News update from the Office of History and Archaeology
State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources
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150th Anniversary of Purchase of Alaska resolution introduced
Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell, Chair, Alaska Historical Commission, issued a press release last week announcing that a resolution has been introduced in the Alaska State Senate to recognize the historic significance of the 150th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska by United States and to encourage planning commemorative events. Copies of the press release and resolution are attached.
• 150th Anniversary of Purchase Resolution
• Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 17 (SCR 17)
Monthly news update from the Office of History and Archaeology
State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources
IN THIS ISSUE
Federal funding of historic preservation programs
Office of History & Archaeology news
**Archaeologist I application deadline Monday, March 3**
**Historian I application deadline Wednesday, March 5**
Cook Inlet Historical Society starts grant programs
Iditarod Trail to Every Classroom (iTREC!) recruiting for teachers
National Preservation Institute offering training in Anchorage
National Park Service news
National Trust for Historic Preservation seeks award nominations
National Alliance of Preservation Commission seeks award nominations
Fort Wainwright Cultural Resources Program receives award
Public project alerts
Heritage subscription information
As being widely reported in newspapers this week, the Obama administration will be announcing its FY 15 (October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015) budget proposal early in March. The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers is holding their annual meeting and Judy Bittner, Alaska SHPO, will be meeting with Alaskaís members of Congress the first week of March to talk with them about Alaskaís preservation programs and projects.
Recruitment open for an archaeologist and two historians. The Office of History & Archaeology is recruiting to fill an Archaeologist I permanent position and two Historian I long term nonpermanent positions. The application deadline for the Archaeologist I position is Monday, March 3, and for the Historian I positions it is Wednesday, March 5. The archaeologist will work with the statewide inventory, the Alaska Heritage Resources Survey (AHRS). The historians will work in the navigability and trails research unit. They will be researching travel, trade and commerce on waterways and trails. More information about the positions and duties and the application are at the State of Alaska’s Workplace Alaska website for hiring, http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/. For questions about the archaeologist position contact Nicole Lantz, 907.269.8718 / firstname.lastname@example.org, and for the historian positions contact Jo Antonson, 907.269.8714 / email@example.com.
Annual workshop. The annual workshop for agency cultural resources personnel and contractors is scheduled for March 24-25, 2014 in Anchorage. Margie Brown, former CEO with Cook Inlet Region, Inc., is giving the opening presentation. Other sessions will address vandalism, using new technologies in cultural resources management, working with the Alaska Historic Resources Survey (AHRS), writing statements of significance and evaluating properties, and reviewing fundamentals of Section 106 through case studies. The workshop will be at the BP Energy Center and space is limited. For more information and an agenda contact Shina duVall at 907.269.8720 / firstname.lastname@example.org . To register, e-mail email@example.com and put workshop in the subject line, or call 907.269.8720.
Alaska Historical Commission meeting. 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. For more information contact Jo Antonson, 907.269.8714 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
iTREC! is a place-based service learning program to connect young people and communities along the Iditarod National Historic Trail. It is time for teachers interested in learning and participating in the program to apply for the upcoming year. Teachers can apply individually or as a team. Teachers accepted attend a summer institute and fall and spring workshops, and create curriculum using the state’s educational standards and the resources of communities along the trail. Now in its fifth year, 56 teachers are participating in the program, 8 communities along the Iditarod Trail are active, and curricula have been developed in 11 subject areas. Applications are due by March 28, 2014. For more information and an application contact Annette Heckart, Chugach National Forest, 907.743.9502 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cultural Resources Program at Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks is the recipient of a 2013 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Cultural Resources Management. The staff of seven are the stewards for 662 known archaeological sites. 42 documented historic buildings and structures, and three archaeological and two historic districts (including Ladd Field National Historic Landmark) on the 1.6 million acre-post. The nomination cited the programís newly revised cultural resource management plan, an operations and maintenance programmatic agreement, development of design guidelines and maintenance plan for the NHL, and a study underway on sustainability of historic buildings in cold climates. Congratulations!
The Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiian Organizations project application deadline is March 21, 2014. More information and the application are available at www.nps.gov/hps/hpg/tribal or by contacting Madeline Kunz, 202.354.2064 / Madeline_Kunz@nps.gov.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking nominations for its annual preservation awards to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated excellence in historic preservation. One of the awards is a joint award with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to recognize outstanding federal partnerships that advance preservation of important historic resources and demonstrate an agency’s commitment to a preservation ethic. The deadline for nominations is March 3, 2014. The nomination form and video highlights of last year’s award winners is at www.PreservationNation.org/awards. For more information contact Brendan McCormick, 202.588.6315 / email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 706.369.5881.
The Cultural Resources Program at Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks is the recipient of a 2013 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Cultural Resources Management. The staff of seven are the stewards for 662 known archaeological sites. 42 documented historic buildings and structures, and three archaeological and two historic districts (including Ladd Field National Historic Landmark) on the 1.6 million acre-post. The nomination cited the program’s newly revised cultural resource management plan, an operations and maintenance programmatic agreement, development of design guidelines and maintenance plan for the NHL, and a study underway on sustainability of historic buildings in cold climates. Congratulations!
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
U.S. Forest Service / Tongass National Forest Sustainable Cabin Management Project
Environmental Assessment: http://go.usa.gov/WQEk
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• March 3 - National Trust for Historic Preservation: America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places 2014 nomination deadline (202.588.6141 / www.PreservationNation.org/11Most)
• March 4-6 - National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers annual meeting, Washington, DC (Elizabeth Hebron, 202.624.5465 / email@example.com)
• March 5-8 - Alaska Anthropological Association annual meeting, Fairbanks, AK (Northern Land Use Research Alaska, 907.474.9684)
• March 18-22 - Society for Applied Anthropology annual meeting: Destination: (1) the place to which one is going or directed; (2) the ultimate purpose for which something is created or intended, Albuquerque, NM ( http://www.sfaa.net/sfaa204.html)
• March 19-22 - National Council on Public History annual meeting, Monterey, CA (http://ncph.org/cms/conference/2014-1nnual-meeting/)
• March 19-21 - Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development: REHAB 2014 International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings and Structures, Tomar, Portugal (Conference Secretariat, +351.253.815.037 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
• March 21 - National Park Service: Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiian Organizations application deadline, www.nps.gov/history/tribal_heritage/index.html (Madeline Kunz, 202.354.2064 / Madeline_Kunz@nps.gov)
• March 24-25 - Office of History and Archaeology: Annual workshop for cultural resources managers and consultants, Anchorage (Shina duVall, 907.269.8720 / email@example.com)
• April 1 - Cook Inlet Historical Society: Brian Davies Memorial Grant for Alaska History and John Reeder Memorial Travel Grant application deadlines (Ayse Gilbert, firstname.lastname@example.org)
• April 1 - The Cultural Landscape Foundation: Landslide 2014 (threatened or at-risk art and the landscape) nomination deadline (Amanda Shull, 202.483.0553 / email@example.com
• April 2-3 - Alaska Historical Commission meeting, Juneau (Jo Antonson, 907.269.8714 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
• 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 / email@example.com
• April 15 - National Alliance of Preservation Commissions: 2014 Commission Excellence Awards nomination deadline (Paul Trudeau, 706.369.5881 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
• 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, email@example.com)
• April 29-May 3 - Council of Geographic Name Authorities (COGNA): Geographic Names: Our Past is Present conference, Austin, TX (T. Wayne Furr, firstname.lastname@example.org )
• May 6-8 - National Preservation Institute: Cultural and Natural Resource Project Consultation: Conflict Resolution and Prevention, Anchorage, AK (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / email@example.com)
• May 18-20 - National Trust for Historic Preservation: National Main Streets Conference: Works in Progress, Detroit, MI (PreservationNation.org/MSconference)
• May 29-31 - Northwest Archivists annual meeting: Moving Forward: Reaching New Audiences with the Past, Spokane, WA (Natalia Fernandez, 541.737.3653 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
• July 16-20 - National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Forum 2014, Philadelphia, PA (Cory Kegerise, 215.219.3824 / email@example.com)
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org )
• 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 / email@example.com)
• October 1-4 - Alaska Historical Society / Museums Alaska annual meetings and conference, Seward (Jo Antonson, 907.274.1596 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
• October 20-22 - National Preservation Institute: Section 106: An Introduction, Anchorage (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / email@example.com)
• October 23-24 - National Preservation Institute: Cultural and Natural Resources: An Integrated Management Strategy, Anchorage (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / firstname.lastname@example.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 / email@example.com
• 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)