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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...


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.  


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: The building...


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...

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...


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:

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


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...


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...


The Intern - Historic Preservation Program announcement on the City of Tacoma website will close on January 27, 2019 @ 5:00 PM (Pacific). If you know any interested parties who would be great candidates for the position, please let them know and/or forward the link below.

To view the full job posting go to:



Greetings everyone,

We are slowly but surely making progress on Wisaard bugs discovered after the launch. Thanks to everyone who reported issues and waited patiently while we worked to fix them. We are a small staff working as hard as we can to make your experience the best it can be. 

A couple of updates:

- We have changed slightly the internal workings of the login procedure with the intent of having fewer login issues with usernames. If you have previously...


Greetings to All Wisaard users!

I am writing to let you all know that we are going to try to launch Wisaard 3.0 this coming Friday, December 13. Here is a step by step of what will happen. Please ask if you have questions.

1. Beginning Friday, December 13 at 6:30 AM, Wisaard will be down. It will be down until around 5:00 PM.
2. Developer/WaTech/Morgan will do some technical things that are too numerous to list, but it will take a few hours. This includes creating a...


 The WDFW is looking for Cultural Resources vendors for our master list.  These are vendors that will be on call.  For questions contact:

RFQQ 19-00038



Margaret Rennie

Washington Department...


The Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum is sponsoring the Holiday Tour of Historic Homes.  This year’s event is on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from noon to 4:00 pm featuring nine historic properties including the Bigelow House at 918 Glass Avenue NE.

This year marks 30 years of holiday historic home tours in Olympia and the 2019 event highlights   outstanding examples of 19th and 20th century residential architecture representing important eras in...


The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board will consider a nomination of the Georgetown Steam Plant Pump House at its meeting this coming Wednesday November 6, 2019 at 3:30 pm at Seattle City Hall. Written comments on the nomination must be received by the Preservation Board by 3:00 pm on Tuesday November 5. For more information and to view the Pump House nomination and other nominations, go to: ...


The application period is now open for the Preserving Washington Works grant program.

Applications are due December 16, 2019!



We are pleased to announce that DAHP has been awarded a grant from the National Park Service as part of the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program. The goals of the program, which we are calling Preserving Washington Works, are: 1. Bridge the gap between cost of rehabilitation and market rate for housing costs in rural communities  2. Encourage public/private investment and partnerships in rural communities

We have been awarded a little over $200,000 to be used for...


The Cowlitz County Historic Preservation Commission invites you to attend the Six Rivers Film Festival! This free event will be held Saturday, October 19th at the Kelso Theater Pub in Kelso, WA.  Doors open at 3pm with free snacks available. The Festival features short documentaries about great local places in Cowlitz County such as Stella, the Lewis River Valley, Ryderwood, West Kelso, the Waterfront and more! 

To view the event poster, go to: ...


Aqua Terra Cultural Resource Consultants is seeking to hire multiple project Field Technicians, and one full-time Principal Investigator.  The bulk of fieldwork assignments will be focused in Pierce and King Counties, with occasional projects assigned statewide. The P.I. will meet the Secretary of Interior's Professional Qualification Standards for Archaeology Professionals and will be located in our Olympia, WA office. Pay is commensurate with experience. Interested applicants...


The Pacific Northwest Archaeological Society (PNWAS) is hosting a lecture entitled The Yakama-Cowlitz Trail: History, Archaeology, and an Approach to Evaluation on Friday night, October 18th from 7 to 9:00 pm at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle 98115. The lecture will be given by Rick McClure, Retired U.S. Forest Service Archaeologist. The lecture is $10 for non-members and free to PNWAS members. For more information go to the PNWAS website here:...



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