NHL Program Announcements

New and Updated National Historic Landmarks

On December 13, 2023, Secretary Haaland announced designation of sixteen new NHLs and approved updated documentation for six existing NHLs. Get to know these new and updated NHLs by visiting our Recent NHL Designations page and StoryMap.

Secretary Haaland Announces National Park Service to Collaborate with Tribes on Theme Study of Native American History

Theme study on Indian Reorganization Period will help identify important places and events as part of broader effort to ensure Interior Department tells a more complete story of America.

NHL Bulletin: Guidelines for Preparing National Historic Landmark Nominations (2023)

The 2023 NHL Bulletin replaces the 1999 version (National Register Bulletin: How to Prepare National Historic Landmark Nominations) as the core guidance for understanding NHLs and the process by which they are identified, nominated, and designated.

Fall 2023 National Historic Landmarks Committee Meeting

The National Historic Landmarks Committee met virtually November 15-16 and recommended that five new nominations for NHL designations, nine updated nominations, and two withdrawals of designations be referred to the National Park System Advisory Board (NPSAB) for consideration.

African American Outdoor Recreation NHL Theme Study

This study examines the history and meaning of recreation in Black America in the period from emancipation to the early twenty-first century. Registration guidelines for evaluating potential NHLs and an inventory of existing African American outdoor recreation properties identified as nationally significant is included. Visit the "African Americans and the Great Outdoors" StoryMap for additional content.

Protecting America: National Historic Landmark (NHL) Cold War Theme Study

Protecting America: Cold War Defensive Sites is a theme study that examines the Cold War chronologically from the detonation of the first two atomic boms and Japanese surrender in 1945 at the end of World War II to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, America's principal nuclear adversary, in 1991. It examines how the international affairs and the political and military challenges of hte Cold War era influenced the weapons systems and defense programs of the United States.

Americans at Work – National Historic Landmark Theme Study on Labor History

The history of work and working people is interwoven through the stories of all America’s most significant places. Labor History in the United States, a theme study released in June 2022 by the National Historic Landmarks (NHL) Program, highlights the many stories of Americans at work through current scholarship on labor history and nationally significant places.

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    Last updated: December 18, 2023