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The Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum is sponsoring the Olympia Holiday Tour of Historic Homes on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from noon to 4:00 p.m.  Eight historic properties will be open including the Bigelow House at 918 Glass Avenue NE, where tickets will be available the day of the tour.  Tickets also available at the Coach House, 211 21st Avenue SW day of the tour and for advance ticket purchase, see


The date and location for the annual conference of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians has been set!  The conference will be held in Astoria, Oregon, May 18-20, 2018. 

Our conference committee is working away, planning a stellar conference, as you can imagine it would be in such a wonderful place.  Please mark your calendars.

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About the Position:
This position is in the Environmental Branch of the Programs, Planning and Project Management Division. This Cultural Resources Section Chief will provide technical and administrative supervision for staff who conduct historic, cultural and tribal consultation and compliance for all District Civil Works projects. This includes the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archeological Resources Protection Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation...


Archaeologist Job Opportunity, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Burbank, Washington 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has an opening for a permanent archaeologist at its Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Burbank, Washington.  Please follow the links and apply online in 

R1-18-10066679-BP-MP   ...


The City of Lynden was awarded a CLG grant for historic survey. Find all the details here:


(corrected version 10/18/2017) Kelsey Doncaster, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Historian based in Yakima, will be giving a free lecture titled "Watch U.S. Make Okanogan Great" as part of the Okanogan County Historical Society's Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at the Hazel Burnett Building at the Wenatchee Valley College branch in Omak at 116 Apple Avenue West.  Kelsey's presentation will focus on the Okangan Project, which at the time in the 1920s...


original Olympia Brewery, Tumwater Historic District This fall, the Olympia Tumwater Foundation will host a free art show, “It’s the Art!”, sponsored by O Bee Credit Union, featuring over 50 original advertising artworks created for the Olympia Brewing Company during the 1930s through 1950s.The brewery and its...


Bureau of Reclamation Okanogan Project   Kelsey Doncaster, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Historian based in Yakima, will be giving a free lecture titled "Watch U.S. Make Okanogan Great" as part of the Okanogan County...


Wisaard will be down for about two hours 8-10:30 am Thursday morning 10-5-2017 for some updates. 


The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is partnering with the Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) and the Emergency Management Division (EMD) of the State Military Department to host a workshop on developing a statewide action plan for assisting heritage organizations to prepare for and recover in the event of a disaster. This is a timely workshop that will provide for audience interaction to learn and think about the cultural resources under your stewardship...

2006 photo of Miller-Brewer House with barn in background The State Historic Preservation Officer and DAHP staff are sadly reminded about the fragility of our heritage resources with the sudden and complete destruction of the Miller-Brewer House near the Grand Mound community in south Thurston... more

A quick reminder that proposals are due to be submitted to DAHP no later than 5:00 pm this coming Friday, July 14th.  The project is Phase II of DAHP's effort to document and better understand the historic experience of the Hispanic community in Washington State. Phase II will focus on that experience from the mid to later decades of the 20th century in the Seattle metropolitan area and examining efforts by the community to organize and strive for a stronger voice in the affairs of...

This is to notify you that Wisaard will be unavailable on Thursday June 29. We understand that this is short notice, but it is unavoidable and we ask for your understanding. Wisaard will be unavailable so that we can install the new E-APE feature. It should be back up and running on Friday June 30. However, please note that in the event of a state government shut-down, Wisaard will again be unavailable. If a state budget is not reached by 5:00 pm on June 30, Wisaard will be shut down.
The Washington State DAHP is requesting proposals for the inventory, documentation, evaluation and nomination of historic places in the Puget Sound region associated with Latino heritage. Proposals due July 14, 2017. Follow this link: /ethnic-preservation to DAHP's webpage with more information about the project and a link to the RFP document. Should you have any questions, contact Greg Griffith at: or 360-586-3073.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and the Vanishing Treasures Program announces the availability of applications to their upcoming workshop on Traditional Finishes: Lime-Based Treatments at Grand Teton National Park on July 25-27. To register, go to this google forms link:

DAHP's Assistant State Anthropologist Juliette Vogel was injured in a serious vehicle accident in SeaTac early Sunday morning as she was returning home after a week's vacation with family. As of this writing, Juliette is currently in recovery at Harborview Hospital but expected to be released in the next day or two and return to her home in Olympia and under the care of family members. SHPO Allyson Brooks and State Anthropologist Guy Tasa are keeping in close contact with her and family members... more

EZ Form Training 

EZ Webinar for non-cultural resources professionals Date: July 13, 2017 Time: 10 am until 11:15 am Join Kim Gant for a comprehensive training webinar on the EZ forms including a tutorial of the EZ-2 in Wisaard. This webinar is limited to 100 participants and registration is required. This training will cover:
  • When EZ-1,  EZ-2, and EZ-3 forms are necessary
  • Searching for existing properties on the map...
Happy June! Maybe some of you are seeing the sun?? The 2017 Training Calendar has been updated and there are some really interesting opportunities coming available both near and far.  The University of Florida is holding a field school in Nantucket, Massachusetts.  Yes please!  The theme of the Field School is Photogrammetry 3D Laser Scanning and Imaging of Historic Properties.  The Field School can be taken as a 3-week, 3-credit course or separate one week, non-credit workshops.... more


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