Federal Historic Preservation Fund FY 19 budget and legislation

The House of Representatives passed a $853 billion spending bill to fund a number of federal agencies, including the Interior Department, through December 7. The Interior Department’s budget includes the Historic Preservation Fund. If President Trump signs the spending bill, HPF funding will be at the FY 2018 level through December 7, 2018.

The House and Senate had not reached agreement on a FY 2019 Department of the Interior spending bill. The House budget equaled the final FY 2018 HPF appropriation of $96.91 million. The Senate recommended $88.91 million.

Historic Preservation Fund:

FY 2018

FY 2019

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Underrepresented Communities Grants




Civil Rights Movement Initiative




Historic Black Colleges/Universities




Save America's Treasures Grants




Historic Revitalization grants










* Figures are in millions.



Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii) introduced the Explore America Act of 2018 (S. 2395) earlier this year, with six cosponsors, including Alaska’s Dan Sullivan. The bill authorizes the provision of technical assistance under the Preserve America program, and directs the Secretary of the Interior to enter into partnerships with communities adjacent to national parks to leverage cultural heritage assets. Alaska’s Representative Don Young introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives (H.R. 5608). The Senate referred its bill to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the House referred its bill to the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands.

Alaska Historical Commission news

The Alaska Historical Commission met by teleconference on September 25, 2018. The commission members reviewed applications for projects from Certified Local Governments (CLGs) and for predevelopment and development work on properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. They recommended Certified Local Government grants to:

City of Nome, historic preservation plan
Municipality of Anchorage, Oscar Anderson House historic structure report
City of Nome, Swanberg Dredge condition assessment

Predevelopment grants to:

Arctic Village Traditional Council, Bishop Rowe Chapel
Episcopal Diocese of Alaska, St. Peter’s Church, Seward
Episcopal Diocese of Alaska, St. George’s Church, Cordova
Talkeetna Historical Society, school and 2 log cabins, Talkeetna
Cape Decision Lighthouse Society, lantern room, Sitka vicinity

Development grants to:

Darling Family Trust, Brown & Hawkins building, Seward
Port Chilkoot Company, Fort Seward barracks, Haines
Rochele Thompson, Red John’s cabin, Talkeetna
Sitka Sound Science Center, Sawmill, Sitka
Alaska State Fair, Inc., Rebarchek colony farmhouse, Palmer
Alaska Arts Southeast, Sheldon Jackson School power plant and laundry, Sitka
Sitka Maritime Heritage Society, Japonski Island World War II boathouse, Sitka
Tanguy Libbrecht, Government cable office, Seward
Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska, St. Nicholas chapel, Kenai
Ann and Michael Hopper, Rapids Roadhouse, Paxson vicinity

Commission members also reviewed and determined Greater Friendship Baptist Church, Kulis Hangar 1, and the Block 13 Army Housing Historic District, all located in Anchorage, eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. In other action, commission members discussed and voted to ask Governor Walker to issue a proclamation this November recognizing the impact of the influenza epidemic and World War I on Alaska 100 years ago. For additional information about the commission contact Jo Antonson, 907.269.8714 / jo.antonson@alaska.gov.

National Park Service news

The National Park Service is accepting applications for African American Civil Rights grants. Projects can be for survey, documentation, education, interpretation and preservation of sites associated with the African American struggle to gain equal rights in the 20th century. States, local governments, Alaska Natives, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. The deadline is October 8, 2018. For more information contact the State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division, NPS, 202.354.2020 or preservation_grants_info@nps.gov.

Applications also are being accepted for 2018 Underrepresented Community grants. The competitive grants are for surveys and inventories of historic properties and development of National Register of Historic Places nominations. States, Alaska Natives, and Certified Local Governments are eligible to apply. The application deadline is November 1, 2018. Information is available at 202.354.2020 or preservation_grants_info@nps.gov.

The Secretary of the Interior annually recognizes the outstanding contribution of an employee from a federal state, tribal, and local government historic preservation office. The National Park Service is now accepting nominations for the 2018 awards. The deadline for nominations is November 30, 2018. Information on the criteria and nomination process and a list of past recipients can be requested from David Banks, 202.354.2020 / preservation_grants_info@nps.gov or david_banks@nps.gov.

The edited proceedings of the Maritime Cultural Landscape Symposium held in fall 2015 are available from the National Register’s Landscape Initiative webpage. The National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office hosted the symposium. This version supersedes an earlier unedited version. Volume 1 with the papers and edited transcripts is at https://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/guidance/NRLI/presentations/MCLS-Proceedings-vol1-final.pdf and volume 2 with the videos is at https://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/guidance/NRLI/presentations/MCLS-Proceedings-vol2-final.pdf

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation fall webinar series announced

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has announced its fall 2018 Section 106 webinars. “Meeting the Reasonable and Good Faith Standard in Section 106” will be offered October 25 and 30. “Planning to Involve the Public in Section 106” will be offered November 13 and 15. A new webinar “So you think you need a PA,” addressing common issues and questions regarding programmatic agreements that are to streamline Section 106 review of routine undertakings on federal lands will be offered on December 11 and 13. Descriptions and registration instructions are at https://www.achp.gov/training/webinars. If you have any questions, contact Tanya Devonish at tdevonish@achp.gov.

Alaska Association of Environmental Professionals hosts talks on cultural resources

The Alaska Association of Environmental Professionals is holding a brown bag talk on October 16. Morgan Blanchard will speak about the World War II Japanese Internment Camp at Fort Richardson. The program will be at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Lucy Flynn O’Quinn, 907.865.1209 / loquinn@dowl.com.

October 20 is International Archaeology Day

The Archaeological Institute of America annually sponsors International Archaeology Day on the third Saturday of October, this year on the 20th. Organizations are encouraged to present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages. Suggested activities include an archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a lecture, or a classroom visit from an archaeologist “to indulge your inner Indiana Jones.” There is a poster that can be downloaded and more information about the program at https://www.archaeological.org/archaeologyday/about.

Public Projects Alert

U.S. Forest Service, Chugach National Forest Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement, http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/chugach/planrevision

Comment deadline: November 1, 2018
Comments to: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/chugach/plancomments, fax 907.743.9476, or mail Chugach National Forest, Attn: Draft Land Management Plan, 161 East 1st Ave., Door 8, Anchorage, AK 99501
Contact: Denise Downie, 907.743.9426 / dedownie@fs.fed.us

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Preservation Calendar








  • March 13-19 National Park Service, Historic Preservation Education Foundation, University of Southern California School of Architecture, Preserving the Recent Past 3 conference, https://www.prp3.org, Los Angeles, CA (info@prp3.org)

  • March 27-30 National Council on Public History conference: Repair Work, http://ncph.org/conference/, Hartford, CT (NCPH, 317.274.2716 / ncph@iupui.edu)


  • April 24 Alaska Office of History and Archaeology, Annual Workshop, Anchorage, AK (Sarah Meitl, 907.269.8720 / sarah.meitl@alaska.gov)



  • September 25-28 Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska, annual meetings and conference, Kodiak (www.ahsmaconference.org)