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On October 24th, 2009, Dr. Sanford J. Wright hosted a celebration of the Hartley Mansion in Everett to kick off a year of special events to celebrate the building's centennial set for July 2010. The event in October featured tours, refreshments, and presentations from First Gentleman Mike Gregoire, members of the Hartley family, and local dignataries including Jack O'Donnell, Mark Mayberg, and Historic Everett's Valerie Steel.
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Historic Seattle Announces the Launch of its New Preservation Blog, MAin2! Through MAin2, you'll get up-to-date information about preservation issues, news, events and projects in Seattle and around Puget Sound. Here's the link: http://main2seattle.wordpress.com/ Subscribe to the blog to get updates via email subscription or RSS. We hope you enjoy MAin2! Questions? Feedback? Want to submit a blog entry, news item, or event? Email Eugenia Woo,... more
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Derived from the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright during his “Usonian” period, the Wrightian style can be found in limited quantities in the Pacific Northwest. While Wright himself only produced a handful of properties in Washington State, several of his students from the Taliesen Fellowship migrated to the Seattle area during the 1950s, bringing with them Wright’s unique style of architecture. The purpose of Wright’s school was to train architects to... more
For those of you interested in the Main Street Program, Everett's HeraldNet has a good article posted today. Be sure to check it out!
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Announces 2010 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant Program  Grants Designed To Assist With Local Preservation Projects  The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that grant applications for the 2010 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund are being accepted.  Established in 1997, the program has awarded 62 projects totaling over $51,000 in funding... more
ARCHITECTS · LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS · HISTORIANS · ENGINEERS SUMMER JOBS WITH HABS/HAER/HALS The Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey), a division of the National Park Service, seeks applications from qualified individuals for summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, engineering and landscape significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site field... more
In fulfillment of The Manhattan Project National Historical Park Study Act of 2004, the National Park Service's Denver Service Center has released a draft report on the suitability and feasibility of adding four major sites associated with the World War II era Manhattan Project to the national park system. The study includes Washington's Hanford Site as well as facilities in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Dayton, Ohio. Public meetings on the study are planned for each of the... more
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Alan Liddle House Tour
Co-sponsored by Docomomo WEWA and Historic Tacoma.
Location: 12735 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood (near Tacoma)
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Come anytime between 11:00 am and 2:00 p.m.  The tour is free but donations will be gladly accepted at the house; reservations are not needed. Parking is limited so please carpool if you...
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For those of you in Western Washington who get KCTS, here is an interesting documentary on the Snoqualmie  Falls (in keeping with our Archaeology Month poster from 2009!). A documentary about Snoqualmie Falls will air on KCTS Channel 9 on February 1 at 9:00pm. The film tells the history of Snoqualmie Falls and eventual construction of the world’s first hydroelectric plant built completely underground. The film features fascinating stories about the Snoqualmie Valley, Seattle, and the... more
 The Preserve America program is seeking good examples of heritage tourism projects or programs from Preserve America Communities that, in the opinion of local organizations and partners, have been especially successful at attracting visitors or interpreting heritage resources; have been relatively cost-effective with low to moderate implementation costs; have been used or maintained for some time with available resources and without major new annual investments of time and money; and might be... more

The Washington state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is seeking nominations for the 20th 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 Preservation Month, May 2010.  The ceremony is sponsored by the Washington...

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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

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