Wanted: Mississippi NHL Photos

"Longwood," Natchez, MS. (built 1860-61, not completed)

The National Park Service has announced its annual National Historic Landmark photography contest on Flickr for 2012. For all you shutterbugs out there in MissPres territory, it’s a great time of year to get out and capture the essence of some of our most historic places. Here’s the announcement on the NHL Flickr site:

Are you a history buff? Photography fan? Dedicated traveler? Neighborhood explorer? The steward of a National Historic Landmark?

Grab your camera and visit National Historic Landmarks in your community or anywhere you travel – there are 2,500 to discover.

You’ll discover unexpected places and things that are NHLs – railway buildings, a recording studio, college stadiums, submarines, a giant antenna array, cemeteries, a water pumping station, a space simulator [yay–a Mississippi site!], at least one giant wooden elephant, and so many more. Have fun and go explore.

The 13th Annual National Historic Landmark Photo Contest page will be open for entries from Friday, April 13, 2012, through Wednesday, June 13, 2012 (midnight EST).

This year, we’re challenging photographers to give us a little insight to their experience. In addition to your photograph, please share with us a few words responding to one of the prompts below.

Visiting this National Historic Landmark:
I learned…
or
I loved…
or
I met…
or
I discovered…

We’re eager to see your images and to hear what your experiences were like.

Need to confirm a place is an NHL? You may check the database here. [www.nps.gov/nhl/designations/listsofNHLs.htm] (Please note that a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places is not necessarily a National Historic Landmark.)

Photographers may enter up to 10 photographs in the contest, but only one photo per each NHL. Photographers must accept the contest rules before they can enter. Images must be tagged 2012NHLPhotoContest AND added to the group pool. Illustrated instructions on how to do this can be found here: www.flickr.com/photos/nationalregister/7062033141/in/pool…

For those not familiar with the National Historic Landmark designation, it is the highest honor accorded to a property and signifies that a building or place has significance nationally, not just locally.

Fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. Working with citizens throughout the nation, the National Historic Landmarks Program draws upon the expertise of National Park Service staff to identify and nominate new landmarks and to provide assistance to existing landmarks.

NOTE:  Unlike National Historic Landmarks, properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places may have significance locally, at the state level, or nationally.  The National Register has 86,255 total listings; in fiscal year 2010 it added 1,215 properties.  While a National Historic Landmark might also be listed on the National Register, being on the National Register does not confer National Historic Landmark status.

In past years, winners of the contest got their picture published in an NHL calendar for the following year and of course got shown on the NHL website. So far, we have yet to see a Mississippi site win a place in the final twelve–unacceptable y’all!

If you’re not a Flickrer but have been thinking of giving it a whirl, the NHL office has helpfully created a step-by-step guide with visuals for entering your photos into the contest. It’s pretty easy to do, nothing to fear.

Auburn, circular stair

While you’re adding your photos to the NHL group, make sure to join the Preservation in Mississippi Flickr group and add your favorite Mississippi photos. This will give you a chance to show off your photos here on MissPres, over in the right sidebar. For your convenience, here’s a list of the National Historic Landmarks here in Mississippi–there’s some overlap with our 101 Mississippi Places, so you can kill two birds with one stone by grabbing good shots of them. Not that I advocate killing two birds or even one bird. Or killing in general. Unless it’s a roach.

–ANNA SITE, ADAMS COUNTY
–ARLINGTON, NATCHEZ, ADAMS COUNTY
–AUBURN, NATCHEZ, ADAMS COUNTY
–COMMERCIAL BANK AND BANKER’S HOUSE, NATCHEZ, ADAMS COUNTY
–DUNLEITH, NATCHEZ, ADAMS COUNTY
–EMERALD MOUND SITE, ADAMS COUNTY
–GRAND VILLAGE OF THE NATCHEZ, ADAMS COUNTY
–HOUSE ON ELLICOTT’S HILL, NATCHEZ, ADAMS COUNTY
–LONGWOOD, NATCHEZ, ADAMS COUNTY
–MELROSE, NATCHEZ, ADAMS COUNTY
–MONMOUTH, NATCHEZ, ADAMS COUNTY
–ROSALIE, NATCHEZ, ADAMS COUNTY
–STANTON HALL, NATCHEZ, ADAMS COUNTY
–SIEGE AND BATTLE OF CORINTH SITES, CORINTH, ALCORN COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, and HARDEMAN COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Includes:

  • “Oak Home” (H.I Williams House)
  • Curlee House [Veranda House]
  • “Fish Pond House” (McGlathery House)
  • Duncan House
  • Site of the First Phase, Battle of Corinth 1862
  • Battery F (Union)
  • Battery Robinette
  • Confederate earthworks
  • Harper Road Union Earthworks (Federal Siege Trench)
  • Union Siege Lines (A) [Sherman & Davies’ Divisions]
  • Union Siege Lines (B) [Army of the Tennessee]
  • Union Siege Lines (C) [Army of the Mississippi]
  • Confederate Rifle Pit Corinth National Cemetery
  • Intersection of Memphis & Charleston and Mobile & Ohio Railroads [Railroad Junction (M&C/M&O)]

–MONTGOMERY, I.T., HOUSE, MOUND BAYOU, BOLIVAR COUNTY
–OAKLAND MEMORIAL CHAPEL, ALCORN, CLAIBORNE COUNTY
–PORT GIBSON BATTLE SITE, PORT GIBSON, CLAIBORNE COUNTY
–WAVERLY, CLAY COUNTY
–ROCKET PROPULSION TEST COMPLEX, HANCOCK COUNTY
–BEAUVOIR, BILOXI, HARRISON COUNTY
–CHAMPION HILL BATTLEFIELD, HINDS COUNTY

Includes:

  • Coker House

–MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR’S MANSION, JACKSON, HINDS COUNTY
–OLD MISSISSIPPI STATE CAPITOL, JACKSON, HINDS COUNTY
–WELTY, EUDORA, HOUSE, JACKSON, HINDS COUNTY
–FAULKNER, WILLIAM, HOUSE (“Rowan Oak”), OXFORD, LAFAYETTE COUNTY
–HESTER SITE, MONROE COUNTY
–DANCING RABBIT CREEK TREATY SITE, NOXUBEE COUNTY
–JAKETOWN SITE, BELZONI, HUMPHREYS COUNTY
–AMMADELLE, OXFORD, LAFAYETTE COUNTY
–LAMAR, LUCIUS Q.C., HOUSE, OXFORD, LAFAYETTE COUNTY
–LYCEUM-THE CIRCLE HISTORIC DISTRICT, OXFORD, LAFAYETTE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI Includes:

  • Lyceum Building
  • Ventress Hall
  • YMCA Building (Croft Institute)
  • Bryant Hall
  • Peabody Hall
  • Old Chemistry Building
  • Confederate Monument
  • Shoemaker Hall
  • Carrier Hall

–HIGHLAND PARK DENTZEL CAROUSEL, MERIDIAN, LAUDERDALE COUNTY
–McLARAN, CHARLES, HOUSE (“Riverview”), COLUMBUS, LOWNDES COUNTY
–FORT ST. PIERRE SITE, WARREN COUNTY
–PEMBERTON’S HEADQUARTERS, VICKSBURG, WARREN COUNTY
–WARREN COUNTY COURTHOUSE, VICKSBURG, WARREN COUNTY
–WINTERVILLE SITE, GREENVILLE, WASHINGTON COUNTY
–HOLLY BLUFF SITE, YAZOO COUNTY



Categories: Contest

1 reply

  1. Even just flipping through the group of submissions is fun!

    I tried to get a MS NHL selected last year when I entered – but no luck. Still, I’ve been keeping NHL’s in mind as I’ve been traveling to make sure I get a lot of shots to choose from . . . now to whittle them down to the best choice shot . . . and to write the “essay portion” of the entries

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