National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) 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. Today, just over 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 who guide the nomination process for new Landmarks and provide assistance to existing Landmarks.
In Honor of Earth Day, Another New National Historic Landmark Announced!
On April 22, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas House in Miami, Florida, is the newest National Historic Landmark. President Barack Obama spoke about Douglas's work during his Earth Day speech at Everglades National Park. Douglas is one of the most important environmentalists of the twentieth century. Her seminal book, The Everglades: River of Grass, marked a significant turning point in twentieth-century environmentalism by helping the nation reimagine the Everglades as a globally distinct, complex ecosystem in need of protection. To learn more about this NHL, please see the nomination on our Spring 2014 Landmarks Committee meeting page.
New National Historic Landmarks Designated!
On April 15, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis 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).
The Secretary also approved updated documentation for four existing National Historic Landmarks: Cliveden (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Fort Smith (Fort Smith, Arkansas), Fort Union (Williams and McKenzie Counties, North Dakota; and Roosevelt and Richland Counties, Montana), and the Mountain Meadows Massacre Site (Washington County, Utah). The National Historic Landmark designation for the Steam Schooner Wapama (Richmond, California) has been withdrawn.
To learn more about these properties, please consult our Spring 2014 Landmarks Committee meeting page and our page about the withdrawal of National Historic Landmark designation.