• A State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO), a Federal Preservation Officer (FPO), a scholar, a private owner, or an interested member of the general public, writes a letter of inquiry to the National Park Service.
• NHL staff review the letter to determine if the property appears to meet the criteria for an NHL. If the property has the potential to become an NHL, the staff provides the preparer with detailed guidance as the nomination is written.
• Working with the preparer, staff from the National Historic Landmarks program edit and review the nomination.
• Subject matter experts and scholars from across the nation review the nomination. Their suggestions and assessments are incorporated into the nomination.
• The Landmarks Committee reviews the nomination before making a recommendation to the National Park System Advisory Board.
• The National Park System Advisory Board reviews the nomination before making a recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior.
• The nomination is submitted to the Secretary of the Interior.
• The Secretary considers the recommendations and decides whether or not to designate the property as a National Historic Landmark.
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Roseway (Schooner), MA: This wooden two-masted schooner, built in 1925, is the only known survivor of a type of vessel developed specifically to compete in yearly international races of fishing boats. In 1941, Roseway became a pilot boat in Boston, and during World War II served as a patrol vessel manned by the Coast Guard Reserve.