Professional Practice

2021 Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Challenge: Historic Black Landscapes

Date: 1/12/2021 - 7/31/2021

Type: Competitions / Awards

LA CES approved?: No

Location(s): US


For the 12th annual HALS Challenge, the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) invites you to document historic Black landscapes. Black people have built and shaped the American landscape in immeasurable ways. Examining these histories and spaces will expand our understanding of America’s past and future. From plantations to segregated cities, the nation’s landscapes retain the physical manifestations of our racist history. Yet historic Black landscapes also represent creative achievements and reflect Black culture, as seen in residential gardens, parks, and college campuses across this country. Documenting historic Black landscapes will reveal patterns of community that have been built over the course of four hundred years.

Short format histories should be submitted to HALS at the National Park Service no later than July 31, 2021. The HALS Short Format History guidelines, brochure, and digital template may be downloaded from the National Park Service’s HALS website.

Winners will be announced at the HALS Subcommittee Meeting at the 2021 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville. Employees of the National Park Service, American Society of Landscape Architects, and Library of Congress may submit HALS Short Format Historical Reports, but are ineligible for prizes.

People from every state are hereby challenged to complete at least one HALS short format history to document historic Black landscapes. Preservation through documentation!





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Library and
Research Services:
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