Alabama Historical Commission, Alabama SHPO

Historic Landmarks Program

National Historic Landmarks are sites and structures considered to be of nationwide importance.  This program is administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior with participation by the Alabama Historical Commission.  Sites selected for this honor must illustrate and represent mainstream developments in American social, political, commercial, economic, military, art, architectural, or archaeological history.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a property receive National Historic Landmark status?
This designation must be based on clear-cut evidence that the property possesses nationwide significance through its association with a nationally important person or event, or in illustrating mainstream developments in American history.  
Nomination preparers should use the NHL form which is a slightly modified National Register of Historic Places registration form (NPS Form 10-900) to nominate properties for designation. A computer template for this form is available on diskette from the National Historic Landmarks Survey and NPS regional and support offices that work with the NHL Program along with technical instructions for its completion.
Can the Alabama Historical Commission help me?
AHC staff may be able to offer a preliminary assessment as to whether a site qualifies for consideration.  This will determine the AHC's further involvement as a liaison with the U.S. Department of the Interior.
What happens when an NHL nomination gets to Washington?
Completed nominations are reviewed by a panel of nationally-recognized experts in the appropriate field and, if approved, are then recommended to the Secretary of the Interior.
For more information see the National Park Service web page for the National Historic Landmarks Program.

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