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On line-Lecture: May 28, 12: 1:30
Featuring Dr. Leroy Little Bear 

Dr. Little Bear will compare the historical foundations of scientific thought from European and Indigenous perspectives, identifying paradigm differences that have become contemporary challenges to collaboration in resource management. One of the revered traditional knowledge holders of our lifetime, Dr. Leroy Little Bear was the...

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Each year the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) make an award to up to two Washington History Day participants with our Archaeological and Historic Preservation Special Award

This year, DAHP is proud to announce the recipient of the 2020 Archaeological and Historic Preservation Award is Julius, a junior high school student from Vancouver. Julius' award winning History Day project was for...

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Hello all!

We have been working to get Wisaard into shape and to get some tutorials out to you. We hope you find them useful. There is one for Search and Map and one that covers pretty much everything else. Wisaard is not working perfectly as it should, and the tutorials address some of these issues. The format of these tutorials is very easy to change as things in Wisaard are repaired or if anything needs to be clarified. So let us know if you have any suggestions. 

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Coinciding with National Historic Preservation Month 2020 celebration in May is the announcement by the National Park Service and Preservation Maryland of the Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship. The fellowship is named to honor Past SHPO Award for Outstanding Achievement and Washington State's own Harrison Goodall of Whidbey Island, in recognition not only of his gift to establish the fellowship but more importantly for Harrison's lifelong work to research, teach, and restore...

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Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well. While there are still bugs in Wisaard, I have been working on tutorials and have one completed.  It is a Map and Search tutorial. I have put tutorials into an ESRI Story Map format that is hopefully easier and way more interesting and interactive than looking at several pages of a PDF. I have in the works another tutorial that will cover much more about how to use the Project module and fill out inventory forms and upload reports. The tutorials...

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Yes! We made to May and Washington Historic Preservation Month! A few updates about what is going-on at DAHP:

First, Governor Inslee has announced his decision to extend the "Stay Home/Stay Healthy" COVID protection order from May 4th to May 31st. The announcement included a 4-phased approach to dialing back restrictions on businesses, recreation, and public interactions. For more information and resources about the State's emergency response go to:...

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Johnson Meninick

December 3, 1933 - April 19, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we recognize the passing this last week of Johnson Meninick.  Johnson was a member of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the great grandson of Chief Meninock, one of the 14 signers of the Yakama Treaty of 1855...

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The Washington State Military Department (WMD) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the preparation of a Historic Structures Report (HSR) of the Olympia Armory building. The Olympia Armory has been determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Proposals must be submitted to the WMD by 3:00 PM PST on Friday May 15, 2020. A Pre-Bid Conference is scheduled for 9:00 AM PST this coming Friday, April 17, 2020. To review the RFP and all attachments, follow...

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The new House Bill 2868 builds on the existing Special Valuation program by extending the period of eligibility for certain projects to up to 24 years total. Under the new legislation, cities within economically distressed counties (as defined by the State Employment Security Department) that have an active historic preservation program and less than 20,000 residents will be able to extend the special valuation program to eligible properties for up to 14 years beyond the initial 10...

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DAHP will be following Governor Inslee’s directive and working remotely until we hear otherwise. The Governor just issued a broad #stayathome directive. IF YOU SEND ANYTHING TO THE AGENCY THROUGH MAIL WE WILL NOT RECEIVE IT FOR TWO WEEKS OR MORE. Please submit all correspondence, bills, regulatory reviews digitally. If you cannot send us what you need by e-mail or by uploading to WISAARD there will be a substantial delay in our response and payments. This may include public...

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Most, if not all of us are facing uncertainty and disruption in our lives as a result of COVID 19, and this includes the operations of the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP). Given the high level of uncertainty, DAHP wants to communicate to you that until directed otherwise by Governor Inslee, the Department continues to work during regularly scheduled hours to fulfill our mission to protect cultural resources and our responsibility to fulfill state and federal...

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The Technical Preservation  Services (TPS) Office of the National Park Service has released the Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings: Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019. This annual report documents the level of private investment in the rehabilitation of historic buildings taking advantage of the federal Historic Tax Credit program that were certified by state historic preservation offices and the TPS during 2019. According to the...

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The Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) has announced launch of the 2021-23 cycle for the Heritage Capital Projects (HCP) grant program. This significant grant program provides matching grants to public and private non-profit organizations to assist eligible historic rehabilitation and heritage preservation projects. 

In addition, the WSHS has scheduled a series of workshops tailored to prospective applicants including workshops scheduled from March 11 in Mattawa to March...

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Since 1990, the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer (WA SHPO) has recognized persons, organizations, and projects that have made outstanding contributions to the preservation of cultural and historic places in Washington State. 

Nominations for the 2020 SHPO's Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation are due to be emailed or postmarked to the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation by this Friday, March...

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Seattle City Light (SCL) is in search of a qualified college student to work as an Historic Preservation Intern at the agency's offices in downtown Seattle. The position will earn $17.84/per hour for the duration of the internship that will last from May/June to August/September 2020. For more information about the internship, qualifications, duties, and to complete a short questionnaire, go to: https://...

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Beth Lew-Williams, Professor of History at Princeton University, will be presenting her lecture titled "The Chinese Must Go": Tacoma and the Making of the Alien in America  on Thursday February 20 at 5:00 pm in room 104 at Jones Hall at the University of Puget Sound campus in Tacoma. Professor Lew-Williams, will discuss how American immigration policies in the late 19th century incited violence and how the violence, in turn, proviked new...

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In observance of Black History Month 2020, the Olympia Historic Society-Bigelow House Museum (OHS & BHM) are co-sponsoring a special program with the Olympia Heritage Commission titled: "Blacks in Thurston County: A Historical Perspective," presented by Dr. Thelma Jackson and Ed Echtle on Saturday February 22, 2020 at 1:30 pm in Rooms 101-102 of the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW in downtown Olympia. The Lecture is free and open to all.

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The DuPont Historical Museum together with the Friends of DuPont Buffalo Soldier History has opened a new exhibit on Buffalo Soldier heritage in celebration of Black History Month 2020. The new exhibit at the museum showcases the DuPont story of the Ninth Cavalry African American soldiers who participated in the 1904 joint military exercises that took place in the DuPont, Steilacoom & Lakewood vicinity of Pierce County. This 1904 encampment is thought to be the first integrated exercises...

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Come hear and enjoy this presentation about Bellingham's Neo-Classical Federal Building on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm at the Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room located at 121 Prospect Street. Given by local historic preservationist and walking tour guide Kolby LaBree, this presentation promises to be an educational and interesting look into the history of this historic building completed in 1913 and that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  

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The City of Mercer Island has recently released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding proposed demolition of the East Seattle School. A pdf of the DEIS can be downloaded from the City of Mercer Island website here: 

https://mieplan.mercergov.org/public/SEP17-020/East%20Seattle%20School%20Project%20Draft%20EIS_2.10.2020_.pdf. The building...

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