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Hi Everyone, Sometimes we send out notices to Wisaard users that Wisaard will be down for maintenance, upgrades etc... But you may or may not receive the message. Why is that? DAHP uses the email address that you provided to SAW when you signed up for an account for notification of maintenance and updates. This may be different than the email that you provided when you signed up for the WISAARD application itself.  If your email is not up to date in the SAW system then you will not receive... more
Position announcement: Executive Director The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, the community heritage organization for the Duwamish peninsula since 1984, seeks an Executive Director to focus on fundraising, outreach and volunteer recruitment and provide overall management of the organization. Application deadline The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017. This deadline may be extended, so don't let it stop... more
Notice of Public Hearing The City of Issaquah has posted a Notice of Public Hearing Appeal of SEPA MDNS Decision for 10:00 am on May 31, 2017 in the Issaquah City Council Chambers. Click on the link above to see the full notice for more information about the demolition application and public hearing. The campus of the former Providence Heights Academy has been determined eligible for the National... more
Soaring new home prices got you down? Looking for something with early 20th century charm and history? Check out this 1920s Renton Craftsman gem: being offered by Seattle's Nickel Brothers house movers. Determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, this remarkably intact residence has many attractive features and is loaded with history. Unfortunately, the home must be removed from its by July 1 or faces demolition... more
Ladies and Gentlemen, start your (vernacular) engines! Announcing a new start-up in the Pacific Northwest: the Cascadia Chapter of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF)!  The VAF is the national home of vernacular architecture studies, now celebrating its 38th year, with an annual conference, respected academic journal and other publications, and a great network of like-minded building enthusiasts. We’re ready to form the organization’s second regional chapter here in... more
The Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historian's 2017 conference program has been completed!  Links to the program and registration information are below.  This year's conference will be in Victoria, BC.  Inspired by a variety of anniversary celebrations being held in Canada, the conference theme is "Commemorations."  The conference will begin with a walking tour on Friday, June 16, and end with a boat tour on Sunday, June 18.  In between will be a reception, more... more
Date: Tuesday May 23, 2017 Time: 9 am to 12 pm Location: LOTT Clean Water Alliance Board Room, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia This free 3 hour training session will cover content and process for the Wisaard Historic Property Inventory Form. Speakers will be Michael Houser and Kim Gant. This session is limited to 40 participants. A registration form must be completed for each participant. This session is appropriate for those who... more
Dr. Allyson Brooks, State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) announced the 2017 award winners for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation. Each year the SHPO, who also serves as the Director of the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), recognizes persons, organizations, and projects that achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation in the following categories: Historic Preservation Stewardship, Career Achievement, Historic... more
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation seeks a Tribal Archaeologist. The intent of this position is to fill the Tribal Archaeologist position with a focus for projects On-Reservation. The position entails office and field work.  Incumbent will prepare scopes of work and budgets for projects, and conduct archaeological fieldwork (i.e., survey/inventory, evaluative testing, mitigation, and treatment activities) on a project-by-project basis.  Incumbent is expected... more
DAHP is saddened to report the passing of Donovan Gray, 68, a former DAHP colleague and ardent supporter of the arts and historic preservation. According to today's post, Donovan died from injuries suffered after a crash on Thursday near Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Born in Seattle, Washingtonians will remember Donovan for his long time passion and support for the arts. He later came to be equally devoted to historic preservation with a special passion for historic... more
Hi All, As most of you know we rolled out some small Wisaard improvements a week ago. That same day was the start of my vacation so I did not have time to fill you all in on what changed. So here is the scoop.
  1. There were previously problems with the printing of the archaeology site form. Sometimes it would not print, sometimes it printed and didn't print all of the data. We hope those things are repaired now.
  2. Existing Archaeology Sites are no longer being hidden from...
Good news! Planned maintenance work on WISAARD scheduled for all day on Friday March 31, has finished up early and the system is back on-line. We hope the shortened maintenance time frame will minimize any inconvenience to our customers. Thank you for your patience.
Funding available in King County for historic preservation projects. Get all the details here:    PRESS RELEASE       more
Historic Everett and other supporters of preservation of the Longfellow School received good news late last week that an anonymous donor has stepped forward to purchase the school for adaptive re-use as the new home of the Everett Museum of History.  If the offer is accepted, the donation would score a big preservation win to rescue the school from demolition by the Everett School District. The district has submitted a proposal to demolish the school to be replaced with 33 parking spaces.  For... more
Milepost 31 is an award-winning information center that highlights the people and projects that shaped Pioneer Square, and provides an inside look at the SR 99 Tunnel Project. There, you'll find more than just construction photos and brochures. You’ll find history, artifacts and interactive exhibits designed to broaden your understanding of the land beneath... more

Please visit to review the guidelines and apply to present at the conference including deadlines for submitting proposals.

An international gathering on adapting historic coastal communities to sea level rise Hosted by the City of Annapolis with Support from the Newport Restoration Foundation. October 29 – November 1, 2017 Call for Presenters

Originally convened by the Newport Restoration Foundation in April 2016,...

Recently the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers requested that the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation comment on the appropriateness of the use of mitigation funds to further information technology at State Historic Preservation Offices. Specifically, financial support would be provided to a SHPO and used to increase or improve technological capacity to maintain and make electronically available vital information regarding cultural resources, including historic... more
The NW Chapter of the Association of Preservation Technology is organizing a workshop on water repellents to be held in Seattle on April 29th.  The use of water repellents on historic masonry can be a divisive topic.  Knowledgeable professionals who generally abide by the same preservation tenets often confront a difference of opinion on the use of water repellent systems on historic buildings.  One school of thought encourages the use of water repellents as a means to improve... more


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