2660 Woodley Rd., NW, Washington, D.C.
Wardman Park Hotel (now managed by Marriott)
Here is where a young busboy poet named Langston Hughes was discovered on November 27, 1925, by the distinguished writer Vachel Lindsay.
Launched in 2008, HERE IS WHERE is an all-volunteer initiative created by the Legacy Project to find and spotlight unmarked historic sites throughout the United States. Many of these forgotten places are where significant events occurred, and others are connected in some way to remarkable individuals—from the Native Americans, explorers, and pioneers who first set foot on this land to the pioneers, patriots, inventors, artists, and activists who transformed it.
5th Avenue & 76th St., New York, NY
Near this intersection is where 57-year-old Winston Churchill was hit by a car and nearly killed on the night of December 13, 1931. Churchill was rushed to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he spent the next few weeks recuperating.
Everywhere. Unmarked historic sites are in every state and located near, in, or around old buildings, public parks, vacant lots, hotels, places of worship, taverns, apartment complexes, tunnels, cemeteries, restaurants, hospitals, prisons, courthouses, farms, private homes, and countless other places we walk and drive by every day. Some sites are easy to find, while others are hidden from view. But the vast majority are right in front of us, waiting to be found.
1755 St. Charles St., New Orleans, LA
Parking lot of Houston’s restaurant
Here is where the last remnants of Andrew Higgins’s factory can be found. Higgins Industries produced the amphibious landing crafts (LCVPs) used for the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion. General Dwight Eisenhower considered the boats so crucial to victory that he once credited Higgins as being “the man who won the war for us.”
Since 1998 the Legacy Project has been encouraging Americans to preserve wartime letters as a way of honoring and remembering our nation’s veterans, troops, and their families. We believe that their sacrifices, humanity, and experiences are best recorded in their own words—the personal letters and e-mails they have written in times of war. Although HERE IS WHERE does not focus solely on war or military-related historic sites, its mission is similar in spirit; both initiatives were created to bring attention to extraordinary yet overlooked individuals and stories in American history.
Franklin Fields, Encino, CA
Near this baseball field is where Francis Gary Powers and KNBC cameraman George Spears died on August 1, 1977, when their helicopter fell from the sky after running out of fuel. (A faulty gauge was responsible for the accident.) Ironically, Powers had survived the crash landing of his U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union in May 1960, a pivotal incident during the Cold War.
HERE IS WHERE is not just about preserving the past. In identifying and protecting historic sites, this initiative aspires to rally Americans from all walks of life to explore this country as if for the first time and actively seek out what has been lost, overlooked, or neglected. Ultimately, HERE IS WHERE is about mobilizing a community of fellow travelers in search of incredible stories that are literally all around us. These stories have the power to teach and inspire, they offer insights into the human condition, and the simple act of discovering them can enrich how we see our neighborhoods, communities, and the world itself.
To recommend an unmarked historic site that is nationally significant and deserves recognition, please email us: HereIsWhereUSA@yahoo.com