Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS)

2020 HALS Challenge: Vanishing or Lost Landscapes

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 contest.

The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) was created in 2000 to document our country’s significant landscapes. Much progress has been made in identifying cultural landscapes but more work is needed to document these designed and vernacular places.

For the 11th annual HALS Challenge, we invite you to document vanishing or lost landscapes. Many historic American landscapes are under threat or have been lost. Threats include development pressure, neglect, and climate change.

By documenting vanishing or lost historic landscapes for HALS, you may increase historic landscape awareness with your local governments and preservation commissions by illuminating these almost-forgotten vestiges of America’s past.

People from every state are hereby challenged to focus their 2020 vision to complete at least one HALS short format history to document vanishing or lost landscapes. Preservation through documentation!

Short format histories should be submitted to HALS at the National Park Service no later than July 31, 2020.  Click here for a link to the HALS short format.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entries.

Good luck and thank you for helping to preserve American landscapes!

For further information contact:

HALS Landscape Architect Chris Stevens  (chris_stevens@nps.gov) or Potomac Chapter HALS Liaison Juliet Swanson (julietlswanson@gmail.com).