Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis announced Monday the designation of 13 new national historic landmarks, including the Camp Nelson Historic and Archeological District.
“These national historic landmark designations span more than two centuries of our country’s history, from 17th century architecture to a Civil War battlefield to a 19th century-Kentucky whiskey distillery that continued to operate through the Prohibition era,” Salazar said. “(The) designations include significant sites that help tell the story of America and the contributions that all people from all walks of life have made as we strive for a more perfect union.”
National historic landmarks are nationally significant historic places that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. The program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. Currently there are 2,540 designated national historic landmarks.
Other new national historic landmarks include:
• Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library, Camden, Maine.
• Casa Dra. Concha Meléndez Ramírez, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
• The Epic of American Civilization Murals, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
• George T. Stagg Distillery, Franklin County. With resources dating from approximately 1880 to 1953, the George T. Stagg Distillery is a rare, intact example of an operating distillery before, during and after Prohibition. It provides an unparalleled opportunity to study at one site the evolution of buildings and technology associated with the American whiskey industry.
• Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Hartford, Conn.
• Honey Springs Battlefield, McIntosh and Muskogee Counties, Okla.
• Old San Juan Historic District/Distrito Histórico del Viejo San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
• Pear Valley, Eastville, Va.
• Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Ill.
• Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The National Historic Landmarks Program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. Additional information on the designations can be found at www.nps.gov/history/nhl.
Source: U.S. Department of the Interior