National Historic Landmark
How Does a Property Become a National Historic Landmark (NHL)?
• A State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO), a Federal Preservation Officer (FPO), a scholar, a private owner, or an interested member of the general public, writes a letter of inquiry to the National Park Service.
• NHL staff review the letter to determine if the site appears to meet the criteria for an NHL. If the site has the potential to become an NHL, the staff provides the preparer with detailed guidance as the nomination is written.
• Working with the preparer, staff from the National Historic Landmarks program edit and review the nomination.
• Subject matter experts and scholars from across the nation review the nomination. Their suggestions and assessments are incorporated into the nomination.
• The Landmarks Committee reviews the nomination before making a recommendation to the National Park System Advisory Board.
• The National Park System Advisory Board reviews the nomination before making a recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior.
• The nomination is submitted to the Secretary of the Interior.
• The Secretary considers the recommendations and decides whether or not to designate the property as a National Historic Landmark.
11/9/11 Notified by Project Manager, Marlene Shigekawa, currently in Washington DC attending the meeting for the final decision: YES, WE GOT IT!
Many thanks to our supporters who wrote letters this past week showing their support of the nomination.