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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!


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
The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) office of the National Park Service has announced the 2010 Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition. The Peterson Prize annually recognizes the best sets of architectural measured drawings of historic buildings produced by college students and submitted for inclusion in the HABS Collection at the Library of Congress. The Prize, jointly sponsored with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the American Institute of Architects , is named in honor of Charles E... more
Applications to protect farm and ranch lands sought January 15, 2010 ranking deadline set SPOKANE, Wash., (Nov. 13, 2009) — To help protect working agricultural lands in Washington, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that $1.7 million will be available to successful applicants this year through the agency’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP). There is a continuous, year-round sign-up for the program, but January 15,... more
Wednesday, Nov 18 at 7:00p at The United Churches of Olympia, Olympia, WA.
Presented by Art Deco Society Northwest. 
A talk by award-winning author Joe Welsh and nationally known artist J. Craig Thorpe of Issaquah. The talk will focus on noted industrial...
 You are Invited to a Special Community Event!   Sustainability, Economics and Historic Preservation    A Presentation by Donovan Rypkema
Date:            December 7,...
DAHP has received word from the National Park Service regarding the recipients of the 2009 Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program Awards. This grant program resultes from Public Law 109-441: Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites including provision of grants to organizations "to preserve and interpret the confinement of sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. The announcement mentions that for the 2009 grant cycle, 32 applications were... more
On November 11, 1919, in a showdown between members of the American Legion and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), four Legionnaires were killed and an IWW organizer, Wesley Everest, was tortured and lynched.  Eight IWW members were sentenced to 25-40 years in prison for shooting the Legionnaires, but no community members were ever brought to trial for the lynching of Everest.  To commemorate the 90th anniversary of this tragedy, several events will be held in Centralia this... more
[gallery] Great story from the Yakima Herald on the uncovering of a long suffering historic downtown building in Yakima!
Washington State Historical Society Annual Awards Submission deadline: January 28, 2010
The Washington State Historical Society invites nominations for its annual awards recognizing excellence in advancing the field of history in the state of Washington through writing, teaching, historic projects, understanding cultural diversity and voluntarism. Help honor those who work to...
On October 29th Congress wrapped up its FY10 Interior Department and related agencies appropriations bill (HR 2996) that provides a $4.66 billion spending increase over fiscal 2009.  President Obama signed the bill into law October 30 (PL 111-88.) The law provides particularly large increases for the National Park System, with boosts for operations, maintenance, recreation and preservation, and about every other line item. The law also provides a major increase for the Land and... more


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