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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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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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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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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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Hi out there!

I would venture to say that we are nearing the light at the end of the tunnel regarding major Wisaard bugs. Hopefully you are all feeling a little more comfortable. The support email box is slowing down a bit. Here are a few bullet point updates of things we have resolved and the current top priority fixes. They won't all be done at once, probably over the next 6-8 weeks or so.

  • We believe we have resolved the major issue with resources disappearing...
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The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is pleased to announce grant awards for historic rehabilitation projects with housing or lodging components in Hoquiam, Harrington, and Port Townsend.  DAHP has received this generous funding through the National Park Service Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program.

The Hotel Lincoln in Harrington was constructed in 1902 and once featured 24 large and airy hotel...

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Just a reminder that we are still accepting SHPO Award Nominations! Nominations are due March 6, 2020. Awardees will be honored with a presentation and celebration in Olympia in May. Click here to find the nomination form.

We still have a few spots remaining for the upcoming Adapting Historic Buildings to Flooding Workshop to be held in Tacoma on February 25-26, 2020 in partnership with the National Park Service and the Washington State Historical Society.  

To register, go here: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/4b79r4ckb6Xl97SdG5.

For more information about this FREE workshop, go here: ...

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Hi All,

Fixing bugs in Wisaard is taking more time than we anticipated, but we continue to work every day with out developer to get things corrected. The most major bug we are seeing right now is with inventory records not showing up in Projects where they should be. It is frustrating for everyone. But, to allay any concerns, data is not missing. The data is there, it is being hidden due to some security flaws we are trying to work out. Wisaard is generally...

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Happy New Year everyone!

A new year means an updated version of the Washington State Standards for Cultural Resources Reporting! The changes only affect the built environment portion of the Standards. There are no updates to the archaeology sections.

Some highlights are: new guidance about what and how to record buildings/structures in general and in new Wisaard; new guidance for...

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