Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced the designation of 14 new national historic landmarks in 11 states and the District of Columbia that have played an integral role in the development of the country. Included is the Olson House in Cushing.

“Each of these landmarks represents a chapter in the story of America,” said Salazar.

He added that designating these sites as national landmarks helps meet the goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to establish a conservation ethic for the 21st century and reconnect people, especially young people, to our nation’s historic, cultural, and natural heritage.

The Olson House in Cushing and the Kuerner Farm in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, also designated, both are intimately tied to the renowned 20th-century artist Andrew Wyeth. Wyeth spent 30 summers painting at the Olson House and is buried on its grounds. The house is depicted in many of his works including “Christina’s World,” one of the most famous American paintings. The Kuerner Farm was the inspiration for more than 1,000 Wyeth paintings over a 64-year period.

The new listings join approximately 2,500 other sites in the National Historic Landmark Program, established in 1935 and administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. The agency works with preservation officials and other partners interested in nominating a landmark. Completed applications are reviewed by the National Park System Advisory Board, which makes recommendations for designation to the Secretary of the Interior. If selected, property ownership remains intact but each site receives a designation letter, a plaque and technical preservation advice.

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