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  • (2015) 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.
  • (2015) 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.
  • (2015) 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.
  • (2015) 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.

  • (2015) 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.

  • (2015) The Intermountain Regional Office has released its Heritage Partnership Program reports for 2014. We invite you to learn about National Historic Landmarks Program activities in the Intermountain Region.
  • (2015) 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!
  • (2015) 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.)
  • (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.
  • (2015) 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.
  • (2014) Program update: All National Historic Landmark nominations are temporarily inaccessible as they are currently being transferred for scanning. Between September 1, 2014 and October 3, 2014, a blackout period will ensue in which we cannot access paper or digital records for these nominations. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • (2014) Did you know? There are 28 National Historic Landmarks related to the War of 1812, which was fought between 1812 and 1815. As commemorations of the 200th anniversary of this event continue, we invite you to learn more about the role that these sites played in the conflict.
  • (2014) The National Park System Advisory Board National Historic Landmarks Committee held its spring meeting on May 28-29, 2014, in Washington, DC. Please visit our Spring 2014 Landmarks Committee meeting page for additional information.
  • (2013) The National Park System Advisory Board National Historic Landmarks Committee met in Washington, DC for its fall meeting on December 17-18, 2013, at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives. For copies of the nominations considered and further details about the meeting, please visit our Fall 2013 Landmarks Committee meeting page.
  • (2013) Amateur photographer Britta Burmester, of Linden, New Jersey, is the winner of the 2013 National Historic Landmark Photo Contest with her painterly landscape photo of Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area. Find out more about the winner and 12 honorable mention photos on the NHL Photo Contest page or visit the gallery at Flickr.
  • (2013) The Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board convened in Washington, DC for its spring meeting on April 9, 2003, at the National Park Service. For a copy of the draft nominations considered, video of the meeting, and further information, please visit our Spring 2013 Landmarks Committee meeting page.
  • (2012) National Historic Landmark nominations and accompanying images are now available online through NPS Focus, a database of nominations for National Historic Landmarks, National Register of Historic Places, and National Park Service units. Please visit our lists of NHLs by state to find our newest Landmarks.
  • (2012) Heavy Metal Rules! The winner of the 13th Annual National Historic Landmark Photo Contest is Don Woods, of North Clarendon, Vermont, whose photograph of Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site was selected from a pool of almost 300 photographs. View the winning entry and honorable mentions in this year's NHL winners' gallery on Flickr. For further information, please visit the 2012 National Historic Landmark Photo Contest page.
  • (2009) The National Historic Landmarks Program is pleased to highlight the NHLs located in the national parks featured in Ken Burns' documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, which premiered September 27, 2009. Check your local PBS station for subsequent showings.
  • (2009) Join us in learning about the latest preservation efforts at the Casa Malpais Site in Apache County, Arizona.
  • (2009) The 2009 Presidential Inauguration will bring countless visitors to the nation's capitol, and with that, opportunities to explore the history of the city. The National Register of Historic Places has compiled an Inauguration Feature which highlights numerous National Historic Landmarks. Twenty NHLs of particular note have been chosen throughout the city to encourage visitors to explore beyond the monuments.
  • (2008) Please join the National Historic Landmarks Program in commemorating African American History Month as we feature the home of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the "Father of African American History."
  • (2007) A Section 213 Report evaluating the impact of proposed construction on a threatened National Historic Landmark, the Great Falls Portage, is now available to download. To learn more about the Great Falls Portage, please download the NHL nomination and accompanying photos for the site.
  • (2007) The National Historic Landmarks Program features the Beth Sholom Synagogue and the tenement building at 97 Orchard Street during Jewish American Heritage Month in May. The NHL Program, in conjunction with other National Park Service programs, is pleased to join efforts with several federal agencies, museums and organizations to commemorate the Jewish American contribution to our nation's diverse history.