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2016 HALS Challenge: Documenting National Register Listed Landscapes


The deadline for 2016 contest entries has passed. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries. We will announce this year's winners in the fall.

Please check back in early 2017 for details about next year's contest.


HALS photo of Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village

For the 7th annual HALS Challenge, we invite you to document National Register listed landscapes from your region of the country. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Currently there are 90,540 total with 1,752,995 contributing resources. Many of these listings represent or include landscapes. 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. All NHLs are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Search for National Register listings and National Historic Landmarks in your area.

People from every state are hereby challenged to complete at least one HALS short format history to document these significant American landscapes. Preservation Through Documentation!

31 July 2016: Submission deadline

For further information contact:

Chris Stevens

Pictured here is Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village (HALS CA-42) in Simi Valley, California. It was listed in the National Register in 1996. View the National Register nomination and photographs (both in pdf).