Native Village Youth and Education News

April 1, 2009 Issue 196 Volume 1

New U.S. Historical Landmarks
by Emily Brown
Condensed by Native Village

More than 80,000 historic sites are listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Only 2,500 of these sites are designated by the Secretary of Interior as National Historic Landmarks. This designation means the site holds national significance for the understanding of a cultural movement, an important person, an American ideal or scientific importance. This year's new National Historic Landmarks include:

Washington Place, Honolulu, Hawaii

Washington Place was the home of Queen Lili`uokalani, the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom. After her death in 1917, governors of the territory, and later the state, used Washington Place as their official residence. Completed in 1847, Washington Place is one of the oldest structures in Hawaii and tells much of the islandís history. In an effort to return the home to the public, a new governorís home was completed on the grounds in 2002 using private funds. Washington Place retains many original furnishings.

Fig Island, S.C.

Between 3,000-5,000 years ago, Indigenous people of Americaís Southern coast used mollusk shells to create circular walls defining public plazas. The shell rings off South Carolinaís coast are the most complex of the 53 known shell ring sites on the U.S. southeast coast. Other shell rings sites appear across the globe in Peru and Japan. In these plazas, inhabitants would feast on shellfish, then use the shells to build more ring walls. The property could offer important information about migration, colonization and innovations of the earliest settlers during pre-contact history.

The other recently added National Historic Landmarks include::
George Washington's Distillery, Mount Vernon, Va.
Phillip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, Conn.
President Lincolnís Cottage
Josiah Henson Site, Bethesda, Md.
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala.
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Va.
Forty Acres, Delano, Calif.
Angel Island Immigration Station


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