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Criterion Q: Archaeology, Context, and the National Park Service’s LGBTQ Heritage Initiative

Author(s): Megan Springate

Year: 2015

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The National Park Service (NPS) is undertaking a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Heritage Initiative. Purposes include increasing the number of LGBTQ historic and heritage properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and as National Historic Landmarks (NHL), as well as encouraging interpretation of LGBTQ history at sites managed by the NPS. The creation of an archaeological context facilitates the evaluation of properties under NRHP Criterion D and NHL Criterion 6 (properties that have yielded or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history) – criteria that consider a properties’ archaeological potential. The archaeological context presented here was prepared as part of the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative, and speaks directly to evaluating archaeological properties for the NRHP and NHL.

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Criterion Q: Archaeology, Context, and the National Park Service’s LGBTQ Heritage Initiative. Megan Springate. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395584)


Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America