Establishing the national significance of a property requires that you place the property within an examination of a broad national story or theme in American history or prehistory. This examination, called a historic context, describes the events and trends in American history and/or archeology, leading up to the events associated with the property.
When Researching a Site a theme, check here to see if the NHL Program has completed a theme study on your topic. These theme studies provide a contextual framework to evaluate and compare similar historic properties. NHL staff can also assist you in locating and reviewing past theme studies that cover your particular topic.
If no theme study exists regarding your particular theme, or the study is outdated, it is the preparer's responsibility to provide that historical context within the nomination.
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