Heritage Newsletter

April 2014

Monthly news update from the Office of History and Archaeology
State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources

          Federal funding of historic preservation programs
          Office of History & Archaeology news
          Cook Inlet Historical Society starts grant programs
          Nominations sought for Alaska’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties list
          National Preservation Institute offering training in Anchorage
          National Alliance of Preservation Commission seeks award nominations
          NPS Heritage Documentation Programs seek nominations for awards
          Public project alerts
          Heritage subscription information
          Preservation calendar

Federal funding of historic preservation programs

The administration’s budget proposal for FY 15 (October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015), announced last month, is the same as last year for Historic Preservation Fund programs.  The numbers are $46.9 million for state programs, $9.0 million for tribal programs, and $500,000 for underserved communities grants for a total of $56.4 million.  The amount recommended for Heritage Areas, funded under the Recreation and Preservation Account is reduced, for FY 14 it was $18.3 million, and the amount proposed for FY 15 is $9.0 million. The President has proposed an Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative that includes $6 million for grants to state and tribal historic preservation offices to digitize legacy data.

The House Historic Preservation Caucus, co-chaired by Representatives Mike Turner (R-OH) and Rush Holt (D-ND), is sending a Dear Colleague letter requesting $56.41 million for the Historic Preservation Fund for FY 15—the same as the administration’s proposal. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) are doing the same, with the same amounts as the House letter and administration’s proposal.

Office of History & Archaeology news

The next meeting of the Alaska Historical Commission will be April 2-3, 2014 in Juneau.  Along with the program updates and consideration of several geographic names, members will review applications and recommend funding for anniversary projects.   The members also will discuss the closure of the National Archives Anchorage facility, the Cold War Conference that is planned for September, and the consulting archivist program of the Alaska State Archives.  For more information contact Jo Antonson, 907.269.8714 /. jo.antonson@alaska.gov.

Cook Inlet Historical Society starts grant programs

Anchorage’s Cook Inlet Historical Society has created two grant programs to encourage projects to broaden knowledge and understanding of Cook Inlet history.  The first deadline to apply for awards of up to $1,000 is April 1, 2014.  The Brian Davies Memorial Grant for Alaska History is for creative and in-depth research projects that significantly contribute to the study of Alaska history.  The John Reeder Memorial Travel Grant is to assist researchers with costs to work at a library or archives in Alaska.  The application is at http://www.cookinlethistory.org. For additional information contact Ayse Gilbert, vonkotzebue@gci.net.

Nominations sought for Alaska’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties list

The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation is asking for nominations of historic and archaeological properties to its annual Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties list for 2014.  The list of properties is announced during National Historic Preservation Month in May.  The program is intended to bring public awareness of Alaska’s historic places that are in need of attention.  Nominations are due April 30, 2014.  The nomination form and more information is at www.aahp-online.net/10-most-endangered.html.

National Preservation Institute offering training in Anchorage

The National Preservation Institute has scheduled its class Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills for Cultural and Natural Resource Managers for May 6-8, 2014 in Anchorage.  Tanya Denekla Cobb, University of Virginia Institute for Environmental Negotiation, is teaching the class.  The registration form is at www.npi.org/register.html.  For more information contact Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / jgibber@aol.com.

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions seeks award nominations

The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, NAPC, is accepting nominations for 2014 Commission Excellence Awards to recognize and honor efforts and achievements by local historic preservation commissions.  Award categories include best practices in identification and protection of historic resources, public outreach, and technology, and the Commission of the Year.  Past recipients have prepared collaborative video projects, free tax credit workshops, house fairs, and innovative design guidelines and historic building surveys.  The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2014.  Awards will be presented at Forum 2014 in Philadelphia, PA, July 16-20.  For the nomination and more information contact Paul Trudeau, NAPC Program Director, at ptrudeau@uga.edu / 706.369.5881.

The agenda, registration, and housing information for Forum 2014 are available on the NAPC website, https://classic.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1239917.  The Office of History and Archaeology will be providing grants to help Certified Local Government preservation staff and commission members attend the meeting.  The call for applications will be sent by the middle of this month, and the deadline to apply is Monday, May 5, 2014.  At least one individual from each CLG that applies will be provided with assistance.  For additional information contact Jean Ayers, 907.269.8694 / jean.ayers@alaska.gov.

NPS Heritage Documentation Programs seek nominations for awards

The Charles E. Peterson Prize recognizes the best sets of architectural measured drawings produced by college students and submitted to the Historic American Building Survey collection at the Library of Congress.  The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2014.  The Leicester B. Holland Prize recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of a site for the Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, or Historic American Landscapes Survey collections at the Library of Congress.  This competition is open to students and professionals.   The judging criteria include drafting, composition, depiction of significant features, field records, and dimensioning and annotation. The deadline to submit an entry form is May 31, 2014, and the completed entries are due June 30, 2014.  For more information contact Mark Schara, 202.354.2166 / mark_schara@nps.gov.  The Historic American Landscapes Survey program has challenged people to complete a short format history to document the landscapes created during the Great Depression.  The histories are due by July 31, 2014.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries.  For project guidelines contact Chris Stevens, 202.354.2146 / Chris_Stevens@nps.gov.


Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities / West Susitna Surface Access Reconnaissance Study
            Project information:  http://dot.alaska.gov/westsusitna/index.shtml

Alaska Railroad Corporation / Port MacKenzie Rail Extension Project
            Updated project information:  www.portmacrail.com

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Alaska Energy Authority, Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project
            Project information:  www.susitna-watanahydro.org/

National Park Service / Dyea Area Plan and Environmental Assessment, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
            Comment deadline:  March 28, 2014
            Project information:  http://parkplanning.nps.gov
            Contact:  Theresa Thibault, 907.983.9244 / Theresa_thibault@nps.gov

U.S. Forest Service / Chugach National Forest Plan
            Plan revision:  fs.usda.gov/chugach / Land and Resource Management
            Comments:  chugachplanrevision@fs.fed.us 

U.S. Forest Service / Tongass National Forest Sustainable Cabin Management Project
            Environmental Assessment: http://go.usa.gov/WQEk
            Contact:  Victoria Houser, 907.826.1614 / vhouser@fs.fed.us

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Preservation Calendar


April 1 - Cook Inlet Historical Society:  Brian Davies Memorial Grant for Alaska History and John Reeder Memorial Travel Grant application deadlines (Ayse Gilbert, vonkotzebue@gci.net)

April 1 - The Cultural Landscape Foundation:  Landslide 2014 (threatened or at-risk art and the landscape) nomination deadline (Amanda Shull, 202.483.0553 / amanda@tclf.org

April 2-3 - Alaska Historical Commission meeting, Juneau (Jo Antonson, 907.269.8714 / jo.antonson@alaska.gov)

April 3-5 - Pacific Northwest History Conference:  Citizenships in the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver, WA (www.washingtonhistory.org/support/heritage/pnwhc/)

April 3-5 - US/ICOMOS 17th International Symposium, Philadelphia, PA (Donald Jones, 202.463.1291 / don.jones@usicomos.org

April 9-12 - Society for Commercial Archeology annual conference:  Fun in the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg, FL (Conference Committee, www.sca-roadside.org / krweaver64@hotmail.com

April 15 - National Alliance of Preservation Commissions: 2014 Commission Excellence Awards nomination deadline (Paul Trudeau, 706.369.5881 / ptrudeau@uga.edu)

April 23-27 - Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, Austin, TX (www.saa.org)

April 29-May 3 - Council of Geographic Name Authorities (COGNA):  Geographic Names:  Our Past is Present conference, Austin, TX (T. Wayne Furr, twfurr@cogna50usa.org)

April 30 - Alaska Association for Historic Preservation Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties nomination deadline (Allegra Hamer, 907.929.9870 / akpreservation@gmail.com)


May 6-8 - National Preservation Institute: Cultural and Natural Resource Project Consultation: Conflict Resolution and Prevention, Anchorage, AK (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / info@npi.org)

May 18-20 - National Trust for Historic Preservation:  National Main Streets Conference:  Works in Progress, Detroit, MI (PreservationNation.org/MSconference)

May 21-24 - Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation annual meeting:  Learning from Saint Paul:  A New Paradigm, St. Paul, MN. www.ahlp.org (Ian Firth, ijwfirth@uga.edu)

May 29-31 - Northwest Archivists annual meeting:  Moving Forward: Reaching New Audiences with the Past, Spokane, WA (Natalia Fernandez, 541.737.3653 / natalia.fernandez@oregonstate.edu)


July 16-20 - National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Forum 2014, Philadelphia, PA (Cory Kegerise, 215.219.3824 / ckegerise@pa.gov)

July 21-25 - Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve:  Poles, Posts and Canoes:  The Preservation, Conservation and Continuation of Native American Monumental Wood Carving symposium and Caring for Totem Poles workshop, www.hibulbculturalcenter.org/Events/Smposium/ , Tulalip, WA (J. Claire Dean info@hibulbculturalcenter.org )


September 4-6 - Nike Veterans Reunion, Anchorage, AK, http://www.nikesitesummit.net  (Barbara Propes, 907.465.3520 / barbara.propes@alaska.gov)

September 17-20 - American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) annual meeting:  Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts, St. Paul, MN (Bethany Hawkins, 625.320.3203 / hawkins@aaslh.org)


October 1-4 - Alaska Historical Society / Museums Alaska annual meetings and conference, Seward (Jo Antonson, 907.274.1596 / akhist@gci.net)

October 20-22 - National Preservation Institute:  Section 106:  An Introduction, Anchorage (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / info@npi.org)

October 23-24 - National Preservation Institute:  Cultural and Natural Resources:  An Integrated Management Strategy, Anchorage (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / info@npi.org)


November 3-5 - 19th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies:  Urban Archaeology and Processing . . . . Analysing the data, Vienna, Austria (Borner Wolfgang, +43 (0)1 4000 81176 / wolfgang.boerner@stadtarchaeologie.at

November 10-14 - National Trust for Historic Preservation annual conference, Savannah, GA (202.588.6000 / www.preservationnation.org)


December 3-7 - American Anthropological Association: 113th annual meeting, Washington, DC (www.aaanet.org/meetingws/index.cfm)