A special virtual public event, Landmarking Labor: Labor History and the National Historic Landmarks Program took place on November 17, 2021 from 2pm - 3pm ET.
Six speakers presented lightning talks on a variety of themes, including the basics of NHL designation, the significance of a recently completed NHL theme study on Labor History, several recent NHL nominations with a labor history focus (Jefferson County (WV) Courthouse and Rio Vista Bracero Reception Center (TX)), labor archaeology and NHL designation, and efforts to revise older NHL nominations to reflect the histories and experiences of enslaved people at plantation sites in the Northeast.
Selected recordings from the event are posted below.
Documenting and Preserving Sites of Labor
In this video, Dr. Rachel Donaldson, a scholar from the College of Charleston, discusses her work on both the Labor History Theme Study and a recently completed NHL nomination for the Jefferson County (WV) Courthouse.
- 8 minutes, 13 seconds
Writing a National Historic Landmark nomination
In this video, Dr. Rachel Donaldson, a scholar from the College of Charleston, and Kathryn Smith, a historian with the National Park Service, discuss tips for labor historians drafting NHL nominations.
- 3 minutes, 1 second
NHL's in Your State and in the Parks
NHL Data by State
Search for National Historic Landmarks
Discover information on National Historic Landmarks in your community and across the nation.
NHL Nomination Process
Explore the Designation Process
Read a step-by-step guide to the NHL nomination process. The NHL program is a federal designation.
NHLs in National Park units
National Historic Landmarks in Parks
Roughly 200 NHLs are located in or have boundaries that overlap with 133 NPS units.
National Historic Landmark Theme Studies
Learn about the NHL theme study process, a way to identify and nominate properties
Latino/a Labor History
American Latinos & the Making of the U.S
Read an essay from American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study on labor history.
Explore Labor History in these National Historic Landmarks
Last updated: December 10, 2021