Federal Historic Preservation Fund FY 2019 budget and legislation

Historic Preservation Fund programs have been funded at $102.66 million for FY 2019. The HPF funds state programs, specifically for the core programs of the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology. The President’s FY 2020 budget proposal released last month funds the state and tribal preservation offices and reduces the appropriations for them by almost half of the FY 2019 funding. The administration did not propose funding any of the special grant programs, as shown below.

Historic Preservation Fund:

FY 2019

FY 2020







Underserved Communities Grants



Civil Rights Movement Initiative



Historic Black Colleges/Universities



Save America's Treasures Grants



Historic Revitalization grants






* Figures are in millions.


Alaska delegate Don Young is the ranking member of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee of the National Resources Committee in the House of Representatives. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Historic Preservation Fund. Please let Congressman Young know about Alaska historic preservation projects the fund has assisted.

Office of History and Archaeology and Alaska Historical Commission news

The Office of History and Archaeology’s annual workshop will be April 24, 2019, at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage The workshop will include sessions with program updates, about preparation of an archaeological survey manual, and a discussion of the Alaska roads programmatic agreement. The afternoon of the 23rd, office staff are giving training on the basics of Section 106 review. This workshop will be at the Atwood Building. Please contact Sarah Meitl, 907.269.8720 / sarah.meitl@alaska.gov to register for the training or the workshop. The agendas are on the OHA website at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/oha/publiceducation/training.htm.

Kulis Hangar 1, Building 3 listed in the National Register

The Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places added Kulis Hangar 1, Building 3 in Anchorage to the National Register of Historic Places on March 4, 2019. The hangar represents Alaska’s Air National Guard at its first permanent home. Kulis Air National Guard Base provided significant military and civilian transport support to Alaska through 2011, helping to supply remote Cold War era defense sites and aid in emergency support during the 1964 Southcentral Alaska earthquake and the 1967 Fairbanks flood. The hangar was built in 1959 to accommodate cargo aircraft when the unit transitioned from air defense to transportation. The Kulis base closed August 1, 2011, and personnel moved to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, continuing the Air National Guard’s important service to Alaska and the nation.

National Park Service news

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) program is accepting applications for consultation, documentation and repatriation grants. Museums, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations are eligible to apply. The application deadline for repatriation projects the deadline is May 17, 2019. For more information call 202.254.2201 or email nagpra_grants@nps.gov.

The NCPTT and National Museum of the Pacific War are hosting a symposium June 4-6, 2019, in Fredericksburg, Texas, on preservation of U.S. military heritage from World War II to the Cold War. The symposium is being designed to bring together conservators, architects, engineers, landscape architects, museum and site managers, and other cultural resource professionals to discuss state-of-the-science efforts to document, conserve, treat, and adaptively reuse sites and features of military heritage from 1939 to 1991. More information about the conference is at https://www.ncptt.nps.gov.

The Heritage Documentation Programs--Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record and Historic American Landscapes Survey—have announced their annual competitions. The Leicester B. Holland Prize for single-sheet measured drawings has two submission deadlines: April 30 for the entry form and June 30 for the completed entry. The deadline is July 1 for the 2019 Charles E. Peterson Prize Measured Drawings Student Competition. And the Historic American Landscapes Survey streetscapes challenge deadline is July 31. More information about these competitions is at www.nps.gov/hdp/competitions.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation news

The Advisory Council and Department of Housing and Urban Development are seeking nominations for the 2019 HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The award recognizes outstanding historic preservation projects and activities with an affordable housing and community revitalization component. Nominations are due April 30, 2019, and details about the award are available at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/about/ExcellenceHistPres-submit.html.

The council is offering two new Section 106 classes in Anchorage next fall: Section 106 Practitioner Workshop on October 8 and 9, and Section 106 Agreements Seminar on October 10. The council also has four e-learning courses available: What is Section 106; Successfully Navigating Section 106 Review: An Orientation for Applicants; Basics of NEPA and Section 106 Integration; and Coordinating NEPA and Section 106. More information is available at www.achp.gov/training.

National Trust for Historic Preservation news

The National Trust’s Main Street America program has the Hart Family Fund for Small Towns that makes grants for communities of less than 10,000 people. It funds projects to introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise for a particular project, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Grants range from $2,500 to $15,000. The application deadline is May 1, 2017. More information is at https://forum.savingplaces.org/build/funding/grant-seekers/specialprograms/hart-family-fund or by calling 202.588.6277.

Alaska Archaeology Month

April is Alaska Archaeology Month, sponsored annually by the Public Education Group of the Alaska Anthropological Association. This year’s poster theme is “Wood” with a note that for thousands of years Alaskans have been carving out their stories. The handsome poster’s text notes that wood resources across Alaska’s ecosystems varies, with annotations to a map on the poster providing information about how people from all corners of that state found ways to get wood and use it for objects that touched every aspect of their lives. For a copy of the poster contact the National Park Service at ak_archaeology_poster@nps.gov. Alaska Archaeology Month programs this year include an evening of lightning talks by archaeologists sharing stories of their favorite finds on April 20, 2019, at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks. The 20th Annual Alaska Atlatl Fun and Throw events coordinated by Richard VanderHoek, State Archaeologist, will be May 4, 2019, at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. More information is available at https://www.alaskaanthropology.org/archaeology-month/.

AAHP seeks nominations for annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Properties list

The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation its compiling is annual Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties in Alaska list for 2019. Applications to nominate a property are at www.aahp-online.net/10-most-endangered. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2019. The properties on the list can apply for a small grant from AAHP to help start rehabilitation work or serve as seed money to leverage funding from other sources.

Call for proposals for Kohklux Map: 150 Years Conference

The Yukon Historical and Museums Association of Whitehorse and the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center of Klukwan are planning a conference to mark the 150th anniversary of the drawing of the Kohklux map. The Chilkat leader, Kohklux, and his wives drew the map in 1869 for American scientist George Davidson who was in the north to view a solar eclipse. The map is the oldest known map of southern Yukon and the oldest preserved map of the region drawn on paper by indigenous people. The conference will take place October 25-27, 2019, in Whitehorse. Proposals are invited that address northern mapping, Tlingit and Athapaskan place names, inter-cultural communication and exchange, cultural renewal, and other related topics. The proposal deadline is April 30, 2019. Proposals may be submitted by email to info@heritageyukon.ca or to the association at 3126 Third Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1E7, Canada.

Sharing Our Knowledge Conference of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Tribes and Clans

The biennial Clan Conference of Southeast Alaska Native people will be September 25-29, 2019, in Juneau. The conference theme is Shukalxúxs’ (calling the end back to the beginning). The planning committee is accepting proposals for presentations through August 15, 2019. More information about the conference is available at www.sharingourknowledge.org or by contacting David Russell-Jensen, davidrusselljensen@gmail.com or Alice Taff, alicetaff@gmail.com.

National Fund for Sacred Places

The Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are accepting applications for training, planning, or capitol grants from congregations of all faiths for rehabilitation work These National Fund for Sacred Places grants range from $50,000 to $350,000. Grant are encouraged for projects that help with urgent repairs integral to life safety, improve usability or ADA accessibility, or renovations for important community outreach. Applications are due May 1, 2019. Eligibility requirements, guidelines, and online application are at www.FundforSacredPlaces.org.

2019 J.M.K. Innovation Prize

This is the third year the J. M. Kaplan Fund will award ten prizes, a total of $1.75 million, to early-stage social innovators working in the environment, heritage conservation, or social justice fields. More information, including information on previous award recipients, is at https://www.jmkfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/JMK-Innovation-Prize-2019.pdf. The application deadline in April 30, 2019.

Public Projects Alert

Bureau of Land Management, Bering Sea-Western Interior Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, www.blm.gov/alaska/bswi

Comment deadline: June 13, 2019 Comments to: BSWI_RMP_Comment@blm.gov or fax 907.267.1267, or mail to
BLM Anchorage Field Office, Attn: BSWI RMP, 4700 BLM Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
Public meetings:
    Nulato, April 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
    McGrath, April 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
    Chuathbaluk, April 19, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
    Unalakleet, April 22, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
    Crooked Creek, April 23, 5:30 p.m.
    Aniak, April 24, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
    Lower Kalskag, April 30, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
    Kalskag, April 30, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Contact: jbarringer@blm.gov

National Park Service, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Frontcountry Management Plan, https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=65312

Comment deadline: May 8, 2019
Comments to: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=94310 or
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Attn: Frontcountry Management Plan, P.O. Box 140, Gustavus, A 99826
Public meetings:
    Hoonah, April 16, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Gustavus, April 18, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Juneau, May 2, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Contact: Sara Doyle, 907.697.2875 / sara_doyle@nps.gov

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pebble Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement, https://pebbleprojecteis.com/

Comment deadline: May 30, 2019
Comments to: Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 645 G St., Suite 100-921, Anchorage, AK 99501, drafteis@comments.pebbleprojecteis.com

Public meetings:
Nondalton, April 8, 2019, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Dillingham, April 9, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Homer, April 11, 3:30-9:00 p.m.
Anchorage, 12:00-8:00 p.m.

Contact: Shane McCoy, 907.753.2712 / public.affairs3@usace.army.mil

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Preservation Calendar






  • July 1 National Park Service, Heritage Documentation Programs, Charles E. Peterson Prize 2019 Measured Drawings Student Competition submission deadline (Mark Schara, 202.354.2166 / mark.schara@nps.gov)

  • July 31 National Park Service, 2019 Historic American Landscapes Survey Challenge: Historic Streetscapes, submission deadline (Chris Stevens, 202.354.2146 / Chris_Stevens@nps.gov)


  • August 19-23 National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, 3D Photogrammetry Workshop, Moose, WY (Sarah Marie Jackson, 318.356.7444 / sarah_m_jackson@nps.gov)

  • August 28-31 American Association for State and Local History with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, annual conference: What Are We Waiting For?, Philadelphia, PA (615.320.3203 / www.aaslh.org/conference/)



  • October 8-9 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Section 106 Practitioner Workshop, Anchorage (www.achp.gov/training)

  • October 10 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Section 106 Agreements Seminar, Anchorage (www.achp.gov/training)

  • October 10-12 National Trust for Historic Preservation, PastForward 2019, Denver, CO (www.PastForwardConference.org)

  • October 25-27 Yukon Historical and Museums Association and Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center: Kohklux Map: 150 Years Conference, Whitehorse, YT (Lianne Maitland, 867.667.4704 / info@heritageyukon.ca)

  • October 27-30 Argonne National Laboratory, Visual Resource Stewardship Conference: Seeking 20/20 Vision for Landscape Futures, Lemont, IL, http://vrconference.evs.anl.gov/ (Robin Hoffman, 315.470.6546 or Rick Smardon, 315.470.6539 / vrconference@anl.gov)