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Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has shared with the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) a just released YouTube video of the company's historic Baker River dams to mark the 10th year of being awarded its 50 year operating license for hydrolectric plants at Baker Lake and Lake Shannon.  View the 6 minute video here:  In addition to historic photos and...


The Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) seeks nominations by January 4, 2019 for the Paul E. Buchanan Award. 
Exceptional projects that set new standards or model innovative practices, completed in the last two years are eligible for consideration and may include, but are not limited to: 
 Architectural Recording Projects (including HABS/HAER/HALS) 
 Historic Structures Reports 
 Cultural Resource Surveys 


Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc. (AINW), is recruiting for a well-qualified Architectural Historian/Historian to add to its department of Architectural History and History.  For detailed information regarding this position and to submit application materials, please see our job announcement at:

AINW, founded in 1989, is a leading Cultural...


2018 Holiday Tour of Historic Homes Sponsored by the Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum 

The Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum is sponsoring the Olympia Holiday Tour of Historic Homes on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from noon to 4:00 p.m.  Nine historic...


The National Park Service (NPS) has released its Annual Report on the Economic Impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit for FY (Federal fiscal year)2017. As in past years, the report demonstates with hard, cold numbers that the rehabilitation of historic income-producing buildings has a significant positive economic impact on national, state, and local economies.  The data tracks the economic impact of historic building rehab projects where owners/developers...


This year the Veterans Day Holiday is extraordinarily special as nations across the globe commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. Optimistically called "the war to end all wars" WWI had dramatic impact on the nation and Washington State that is seen and felt today.  Read Governor Inslee's Proclamation here: ...


1. Some of you may have noticed that you receive email notifications from Wisaard when DAHP staff is processing project materials in Wisaard. Often, we are also taking care of data maintenance tasks such as deleting empty projects or inventory forms and accepting survey data. If you receive a notice from Wisaard that an Activity is in Review Complete status, be sure to check the email for any notes about why the notice went out.  For such in-house tasks, no action has been taken by DAHP...


The Washington State Department of Commerce is hosting two community workshops on Whidbey Island regarding its effort to draft guidelines for Civilian-Military Land Use Comprehensive Planning. The two workshops will be in:


Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.

The Nordic Lodge, 63 Jacobs Road, Coupeville, WA 98239

Oak Harbor

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.

Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor, WA 98277



A new study just came across the national list-serv and it is one that was really needed. Recognizing that window replacement is rarely cost effective (it is totally possible to spend $20,000 on new windows only to save $200 a year on your energy bill), the study compares the use of different window treatments and their effectiveness in reducing energy costs for buildings with single pane windows. Think storm windows, drapes, films, blinds.....Maybe this real scientific data could be used as...


The WA Dept, of Commerce is working to complete the second phase of its multi-year effort to address land-use compatibility issues amongst military installations in the state and nearby communities affected by operations. Commerce is now working on drafting a guidebook set for completion in early 2019. To gather input on the guidebook, Commerce's consultant is hosting several workshops around the state as well as an online survey.  Here is a link to the Commerce website with more...


2018 marks the second grant cycle for implementing Washington's Complete Streets program. And once again, the WA Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) has invited the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) to participate as one of the State agencies and non-profit organizations that will nominate local jurisdictions (cities and counties) to TIB as candidates to receive grant funding to implement their local Complete Streets program. Many wonder why DAHP is engaged is...


Here is an opportunity from the US EPA for assistance to communities who are working to revitalize neighborhoods affected by Superfund/brownfield sites or working on implementing a Complete Streets project. Titled Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities, letters of interest must be submitted to the EPA by November 16. Attached is a link to the letter explaining the goals of the program with information about the application procedure. ...


On Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 pm, Kelsey Doncaster, Historian for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in the Bureau's Yakima office, will share his amazing discovery of historic photographs taken by BOR personnel in the 1920s and 30s. This was the heyday of early irrigation infrastructure design and construction in Central Washington, and BOR photographers documented the communities and landscapes impacted by the now historic irrigation facilities. These records have been lost since...


Hey Modernistas!

Docomomo WEWA returns to Olympia on Saturday, October 13, 2018, to celebrate Docomomo US Tour Day* with a special tour of the Trueman and Virginia Schmidt House, a National Register-listed property built in 1950 for scions of two, prominent local families. Trueman was grandson of Leopold Schmidt, founder of the Olympia Brewing Company and Virginia Aetzel came from a family with deep roots in Olympia. The event is co-sponsored by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation....


We recently added a clarification to the Guidelines for Cultural Resources Reporting regarding updates to archaeology site forms. This language was added to page 8: 

If you are surveying a project area that contains a previously recorded site and there is no change in artifact assemblage or condition OR you find historic artifacts that are non-diagnostic for age, please do not submit an...



Did you know? The Research and Technology Building and associated support buildings were demolished in the spring of 2018 in order to remediate radiological contamination within the buildings.

This event will feature presentationss from the Department of Energy, PNNL, National Park Service, City of Richland, and DAHP, and will highlight the history and significance of the building, the role of...


Kent’s Morrill Bank building one of 20 finalists in national competition for preservation dollars. By securing the most votes, Kent’s Morrill Bank building will receive $150,000 for its restoration. The Morrill Bank building is one of 20 historic sites competing to win funding from Partners in Preservation, a partnership created by American...


Columbia River Inter-Tribal Enforcement Office will host a 1.5 day ARPA/Archaeology for Law Enforcement Training on October 30-31st, in Hood River, Oregon.  This training is for Law Enforcement, Detectives, Prosecutors, Tribal Monitors, Park Rangers, Archaeologists, and Resource Stewards.

This is a FREE training. Please contact Officer Jerrod Daniel at to register.



The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is pleased to announce that Stephanie Jolivette of Seattle joined our staff as of September 17th.  Stephanie has stepped into the position of Assistant State Archaeologist for Local Government previously held by Gretchen Kaehler who departed for cultural resource work at Snohomish County in August. 

Stephanie most recently worked for a private cultural resource managment consulting firm inLacey and prior to that...



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