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Marjory Stoneman Douglas House Named a National Historic Landmark
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the designation of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas House in Miami, Florida, as a new national historic landmark.  President Barack Obama will honor the work of the 20th century environmentalist and the designation of her home as a national historic landmark during his visit to Everglades National Park today on Earth Day. 

“As the National Park Service strives to build partnerships, stewardship, and advocacy of the nation’s natural and cultural resources with the younger generations, we can look to the past for inspiration,” said Director Jarvis.  “Reflected in this newly designated national historic landmark; Douglas’ tireless advocacy for preservation of the Everglades fostered community involvement and appreciation crucial to saving one of the nation’s most treasured landscapes.”

From its completion in 1926 through her death in 1998, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas House was the home and workspace of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, one of the most influential environmentalists of the twentieth century whose seminal book, The Everglades: River of Grass (1947), marked a significant turning point in the movement.  In the late 1960s, she founded the Friends of the Everglades, an environmental activist organization with a central role in the conservation and restoration of the Everglades.

Established in 1935, the National Historic Landmarks Program is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. The agency works with preservation officials, private property owners, and other partners interested in nominating properties for National Historic Landmark designation. Completed nominations are reviewed by the National Park System Advisory Board, which makes recommendations for designation to the Secretary of the Interior. If designated, property ownership remains the same, but each site receives a plaque and is eligible for technical preservation advice.

The National Historic Landmarks Program is one of more than a dozen programs administered by the National Park Service that provide states and local communities technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve our nation’s shared history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities.


Posted: April 22, 2015
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