of Phoenix, AR
|A weathered wooden church window. A hand-carved carousel horse. A vintage roller coaster. A red ruin in the desert. A majestic and ancient earthwork.
These touchstones of the past allow us to connect with our history as a nation and as a people. The winner and honorable mention images from this year’s National Historic Landmark Photo Contest speak volumes about the experience of visiting these evocative sites. The photographs are majestic, moody, playful, and inspiring. They share the vision of the photographer, and capture the essence of each site.
We hope you will be inspired to visit our nation’s National Historic Landmarks, seek out the stories that connect our rich history, and share your own view in next year’s contest.
Download the 2012 Calendar with all winning photos (.pdf)
For more information on the 12th Annual National Historic Landmark Photo Contest, please visit:
- Schooner C.A. Thayer, San Francisco, CAJohn Conway of Vallejo, CA »
- Valley Forge, Chester and Montgomery counties, PAMichael Ticcino of Audubon, PA »
- Bodie Historic District, CAShayne E. Watson of San Francisco, CA »
- Kennywood Park, featuring the Racer roller coaster, West Mifflin, PAKurt Miller of Trafford, PA »
- Saint Philip’s Episcopal Church, as seen from Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church, Charleston, SCSteven Hyatt of Mount Pleasant, SC »
- Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel No. 6, Kit Carson County Fairgrounds, Burlington, COSayre Hutchison of Lakewood, CO »
- Nott Memorial Hall, Union College Campus, Schenectady, NYCarolina J. Wierzbowski of Schenectady, NY »
- Moundville Site, Moundville, ALBill Bomar of Tuscaloosa, AL »
- Iolani Palace, Honolulu, HIGraham Black of Arbroath, Scotland »
- Point Reyes Lifeboat Station, Point Reyes National Seashore, Drakes Bay, Point Reyes, CA Richard F. Gaston of Cotati, CA »
- Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis, MOJudy Hitzeman of Vallejo, CA »
- Abraham Lincoln Home, Springfield, ILMatt Turner of Independence, MO »
National Historic Landmarks
National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. A National Historic Landmark may be a historic building, site, structure, object, or district. Fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. Working with citizens throughout the nation, the National Historic Landmarks Program draws upon the expertise of National Park Service staff to identify and nominate new landmarks and to provide assistance to existing landmarks.
NOTE: Unlike National Historic Landmarks, properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places may have significance locally, at the state level, or nationally. The National Register has 86,255 total listings; in fiscal year 2010 it added 1,215 properties. While a National Historic Landmark might also be listed on the National Register, being on the National Register does not confer National Historic Landmark status.
For more information about the National Historic Landmarks Program, please visit:
last updated 1/31/2012 11:11 est