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The WA Dept, of Commerce is working to complete the second phase of its multi-year effort to address land-use compatibility issues amongst military installations in the state and nearby communities affected by operations. Commerce is now working on drafting a guidebook set for completion in early 2019. To gather input on the guidebook, Commerce's consultant is hosting several workshops around the state as well as an online survey.  Here is a link to the Commerce website with more...


On Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 pm, Kelsey Doncaster, Historian for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in the Bureau's Yakima office, will share his amazing discovery of historic photographs taken by BOR personnel in the 1920s and 30s. This was the heyday of early irrigation infrastructure design and construction in Central Washington, and BOR photographers documented the communities and landscapes impacted by the now historic irrigation facilities. These records have been lost since...


Hey Modernistas!

Docomomo WEWA returns to Olympia on Saturday, October 13, 2018, to celebrate Docomomo US Tour Day* with a special tour of the Trueman and Virginia Schmidt House, a National Register-listed property built in 1950 for scions of two, prominent local families. Trueman was grandson of Leopold Schmidt, founder of the Olympia Brewing Company and Virginia Aetzel came from a family with deep roots in Olympia. The event is co-sponsored by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation....


We recently added a clarification to the Guidelines for Cultural Resources Reporting regarding updates to archaeology site forms. This language was added to page 8: 

If you are surveying a project area that contains a previously recorded site and there is no change in artifact assemblage or condition OR you find historic artifacts that are non-diagnostic for age, please do not submit an...



Did you know? The Research and Technology Building and associated support buildings were demolished in the spring of 2018 in order to remediate radiological contamination within the buildings.

This event will feature presentationss from the Department of Energy, PNNL, National Park Service, City of Richland, and DAHP, and will highlight the history and significance of the building, the role of...


Kent’s Morrill Bank building one of 20 finalists in national competition for preservation dollars. By securing the most votes, Kent’s Morrill Bank building will receive $150,000 for its restoration. The Morrill Bank building is one of 20 historic sites competing to win funding from Partners in Preservation, a partnership created by American...


Columbia River Inter-Tribal Enforcement Office will host a 1.5 day ARPA/Archaeology for Law Enforcement Training on October 30-31st, in Hood River, Oregon.  This training is for Law Enforcement, Detectives, Prosecutors, Tribal Monitors, Park Rangers, Archaeologists, and Resource Stewards.

This is a FREE training. Please contact Officer Jerrod Daniel at to register.



The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is pleased to announce that Stephanie Jolivette of Seattle joined our staff as of September 17th.  Stephanie has stepped into the position of Assistant State Archaeologist for Local Government previously held by Gretchen Kaehler who departed for cultural resource work at Snohomish County in August. 

Stephanie most recently worked for a private cultural resource managment consulting firm inLacey and prior to that...


Tacoma's North End Neighborhood Council (NENC) and Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) is hosting an outdoor event this Saturday September 22 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm with a focus on the future of the Cushman Substation, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a City of Tacoma designated Landmark. TPU will open the large side door so participants can view the building's interior. NENC will also have a "message board" available so you can post your ideas about...


Please spread the word, the NPS is accepting nominations for the Secretary of the Interior's 2018 Historic Preservation Awards.

Attached is a document explaining how to nominate someone under the four different categories (Federal, State, Tribal and Certified Local Government). That means you can nominate a federal employee, tribal employee, state employee or CLG (local government) employee. 

Deadline for submitting a nomination is November 30, 2018.



Celebrate U.S. Constitution & Citizenship Day
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Museum Open House & Speaker
"Reflections from a German Immigrant"
Program: 2 p.m.
Speaker: Karin Temple

Knappton Cove Heritage Center
"The Columbia River's Ellis Island"
Historic U.S. Quarantine Station
Museum Open 12-4 p.m.
Location:  3 miles...


The 2018 Washington Archaeology Month is coming up in October. As in past years, the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) makes it a practice to seek out and post on our blog and FaceBook page during October events that focus on Washington's archaeological resources and the importance of protecting them for future generations. Archaeology Month events can include tours, lectures, exhibits, symposiums, workshops and other formats that engages the public with...


DAHP is pleased to announce two new staff members that will be starting Monday August 27, 2018. Please join us in welcoming Holly and Whitney to our team!


Holly Borth is joining DAHP's Built Environment Unit. She received her B.A. in Public History from Western Michigan University in 2010, and her M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon in 2012. Holly has...


On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, the Advisory Panel for the Washington State Historical Society’s Heritage Capital Projects program met to rank all eligible applications received for legislative funding through HCP during the 2019-2021 biennium.  Applications were ranked according to criteria established in the program guidelines and with the panelists’ expertise in the fields of history, museums, archives, and historic preservation.  This ranked list of history and...


The Living Heritage Symposium is a gathering of cultural heritage experts—from policy-makers to activists—working together to develop best practices for the treatment of cultural heritage, including intangible heritage. It is a solutions-driven event that uses the World Café format so participants may engage with each other to draft action steps for managing living heritage and urban development. This year the symposium will integrate the United Nation’s Sustainable...


The City of Olympia is hiring a planner with preservation experience.

SALARY: $33.91 - $41.19 Hourly $5,878.44 - $7,139.46 Monthly $70,541.33 - $85,673.54 Annually
CLOSING DATE: Continuous

About the Position The Olympia Community Planning & Development Department seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of 0.75 FTE Associate Planner. The selected individual will assist with administration of a broad range of...


The WA Talking Book & Braile Library (WTBBL), a program of Secretary of State's Washington State Library, is hosting an Open House (Monday August 20th at 8pm) at its mid century modern cool home in the former S.L. Savidge Dodge & Plymouth dealership in downtown Seattle. Presenters include DAHP's National Register Program manager and noted authority on mid-century modern architecture, Michael Houser.  RSVP and donation is requested to attend. 

At this special...


Hello out there!

This is a note to let all the cultural resources folks know that the Washington State Standards for Cultural Resources Reporting have been updated. The latest document date is 8/15/2018. The update provides clarification regarding archaeological site forms and HPI forms. In particular there is a new table that illustrates which data fields are required for completing the archaeology site form for an isolate. Also added is a table that illustrates which...



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