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.
Secretary Designates 10 New National Historic Landmarks
On November 2, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the designation of 10 new National Historic Landmarks. Among these are the home of Pulitzer-Prize winning poet James Merrill (Stonington, Connecticut); an African American silent film studio in the winter film capital of Jacksonville, Florida (Norman Film Manufacturing Company); and a German American hall associated with the development of physical education as a mandatory component in public school education across the United States (Athenaeum [Das Deutsche Haus]) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Please visit the Fall 2015 NHL meeting page for more information on the new designations.