Terminal Island, Port of Los Angeles, California. Photo by John C. Williams.
As of today, only 0.09% of the National Register listings represent Asian American historic sites. The National Trust for Historic Preservation seeks to change this shocking statistic.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is recognizing the importance of preserving the traditions, history, and culture of Asian Americans by calling for nominations of Asian American endangered sites for its 26th annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places®. For over a quarter century, this list has highlighted important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk for destruction or irreparable damage. The list has helped preserve the history of some of the first Asian immigrants to this country. Last year Terminal Island made the list, which was of great significance to the Japanese-American community during the tragic period of 1942. China Alley also made the list in 2011, which was a flourishing Chinese community in Hanford, California in 1877.
China Alley, Hanford, California. In 1877, Chinese immigrants settled in this San Joaquin Valley town and found strength and community far from home in China Alley, a vibrant rural Chinatown. Today, most of its historic buildings are suffering from deterioration and disuse.
Nominations are due on Friday, March 1, 2013. The 2013 list will be announced in June. The places on the list need not be famous, but they must be significant within their own cultural context, illustrate important issues in preservation and have a need for immediate action to stop or reverse serious threats. The site or place must also be at least 50-years old and have some type of historic or cultural significance either locally or nationally.
All nominations are subject to an extensive, rigorous vetting process. Click here for ten tips about presenting a strong case when nominating a site to America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. If you present a strong case there is a chance your one-of-a kind treasure could be put on a larger platform to get national attention.
For additional information, e-mail 11Most@savingplaces.org or call 202.588.6141. To learn more about the program and to submit a nomination, visit: www.preservationnation.org/11most