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Seattle City Light is searching for a nonprofit organization to operate a self-sustaining center for STEAM education – science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – and expand public tours at the historic Georgetown Steam Plant.

“The Georgetown Steam Plant fascinates visitors during monthly open houses, and we see the potential for a much more active use as a museum and cultural center that can inspire and educate people of all ages,” Interim...


Funding for two state grant programs is available for owners of historic barns and for those with stewardship responsibilities over historic cemeteries in Washington State. The Heritage Barn Initiative established the Heritage Barn Register, a statewide list of historically significant barns. Owners of designated Heritage Barns are eligible to apply for matching...


The final program is available and registration is open for the May 18-20, 2018 conference of the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Links to the program and registration information are below. 

Our conference will be held in Astoria, Oregon this year. Inspired by Astoria’s rich history and the diversity of its traditional ethnic communities, the conference theme is, “Constructing Community: Architecture, Diversity, and Identity in...


Time for Training!

The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) will host the first DAHP Academy session of 2018 at the LOTT Conference Room on April 17th from 9 a.m. until noon.  Speakers scheduled for this session are Lance Wollwage and Michael Houser.  Dr. Wollwage will be discussing a proposed new policy to streamline the permitting process for archaeological monitoring activities on construction projects.  This will be the first...


If there is a church in your community that could use some assistance, here is an opportunity!

From prairie churches to urban cathedrals and synagogues, historic sacred places are often the oldest, and most beautiful, buildings within our communities. Grants from the National Fund for Sacred Places help to keep these places as an important part of our national cultural heritage. The Fund for Sacred Places is a comprehensive program that provides training, planning grants, and capital...


Nominations Sought for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation The Washington state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is seeking nominations for the 26th 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.  Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony held during National Historic...


Heritage Capital Projects grant applications are now available for funding in the 2019-2021 biennium.  If you are looking for money for heritage in the areas of new construction, improvements to existing structures or landscapes, acquisition of property, or historic preservation of buildings, this is for you. 

Applications are due Friday, May 18, 2018.  Guidelines and application forms are published on the Washington State History Society’s...


Wisaard Project Process for Compliance Webinar

Date: March 27, 2018
Time: 9 am - 10:00 am

The goal is to clarify how the process fits in Wisaard, what needs to happen outside of Wisaard, what is required, and what is not required. This training will provide the most benefit to agencies, tribes and consultants that have a role in the Section 106 process.

Space is limited to the first 95 registrants....


On Thursday, March 1, the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM) will be hosting their next First Thursday Speaker Series event. Their focus is on Women's History Month and will be celebrating the life and work of Mother Joseph, a Vancouver icon, with a panel discussion on Mother Joseph. Focusing on how Mother Joseph built and shaped SW Washington, four panelists will discuss the impact of the physical manifestations of...


Living Landscapes, Living Cultures
The 2018 Cultural Resource Protection Summit marks our 11th gathering. Since its inception, the primary goal in
organizing the annual Summit has been to facilitate amongst all affected parties an open, frank discussion about the
intersection between cultural resources and land use. The Summit is designed to promote collaborative cultural resource
planning as an effective means of fi nding resolution to issues...


The biggest furniture manufacturing center west of the Mississippi River, Tacoma was promoted by city boosters as the “Grand Rapids of the West” in the twentieth century. With abundant raw materials, available power, shipping channels, and a skilled workforce, Tacoma supplied the bedframes, tables, chairs, and doors that western markets relied on as the west boomed. Local titans like F. S. Harmon, Gregory Furniture, and Educators Manufacturing Company pioneered new techniques,...


The City of Spokane is soliciting bids for their CLG grant project! 

Get all the details here: RFP Spokane Browne's Addition 


It's Baaaack! I have a lot of new frequently asked questions about Wisaard so let's do it! 

Q: When I am uploading photos, sometimes the information I type in the fields disappears. Why is that? What can I do?

A: This is because in order to save the text in photo data fields you must click outside of each text field before moving to the next one. This click serves to save the data you just typed. Get into the habit of typing, then clilck outside...



June 11 – 15, 2018
Lassen National Forest, California

DESCRIPTION:  This course is intended to provide participants with the foundation to serve as Archaeologist (ARCH) during wildland fire incidents. Archaeologist work with Incident Management Teams, Resource Advisors, and fireline personnel to address concerns about the impacts of wildland fire, fire operations and post-fire conditions on cultural resources. Archaeologist...


What are the places important to you? 

At a time when challenges to immigration and diversity dominate much of our public discourse, acknowledging and preserving the historical legacy of Latinos in Washington is more important than ever. With a grant from the National Park Service and under direction of the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, we are excited to announce a project highlighting to a statewide audience the history and contributions of the...


The Pocantico Center Preservation Fellowship is a two-week residential fellowship in historic preservation that provides the opportunity to reside and work in the historic Marcel Breuer House at Pocantico Hills, NY from Monday, July 16 through Sunday, July 29, 2018. Anticipate arrival Monday, July 16 afternoon.

Funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Pocantico fellowship is structured to provide professionals with two...


From our friends in Tacoma!

The Buffalo Soldiers Museum presents American History and Culture, Black History Month Film, screening "Held in Trust: The Story of Lt. Henry O. Flipper," about the first black man to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy. 

Dates: February 10 and 17, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 1940 South Wilkeson, Tacoma, WA 98405

Museum Free and open to the public. Donations...


Hi All! We have recently updated the Wisaard archaeology form tutorial (mostly for claification of functionality) and I also wrote some Historic Property Inventory guidance. If you work with these forms at all please check them out. 

You can find all of the tutorials here: Scroll to the bottom and look for the most recent dates.

As always, let us know if you have any...


I'm busily working with the team here at the Washington State Historical Society to produce the next issue of the magazine, which is my first as editor.  I wanted to reach out to ask for your help in highlighting noteworthy history/heritage/historica preservation exhibits, programs, events and/or publications that may be debuting during APRIL, MAY and JUNE of this year.  We're experimenting with a new feature in the magazine (working title: "39 Counties") to...



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