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Historic American Landscapes Survey Challenge: The New Deal

The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) was established to document our country’s dynamic cultural landscapes. Together, the National Park Service, ASLA, and the Library of Congress collaborate to:

  • record historic landscapes through measured drawings, written histories, and large-format photographs according to HALS Guidelines.
  •  provide outreach opportunities and professional guidance and technical advice on identifying, selecting, and documenting historic landscapes.
  •  preserve HALS documentation and make records available to the public.

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    To highlight the historic landscapes that have already been documented, a new section has been added to ASLA’s HALS website: Documented Historic Landscapes. This section features the full list of documented HALS sites, which is provided by NPS and will be updated quarterly, with links to the documentation on the Library of Congress’s website. There are currently 495 HALS sites on the list.

    While progress has been made in identifying cultural landscapes, more work is needed to document these designed and vernacular sites. Since 2010, HALS has issued a challengeto people in every state to complete at least one HALS short-format history to increase awareness of particular cultural landscapes.

    For the 2014 HALS Challenge, we invite you to document landscapes of the New Deal. See our four-page flier for tips and a press release for the results from last year’s challenge. Short-format histories should be submitted to HALS at the National Park Service no later than July 31, 2014. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries, which will be announced at the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Denver during the HALS meeting.

    For the HALS Short-Format History Guidelines, brochure, and digital template, visit the National Park Service’s HALS website. The digital HALS Short-Format History Template is an MS Word table. Please note:

    • The instructions may be deleted as you fill in the cells.
    •  You may right-click in a cell to insert more rows as needed (e.g., to insert more graphics with captions).
    •  Everything in the HALS Collection must be copyright free. Please complete as many of the National Park Service’s release forms as necessary to cover the materials represented in the documentation you produce (e.g., your own written work/graphics and any graphics reproduced from archives or collections of others).

    For more information, please contact Chris Stevens, ASLA, at 202-354-2146 or chris_stevens@nps.gov



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