Monthly news update from the Office of History and Archaeology
State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources
The Administration’s budget proposal for FY 17 (October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017) requests $87.4 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, $22 million more than the FY 16 appropriation. The proposal has $46.9 million for State Historic Preservation Offices (same as FY 16), $11.98 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices ($2 million more than FY 16), $25 million for the Civil Rights Movement Initiative ($17 million more than FY 16), $500,000 for survey grants for underrepresented communities (same as FY 16), and $3 million for Historic Black Colleges and Universities (new). The appropriation for the state historic preservation offices has not been increased the last four years.
Preservation Action has prepared one page information sheets on the HPF, the state historic preservation offices, the tribal historic preservation offices, the historic tax credits, and the HPF reauthorization. They are posted at http://www.preservationaction.org/advocacy-week/.
The Historic Preservation Fund authorization expired September 30, 2015. Four bills being considered in Congress have HPF reauthorization provisions, and the administration’s FY17 budget proposal includes a provision for permanently reauthorization. The National Historic Preservation Amendment Act of 2015 (H.R. 2817) would reauthorize the HPF through 2025 at $150 million annually. The Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) would permanently authorize the HPF. The American Energy Innovation Act (S. 2089) would permanently authorize the HPF, but goes further than S. 2012 towards full, permanent funding by requiring the funds to be available without needing an appropriation. And S. 556, called a sportsmen’s package bill, has a provision to permanently authorize the HPF. It is long overdue for Congress to act.
The state administration’s FY 2017 operating budget proposal has a $13,500 decrease in General Fund Match (GFM) for the Office of History and Archaeology. The state funds match the annual federal Historic Preservation Fund award that provides Alaska with 60% of the funding for the state historic preservation program (SHPO). The proposed decrease will be a larger overall reduction for the office with the loss of the federal match funds. Much of the total amount for the Office of History and Archaeology in state budget documents is authorization-to-receive grant and project money from a variety of sources including the HPF. The OHA section in the administration’s budget can be found at:
The Office of History and Archaeology is recruiting for an archaeologist to work in the Archaeological Survey Unit. The individual will conduct cultural resource investigations at different locations around the state, do technical research, laboratory analysis and processing, prepare maps and figures, and write reports to insure public construction projects comply with federal and state laws. The position is open to Alaska residents only. The complete position description and application information are available at
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/alaska/jobs/1395567/archaeologist-i-pcn-10-5105. The application period closes April 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Alaska time. For additional information contact Alan DePew, 907.269.8713 / email@example.com.
The Office of History and Archaeology is holding its annual workshop for agency cultural resources staff, tribes and representatives of Alaska Native organizations, and historic preservation consultants on Monday, April 18, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The workshop will be at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage. The agenda includes sessions on the state historic preservation plan, human remains protocol, mitigation, and program updates. Staff from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will be attending and it is a chance to meet and talk with them. The workshop is presented in partnership with the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation. The registration fee for this year’s workshop is $25 and includes lunch. The agenda and registration are at http://www.planetreg.com/OHAWorkshop.
For additional information contact Shina duVall, 907.269.8720 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is offering Section 106 Essentials, an introduction to federal historic preservation compliance on April 19-20; and an Advanced Section 106 Seminar on April 21 in Anchorage. More information, including registration, is at www.achp.gov/106. If you need answers to questions contact Cindy Bienvenue, 202.517.0202 / email@example.com.
The National Preservation Institute is offering GIS: Practical Applications for Cultural Resource Projects, April 26-27 in Anchorage. It is offering The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards: Treatment Considerations on May 9-10 in Anchorage. The course agendas, additional information, and registration information are at www.npi.org/registration.html. For more information contact Jere Gibber, 03.765.0100 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alaska Historical Society annually holds a conference in the fall with Museums Alaska. This year the meeting will be in Juneau, September 21-24. The Alaska Historical Society theme for their program is “Exploring Alaska’s Past in the Pacific World.” Dr. David Igler, author of The Great Ocean (2013) and Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine will be the society’s keynote speaker. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals for papers, panels, and poster sessions. The deadline is May 1, 2016. Proposals should be sent to Chris Allan, Program Chair, Alaska Historical Society, email@example.com.
The Cook Inlet Historical Society is calling for applicants for its Reeder-Davies Grant. The grant of up to $1,000 is to help students, teachers, and historical researchers pursue projects about the Cook Inlet region and Alaska history. Prior grants have assisted with travel costs for research and with classroom-based projects. The application deadline is April 30, 2016. A full description of the program and the application are at http://www.cookinlethistory.org/reeder-davies-grants.html.
The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation wants to know about historic sites and buildings around the state that are threatened by development, abandonment, vandalism, or climate change, and are in need of preservation. AAHP has been publishing its Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties in Alaska list annually since 1991. The deadline for nominations for the 2016 list has been extended to April 30, 2016. Additional information is at www.aahp-online.net/10-most-endangered.html. The list will be announced in May as part of National Historic Preservation Month. If you have questions about the program contact Allegra Hamer, 907.929.9870 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of Nike Site Summit have set the dates for their summer tours for the public to see the Cold War facility near Anchorage. The tour dates are August 6 (morning or afternoon) and September 11 (morning). More information and to register are available at www.nikesitesummit.net/nike-site-summit-tours.html. Space is limited and the tours fill up fast.
To learn about the Friends of Nike Site Summit, their work at the site, and how you can volunteer to help, the group is holding an open house on April 20, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Atwood Conference Room, 1st Floor, 550 West 7th Ave., Anchorage.
The U.S. Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation are soliciting for short essays describing interesting and useful approaches to heritage law, policy, program strategy, and related preservation challenges that can help point the way to innovations in U.S. heritage practice over the next 50 years. Ideas might include preservation as a tool for sustainable development, promoting inclusiveness, and rethinking established preservation processes and systems. The submission deadline for ideas, expressed in less than 300 words, is April 22, 2016. Essays should be sent to http://www.usicomos.org/about/call-for-submissions/. Eight essays will be selected for publication and authors will receive a stipend for their work.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and the centennial of the National Park Service, the NPS Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science directorate has started a social media campaign to highlight preservation work done in all 50 states for the last 50 years. Using the hashtag #50for50 with #Preservation50 people are invited to post about places and share preservation stories. More information is at http://www.nps.gov/subjects/historicpreservation/50for50.htm. There is also Preservation50: Our Legacy, Our Future, a nationwide initiative to celebrate the anniversary. To find and publicize events, download logos, and get other tools, go to www.preservation50.org.
The Society for American Archaeology, the Society for Historic Archaeology, the Archaeology Channel, and the organization of registered professional archaeologists are producing an interactive map supplemented by short videos as a 50th anniversary project. Burr Neely, Northern Land Use Research, is the Alaska coordinator for the Making Archaeology Public (MAP) project and is working with the Alaska Anthropological Association’s Public Education Group. For more information contact Burr Neely, 907.474.9684 / email@example.com.
The Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences and the Kennan Institute are holding an international conference, “The History and Heritage of Russian America,” April 13-14, 2016, in Moscow. Papers presented will address the Russian Orthodox Church, Fort Ross, indigenous peoples, the joint-stock Russian-American and Hudson’s Bay companies, as well as Russian-American relations and how they influenced the development of the North Pacific. The conference also will have presentations on contemporary international cooperation in the North Pacific and subarctic space around Siberia, Alaska, and Canada. For more information contact Alexander Petrov, +7 916.531.6305 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave McMahan, 907.230.8880 / email@example.com.
The International Association of Emergency Managers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are offering a webinar, Partnerships for Protecting Cultural and Historic Resources, on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Alaska time. The webinar will talk about how cultural heritage emergency networks better position a community and the state to be ready to respond to and recover from disasters affecting cultural and historic resources. More information and registration can be found at http://www.iaem.com/page.cfm?p=events/IAEM-webinars.
This Place Matters, three words that say it all, is the theme for Preservation Month, May 2016. The National Trust for Historic Preservation wants to share photographs around the world of historic places. People are encouraged to post photos with the sign they have created and post them to #ThisPlaceMatters. The National Trust will highlight them throughout may @SavingPlaces on Instagram and Twitter. To download and print the sign go to http://nthp-savingplaces.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/09/23/15/31/02/659/TPM-Instructions.pdf.
The new Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum in Juneau will have a ribbon-cutting and official opening June 5, 2016. The date is the 116th anniversary of the founding of the Alaska Historical Library and Museum, established by an act of Congress. Congratulations to Linda Thibodeau, Director and State Librarian, her terrific hard-working staff, the Governor and Legislators, the Friends of the SLAM, and the many Alaskans who worked for fourteen years promoting and supporting the project.
Patience Frederiksen has been selected to be the director of the division when Linda retires on June 30. Dean Dawson, State Archivist, is retiring April 29th. Congratulations Patience; best wishes Linda and Dean!
The Historic Preservation Education Foundation is accepting proposals for its Partners in Training program. Educational institutions and non-profit organizations can apply for assistance to provide training on technical topics associated with preservation technology. Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 and are for up to fifty percent of the total project cost. The deadline to apply is April 10, 2016. Additional information can be found at www.hpef.us or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kivlii Heritage Foundation, a community-based consortium including the U.S. Forest Service, Kenaitze Dena’ina Tribe, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North, and Applied Archaeology International, are seeking applicants for an Alaska field school, June 1-July 30, 2016. Paid internships for Alaska Native youth are available. Students will work at sites near Juneau, Kenai, and outside Fairbanks. More information is available at www.appliedarchaeology.com.au. For a field school handbook, more information, and registration form contact David R. Guilfoyle, Coordinator, 907.297.8224 / email@example.com.
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation / Draft Policy Statement on Historic Preservation and Community Revitalization
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities / Sterling Highway MP 45-60 Project (Quartz Creek Road to Skilak Lake Road in the Cooper Landing area), draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and draft Section 4(f) Evaluation
Project information www.sterlinghighway.net
Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks / Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Management Plan
Project information: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/nancylk/planning.htm
Contact: 907.645.3975 or Brandon McCutcheon 907.269.8536
Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org, due April 4, 2016
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities / West Susitna Surface Access Reconnaissance Study
Project information: http://dot.alaska.gov/roadstoresources/westsusitna/index.shtml
Bureau of Land Management Bering Sea – Western Interior Resource Management Plan
Project information: www.blm.gov/ak/planning/bswi
Contact: 907.267.1246 / 800.478.1263
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Alaska Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) project (Docket number PF 14-21)
Contact: 202.502.8258 / email@example.com
Municipality of Anchorage / Anchorage Bowl Land Use Plan Map Project
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / Donlin Gold Project draft EIS
Project information: www.donlingoldeis.com
Comments: Due April 30, 2016
Public meetings to be scheduled starting in January
U.S. Forest Service / Chugach National Forest Plan
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April 4 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Draft Policy Statement on Historic Preservation and Community Revitalization comments due (Charlene Dwin Vaughn, 202.517.0207)
April 6-10 Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, Orlando, FL (www.saa.org)
April 10-13 Newport Restoration Foundation: Keeping History Above Water conference, Newport, RI (401.849.7300 / email@example.com)
April 12 International Association of Emergency Managers and Federal Emergency Management Agency Partnerships for Protecting Cultural and Historic Resources webinar (Jessica Stewart, Jessica.Stewart2@fema.dhs.gov)
April 13-14 Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Kennan Institute: The History and Heritage of Russian America international conference, Moscow, Russia (Alexander Petrov, +7 916.531.6305 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave McMahan, 907.230.8880 / email@example.com)
April 13-16 Friends of NCPTT, Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation 2015 Symposium, St. Louis, MO (Mary Striegel, 318.356.7444 x224 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
April 14-16 University of Alaska, 2016 Alaska Native Studies Conference Anchorage (907.786.6135 / www.alaskanativestudies.org)
April 18 Alaska Office of History and Archaeology workshop, Anchorage (Mark Rollins, 907.269.8722 / email@example.com)
April 20 Friends of Nike Site Summit open house and volunteer recruitment, Anchorage (Allegra Hamer, 907.929.9870 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
April 22 U.S. Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, World’s Best Preservation Ideas essays deadline (http://www.usicomos.org/about/call-for-submissions/)
April 26-27 National Preservation Institute: GIS: Practical Applications for Cultural Resource Projects, Anchorage (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / email@example.com)
April 27 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: Innovative Approaches to Section 106 Mitigation webinar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
April 28-30 Statewide Arts and Culture Biennial Conference, Anchorage, AK (Alaska State Council on the Arts, email@example.com)
April 30 Cook Inlet Historical Society: Reeder-Davies Grant for Alaska History deadline (Bruce Parham, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cookinlethistory.org/reeder-davies-grants.html)
April 30 Alaska Association for Historic Preservation: 10 Most Endangered Historic Properties 2016 list nomination deadline (Allegra Hamer, 907.929.98970 / email@example.com)
May 1 Alaska Historical Society conference: Exploring Alaska’s Past in the Pacific World, September 21-24, Juneau (Chris Allan, firstname.lastname@example.org)
May 4-7 Canadian Archaeological Association annual meeting, Whitehorse, YT (Greg Hare or Jeff Hunston, email@example.com)
May 6 University of Arkansas Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies: Spatial Archaeology Research Collaborations (SPARC) fieldwork, data and analytics, archive and publication awards application deadline (http://sparc.cast.uark.edu / firstname.lastname@example.org)
May 9-12 Yukon Historical and Museum Association, International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, University of Saskatchewan, and Yukon College: The North and the First World War Conference, Whitehorse, YT ( email@example.com / www.heritageyukon.ca)
May 9-10 National Preservation Institute: The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards: Treatment Considerations, Anchorage (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
May 10 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: Innovative Approaches to Section 106 Mitigation webinar (email@example.com)
May 11 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: Managing Confidential Information and Section 304 webinar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
May 12-13 National Preservation Institute: The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards: Treatment Considerations, Sitka (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / email@example.com)
May 17 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: Managing Confidential Information and Section 304 webinar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
May 23-June 24 Smithsonian Institution, International Course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis, email@example.com, Washington, DC (Lori Foley, 781.259.8652 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
May 26-29 Construction History Society of America biennial meeting: Knowledge Exchange and Transference of Building Technology, Austin, TX (http://www.chsa-5thbiennial.org/chsa-austin-callforabstracts / email@example.com)
May 31 National Park Service, Leicester B. Holland Single-Sheet Measured Drawing Competition entry forms deadline (www.nps.gov/ndp/competitions/holland.htm)
June 6 Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives & Museums Building ribbon-cutting, Juneau (Linda Thibodeau, 907.465.2911 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
June 21-23 National Center for Preservation Technology and Training: A Century of Design in the Parks, Preserving the Built Environment in National and State Parks, Santa Fe, NM (Debbie Smith, 318.356.7444 / Debbie_Smith@nps.gov)
June 30 Historic American Buildings Survey Peterson Prize Measured Drawings Student Competition submission deadline (Mark Schara, 202.354.2166 / email@example.com)
June 30 National Park Service, Leicester B. Holland Single-Sheet Measured Drawing Competition entry deadline
July 27-31 National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Forum: Hip, Happening Historic Preservation@50, Mobile, AL (NAPC, 757.802.4141 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
July 31 Historic American Landscapes Survey 2016 Challenge: Documenting National Register Listed Landscapes short format histories deadline (Chris Stevens, 202.354.2146 / Chris_Stevens@nps.gov)
August 24-26 National Center for Preservation Technology and Training: Hyperspectral Imaging for Conservators, Santa Fe, NM (https://ncptt.nps.gov/training-conferences-events/upcoming/)
September 14-17 American Association for State and Local History annual meeting: The Spirit of Rebirth, Detroit, MI (Bethany Hawkins, email@example.com / 615.320.3203)
September 21-24 Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska annual meetings and conference, Juneau, AK (Bob Banghart, 907.465.2912/ firstname.lastname@example.org)
November 15-18 National Trust for Historic Preservation annual conference: Past Forward: Think big. Places. People. Innovation. Houston, TX (PastForwardConference.org)
November 16-18 21st International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies: Urban Archaeology and Archaeological Data: Preservation, Re-use and Repurposing, Vienna, Austria (Wolfgang Börner, +43(0)1 4000 81176 / email@example.com)