Historic and Community Landmarks

Introduction of Landmarks

The topic of preserving controversial monuments and statues is one that has been ongoing for many years, most popular being after the rise of Fascism and death of Hitler in the 1940’s. In this blog post, I hope to explain why landmarks are important in preserving history, why they are essential to communities, and provide a connection to the past, whether that is a good thing or a bad thing.


What are Landmarks?

Landmarks can be described two ways: one definitions being of historical significance and the other being just a community landmark, but just as important.

A historical landmark is defined as “a building, district, object, site, or structure that is officially recognized by the United States government for its outstanding historical significance” by the National Historic Landmark Program.

An example of a historical landmark would be like the Statue of Liberty in New York. This is a piece of history that really shows a connection with the past. It was given to the United States in 1886 by France as a gift of friendship.

A community landmark would be described as “a landmark is a recognizable natural or artificial feature used for navigation, a feature that stands out from its near environment and is often visible from long distances. In modern use, the term can also be applied to smaller structures or features, that have become local or national symbols.”

An example of a community landmark would be the Palace Theatre in Canton, Ohio. It has been around for many years and it is a staple in our community. Movies, book signings, community events are held here and it is a beautiful piece of history that can still be visited today, thanks to people in the community who cared enough to reopen and restore it.


Why are Landmarks so Important?

Landmarks preserve our history in a way that a picture does, capturing a moment in time our country’s history, of the good and bad, and the general views of the people at that time. Landmarks are not something that should be taken so lightly. When you are looking at a landmark, like a monument or statue, you are looking at skill and talent, and  a dedication to someone or the roots of a city. These are all important things to remember when you look at your own landmarks in your city, and maybe you can figure out the reason that it was created and displayed where it is.



Terms to Define

  • Historical Landmarks- A building, district, object, site, or structure that is officially recognized by the United States government for its outstanding historical significance.
  • Community Landmark– A landmark is a recognizable feature used for navigation, a feature that stands out from its near environment and is often visible from long distances.


Sources

“National Historic Landmarks Program.” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the

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