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Secretary Designates National Historic Landmark

U.S. Department of the Interior News

September 27, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne today announced the designation of National Historic Landmarks in California, Florida, New York, Georgia and Nevada in recognition of their importance in interpreting the heritage and history of the United States. The sites range from the Florida home of a Pulitzer Prize author, to a school dormitory in Georgia important in the civil rights movement, to one of the most significant experiments in post-war American domestic architecture in California.

"These new National Historic Landmarks help tell the story of America as a country and of Americans as a people - our history, our land, our culture, our literature and architecture and our struggles," Kempthorne said. "I encourage all Americans to visit these places and breathe deeply of our history."

The National Historic Landmark designation is the highest such recognition accorded by our nation to historic properties determined to be of exceptional value in representing or illustrating an important theme, event, or person in the history of the nation. National Historic Landmarks can be actual sites where significant historical events occurred, places where prominent Americans worked or sites that represent the ideas that shaped our nation. Fewer than 2,500 historic places carry the title of National Historic Landmark.

Additional information on the National Historic Landmark program can be found on the NPS website at The new National Historic Landmarks announced today are:

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House and Farm Yard, Alachua County, Florida.

This site was the home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the author of many major literary works, including The Yearling, which received the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the novels South Moon Under, and Golden Apples, and her memoir, Cross Creek. She was elected to the National Academy of Arts and Letters. The Rawlings house also is a notable example of the Cracker (descendents of pioneer settlers) style of architecture, derived from a variety of influences to suit the climate and available technology of the rural South.