Lucy the Margate Elephant in New Jersey. The Watts Tower inâ€¨â€¨ Los Angeles. Burksâ€™ Distillery near Loretto, Ky. Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif. Sunwatch Indian Village in Dayton, Ohio. Each have earned the designation â€œnational â€¨â€¨historic landmarkâ€ (NHL) and each â€“ along with 2,470 other NHLs â€“ areâ€¨â€¨ vying to be the star in the National Park Serviceâ€™s 12th â€¨â€¨annual NHL photo contest.â€¨â€¨â€¨â€¨
â€œNot all national historic landmarks are battlefields, high-styleâ€¨â€¨ architecture, or associated with the Founding Fathers,â€ said National Parkâ€¨â€¨ Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. â€œBut all are places with extraordinaryâ€¨â€¨ significance to our American story. Through the photo contest we invite â€¨â€¨people to explore these amazing places and to share their favorites.â€
â€¨â€¨â€¨â€¨The contest, 100 Days of NHLs, began April 22; all entries â€“ one per â€¨â€¨landmark, up to 10 total â€“ must be submitted by July 31. Winning entriesâ€¨â€¨ will be featured in the National Historic Landmark 2012 Event Planner.
See â€¨â€¨additional contest rules at http://www.nps.gov/history/nhl/2011photocontest/.â€¨â€¨â€¨â€¨
To find a NHL near you, search the database at â€¨â€¨http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/default.cfm or look at a list at â€¨â€¨http://www.nps.gov/history/nhl/designations/listsofNHLs.htm.â€¨â€¨â€¨â€¨
National historic landmarks are designated by the Secretary of the Interiorâ€¨â€¨ because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating orâ€¨â€¨ interpreting the heritage of the United States. The National Park Serviceâ€¨â€¨ manages the program, working with citizens throughout the nation interestedâ€¨â€¨ in nominating new landmarks and providing assistance to existing landmarks.â€¨â€¨â€¨â€¨Â