National Historic Landmarks Named – Action Will Help Efforts to Save Some Distressed Sites

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the designation of  14 new National Historic Landmarks on June 30.  This selection is based on nominations considered at the Fall 2010 National Park System Advisory Board Landmarks Committee Meeting.

Some of the sites selected are currently distressed or were in danger of being lost alltogether and the designation will be a boost to their preservation.   One property in this category includes one of the four historic national homes for disabled volunteer soldiers,  Milwaukee’s Historic National Soldiers Home  (See the Northwestern Branch in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the list below) was recently named to the   2011 Most Endangered Historic Places  list as designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation)

The new national historic landmarks list is as follows:

  • The Lightship LV-118 (Overfalls), now a museum in Lewes, Delaware, is the last lightship constructed for and commissioned by the U.S. Lighthouse Service.
  • Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, and Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City are early examples of collaborative landscape architecture and contain some of the finest examples of funerary art in the nation.
  • Four national homes for disabled volunteer soldiers – Western Branch in Leavenworth, Kansas; Mountain Branch in Johnson City, Tennessee; Battle Mountain Branch in Hot Springs, South Dakota; and Northwestern Branch in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – reflect the development of a national system of veteran health care in the United States.
  • The Olson House in Cushing, Maine, and the Kuerner Farm in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, are both intimately tied to the renowned 20th-century artist Andrew Wyeth. Wyeth spent 30 summers at the Olson House and is buried on the grounds. The house is depicted in many of his works including “Christina’s World,” one of the most famous American paintings. The Kuerner Farm was the inspiration for more than 1,000 Wyeth paintings over a 64-year period.
  • Grand Mound in International Falls, Minnesota, is an interconnected archeological landscape of mounds, seasonal villages, and sturgeon fishing sites going back to 200 BC.
  • Split Rock Light Station near Beaver Bay, Minnesota, appears virtually the same as it did when completed in 1910. The station greatly aided navigation in the busy and narrow shipping lanes of Lake Superior.
  • The Pennsylvania Railroad Depot and Baggage Room in Dennison, Ohio, is the only surviving station in the country that reflects the important role of trains and train stations in the transportation and care of troops during World War II. During the war, about 4,000 volunteers provided moral support and served meals around the clock to 1.3 million soldiers in the depot’s Salvation Army Servicemen’s Canteen.
  • The Arch Street Friends Meeting House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was built by noted Federal period architect and author Owen Biddle and has been in continuous use since 1805. It is also the largest Quaker Meeting House in the country.
  • The Mountain Meadows Massacre Site in Washington County, Utah, marks the location of the September 11, 1857, massacre of 120 emigrants by militiamen associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The event was the apex of decades of violence, mistrust, and fear.

More information on recent and past historic landmark selections can be found at the National Park Service site for the National Historic Landmarks Program.

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3 Responses to “National Historic Landmarks Named – Action Will Help Efforts to Save Some Distressed Sites”

  1. mkev
    July 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Thanks for the tip on this website BethP. What a great resource. I plan to add it to the links for the BFF site. It only took a few minutes to figure out how use the site and searching was easy. The 90 second tour is well worth the time for anyone using historypin for the first time.

    You are right that historypin will be of great value and interest when looking at historic buildings in case studies and in the news. Fading out the photo to see the current street view of the same building is a really nice feature. When I get a few minutes, I will take a look to see if any of the Landmarks in this post are already “pinned”.

    I already have plans to incorporate historypin into some of the existing and future posts on BFF. For example, the historypin 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Collection is a perfect matchup for the recent post on the 105 Year Anniversary of the earthquake.

  2. BethP
    July 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    Have you see this website yet?

    I haven’t played with it much, but it looks like it combines historic photos with current google maps in a mashup so you can see what things looked like then and now. Might be cool for failures/historic preservation… Check out the “maps” function.


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