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Secretary Salazar Designates Four National Historic Landmarks
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - National Park Service, National Historic Landmarks
Contributed By: National Park Service
Website: http://www.nps.gov/nhl

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the
designation of four new National Historic Landmarks in four states,
including a pre-Columbian flint quarry in North Dakota, a colonial-era
Pennsylvania German house, and a 20th Century Oregon house of the Northwest
Style.

“Each of these landmarks teaches us about the history of our land, our
people, and our nation, from archeological sites dating back more than two
millennia to a mid-twentieth century building,” Secretary Salazar said. “In
designating these sites as National Historic Landmarks, we complement
President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to reconnect people,
especially young people, to our nation’s historic, cultural, and natural
heritage.”

“These new listings will join approximately 2,500 other sites in the
National Historic Landmark Program,” said National Park Service Director
Jonathan B. Jarvis. “These places showcase our rich and complex history –
from prehistoric time right up to the modern era.”

The four new National Historic Landmarks:

The Lynch Quarry in Dunn Center, North Dakota has yielded - and may
yield more - nationally significant information of major scientific
importance about the role of Knife River Flint in tool production,
subsistence strategies, migration, and seasonal rounds of individual
Native American groups during the pre-contact period. This
archeological site also provides insight into how technology changed
and was adapted over a period of several thousand years to reflect
environmental changes.

The Aubrey Watzek House in Portland, Oregon was essential to the
establishment of a regional approach to architecture that became
known as the Northwest Style during the mid-twentieth century. The
broad influence of this style offers proof that the Modernist
movement in America was extraordinarily rich and more indigenous than
its critics have traditionally allowed.

The Schaeffer House in Schaefferstown, Heidelberg Township, Pennsylvania
is nationally significant as a rare intact example of a colonial-era
building type within the Pennsylvania German architectural tradition.
It is quite possibly the only surviving Weinbauernhaus, a type that
incorporates domestic functions and spaces used for the production of
alcoholic spirits within a single building.

Platt National Park Historic District in Chickasaw National Recreation
Area, Sulphur, Oklahoma reflects one the of the most cohesive and
intensive programs of master planning and landscape conservation
carried out in the national parks through the collaboration of the
National Park Service and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during
the New Deal era.

Secretary Salazar also announced a boundary change and updated
documentation for the Harry S Truman Historic District National Historic
Landmark in Independence, Missouri which was designated in 1971. The
revised nomination expands the original district boundaries to include the
downtown area where Truman worked in various capacities, properties
important to and frequented by Truman on his famous walks, and resources
omitted from the original designation. Updated documentation for the
National Historic Landmark USS Constellation in Baltimore, Maryland which
was designated in 1963 was also accepted. This updated documentation
reflects new research on the complex story of the Constellation and its
role in suppressing the slave trade off the African coast. Finally,
President, a steamboat in St. Elmo, Illinois, had its designation as a
National Historic Landmark withdrawn because of a loss of historic
integrity.

The program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park
Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. The agency works with
preservation officials and other partners interested in nominating a
landmark. Completed applications are reviewed by the National Park System
Advisory Board, which makes recommendations for designation to the
Secretary of the Interior. If selected, property ownership remains intact
but each site receives a designation letter, a plaque, and technical
preservation advice.

Additional information on the designations can be found at www.nps.gov/nhl


Keywords: National Park Service, National Historic Landmarks

Posted: July 27, 2011
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