RFP: National Historic Landmark Designation for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas House

Douglas cottage

July 2013: The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS), in cooperation with the National Park Service, invites proposals from historians interested in researching and writing a National Historic Landmark (NHL) nomination for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas House located in Miami, Florida.

Douglas was an author and environmental activist best known for her efforts to protect the Florida Everglades; her efforts helped shape the American environmental movement. The project has an eight-month time frame, with a projected start date of August 15, 2013, and a first draft due within two months of the start date. The author will be compensated; budget for the nomination is $16,000 to $18,000, including all expenses.

This nomination is being completed as part of a Women’s History Initiative being pursued by the National Park Service, in partnership with the NCWHS. As such, we are particularly interested in hiring a Principal Investigator with both a demonstrated expertise in the NHL nomination process and women’s history expertise.

Potential authors must have experience writing a successful National Historic Landmark nomination within the last ten years and/or completed the National Historic Landmarks six-course webinar training series. Beyond these minimum qualifications, in keeping with the goals of the Women’s History Initiative, preference will be given to those with experience writing a successful National Historic Landmark nomination within the last ten years and expertise in women’s history. Consideration may also be given to candidates who have successfully completed a National Register of Historic Places nomination for a listing at the national level within the last ten years.

Proposals may be submitted by individuals or teams of individuals. In the case of teams, one person must be designated as the Principal Investigator and meet the requirements stated above; other team members may be less experienced, provided the Principal Investigator agrees to review and vouch for all work.

NCWHS and NPS reserve the right to refuse all proposals.

A Scope of Work, describing the project in detail, is here.

Individuals/ Teams must provide:

  • A description of how the work will be approached, including methodological framework and a preliminary bibliography of major sources that will be consulted. Teams submitting proposals should describe how the work will be divided among team members.
  • A narrative description of the individuals’ qualifications. (Proposals should also include as addenda a curriculum vitae or resume for each individual, and a copy of any successful NHL or National Register nomination previously completed in the last ten years.)
  • A cost estimate and budget breakdown for the work. Cost estimates must fall into the $16,000-$18,000 range.

Deadline for submission of proposals is July 15, 2013.

Please direct questions and submit completed proposals to Dr. Susan Ferentinos, NCWHS project manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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