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SHPO Awards

For more information contact:

Russell Holter
Preservation Design Reviewer
phone: (360) 586-3533

The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is seeking nominations for the 27th Annual Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation. This awards program recognizes persons, organizations, and projects that have achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation. Anyone may submit a nomination. 

Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony held during National Historic Preservation Month, celebrated in May each year. The ceremony and reception will take place on Tuesday afternoon, May 15, 2018, at the Pritchard Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia.

Nomination Form  (Word)

Nominations for the State Historic Preservation Officers Awards must be postmarked or submitted via email to by Friday, March 9, 2018, at 5 pm. 

Questions? Contact Russell Holter at 360.586.3533 or

Award Categories

  • Career Achievement Award:  A nominee in this category demonstrates an exemplary career in the pursuit of Cultural Resource Preservation, typically as an advocate, developer, educator, politician, or scientist.
  • Historic Preservation Stewardship Award:  Much like a Career Achievement Award, the nominee in this category should a have an exemplary track record of stabilizing, preserving, and maintaining a historic or pre-historic site over a significant period of time.
  • Special Achievement Award:  This category is for nominees that don’t conveniently fit into another.  Winners in this category are typically those who make a contribution to, but might not have a career in, cultural resources or those who make a contribution to cultural resources but have yet to achieve a long-standing historic preservation stewardship background.
  • Valerie Sivinski Rehabilitation Award:  The nominee in this category must demonstrate how their restoration or rehabilitation of a historic property was a laudable effort in accordance with the Secretary of The Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, or achieved a satisfactory result by going over and beyond the normal accepted practices.
  • Barn Rehabilitation Award:  A specialty award given using the same criteria as the Sivinski Award listed above, but specific efforts to preserve historic barns.
  • Cemetery Preservation Achievement Award:  A nominee in this category may demonstrate outstanding career achievement, stewardship, or outstanding work to preserve a historic cemetery.
  • Preservation Education Award:  A nominee in this category should demonstrate skills as an educator of historic preservation trades; aid in the research field of Cultural Resources; or the nominee could be one that advances a new curriculum for Cultural Resource education.
  • Media Award:  A nominee in this category should have a proven track record for advocacy for Cultural Resource issues using mass communication technologies to reach the general public. 
  • Preservation Planning Award: A nominee in this category should craft a cultural resource planning document or demonstrate a successful implementation of a cultural resource protection plan by illustrating how the implementation was successful.

Note: Depending on the nominations received, awards may not be given in all categories.