The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) was created in 2000 to promote documentation of our country’s dynamic historic landscapes. Much progress has been made in identifying cultural landscapes but more is needed to document these designed and vernacular places.
The 2018 HALS Challenge theme will be Memorialization, Commemorating the Great War. For the 9th annual HALS Challenge, we invite you to document a World War I memorial site to honor the centennial of the end of World War I, the war to end all wars. Not only were traditional monuments constructed across the country following the armistice, but “living memorials,” which honored the dead with schools, libraries, bridges, parks, and other public infrastructure, were designed to be both useful and symbolic at the same time.
For some inspiration you may browse the World War I Memorial Inventory Project and the National WWI Museum and Memorial Centennial Commemoration website. Also check out some of the WWI Sites in the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection, including:
Pershing Park, HABS DC-695
District of Columbia War Memorial, HABS DC-857
World War I Monument, Memorial Square, HABS RI-387
Liberty Memorial, HABS MO-1936
Public Square (Buildings), North Walnut, HABS IL-252
Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Memorial Bridge, HAER PA-456
Fitzsimons General Hospital, Memorial Tablet, HABS CO-172-CB
Liberty Memorial Bridge, HAER ND-7
Greene Street Historic District, HABS GA-269
Perhaps you know of another monument, park, or public institution that is unrecognized. These sites are in all areas of the country, often hidden in plain sight. We challenge you to find them and document them.