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Get ready for another great Historic Seattle Program Year! Historic Seattle is pleased to offer a wide variety of local and out of town tours, lectures, “how to” demonstrations, and special events in 2010 that expand your views of Seattle and environs and give insight into its architectural delights.  Learning from Historic Sites meetings  and tours take place in Squire Park, Pioneer Square, the University of Washington, and Mount Baker. Open to View events include a wonderful... more
In response to the Department of Commerce's budget decision to recommend the elimination of funding for the Downtown Revitalization Program, Main Street communities and downtowns in Washington State are uniting to save the program by creating a Facebook Group with information and updates.
 
At this point, there is no funding recommended for the program in the Governor's budget - so the chance to save Downtown Revitalization will have to come in the budget-wrangling...
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The National Park Service’s 2010 workshop on archaeological prospection techniques entitled Current Archaeological Prospection Advances for Non-Destructive Investigations in the 21st Century will be held May 24-28, 2010, at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton, North Dakota. Lodging will be in the in the communities of Beulah, Hazen, and Riverdale, North Dakota. The field exercises will take place at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. The... more
If you don't follow Knute Berger's column in the online magazine, Crosscut - you should.  He often writes insightful articles on preservation issues in Western Washington and the Pacific Northwest in general.  Here is his take on the historic preservation blunders of the last year - and as he says, it didn't take too much work to drum up these "turkeys": http://crosscut.com/2009/12/29/mossback/19463/.  Let's hope for a much tougher to... more
Lessons in Northwest Basketry: Identification and Preservation, February 6, Olympia – Presented by the State Capital Museum Outreach Services of the Washington State Historical Society, this workshop will focus on the fundamentals of Northwest basketry including design, weaving techniques, materials and basket care and preservation. The last hour will be set aside for review of baskets belonging to workshop participants and from the collection of the Washington State Historical... more
Did you know the DAHP can grant your non-profit organization the authority to care for and maintain an abandoned cemetery?  It’s true! If you are interested in caring for and preserving an abandoned cemetery in Washington, you can form a non-profit or use an existing non-profit to do this work.  The work authorized includes care, maintenance, restoration, protection, historical preservation, and establishing care funds for the abandoned cemetery.  It does not include the authority to make... more
From Russell Holter, DAHP Compliance Reviewer
Deputy Director, Greg Griffith asked me to review some information that DAHP recently received from Historic Scotland (the next best thing to being there). The packet contained a CD chock full of information pertaining to traditional building owners’ and their unique maintenance issues. Unfortunately, the program does not appear to be entirely compatible with North American computer software so the program had functions that didn’t... more
From the Tacoma Daily Index, by Todd Matthews.  For the full article, click more
Submit your nominations for the 2010 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by January 8, 2010. Nominations are accepted from any source; however, it is strongly recommended that a preservation professional or community advocate participate in preparing the nomination. Contact a National Trust regional office representative for advice. For a nomination form, more information about the program, and lists of past sites, visit the National Trust's... more
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) and the National Park Service (NPS), jointly announced the awarding of $9.5 million in federal competitive Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grants, which are made in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). With these funds, 41 organizations and agencies will act to conserve significant... more
After six years of serving the National Park Service as Associate Director, Cultural Resources and Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places, Janet Snyder Matthews, Ph.D., will leave the agency on Friday, December 11, to join the faculty of the University of Florida. She will teach in the Historic Preservation Program of the College of Design, Construction and Planning beginning in January 2010. “Jan Matthews has given her all to the National Park Service during her tenure at the... more
From King County Preservation Office's Technical Briefing Papers - Find more here. Introduction This paper provides basic information about... more
“US Topo” is the next generation of topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey.  Digital US Topo maps are designed to look, feel, and perform like the traditional paper topographic maps for which the USGS is so well known.  However, in contrast to paper-based maps, US Topo maps provide technical advantages that support faster, wider... more
[gallery] From Jacob Jones, The Daily World Suspended high above the ground on scaffolding, the workers can touch the sky, run their fingers over the clouds and pull the stars from space. Crews chipped at the fading heavens this week, pulling the plaster skyscape from the ceiling of the 7th St. Theatre in Hoquiam. The painted clouds crumble. The star light bulbs unscrew from their constellations. Theater... more
The National Park Service’s 2010 workshop on archaeological prospection techniques entitled Current Archaeological Prospection Advances for Non-Destructive Investigations in the 21st Century will be held May 24-28, 2010, at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton, North Dakota. Lodging will be in the in the communities of Beulah, Hazen, and Riverdale, North Dakota. The field exercises will take place at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. The park... more
The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions has announced the dates for the 2010 Forum to be held July 28 - August 1 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The NAPC Forum is the only national conference dedicated to local historic preservation commissions and their issues.  Forum is held once every two years. Features: Innovative and interactive panel presentations and facilitated discussions. Mobile workshops and tours highlighting preservation work and historic... more
Kris Bassett, projects coordinator for the Wenatchee Valley Museum... more

From all of the staff at the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation - we wish you and yours the Happiest of Thanksgivings!

 

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From the Alps of Austria to the Outback of Australia, from the sandy beaches of Hawaii to the frozen tundra of Alaska, over a thousand events are taking place today in 78 countries and 46 U.S. states.  Check it all out... more
Advance notice of an upcoming workshop at the State Capital Museum, sponsored by the Washington State Historical Society. Saturday, February 6, 1 to 4 PM Lessons in Northwest Basketry; Identification and Preservation Presented by the State Capital Museum... more

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