ACHP and National Trust Speak Out for Preserving Historic Properties in Cities
In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson and National Trust President Stephanie Meeks wrote about the importance of reusing historic buildings rather than razing. Read the article here.
ACHP Fall Business Meeting Highlights
The ACHP met Nov. 14. Read more for highlights.
Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation Presented to Forest Service, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
The Asian Pacific American Heritage program, a joint effort by the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle and the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, received the Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation at the fall business meeting of the ACHP today. Read more.
ACHP Business Meeting Nov. 13-14
The ACHP will host its fall business meeting at the Old Post Office Building and the Russell Senate Office Building next week. Click here for the business meeting and committee meeting agendas.
Sacred Sites Listening Session for Tribal Leaders
The Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation are hosting a listening session for tribal leaders in conjunction with the White House Tribal Nations Conference. It will provide an opportunity for continued dialogue on sacred sites issues and tribal leader input in the work being carried out under the Sacred Sites MOU. This is an invitation only event. Read more.
2014 Section 106 Training Schedule Just Announced!
Save $45 when you register for our popular Section 106 Essentials course by December 16. Click here for the course flyer. Registration has also opened for the Advanced Section 106 Seminar. Click here for more information and to register.
Don’t want to wait to learn until 2014? Try a one-hour webinar on a Section 106 topic: www.achp.gov/sec106webinar.html.
Joint National Trust-ACHP Award Presented to Presidio Public Health Service District
ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson participated in the award ceremony Nov. 1 bestowing the Joint National Trust-ACHP Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation to the Presidio Public Health Service District in San Francisco. Read more about the important project
Gateway West Transmission Line Programmatic Agreement Sets New Standard for the BLM
The ACHP and the Bureau of Land Management have worked on a successful Programmatic Agreement for a 1,000-mile-long project for energy transmission in the West. Read more.
National History Teacher of the Year Named
Jill Szymanski, an elementary school teacher from Wilmington, Delaware, was awarded the National History Teacher of the Year honor. Read more.
Read the Press Release from the event here.
Guidance on Section 106 Timeframes Due to Government Shutdown Announced
The ACHP is happy to provide guidance regarding the implications of the partial government shutdown on timeframes for Section 106 reviews. Read more about important dates in the Section 106 process and support.
ACHP Considers Designation of FEMA Prototype Programmatic Agreement
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has requested that the ACHP designate an agreement document as a Prototype Programmatic Agreement (PPA) to assist FEMA in fulfilling its Section 106 responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) for disaster response and recovery programs. Before the ACHP can consider such a designation, the ACHP will need to solicit comments from stakeholders. Please review the PPA, and provide comments no later than October 25, 2013. Click here for information, including instructions for submitting any comments or concerns you may have about the PPA.
ACHP Provides 106 Training to Tribes in Southern California
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in cooperation with the ACHP hosted an overview of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for Indian tribes in Palm Springs, CA. Through the BLM-ACHP partnership, the ACHP liaison to the BLM, Nancy Brown, provided the training free of charge to tribal representatives involved in projects proposed for the BLM California Desert District. Thirty participants from 13 tribes took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the Section 106 process. The topic is particularly relevant due to the many renewable energy projects being processed in Southern California. Read more.
ACHP Publishes Measuring Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation
A report by Washington, D.C.-based PlaceEconomics is now available here. Read more about the study and the importance that historic preservation makes in your community.
Learn About Historic Communities and Tourism at the National Trust Conference Preserve America Affiliate Session
As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Preserve America program, the ACHP will offer a forum on “Historic Communities and Tourism: How Do We Connect the Dots?” in conjunction with the National Preservation Conference to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana next month. This affinity session will take place on Oct. 30, 2013, from 1-3 p.m. Representatives of Preserve America Communities as well as other historic communities and their partners are invited to participate. Read more on how to register for this session.
Historic Preservation Provides Great Benefits for Nation’s Communities
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading national experts discussed how historic preservation tools can assist economic, educational and cultural renewal in the nation’s communities at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation annual conference on Sept. 19, 2013. The panel included ACHP Vice Chairman Clement A. Price and was titled “Preserving African American Historic Places: Breathing New Life into Our Communities.” Please read more about the informative session.
ACHP Announces Release of Section 106 Applicant Toolkit
This Toolkit provides helpful tips and advice for applicants navigating the Section 106 process to make better informed decisions to improve outcomes in the review process and avoid unnecessary delays. It includes an overview of the Section 106 requirements and step by step guidance on consulting with states and Indian tribes, engaging stakeholders, and avoiding inadvertent activities that may adversely affect historic properties. Explore the toolkit here.
ACHP Member Brad White Featured in Article on Reclaiming Vacant Properties
ACHP Member Brad White, who serves as Chairman of the Rightsizing Task Force, spoke to an audience of professionals at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sept. 10. Mr. White addressed issues of demolition versus rehabilitation, which will also be highlighted in the Rightsizing Task Force’s report due to the ACHP this fall. Next City’s publication of “A Lot of Tiny Pieces Lost” quoted Mr. White and is available here.
ACHP in the News, Gives Public a View of Active Section 106 Work
ACHP Chairman and Vice Chairman Re-appointed
President Barack Obama has announced the appointment to a second term on the ACHP for Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA and Vice Chairman Clement Price, PhD. Read more.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with History from Florida
September 15 to October 15 is the time to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month. The ACHP is highlighting a national Hispanic cultural resource, the Fleet of 1733 Shipwreck off the coast of Florida. Hispanic culture is a prominent influence in the U.S., with historic sites in numerous states including Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and many more. Read more! ¡Lea más!
Unified Federal Review Site Launch
The ACHP in coordination with the Council on Environmental Quality, Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announce the launch of the Unified Federal Review Web site.
The Unified Federal Review was established on January 29, 2013, when President Obama signed into law the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 which amended the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Recovery Act by adding Section 429. This section directs the President to “establish an expedited and unified interagency review process to ensure compliance with environmental and historic requirements under federal law relating to disaster recovery projects, in order to expedite the recovery process, consistent with applicable law.” The goal of the Unified Federal Review is to improve decision making to allow for more predictable outcomes from disaster recovery projects based on past experiences and knowledge as related to environmental and historic preservation reviews.
Brownsville, Texas, uses Preserve America Money to Spark Downtown Development
At one of Texas’s most famous border towns, Brownsville has turned its once vacant and abandoned Downtown into a visitor’s mecca. Using its expansive supply of historic resources that just needed a little boost, the city now has four times the visitorship compared to a decade ago. Preserve America Grant funding of $132,870 helped spark the work to make downtown Brownsville a successful cultural tourist destination. Read more
ACHP Applauds Publication of Latino Theme Study
The National Park Service knows that Latino history is American history. American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study is a publication of the National Park System Advisory Board for the National Park Service. This theme study is for students and teachers, researchers, preservation professionals, local, state and federal government officials, and for the general public. In other words, it's for you. Read more.
ACHP Participates in White House Council on Native American Affairs
Monday at the White House, ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson joined other federal agency representatives and participants in the inaugural meeting of the White House Council on Native American Affairs, hosted by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The President signed the executive order June 26 establishing the council, and the ACHP is pleased to be named to it. Read more about the happenings of the day.
Preserve America Forum Provides ACHP Members Opportunity to Explore Program’s Future Direction
Ten years after the initiative’s launch, four panelists representing different facets of the Preserve America program discussed the current state and future direction of the program with ACHP members at a forum held in conjunction with the ACHP’s summer business meeting.
The invited guest panelists, who made presentations and then responded to questions and explored the program’s operation with members, were Mayor Salvatore Panto, Jr. of Easton, Pennsylvania; Dr. Robert Billington of the Blackstone River Valley Tourism Council, Rhode Island; Ms. Kathleen Kilpatrick, the Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer; and Ms. Cheryl Oliver of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The forum resulted from the ACHP’s desire to offer an opportunity for several local, regional, and national Preserve America program participants and beneficiaries from various parts of the country to share some of their experiences. Collectively, the panelists provided the ACHP members, staff, and audience with an excellent understanding of the reach and benefits of the program.
This will assist the ACHP to begin an examination of the future of the Preserve America program within the current Administration’s priorities and examine how to best utilize its components as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016.
Read more about the Forum here.
Full Length History of St. Elizabeths Hospital Now Available
This new e-book from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) draws from primary documents held at the National Archives and an extensive oral history project. It includes numerous historic photographs and anecdotes about the important National Historic Landmark in Southeast Washington, D.C. GSA’s development of a full history of St. Elizabeths was required in the Programmatic Agreement (PA, Stipulation III.D.2.d.(c)(1), (Lines 773-775).) (December 8, 2008). As part of public outreach, interpretation and education, the PA stated, “GSA will produce a comprehensive catalog/monograph, complete with illustrations and text […].” Also in accordance with the PA, construction of the new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters is complete; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and GSA will host a ribbon-cutting event on July 29, 2013. Click here to learn more about GSA’s ongoing compliance efforts.
ACHP Business Meeting Highlights
Read a quick overview about the activities that took place at the summer business meeting July 18 of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Chairman’s Award Goes to Innovative Indiana Project
Bloomington, Indiana’s Middle Way House, Inc., its New Wings Community Partnership, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development received the Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation at the summer business meeting of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation July 18. Read more.
Leonard Forsman Sworn in as Member of ACHP
ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson swore in Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman as the newest member of the ACHP. Read more.
Final Poster in Marine Corps NHL Series Presented
The culmination of a successful partnership with the US Marine Corps took place at the ACHP’s summer business meeting July 18. Representatives presented ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson with the final poster in the “Defending Our Cultural Heritage” series. This one showcases the Los Flores Adobe on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Pictured from left are Sue Goodfellow, Head of Planning and Conservation Section, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; Stephanie Toothman, National Park Service Associate Director, Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science; Captain Pat Garin; Chairman Donaldson; and David R. Clifton, Deputy Commander, Marine Corps Installations Command.
New Preserve America Communities Named
First Lady Michelle Obama recently named three new Preserve America Communities, bringing the nationwide total to 890. Read more.
Preserve America Stewards Named
First Lady Michelle Obama named two new Preserve America Stewards, bringing the nationwide total to 40. Read more.
Section 106 Implications for Many Properties on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered List for 2013
Every year the National Trust for Historic Preservation (Trust) highlights the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, historic properties that the organization wants to bring to public attention out of concern that their existence or historic integrity are threatened. At least five of the places on the 2013 list released on June 19 involve Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
The fact that nearly half of the endangered places noted this year have direct Section 106 implications is an indication of how pervasive and important Section 106 is to preservation of the nation’s important historic places. Read more.
New Presidential Memorandum to Speed Modernization of Electric Grid, Save Money
On June 7, 2013, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum “Transforming our Nation’s Electric Grid Through Improved Siting, Permitting, and Review” which will speed the modernization of the nation’s electric grid. This will help make electricity more reliable, save consumers money on their energy bills, and support homegrown American clean energy jobs and industries by making renewable energy easier to access across the country. Read more.
ACHP Works to Build a More Inclusive Preservation Program
The agency is offering this Web site to become a portal for groups, projects, and initiatives that support building a more inclusive preservation program for all people across the United States.
Presidential Memorandum Modernizes Infrastructure Review; ACHP Assisted with Policy
On May 17, 2013, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum entitled “Modernizing Federal Infrastructure Review and Permitting Regulations, Policies, and Procedures” which encourages the development of innovative mitigation tools to improve environmental outcomes, development of more targeted and relevant environmental reviews, provision of more opportunities for public input, and improvement in collaboration with state, local, and tribal governments. This permitting modernization effort is an important component of the President’s larger effort to grow the economy, accelerate job creation, and improve U.S. competitiveness by building a 21st Century infrastructure. This effort will be guided by a Steering Committee established under Executive Order 13604, “Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects,” which established goals for improving federal environmental permitting and review decisions. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is a member of this Steering Committee and has developed an agency plan as required by that Executive Order which can be viewed here. For more information on the Presidential Memorandum read more here.
35th Anniversary Report on Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings
Our friends at the National Park Service have released a report on the 35th anniversary of the first certified rehabilitation project,certified in 1977, under the historic tax credit program. The report features statistics, case studies, and other information on the program over the last 35 years.
The report discusses the successes of the program, both in terms of the historic buildings that have been rehabilitated throughout the nation, in communities both large and small, as well as how the program has contributed to community revitalization, job creation and other economic benefits, the reuse of such vacant or underutilized building types as manufacturing buildings and schools, energy conservation and sustainability, innovative reuse projects, disaster relief, and revitalizing Main Street. Read more.
ACHP Moving to National Building Museum
After 30 years, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will move from the Old Post Office Building (OPOB) to its new offices in the historic edifice occupied by the National Building Museum. The move is scheduled to take place in late 2013 or early 2014. Read more.
US and Spanish Government to Work Together on Historic Resources
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis signed a memorandum of understanding with Spain on the shared Spanish-American cultural, historic and archaeological heritage in the National Park System. He noted that Spain has made and continues to make important contributions to American culture. The material heritage of the Spanish presence in the New World remains with us in 45 national park units that include significant historical, cultural, and archeological sites of Hispanic heritage. With the signing of the MOU, Spain and NPS have agreed to collaborate on projects that use NPS cultural resources to educate the public. The memorandum will provide a vehicle for cooperation between for archeologists, historians, and museum professionals in Spain and the United States to conduct joint projects. Read the MOU
Riverfront Expressway Section 106 Success Story Makes News
The case of the proposed Riverfront Expressway in New Orleans garnered attention with an editorial from ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson. Read it here.
President’s Budget Supports Historic Preservation
In this era of austerity, the President’s budget for 2014 delivered to Capitol Hill brings welcome news to the field of historic preservation. It includes $56 million from the Historic Preservation Fund for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, a continuation of prior funding levels, and adds $3 million for a new competitive grant program for the survey and nomination of properties to the National Register and as National Historic Landmarks associated with underrepresented communities.
The President’s FY 2014 budget also includes a significant increase for the ACHP. The overall request is $6,531,000. This represents a $432,772 or 7 percent increase over the FY 2012 level, restoring the 10 percent cut for the ACHP in FY 2013 and returning authorized staffing to the FY 2012 level. The funds are being sought to bolster the ACHP’s critical role in the Section 106 process.
While the President’s budget is only the beginning of the appropriations process, the Administration’s continued support for historic preservation is a positive first step.
ACHP Praises NPS’ Latino Heritage Theme Study, Suggests Use for Teachers and Preservationists
The National Park Service has presented an important publication based on much research into Latino Heritage and the making of the United States. The ACHP supports the NPS’ goals of a more inclusive history of diverse cultures and adding more Latino-focused sites to the National Register. Read more about this groundbreaking study and how to use it for research and community preservation.
Read the press release
Nominate a Latino-focused Section 106 Success Story to the ACHP
Program Comment Issued for the Department of Energy
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) issued a Program Comment to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to extend the duration of agreements based on the DOE prototype Programmatic Agreement (PA) for its Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), State Energy Program (SEP), and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). The ACHP membership voted in favor of issuing the Program Comment via an unassembled vote that concluded on March 11, 2013. Read more here.
National Register Sites Focus on Latinos
Latino peoples have played a profoundly important role in American history, contributing to and shaping the rich heritage of the United States in many ways for some 500 years. Explore their stories and their legacy by visiting the sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places, throughout the nation featured in this itinerary offered by the National Park Service. The National Park Service preserves historic places and stories of America’s diverse cultural heritage and expands and maintains the National Register of Historic Places. Read more
Preserve America Celebrates a Milestone, Looks for Feedback
The Preserve America program celebrated its 10th anniversary on March 3. Now with 887 designated communities, 38 stewards, and numerous awards, millions of dollars in grants, and improved historic preservation in communities across the United States, Preserve America is a successful endeavor. This anniversary opens up the opportunity to share what has been accomplished in your communities and to see what else can be done.
Please read more and send us feedback!
ACHP and CEQ Release Handbook on Coordination of Important Federal Processes
Today, the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the ACHP released a handbook designed to help coordinate required review processes under the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The handbook stands to significantly improve the coordination of environmental reviews across the government. This handbook provides practical advice to practitioners and stakeholders to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal agenciesí environmental review.
Read the press release.
Read the handbook.
Read more from CEQ and the ACHP about this important guidance.
ACHP Participates in Broadband Infrastructure Working Group
The ACHP is participating as a member of the interagency Working Group, co-chaired by the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration, to implement the requirements of Executive Order 13616, “Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment.” The E.O., issued in June 14, 2012, is intended to facilitate wired and wireless broadband infrastructure deployment on Federal lands, buildings, and right of way, federally assisted highways, and Tribal lands, particularly in underserved communities. Based upon the E.O., the acceleration of broadband is essential to the Nation’s global competitiveness in the 21st century, driving job creation, promoting innovation, and expanding markets for American businesses, and affords public safety agencies the opportunity for greater levels of effectiveness and interoperability. Because of the breadth and scope of broadband on diverse resources controlled and managed by the Federal government, the ACHP would like to share this initiative with our constituents.
In accordance with the E.O., an Interim Report was released by the Working Group on March 15, 2013, outlining the actions and recommendations that agencies should implement to meet the goals of the E.O. One of the recommendations included in this Interim Report under “Environmental Compliance” is “to improve Section 106 compliance by developing and implementing alternate procedures under Section 800.14 of the ACHP’s, regulations, “Protection of Historic Properties” (36 CFR Part 800).” In order to implement this recommendation, the ACHP will collaborate with federal agencies, State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, Indian tribes, and other preservation organizations in coming weeks to explore which program alternatives should be pursued to accelerate the deployment of broadband.
ACHP Endorses Plan to Support U.N. Declaration
At its Winter Business Meeting, ACHP members voted to endorse a plan supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, becoming the first federal agency to do this. Read more.
ACHP Weighs in on Senate Bill to Provide $60.4 billion in Hurricane Sandy Recovery Funds
The ACHP, in its role to advise Congress and the President, has offered information regarding money for the Historic Preservation Fund in ongoing negotiations for hurricane recovery funding. Please read more.
Important New Tribal Consultation Tool Launched by HUD
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently launched its Tribal Directory Assessment Tool, an online resource for identifying which Indian tribes have an interest in each state or county in the United States. The tool, originally developed for HUD’s grant recipients, is available for all Section 106 practitioners to use at http://egis.hud.gov/tdat/Tribal.aspx. Read more.
ACHP Guidance on Reasonable and Good Faith Efforts
Read the policy issued by ACHP.
Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation Study Released
A 2011 study commissioned by the ACHP, with funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, identifies and analyzes methods for measuring the economic impacts of historic preservation. The report focuses on such economic indicators as jobs and household income, property values, heritage tourism, sustainable development, and downtown revitalization, and recommends ways to improve our understanding of how preservation activity supports economic vitality.
Read the full report here.
Read a brief compilation of related facts and figures here.
Section 3 Report to the President Now Available
The 2012 Report to the President on the federal government's stewardship of its historic properties is now available.Download the report.
Preserve America E-Newsletter Available
Read the latest e-newsletter with stories of new designations and activities Preserve America Communities can host for heritage tourism, and much more.
Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 New Edition Now Available
The ACHP is proud to announce it has updated and reissued Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizen’s Guide to Section 106. The Citizen’s Guide is a useful tool for learning how to protect historic places in your community.
Web-based Archaeology Guidance Now Available
D.C.—The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has developed
new archaeology guidance to assist federal agencies in meeting their
responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic
Preservation Act. The guidance is available at: www.achp.gov/archguide. Read more.
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