February 12, 2013

10 Tips for Nominating Your Site to America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List

The National Trust’s America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2013 will be announced this June, and we’ve got good news: There’s still time to nominate your favorite endangered site.

First, a little background. For the past 26 years, the 11 Most list has been one of the most effective tools in the fight to preserve our country’s irreplaceable architectural, cultural, and natural heritage. In the past, the list has spotlighted important places such as Nine Mile Canyon, TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport, and Little Rock Central High School.

Are there historic sites in your community or your state that you think would be good candidates for 11 Most? Then check out our top 10 tips for presenting a strong case when nominating your site. Good luck!

1. Pick a significant site. When considering submitting a nomination, it is important to remember that sites don’t need to be famous -- but they must be significant within their own cultural context and illustrate important issues in preservation.

2. Lay on the history. We’re history geeks, so make sure to tell us what’s so meaningful about the site you’re nominating. We love hearing the unique stories surrounding each place.

3. Include photos. In other words, show and tell. Adding photos of the nominated site in your application package gives us a better idea of what you are trying to save. Like your story, pictures help bring your site to life.

Miami Marine Stadium. Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Miami Marine Stadium, Miami, Florida. Listed in 2009.

4. Give us the full picture. When evaluating a potential site for inclusion on the list, we consider a range of factors, including its architectural or historical significance. Tell us how the site has influenced the culture of the local community, region, or perhaps even the entire country.

5. Explain the threat facing your site. Another factor we consider when assessing prospective sites for the 11 Most list is the urgency of the threat. In addition to describing why the site is endangered, let us know if there are any potential solutions.

6. Tell us who’s on the case. Is there a local organization already at work preserving the site? We want to know so we can reach out and combine efforts, increasing the chance of saving the site.

Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home. Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation
National Soldiers Home, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Listed in 2011.

7. Involve the community. Are there any specific ways someone can get involved to help save this place? If so, share it with us. We’re always looking for ways to engage more people in preservation, especially when it involves their own local landmark.

8. Take note of deadlines. Nominations close on Friday, March 1. Decisions are made by late April, and the final list will be announced on June 19.

9. Ask for help. If you have questions at any time, please drop us a line at 11Most@savingplaces.org.

10. Complete the nomination form. Don’t forget to hit send! Fill out the nomination form online. It’s quick and easy.

Historic sites transform our communities from places where we live into places that we love, and we want to make sure these beloved places are around for generations to come. Thanks for helping us raise awareness for special spots around the country.

By: Sarah Coquillat, Public Affairs Intern

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