Documenting Ohio's Landscape Heritage

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    "The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) mission is to record historic landscapes in the United States and its territories through measured drawings and interpretive drawings, written histories, and large-format black and white photographs and color photographs. The National Park Service oversees the daily operation of HALS and formulates policies, sets standards, and drafts procedural guidelines in consultation with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The ASLA provides professional guidance and technical advice through their Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network. The Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress preserves the documentation for posterity and makes it available to the general public."
    - The National Park Service - Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) webpage


    "Documentation is critical to preserving historic landscapes for the benefit of future generations. Like its companion programs, the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), HALS produces written and graphic records of interest to educators, land managers, and preservation planners as well as the general public. HALS documentation is used for scholarly research, interpretation and education and often provides the basis for preservation easements. It may also acts as a blueprint in case a disaster or neglect damages or destroys historic resources, permitting the repair and, if necessary, reconstruction. HALS documentation is often the last means of preservation of a property: when a property is to be demolished, documentation provides future researchers access to valuable information that otherwise would be lost."
    -National Park Service: HALS 101: The Historic American Landscapes Survey

    Intersted in documenting a historic landscape within Ohio? See the HALS Guideline Page on the National Park Service website for more information.

    Please e-mail [email protected] with any questions.