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The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

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February is African American History Month »

Marian Anderson House in Philadelphia, PA

The Marian Anderson House is significant for its association with Marian Anderson, a civil rights icon and an African American contralto who had a ground-breaking career in classical music from the mid-1920s through the late 1950s. One of the most defining moments in Marian's career as an African-American musician and inherently as a symbol of the civil rights movement, took place in 1939 when her manager, Hurok, attempted to book her for a performance at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC through Howard University. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), proprietors of Constitution Hall, refused to schedule Marian Anderson to perform at Constitution Hall on any of the dates Hurok requested, even though the same dates were open to white performers. Ultimately as a result of this overt racial discrimination, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR, resulting in a media frenzy. In lieu of a performance at Constitution Hall, Mrs. Roosevelt and the Department of the Interior organized an open-air concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939. More than 75,000 people were in attendance at this performance, with millions more listening via radio. Read more . . .

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Update/Revise 16A How to Complete the National Register Registration Form

The National Register (NR) of Historic Places program has initiated a project to update/revise the National Register Bulletin: How to Complete the National Register Registration Form.* This NR publication provides guidance for identifying, evaluating, and documenting properties that are historically significant in American history, architecture, engineering, landscape design, archeology, and culture at the local, state, and national levels of significance.  Submit comments . . .

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National Register Policy and Guidance updates

Webinar: National Register or National Historic Landmark? This webinar provides information on the difference between NR and NHL and why to choose one option over the other.

 

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Travel Itineraries:
As our list of travel itineraries grows, the historic destinations you can visit online or in person are virtually endless! Each itinerary is a self-guided tour to historic places most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Spotlighting different communities, geographic regions and themes across the country, the travel itineraries expose you to a huge variety of places significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.

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Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects.

 

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