• The historic or archeological context should clarify how your property reflects or fits into an important trend or theme in American history and/or archeology.
• Within the historic context, you will need to discuss the specific events, activities or characteristics that are associated with the property's national significance.
– For example, if you are nominating a property associated with a labor strike, you will need to discuss not only the history of the strike in question but also the impact of this strike on American labor history. Although many strikes have occurred throughout our nation's history, nationally significant strikes are those which changed federal labor laws or sparked other turning points in American history.
• The historic context should provide:
– a brief background on the specific event
– a narrative of the event itself
– a discussion of the impact of the event.
For example, if you are nominating a property associated with a labor strike, your nomination should provide an overview of the labor movement up to the strike; a discussion of the strike itself and its relationship to the property under consideration; and, finally, the impact of this strike on the nation as a whole. Placing the strike within the broader context of American history explains how and why the strike is nationally significant
photograph by tanglewoodtree via Flickr
John Paul Jones House, NH: This large rectangular 2-1/2 story wood boardinghouse was the residence of John Paul Jones (1747-1792), Scottish-born American naval officer and hero of the Revolution. When called upon by the English Commander of the Serapis to strike his colors, Jones replied "I have not yet begun to fight!" While in residence here, Jones supervised the construction of America, a ship of the line for the Continental Navy.