Camden Amphitheatre – Designated as a National Landmark

The Town of Camden Maine is very proud of the Camden Amphitheatre and Harbor Park. Each summer hundreds of couples make their plans to host their wedding ceremony overlooking the sea from the Amphitheatre. The Amphitheatre and harbor park were a gift to the town given in 1931 from Mary Louise Curtis Bok. The Camden Public LIbrary maintains the grounds and plans events such as Winterfest, public movies and plays in the park. I personally love the wild strawberries growing around the perimeter of the Amphitheatre. Here is the official press release about the designation for the Landmark status:

March 11, 2013

AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS:
 Secretary Salazar, Director Jarvis Designate 13 New National Historic Landmarks
New Sites Recognize More Complete Story of America, including Significant Latino, African American and Indian Sites

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the designation of 13 new national historic landmarks, including an Alabama bridge that was site of “Bloody Sunday” during the civil rights movement, a 400-year-old historic district showcasing the influence of Spanish culture in Puerto Rico, the home of author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe, and a historic stadium used by Negro league baseball teams in 20th-century segregated America.

“These national historic landmark designations span more than two centuries of our country’s history, from 17th century architecture to a Civil War battlefield to a 19th century-Kentucky whiskey distillery that continued to operate through the Prohibition era,” Secretary Salazar said. “Today’s designations include significant sites that help tell the story of America and the contributions that all people from all walks of life have made as we strive for a more perfect union.”

“From the Civil War to civil rights, to the struggles and accomplishments of women, African Americans and Latinos, these sites highlight the mosaic of our nation’s historic past,” said Director Jarvis. “We are proud to administer the National Historic Landmarks Program to educate and inspire Americans through their country’s rich and complex history.”

National historic landmarks are nationally significant historic places that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. The program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. Currently there are 2,540 designated national historic landmarks.

The new national historic landmarks include the following sites:

  • ·   Camden Amphitheatre and Public      Library, Camden, Maine.  The Camden Amphitheatre and Public      Library is one of the few public projects of Fletcher Steele, one of      America’s premier practitioners of 20th-century landscape      design.  It is an outstanding representation of the contributions      made by the landscape architecture profession, private benefactors, and      national associations to develop public landscapes in the United States      that celebrated natural regional beauty, scenic character, and rich      cultural history.
  • ·   Camp Nelson Historic      and Archeological District, Jessamine County, Ky.  One of      the nation’s largest recruitment and training centers for African American      soldiers during the American Civil War, Camp Nelson is also significant as      the site of a large refugee camp for the wives and children of the      soldiers who were escaping slavery and seeking freedom.
  • ·   Casa Dra. Concha Meléndez Ramírez,      San Juan, Puerto Rico.  This was the residence and workspace of Dra.      Concha Meléndez Ramírez, a prolific and prominent literary criticism voice      in Generación del Treinta (Generation of 1930), a literary movement that      shaped Puerto Rico’s 20th-century national cultural identity.
  • ·   Edmund Pettus Bridge,      Selma, Ala.  On March 7, 1965, civil rights marchers drawing      attention to the need for voting rights legislation were attacked by law      enforcement officials as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  The      attack, which came to be known as “Bloody Sunday,” contributed to the      introduction and passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, considered to      be the single most effective piece of civil rightslegislation ever passed      by the US Congress.
  • ·   The Epic of American Civilization      Murals, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.  These murals are      the most important work in the United States by muralist José Clemente      Orozco, one of Mexico’s foremost mural artists of the early 20th      century.  Orozco conceived the murals as a representation of a North      American continent characterized by the duality of indigenous and European      historical experiences.  Though highly controversial in their day,      the murals challenged traditional ways of thinking about the development      of Aztec and Anglo-American civilizations in North America.
  • ·      George T. Stagg      Distillery, Franklin County, Ky.  With      resources dating from approximately 1880 to 1953, the George T. Stagg      Distillery is a rare, intact example of an operating distillery before,      during and after Prohibition.  It provides an unparalleled      opportunity to study at one site the evolution of buildings and technology      associated with the American whiskey industry.
  • ·   Harriet Beecher Stowe House,      Hartford, Conn.  Though best known to modern audiences for her      antislavery work, Harriet Beecher Stowe was widely recognized in her      lifetime as a highly prolific and nationally significant reformer for a      wide variety of causes.  Her longtime home in Hartford is associated      with Stowe’s later career as a reformer on issues relating to the family      and women’s roles.
  • ·   Hinchliffe Stadium, Paterson,      N.J.  Hinchliffe Stadium the institutionalized practice of “separate      but equal” facilities was the accepted norm.
  • ·   Honey Springs Battlefield,      McIntosh and Muskogee Counties, Okla.  By far the largest Civil War      engagement of the 1861-1865 period of conflict within Indian Territory,      the Battle of Honey Springs was the largest battle in Indian Territory in      which Native Americans fought as members of both Union and Confederate      armies.  It is also significant as the first and largest engagement      in which Indian troops of both sides fought in the formalized style of      Anglo-American warfare.
  • ·   Old San Juan Historic      District/Distrito Histórico del Viejo San Juan, San Juan, Puerto      Rico.  Old San Juan is the only existing representation of an almost      400-year-old Spanish Colonial city in the United States, and contains the      largest collection of buildings representing four centuries of Spanish      culture, religion, politics, and architecture.  It is the oldest city      within the United States and its territories, and the district includes      the oldest house, Christian church, executive mansion, convent, and      military defenses in the country as well.
  • ·   Pear Valley, Eastville,      Va.  Dating to 1740, the wood-frame house known as Pear Valley is an      excellent, rare surviving example of the distinctive form of architecture      that developed in the Chesapeake Bay region, illustrating how early      settlers in the colonies adapted to their new environment.
  • ·   Second Presbyterian Church,      Chicago, Ill.  The Second Presbyterian Church      represents the visual and philosophical precepts of the turn of the      century Arts and Crafts design movement.  Its interior, the      masterwork of noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, presents some of the      finest examples of Arts and Crafts mural painting, sculpture, stained      glass and crafting in metals, fabrics, wood and plaster.
  • ·   Yaddo, Saratoga Springs,      N.Y.  One of the country’s oldest artists’ retreats, Yaddo has hosted      more than 6,000 influential writers, visual artists and composers who      shaped and imprinted American culture with a distinct national identity in      the 20th century.  Among the notable artists who have      worked at Yaddo are Aaron Copland, Truman Capote, Leonard Bernstein,      Flannery O’Connor, Sylvia Plath and Langston Hughes.

Salazar also announced the acceptance of updated documentation and a boundary revision for the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.

The National Historic Landmarks Program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior.  The agency works with preservation officials and other partners interested in nominating a landmark. Completed applications are reviewed by the National Park System Advisory Board, which makes recommendations for designation to the Secretary of the Interior.  If selected, property ownership remains intact but each site receives a designation letter, a plaque, and technical preservation advice.

Additional information on the designations can be found at MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “links.govdelivery.comtrack” claiming to be www.nps.gov/history/nhl.