NHL News & Events
- The National Park Service is entrusted with the stewardship of the nation's natural resources but our mission also encompasses the protection of our nation's cultural heritage through historic preservation programs like the National Historic Landmarks Program. In honor of the National Park Service centennial on August 25, we are pleased to highlight those National Historic Landmarks located in the national parks featured in Ken Burn's documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea.
- In honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month the National Historic Landmarks Program is pleased to share the first chapter of A Brief Glimpse: Asian American Pacific Islander National Historic Landmarks Theme Study. The full study will be available in fall 2016.
- On August 4, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced the designation of four new National Historic Landmarks: the George Washington Masonic National Memorial (Alexandria, Virginia), Red Rocks Park and Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (Jefferson County, Colorado), First Peoples Buffalo Jump (Cascade County, Montana), and Lafayette Park (Detroit, Michigan). To learn more about these NHLs, please consult the nominations on our Fall 2014 Landmarks Committee meeting page.
- On July 20, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced the designation of three new National Historic Landmarks at the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse (Frank M. Johnson Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse) in Montgomery, Alabama. This courthouse, alongside the U.S Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit (John Minor Wisdom U.S. Court of Appeals Building), in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse (Elbert Parr Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building) in Atlanta, Georgia, were collectively instrumental in legally reshaping the South by implementing historic civil rights legislation during the modern civil rights movement. To learn more about these NHLs, please consult the nominations on our Fall 2014 Landmarks Committee meeting page.
- On June 19, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the designation of the newest National Historic Landmark, the Henry Gerber House in Chicago, Illinois, in recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. Henry Gerber is the founder of the Society for Human Rights, the first chartered organization in the United States dedicated to the advocacy of homosexuals, marking a turning point in LGBTQ history. The Henry Gerber House, where the organization was founded and headquartered in 1924, is the second National Historic Landmark designated for its association with LGBTQ history, and the first to be identified and designated through the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative. To learn more about this NHL, please consult the nomination on our Fall 2014 Landmarks Committee meeting page.
- 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.
- 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.
Past Landmarks Committee Meetings