NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK SURVEY
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area has received a grant from the National Park Service to identify sites within the Heritage Area that have the potential for listing as National Historic Landmarks (or for listing in the National Register of Historic Places if not of NHL rank). NHLs “possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.”
To complete this work, we are taking this opportunity to reach out to our friends and partners for a beginning “digital conversation” about missing stories and unrecognized historic resources within the Heritage Area. Your input is important to us and will provide valuable information for both the NPS study and the development of future interpretive and educational initiatives.
WHY ARE WE DOING THE STUDY?
We believe our region is under-represented among NHLs, with only 17 sites in Massachusetts, the majority of which are Colonial, and none in New Hampshire. To see a listing of the 17 sites, visit: http://freedomsway.org/experience/history/.
The assessment will focus on both the communities within the heritage are that are under-represented within the current listings (including those that have lacked the resources to evaluate their historic assets) and the places and stories that have not been recognized within the region including those linked to Native and African American heritage, civil rights, and women’s history.
By focusing on under-served communities and stories within the heritage area, the project’s findings will expand the narrative of the National Heritage Area’s rich history to represent the full spectrum of its story.
YOUR TIME IS IMPORTANT TO US!
Your time assisting us provides valuable matching resources to Freedom’s Way which we can use to match the funding we receive from the NPS. Please keep track of your time and provide us with information about how many hours were spent on the project. You can include this information on the survey.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your potential landmark site before completing the survey.