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- 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.
- 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).
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 The National Historic Landmark designation for the Steam Schooner Wapama (Richmond, California) has been withdrawn.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.
- The Intermountain Regional Office has released its Heritage Partnership Program reports for 2014. We invite you to learn about National Historic Landmarks Program activities in the Intermountain Region.
- We recently updated our page about the NHL Program's ongoing work on behalf of the four Heritage and History Initiatives: the American Latino Heritage Initiative, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Initiative, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Heritage Initiative, and the Women’s History Initiative. Check it out!
- The National Park System Advisory Board National Historic Landmarks Committee held its Fall 2014 meeting on February 11-12, 2015, in Washington, DC. Please visit our Fall 2014 Landmarks Committee meeting page for additional information. (The Fall 2014 meeting was postponed until February 2015.)
- In honor of Veterans Day, we turn the spotlight to the USS Slater in Albany, New York, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. This destroyer escort is nationally significant for its association with American naval strategy and operations during World War II. The Slater is a rare and extraordinarily intact example of an important class of mass-produced warships designed for convoy protection and anti-submarine warfare. The 563 destroyer escorts built and completed between 1943 and 1945 were the single largest type of warship ever constructed by the United States Navy. These ships could be built in less than a month. Both men and women assisted in the construction of these ships and the rapid and sustained construction of these warships at unprecedented rates introduced fundamental changes into the American workplace. To learn more, read the NHL nomination for the ship.
- November is Native American Heritage Month. To celebrate, we highlight the akima Pinšiwa Awiiki (also known as the Chief Jean-Baptiste de Richardville House) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. The akima Pinšiwa Awiiki is the most important place associated with Pinšiwa, the akima (civil chief) of the Myaamia, a nationally significant American Indian statesman and leader. Pinšiwa’s leadership resulted in treaties that shaped much of the Old Northwest Territory and allowed for more than half of the Myaamia to remain in their traditional homeland, even after much of the territory was ceded to the United States. Under Pinšiwa’s strong leadership, the tribe was able to maintain its cultural identity while achieving tribal consensus. To learn more, read the NHL nomination for the property.