The National Historic Landmarks (NHL) Program Fellow will provide program support and organize and undertake a strategic planning effort to establish a framework and goals for the NHL program’s commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the nation (America 250) to culminate in 2026.

The fellow will learn about federal preservation policies and procedures by supporting the core duties of the regional National Historic Landmark program while exploring how the program can contribute to the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the nation. A major goal of the commemoration will be to expand the historical narratives told through our national historic designation programs and to challenge historical narratives that have contributed to systemic racism in our nation.

The fellow will lead an effort to develop a NHL Program strategy and work plan for commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the nation which will include:

  • Convening a NHL Program working group to establish goals, define projects, and establish resource needs
  • Exploring existing NHLs and themes that are aligned with the values upon which the country was founded
  • Reaching out to colleagues and partners to determine how the program can contribute to the national commemoration and to generate new ideas for the 250th commemoration
  • Considering ways to move forward with NHL designation of sites already identified under past heritage initiative theme studies
  • Compiling and analyzing existing NHL documentation to determine how the documents exclude or obscure underrepresented groups and narratives
  • Revising historic contexts and recommending revisions and addenda to NHL nominations throughout the National Capital Area
  • Exploring and developing partnerships that will amplify the work of the NHL program

Through these investigations and through discussions with and guidance from the working group, the fellow will draft and revise a strategic plan that captures what the NHL Program’s legacy will be for the 250th anniversary and how the program will pursue those legacies. As part of this work, the fellow will work with the 250th NHL Working Group to develop ideas for how all new NHL documentation can incorporate inclusive and representative histories and avoid perpetuating harmful narratives.

The fellow will also assist with general program management and support including processing NHL applications, monitoring progress of projects, editing NHL applications, and providing assistance with targeted research in support of applications and inquiries for NHL designation. In addition, the fellow will develop social media and web content for the NHL program and assist with tracking and correspondence related to compliance with Section 106 and 110(f) of the National Historic Preservation Act.

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Deadline: August 6th, 2021

Date Posted: July 8, 2021