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
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
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
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
Historic Landmarks Program.