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DAHP plans to hold our next Cultural Resource Consultant Workshop on Wednesday, November 18th from 9am to 3pm in Olympia. 

The purpose of the workshop is to provide guidance to our consultants on:
  • DAHP survey and inventory expectations,
  • site types, and the professional qualifications for recording sites
  • changes to state law regarding Cultural Resources and the protection of graves;...

2010 National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Portland

NCPH working groups, led by senior practitioners and involving up to twelve discussants, will allow conferees to explore in depth a subject of shared concern. In these innovative seminar-like conversations, participants will have a chance to discuss questions raised by specific programs, problems, or initiatives in their own public history practice with...



The Great World Wide Star Count begins during World Space Week this week. This is the third annual Great World Wide Star Count that encourages all to observe and learn about the stars above. As an archaeologist and preservationist it is also important to recognize the historic and cultural aspects of the night sky. A... more
Washington State is celebrating its fifteenth annual Archaeology Month, from October 1 through October 31, 2009.  Archaeology Month consists of a series of events held in local communities statewide, to create public awareness about Washington's archaeological heritage.  Protecting and exploring this archaeological heritage provides us with knowledge of past lifeways, about our ancestors and predecessors as they sought to survive in a rugged, diverse landscape. Please take time this month... more
The Campbell House is reopening on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 after a nine-month closure. This historic house museum, beloved by the public since 1926, is the largest artifact and most permanent exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC). Although state budget cuts precipitated the closure last January, the MAC board and staff have since expanded the volunteer corps and retained the education staff needed to coordinate its re-opening.  The guided tour format is refreshed; public... more
On October 5, President Obama issued an Executive Order that defines the federal government's role in sustainability. The 15 page document clearly establishes the federal government as taking a lead in implementing sustainable practices that will help to reduce the nation's overall carbon footprint... more
Longview apartment building under construction
Longview apartment building under construction
If you have interesting historical photos or records and want to know how to take care of them, check this out: The State Archives and other historical agencies are presenting “...
Historic Homeowners Tax Bill Last week, Representatives Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Mike Turner (R-OH) introduced H.R. 3670, the Historic Homeowners Revitalization Act of 2009. The bill was introduced with 24 original co-sponsors. The legislation creates a 20 percent tax credit -- up to $60,000 - for home owners who make expenditures to rehabilitate certified historic structures in a way consistent with the historic character of the... more
New PDF Requirement For those of you who have been enjoying viewing properties and survey reports on our new web portal, you may have noticed the difference in the readability and resolution between a scanned paper document and a pdf version of the same document.  The electronic (pdf) versions retain their original colors and high resolution graphics, whereas the scanned paper versions have been sent through a machine much like a copier, and only reproduce... more
The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is excited to have our new and improved WISAARD searchable online database available on the web!  DAHP has worked for a year and a half on this project to make as much of our information available to the general public as we can.  You will now be able to search for not only those properties that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Washington Heritage Register and the Heritage Barn Register --- but you... more
Poster2009Budget cuts had threatened the very existence to this year’s archaeology month and activities have been hampered by limited finances. However, as October rolled around - Archaeology Month could not be doused!  This year's theme focuses on Traditional Cultural Properties.  Snoqualmie Falls is featured prominently on the 2009 Archaeology Month poster... more
A three-part lecture series focused on Tacoma's built environment: past, present, and future, presented by Conversations RE: Tacoma, An Ad Hoc Group. Tacoma's urban architectural environment has a long and mixed history. In a series of three lectures we begin a conversation about the City's recent past, including the  makeover of the 1980's and 1990's; the present by looking at the elements for creation of vibrant neighborhoods; and the future, as represented by the Center... more
2010 marks the 100th anniversary of when women in Washington permanently achieved the right to vote.  As the fifth state and the first in the 20th century to enact women’s suffrage, the victory in 1910 in the state of Washington was a turning point in the national campaign.  The Washington Women’s History Consortium (WHC), a part of the Washington State Historical Society is leading the commemoration.  Please visit our website at ... more
Washingtonians will celebrate their rich documentary heritage at a range of events throughout the state during Archives Month October 2009 with the theme, "Washington At Play." This third annual statewide celebration of Archives Month is coordinated by a committee of representatives from archival and manuscript repositories throughout the state. Co-sponsors are the Washington State Archives and the... more
The Pacific Northwest has been a tough nut to crack for Preservation Trades. Up until several years ago, the nearest schools were located in Montana, Utah and California. Recently, Oregon added a one-year certificate program and a two-year AAS degree through Clatsop Community College across the river in Astoria. The Port Townsend School of Woodworking located at Fort Worden State Park, has been retooling their curriculum by placing special emphasis on... more
Experience America’s rural roots in our nation’s first historical reserve. The Reserve is a twenty-four square mile mosaic of working farms, iconic barns, trails, and hedgerows framing soils and historic structures of national significance. At its heart is the Town of Coupeville, tucked along the shores of Penn Cove. Ebey’s Reserve is an intricate patchwork of old and new — a community striving to protect its cultural heritage and quality of life while accommodating change.... more
The Annual "Wyoming vs. The World" Softball Game

The Planning Association of Washington (PAW) in cooperation with Western Planner has set their 2010 annual conference for Vancouver on August 10-13. This event will bringland use planners from 14 western states to Washington for three days of presentations...

This past summer, DAHP procedures and policies were scrutinized by auditors to assess how well the agency was meeting security standards as required by the State's Information Services Board (ISB). The security audit is required of state agencies every 3 years and was the first such review of DAHP's operations since establishment of the Department in 2005. The auditor's final report concluded that DAHP was in full compliance with all 94 requirements established by the ISB... more
From the AKCHO Newsletter: Over the summer, the Metropolitan King County Council adopted a motion to support the designation of most of Washington’s saltwater coastline, including Puget Sound and extending through the Lake Washington Ship Canal to Lake Union, as a National Maritime Heritage Area.
“This designation celebrates Washington’s working waterfronts and maritime history,” said Councilmember...
pnwfs_locations_09The Pacific Northwest Field School wrapped a five week program in Central Oregon. Participants in the Pacific Northwest Field School were able to apply their skills in finish carpentry on the Gordon House - one of the most significant homes in the State of Oregon. The Gordon House is a Usonian designed home...


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