Heritage Newsletter

September 2014

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

          Federal legislation and funding for historic preservation programs
          The Office of History & Archaeology recruiting for an archaeologist
          Alaska Historical Commission appointments
          Alaska Cold War Conference, September 4-6
          National Maritime Grant Program
          Secretary of the Interior historic preservation awards
          City of Fairbanks hosting records preservation workshop
          Alaska Historical Society/Museums Alaska to meet in Seward, October 1-4
          American Planning Association special issue on historic preservation and planning
          American Planning Association special issue on historic preservation and planning
          American Planning Association special issue on historic preservation and planning
          Public project alerts
          Heritage subscription information
          Preservation calendar

Federal funding of historic preservation programs

The President’s budget proposal for FY 15 (October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015) 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 grants for projects that address underserved communities; 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 budget proposal for FY 15 is $9.0 million. The President added an Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative with $6 million for grants to state and tribal historic preservation offices to digitize legacy data.

In mid-July, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed its FY 15 bill for the Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. The committee approved the administration’s recommended funding, $56.4, for the HPF programs. An amendment increased funding for Heritage Areas to $18.2 million. Just before recessing in August, Rep. Matthew Salman (R-AZ) introduced H.R. 5371 that would prohibit the use of federal funds and the provision for technical assistance for the Heritage Partnership Program and National Heritage Areas. Another bill, H.R. 445, has been introduced calling for uniform national standards and funding parameters for National Heritage Areas.

The Senate Interior Appropriations subcommittee released its draft FY 15 budget before the August recess. It proposes level funding for state and tribal historic preservation offices, $500,000 to continue the underrepresented grant program, and $10 million for a competitive rehabilitation grant program. For National Heritage Areas the Senate recommends $20.3 million.

The House of Representatives approved a Defense Authorization bill last spring that would allow the head of an agency managing federal property to object for reasons of national security to a property’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or to the National Historic Landmark program. The bill also calls for the National Park Service to establish an expedited process for federal agencies to de-list historic properties for reasons of national security. The historic preservation community is advocating to ensure the provision is not in the Senate’s Defense Authorization bill and have the House provision removed from the final bill by the conference committee.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee reviewed and passed a MAP-21 Reauthorization Act (S.2322) to provide long-term funding for transportation programs. Section 1303 of the act weakens Section 4(f) reviews. Section 4(f) mandates that federal transportation agencies take extra measures to avoid destroying historic and archaeological sites. Preservation groups are contacting senators and expressing objection to Section 1303.

The Office of History & Archaeology recruiting for an archaeologist

The Office of History & Archaeology is recruiting for an archaeologist to manage its Integrated Business System that includes the Alaska Heritage Resources Survey (AHRS) database and spatial data sets and records. There is not much time left to apply, the deadline is Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. More information about the position and duties, and the application, are at the State of Alaska’s Workplace Alaska hiring website, http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/ . If you have questions about the position contact Richard Vanderhoek, 907.269.8728 / richard.vanderhoek@alaska.gov.

Alaska Historical Commission appointments

Governor Sean Parnell made three appointments to the nine-member Alaska Historical Commission last month. He reappointed Terrence M. Cole of Fairbanks, and appointed Michael C. Hawfield of Homer and Wayne Jensen of Juneau. Terrence and Michael teach history, including Alaska history courses, for the University of Alaska. Wayne is an architect who recently was involved with the rehabilitation of the State Capitol. Thanks are due to Dee Longenbaugh of Juneau and David Moore of Anchorage for their excellent service on the commission. The Alaska Historical Commission advises the Governor and Legislature on matters concerning history, archaeology and preservation. It is the state review board for historic preservation programs, serves as the state geographic names board, and has coordinated and promoted commemorations of significant events in Alaska’s past. The next meeting of the Alaska Historical Commission is expected to be November 13, 2014 in Juneau. For more information about the commission, contact Jo Antonson, 907.269.8714 / jo.antonson@alaska.gov.

Alaska Cold War Conference, September 4-6

The Alaska Cold War Conference and National Nike Veterans Reunion will be held in Anchorage, September 4-6, 2014. Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, will speak at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at the University of Alaska Anchorage on Thursday evening. There will be speakers from the military, intelligence and academic communities speaking about the Cold War in Alaska on Friday morning. That afternoon conference attendees will tour Nike Site Point, now Kincaid Park, where several interpretive panels will be unveiled. On Saturday, conference attendees will go to Arctic Valley Lodge for dedication of a commemorative plaque for Nike Site Summit. The UAF Rasmuson Library’s Oral History Program staff will be interviewing veterans during the conference. Following the conference, there is an optional tour that will include visits to the former Clear Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station and Fairbanks Nike sites. For more information and to register for the conference go to http://www.nikesitesummit.net or contact the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, 907.929.9870 / akpreservation@gmail.com.

National Maritime Grant Program

The National Maritime Grant Program, administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the SHPOs and National Trust for Historic Preservation, is calling for applications for maritime heritage education and preservation projects. This year the program has $1.7 million available for matching grants to state, tribal and local governments and private non-profit organizations. The application deadline is September 23, 2014. Details and application procedures can be found at http://www.nps.gov/maritime/. The application itself must be made through www.grants.gov. For questions or more information contact Robert K. Sutton, 202.354.2214 / robert_sutton@nps.gov.

Secretary of the Interior historic preservation awards

The Secretary of the Interior annually makes four awards, one each to a local, tribal, state, and federal employee. The Secretary’s award is distinguished from other historic preservation award programs because it was established as a Cabinet-level of recognition through a statutory mandate, focuses on accomplishments of individual employees and not on programs or projects, and includes a monetary award of $1,000. Nominations close September 1, 2014. For more information contact David Banks, david_banks@nps.gov.

City of Fairbanks hosting records preservation workshop

The City of Fairbanks is hosting a records preservation workshop September 24-26, 2014, and invites historians, archivists, librarians, records managers, and municipal clerks around the state to attend free of charge. The workshop will be led by Wes Boomgaarden, Head of Preservation at Ohio State University for the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The class is limited to forty people. For details and to register--as soon as possible--contact Danyielle Snider, City of Fairbanks, 907.459.6771 / ddsnider@ci.fairbanks.ak.us.

Alaska Historical Society/Museums Alaska to meet in Seward, October 1-4

The annual meetings and conference of the Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska will be held this year at Seward, October 1-4. The Alaska Historical Society’s conference theme is “Gateways: Past, Present and Future” and Dr. Paul Hirt, a specialist in the American West, global environmental history and policy, and sustainability studies at Arizona State University will be the keynote speaker. Museum’s Alaska theme is “Milestones: Interpreting Events that Change the Course of Communities” and Dr. Jan Ramirez, chief curator for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City will be the keynote speaker. The webpage for more information about the conference, events, and tours, and to register is www.resbayhistorical.org.

American Planning Association special issue on historic preservation and planning

A special issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association is seeking articles for an issue on the synergies and tensions between historic preservation and planning to be published in 2016. If interested in proposing an article, abstracts are due September 30, 2014. They should be sent to editors Jennifer Minner (j.minner@cornell.edu) and Michael Holleran (holleran@utexas.edu). More information and guidelines for abstracts are at www.informaworld.com/japa.

National Preservation Institute seminars scheduled for Anchorage this fall

The National Preservation Institute is offering two classes in Anchorage in October. Its Section 106: An Introduction will be held October 20-22, 2014, and Cultural and Natural Resources: An Integrated Management Strategy will be held October 23-24. Claudia Nissley, a specialist in preservation issues will teach the classes. The registration form is at www.npi.org/register.html. For more information about the classes, contact Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / info@npi.org..

Advisory Council notes BLM Leasing Decision

The BLM declined to sell some oil and gas leases in Utah, based in part on potential impacts to historic properties. Upon appeal of the decision by a prospective leaseholder, the Department of the Interior’s Board of Land Appeals upheld the BLM’s decision. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation notes this underscores the importance of stakeholders engaging in the Section 106 process early in the planning stages of land use leases, and calling for consideration of historic preservation values.

The Advisory Council has a partnership webpage with the Federal Highway Administration, www.achp.gov/fhwa.html. Case studies regarding Federal Highway Administration projects in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have recently been added to the webpage.


Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities / West Susitna Surface Access Reconnaissance Study

Project information: http://dot.alaska.gov/roadstoresources/westsusitna/index.shtml

Alaska Railroad Corporation / Port MacKenzie Rail Extension Project

Project information: http://www.portmacrail.com

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Alaska Energy Authority, Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project

Project information: http://www.susitna-watanahydro.org/

General Services Administration / Old Federal Building, Anchorage, Landscaping Project

Public meeting: September 18, 2014, 4-6 p.m. Comments / contact: B. Story Swett, 400 15th St SW, 10PCE, Auburn, WA 98001 / story.swett@gsa.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


September 3-5 - National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Engineering for Historic Timber Framing workshop, Natchitoches, LA (http://ncptt.nps.gov)

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

September 14 - Friends of Nike Site Summit tour, Anchorage, AK (Friends of Nike Site Summit, 907.929.9870 / http://www.nikesitesummit.net)

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)

September 17-21 - Maritime Heritage Alliance, 10th conference, www.nauticus.org/maritime/, Norfolk, VA (Joy Eyrolles, 757.664.1037 / joyeyrolles@norfolk.gov)

September 19-21 - Western Lands, Western Voices symposium, Salt Lake City, UT (Brad Westwood, 801.245.7248 / bradwestwood@utah.gov)

September 23 - National Maritime Grant Program (National Park Service) grant application deadline (Robert K. Sutton, 202.354.2214 / Robert_sutton@nps.gov)

September 24-26 - City of Fairbanks, records preservation workshop, Fairbanks (Danyielle Snider, 907.459.6771 / ddsnider@ci.fairbanks.ak.us)

September 26-28 - Preserving the Historic Road conference, Savannah, GA, www.historicroads.org/ (Christopher Marston, 202.354.2162 / christopher_marston@nps.gov)

September 30 - American Planning Association, abstracts for special issue of journal on historic preservation and planning deadline (Jennifer Minner, 607.255.5561 / j.minner@cornell.edu)


October 1-4 - Alaska Historical Society / Museums Alaska annual meetings and conference: Gateways and Milestones, 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 1-22 - American Association for State and Local History, Seminar on Historic Administration: Development History Leaders @ SHA, Indianapolis, IN (Bob Beatty, 635.320.3203 / beatty@aaslh.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)

November 13-14 - Alaska Historical Commission meeting, Juneau (Jo Antonson, 907.269.7614 / jo.antonson@alaska.gov)


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



April 28-29 - National Preservation Institute: Landscape Preservation: An Introduction, Sitka (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / info@npi.org)

April 30 - National Preservation Institute: Landscape Preservation: Advanced Tools for Managing Change, Sitka (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / info@npi.org)


May 5-9 - Council of Geographic Names Authorities annual meeting, Anchorage, AK (Wayne Furr, twfurr@cogna50usa.org)

May 12-13 - National Preservation Institute: The Recent Past: Identification and Evaluation of Mid-20th Century Resources, Anchorage (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / info@npi.org)

May 14 - National Preservation Institute: Preservation Planning and Policy Development for Historic Roads, Anchorage (Jere Gibber, 703.765.0100 / info@npi.org)



June - National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Forum, Mobile, AL (NAPC, 706.369.5881 / napc@uga.edu)