ERIC Number: ED351252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Women's History Landmark Project: Policy and Research.
Miller, Page Putnam
The Women's History Landmark Project was undertaken in order to increase the number of National Historic Landmarks (NHL) that focus on women. Despite the fact that the NHL Program is over 25 years old, only about 3 percent of the approximately 2,000 National Historic Landmarks focus on women. When the Women's History Landmark Project ends, the percentage of NHLs associated with women will probably have increased from 3 to 4.5 percent. This report describes the difficulties the project encountered in securing new NHLs associated with women. The difficulties fall into several categories: first, many of the buildings associated with women do not meet the History Division of the National Park Service's standard of physical integrity; second, many of the owners have not submitted written letters to officially support the nominations; third, the National Historic Landmarks criteria requiring "national significance" has a built-in bias for an elitist approach to history that disregards much recent scholarship in women's history; fourth, nominations of structures that represent trends in women's history, as opposed to recognizing notable women, are difficult to develop; fifth, the NHL Program has an unduly long review process and many bureaucratic procedures for considering properties; sixth, many important events in women's history took place in buildings that women did not own and that were not primarily associated with women, making it more difficult to make the case for NHL designation; seventh, and finally, the ground rules for the preparation of NHL nominations are constantly changing. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History, Washington, DC.