U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today marked National Park Week by announcing the designation of four new national historic landmarks, ranging from a ground-breaking mural in the heart of the Motor City to the farm of a prominent 20th-century statesman who played a major role in the Cold War. The sites announced today join 2,540 other sites across the country recognized as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.
The announcement was made as part of National Park Week, an annual event honoring the natural beauty and cultural heritage contained in America's national parks. The National Historic Landmarks Program is one of more than a dozen programs administered by the National Park Service that provide states and local communities technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve our nation's shared history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities.
"These four new national historic landmarks are as diverse as our American heritage, telling stories of triumph and tragedy, of dedicated public service and artistic beauty," Secretary Jewell said. "As part of a nationwide network of unique, historic sites, they help ensure the journey we have taken as a nation is remembered and interpreted both now and for future generations."
"As the National Park Service approaches its Centennial observance in 2016, we are seeking ways to highlight and share the breadth of the American experience," said Director Jarvis. "These new national historic showcase the rich, diverse, and complex history of our nation's story, as well as drive tourism and boost local economies."