"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
8 January 2004

More National Historic Landmarks Program

National Historic Landmarks are exceptional places. They form a common bond between all Americans. While there are many historic places across the nation, only a small number have meaning to all Americans--these we call our National Historic Landmarks.

Historic places that meet certain criteria may be nominated to become National Historic Landmarks. The National Park Service fosters the preparation of individual nominations and oversees theme studies that identify groups of potential landmarks. Completed nominations are reviewed by the National Park System Advisory Board, which makes recommendations for designation to the Secretary of the Interior.

Designation as a National Historic Landmark automatically places a property in the National Register of Historic Places, if it is not already so listed on-line at: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/.

The U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service National Register, History and Education has a free bulletin on-line entitled, "How to Prepare National Historic Landmark Nominations" at: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/nhl/nhlstart.htm

Follow the online brochure or download the slide show to learn what National Historic Landmarks are, how they are chosen, why some are threatened, and the benefits to owners and the public through their preservation.

Historic American Structures

The Library of Congress is home to the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) from 1933 through Present on-line at: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/hhhtml/hhhome.html.

The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies including examples as diverse as the Pueblo of Acoma, houses, windmills, one-room schools, the Golden Gate Bridge and many more historic structures.

Administered since 1933 through cooperative agreements with the National Park Service, the Library of Congress, and the private sector, ongoing programs of the National Park Service have recorded America's built environment in multi-format surveys comprising more than 350,000 measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 35,000 historic structures and sites dating from Pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century.

This on-line presentation of the HABS/HAER collections includes digitized images of measured drawings, black/white photographs, color transparencies, photo captions, data pages including written histories and supplemental materials.

Since the National Park Service's HABS and HAER programs create new documentation each year, digital images will continue to be added to the online collections.

Check out this website and see how to register buildings in your local community.

Czech Treasures

On Saturday, January 24, 2004, the Texas Czech Genealogical Society will hold their Annual Luncheon and Meeting at the Conference Center in College Station, Texas. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and include discussions from DNA to a Treasure Hunt.

Cost is $9 per person. For more information, contact: Charlene Hurta, 1231 CR 201A, Angleton, Texas 77515, 979/849-0348 or visit: http://www.txczgs.org/.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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