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  Give a listen to this National Public Radio report broadcasted on Tuesday regarding a new $1 million home in Santa Monica goes all out in being a "green" building to meet California's new sustainable building codes. But preservationists will appreciate comments made by Linda Dishamn, Executive Director of the LA Conservancy, not to mention the Santa Monica green building official and the home owner's recycling of the home that was demolished. ... more
What:      “How To” Demonstrations at Washington Hall Plasterwork: Steve Irish When:      March 13, 2010 (Saturday) 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. Where:    Washington Hall, 153 14th Avenue (one block north of E.Yesler at E. Fir Street)  Cost:      $10 general public, $8 Historic Seattle members; $5 students Register here or call (206) 622-6952  or day of event Historic Seattle’s 2010 ... more
Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, the National Park Service, Northwest Cultural Resources Institute, and the Fort Vancouver National Trust are pleased to announce a field school in historical archaeology at Fort... more
Washington students need you!  The Washington State Historical Society is in need of judges for History Day --- at least 150. The contest is Saturday, May 1, at Bellevue College and the biggest need is preliminary round judges, which means you'll spend your morning evaluating the outstanding work of Washington student scholars. Judging History Day is rewarding, interesting, and just plain fun. All seven regionals and the state contest are recruiting judges.... more
Game Changers and History Makers: Women in Pacific Northwest History   63rd Annual Pacific Northwest History Conference    November 3-5 - Davenport Hotel, Spokane, Washington   The Washington State Historical Society, permanent sponsor of the Pacific Northwest History Conference, along with the Northwest Museum of Arts... more
The Sammamish Heritage Society (visit their website for more information) is seeking members of the public to voice support for preservation of the historic Reard/Freed Farmhouse before the Sammamish City Council on Tuesday March 2nd. The SHS has been working for several years to save and rehabilitate the 115 year old farmhouse as a reminder of the city's once rural heritage. Preservation efforts have reached a critical juncture...
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Saturday February 27 is the date set for Olmsted in Olympia: The Olmsted Legacy at the Washington State Capitol. This forum is the result of a collaboration amonst the League of Women Voters of Washington, League of Women Votes of Thurston County, Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Association for Olmsted Parks, the Washington State Department of General Administration, and the Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks to produce a new brochure entitled ... more
Staying Warm in Your Old House: An Energy Conservation Workshop Saturday, Feb 27, 10:30 am Anacortes Public... more
Please note the new June date for this year’s Cultural Resource Planning Summit.  Also,  you are encouraged to submit session ideas by March 15 to the Agenda  Planning...
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See below for the chart Donovan Rypkema put out showing the cost per job for the stimulus funding in comparison with the cost per job for Save America's Treasures.  Very interesting stuff!  Read more on Mr. Rypkema's blog.

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For an informed insight into historic preservation's budget and identity woes at the national and state levels....check out Knute Berger's post on Crosscut.
News Release February 16, 2010 For More Information Contact: Ellensburg Downtown Association 509-962-6246 info@ellensburgdowntown.org Bill to Save Washington State Main Street Program Passes the House 91 to 7 and Heads to Senate Grassroots efforts to save the Washington State Main Street Program are generating bipartisan support among legislators during the 2010 legislative session. House Bill 2704, co-sponsored by Representative Dean Takko (D) from the 19th district, and... more

March 19—20, 2010

Whether you are a preservation professional, historic home or building owner, and/or a volunteer historic commission member, this workshop is for you.  Day one of this workshop offers an overview of the history and present state of historic preservation in America. Taught by preservation professionals, you will learn about:
• The history of historic preservation in America
• Compliance with federal, state and local laws
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The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking nominations to its 2010 Most Endangered Historic Properties List. Nomination forms may be obtained through the Trust’s website. The on-going threats to historic properties statewide include demolition, neglect, incompatible development and insensitive alteration. These types of threats and many others impact resources across Washington that all contribute to the... more
For more information on each of the nominated properties, simply click the picture to move through the gallery. [gallery columns="2"]
"The Power of Snoqualmie Falls," which aired on KCTS Monday night, bested talk show queen Oprah Winfrey in the 9 p.m. time slot. It also beat out new episodes of NBC’s "Heroes" and the CW’s "Life Unexpected." According to KCTS, the film’s ratings match the best ratings the station gets for shows... more
Our 2010 Preserving Your Old House program uses Historic Seattle’s newly purchased building, Washington Hall, as a “get dirty” space to demonstrate how to repair plaster work, refinish wood work and paint, and repair windows.   On March 13, Historic Seattle presents Steve Irish of Lux Interiors, who  has undertaken plaster repair and plaster restoration in the Seattle area for twenty years and is an expert on repairing lath and plaster in older buildings. During this overview, he will cover a... more
[gallery order="DESC"] In the early part of the 19th Century, Californians sought to define an indigenous style of architecture by fusing local Spanish-influences with Colonial designs from the east coast.  Their search eventually led to the later emergence of one of California's few native architectural styles, the Monterey Style, which became popular between 1930-1950.   Some early literature refers to the style as Mediterranean, but today most historians call the designs Monterey, named... more

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