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Nicholas Vann
Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
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"Inhabiting our History" - Statewide Preservation Plan 2021-2026

The Washington State Historic Preservation Plan 2021-2026: Inhabiting Our History is now available for your review…and action!

Washington’s latest state historic preservation plan goes into effect on January 1, 2021 and is available here for your review. At 63 pages plus appendices, the Plan charts a course for advancing historic preservation efforts and protecting the state’s cultural resources over the 2021-2026 planning cycle.

The Plan’s title is: The Washington State Historic Preservation Plan 2021-2026: Inhabiting Our History. This title intentionally conveys the message that our state’s cultural resources are vital, dynamic, living places to be recognized as critically important to sustaining healthy, diverse communities; active civic engagement; and a prosperous economy. To this end, the Vision Statement crafted for the Plan reads:

Our shared heritage not only enriches the present, it can also shape the future. The state historic preservation plan seeks to engage with all people of Washington to help them take ownership as intentional stewards of that heritage. Together, we can honor the stories and places of our diverse communities, that will boost the economy, promote sustainable practices, and strengthen our sense of place.

Now, DAHP invites you to engage with the Plan. If nothing else, you are encouraged to read the Plan’s five goal statements, 13 strategies, and 48 separate action items, beginning on page 22 of Inhabiting Our History.  For a closer look, other important elements of the Plan include:

  • In Part 1, be sure to review Native American Tribes: A Proud and Rich Heritage, beginning on 4.  Plus, it is well worth taking a few moments to read Melissa Calvert’s Historic Preservation and Native American Values statement found on page 6.
  • To help navigate historic preservation terminology, take a moment to review A Word about Nomenclature on page 8.
  • For a detailed account of the planning process and public engagement in developing the Plan, review The Planning Process starting on page 14.
  • How is the Plan implemented? Read more starting on page 32.
  • For a status update on DAHP’s Inventory of Cultural Resources and interactive on-line database WISAARD, go to Part 3  starting on page 34.
  • For an overview of the state’s cultural resource base, the discussion begins on page 39.

Available here is the cover letter by Washington State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) Allyson Brooks. In her letter is a call to all Washingtonians to join with her, DAHP, plus our key partners and Tribes to help implement the Plan. Keep in mind that Inhabiting Our History is not a work plan for DAHP. Plus, it does not come with funding to implement the action items identified in the Plan.

We look forward to engaging with you in implementing Inhabiting Our History. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us by calling 360-586-3065 or emailing

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