National Historic Preservation Act Has Moved!
As you may have heard, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) has a new home in the United States Code (U.S. Code), the official compilation of federal statutes. While the NHPA was previously codified at title 16 of the U.S. Code, effective December 19, 2014, it was moved to title 54. Please find the law codifying the NHPA in title 54 here. The provisions of the newly codified NHPA may be found starting at section 300101. Read more.
President to Appoint Mayor to the ACHP
President Obama announced his intention to appoint Charleston, SC Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. to the ACHP as the representative of the nation's mayors. Read the press release here. Read the White House announcement here.
National Trust Publication Outlines Sacred Sites Protection Laws
This month the National Trust for Historic Preservation released a new publication that can assist tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations seeking support for protection of sacred and other cultural sites. Preserving Native American Places: A Guide to Federal Laws and Policies that Help Protect Cultural Resources and Sacred Sites is a well-organized and easy-to-use guide for non-specialists seeking general guidance on relevant laws that can assist with protection of places with cultural, historical, and religious significance to tribes across the country. The document can be accessed here.
National History Teacher of the Year Named
The ACHP is pleased to note that the 2015 National History Teacher of the Year has been selected and was publicly feted in New York City December 9, 2014. This program began as one of the earliest Preserve America partnerships, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HISTORY have done a wonderful job in continuing it throughout the last decade. Read about this year’s honoree, Michele Anderson of Michigan, here. Nominations for the 2015 award are being accepted through February 1, 2015. Details are available here.
ACHP Leaders Participate in White House Tribal Nations Conference
ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, and Native American Member Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, participated in the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. Dec. 2-3. Read more.
ACHP Mourns Loss of Vice Chairman Clement Price
Nov. 6—The members and staff of the ACHP paid tribute today to ACHP Vice Chairman Clement A. Price who died Nov. 5 after suffering a major stroke. At the ACHP's fall business meeting, Chairman Wayne Donaldson led a moment of silence to honor the man whose presence will be felt long into the future by those who had the honor to know and work with him. The ACHP extends its deepest sympathy to Dr. Price’s wife, Mary Sue Sweeney Price, his family, and colleagues.
Donaldson said, "Clem was one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met. His warmth, intelligence and wit flowed like a force of nature and filled the atmosphere around him. As a member and vice chairman of the ACHP, he elevated the agency through the sheer power of his wisdom and character, and deepened our collective understanding of the importance of accurately telling and sharing the story of America through the prism of historic places and the stories they conveyed. We all miss him terribly. He leaves a void on the ACHP and in the hearts of those who knew him that can never be filled."
Local news in Newark, New Jersey, is chronicling the stories following Price's death. Read them here and here. See this nice local video tribute from Newark here.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Develops Prototype PA Giving States Flexibility in Completing Historic Preservation Reviews
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is pleased to announce it has designated a Prototype Programmatic Agreement (PA) for the use of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. This useful prototype allows the federal agency flexibility in their Section 106 work with farmers and landowners across the U.S. Read more.
Cultural Resources Diversity Interns Needed at NPS
Click here to find out how to apply for The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) at the National Park Service. It provides career exploration opportunities to diverse undergraduate and graduate students in historic preservation and cultural resources management.
2015 Training Schedule Now Available!
The ACHP is pleased to announce its 2015 ACHP Section 106 training schedule. ACHP staff instructors will offer training in cities nationwide next year. Join us for interactive courses that feature practical guidance and opportunities to apply learning in case-based exercises. Read more.
Chairman Wayne Donaldson Receives AIA Award for Leadership
ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA received the Proclamation of Recognition, a relatively new honor, from the Historic Preservation Committee of the American Institute of Architects at a luncheon meeting Nov. 13 in Savannah, GA, in conjunction with the National Trust's annual conference. The highlight of the event was Donaldson's presentation on the significance of plastic as a building material in the midcentury modernism movement with a special focus on his own saved and restored Futuro house which is perched high on a rock in California. Read more.
Vermont Project Wins National Trust Award and ACHP Award
Congratulations go out to Vermont’s Village Revitalization Initiative which won the ACHP’s Chairman Award in 2011 and most recently was honored with the National Trust’s Richard H. Driehaus Award for the preservation and restoration of Vermont’s historic buildings and communities. Read the story here.
Joint National Trust-ACHP Award Goes to Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project, NM
At the honor awards ceremony Nov. 13 in Savannah, Ga., ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson and National Trust President Stephanie Meeks presented the National Trust-ACHP Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Ohkay Owingeh Tribe. Read the press release here. Read the Section 106 Success Story about the project here.
Chairman's Award Presented to Tribal Consultation Committee Participants
ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson presented the Chairman's Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation to three entities in North Dakota for their innovative consultation with tribes for transit projects. Read more.
ACHP Approves Policy Statement Regarding Federal Relationships with Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
At the November 2014 business meeting, the members approved the ACHP Policy Statement Regarding Federal Relationships with Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Read more. THPO Policy.
ACHP Meets for Fall Business in DC
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation met Nov. 6 for fall business. Sworn in during the meeting were new council member Robert Stanton and reappointed member Brad White. Council members spent time at the beginning of the meeting remembering Vice Chairman Clement Price who suffered a stroke earlier in the week and died Nov. 5. Chairman Wayne Donaldson said at the meeting, "Clem was always one of these people that was easy to know the first time that you met him." He remembered the way Price "would use his words to really explain the deep emotions of the American society and how important preservation of place is and how he talked about layers of migration and how important his family was to him." Other council members relayed their own memories of Price and how he bettered their world.
Council members also approved the draft policy on building a more inclusive preservation program and encouraged the chairman to offer recommendations to the President on potential appointments to the ACHP that would achieve that goal. Council members also discussed funding for State Historic Preservation Officers and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers as well as celebration activities in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, including logos, a Web site, and prospectus for involvement.
Chairman Donaldson also bestowed the Chairman's Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation upon the Tribal Consultation Committee, North Dakota Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration for its innovate model for Section 106 projects involving Indian tribes. See story here.
The ACHP's Guidance on Agreement Documents is Now Available!
The ACHP is pleased to announce the availability of its new "Guidance on Agreement Documents" (GAD) now on our Web site at http://www.achp.gov/agreementdocguidance.html. It is best viewed from Google Chrome or Firefox.
Memoranda of Agreement and Programmatic Agreements play a critical role in documenting a federal agency's commitment to carry out and conclude its responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). GAD will assist all consulting parties—federal agencies, states, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, applicants, local governments, and other stakeholders–to draft clear, concise, and complete Section 106 MOAs and PAs. Use of this guidance can also help minimize disputes regarding agreed upon measures down the line and save time that is better spent seeking creative and innovative ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to historic properties. Read more.
Unified Federal Review Process Established
The ACHP in coordination with the inter-agency Steering Group comprised of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Council on Environmental Quality announces the establishment of the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Process, an important element of the implementation of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA). SRIA amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and authorizes several significant changes to the way agencies may deliver federal disaster assistance. It also establishes efficiencies that will expedite the disaster recovery process and reduce project costs.
For additional information on the Unified Federal Review, please visit the Unified Federal Review webpage at http://www.fema.gov/environmental-historic-preservation/unified-federal-environmental-and-historic-preservation-review.
ACHP Showcases Agreement Documents
In hundreds of cases throughout the country, the ACHP participates in consultation on the development of Section 106 agreement documents that evidence federal agency commitments to resolving adverse effects on historic properties that might result from their actions. Read more about these documents and agency transparency.
Judge Supports BLM Leasing Decision in Utah
Consistent with the requirements of the Section 106 review process, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has long advocated that federal land managing agencies give serious consideration to historic preservation values as part of their deliberations on approving land use leases, particularly for gas and oil development. A recent decision by the Interior Board of Land Appeals regarding leasing decisions made by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reinforces the importance of this requirement. Read more including the article in Environment & Energy Publishing.
East at Main Street Focuses on Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage
As part of the ACHP’s mission of building a more inclusive preservation program, we love finding new resources and projects that represent communities throughout the country. One of our newest finds is a great new mapping project created by Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP). The project, developed by Donna Graves and Michelle Magalong, began as a way to connect technology with preservation, and also create a helpful tool for the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) community to discover and share their own history. With the help of HistoryPin, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, East at Main Street is an impressive resource for the APIA community.
Read our interview with Michelle Magalong about what APIAHiP is working on and some specifics of the project.
THE ACHP HAS MOVED!
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has moved to the National Building Museum, located in the National Historic Landmark Pension Building in Washington, D.C. New contact information is located here: http://www.achp.gov/staff.html
11 Most Endangered Historic Places List Involves ACHP Issues
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has issued its 27th Annual List of America's Most Endangered Historic Places.
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act often plays a significant role in the eventual outcomes of many cases on the Trust's annual lists. Notable in the 2014 list is the first case listed (cases are cited alphabetically), relating to Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs, South Dakota. A National Historic Landmark (NHL), the Department of Veterans Affairs is considering a reduction in healthcare services at the facility. As the ACHP must be offered an opportunity to participate whenever the fate of an NHL hangs in the balance, Section 106 is likely to be a critical factor in this case.
This year the Trust has placed the Federal Historic Tax Credit on "Watch Status." The list notes that: "the Federal Historic Tax Credit, a proven tool to encourage preservation across the country, is currently threatened by tax reform on Capitol Hill." This is only the second time that such a status has been declared by the Trust on its annual lists.
Among the many notable places on the 11 Most Endangered List is Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, VA, which includes remnants of the jail where Solomon Northup of "12 Years a Slave" was held after being kidnapped and sold into slavery by his abductors.
View the entire list at http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/11-most-endangered/index.html
ACHP Sends Report on Historic Post Office Disposals to Congress
Responding to a specific requirement placed upon the ACHP by the 2014 congressional appropriations bill, the ACHP today issued PRESERVING HISTORIC POST OFFICES: A Report to Congress. The report finds that significant improvements to United States Postal Service planning and compliance for its historic preservation and disposal programs are needed.
Read the report here.
Read the press release here..
FEMA Prototype Programmatic Agreement FAQs
The ACHP, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has prepared the FEMA Prototype Programmatic Agreement (PPA) FAQ's to assist consulting parties with using this Section 106 program alternative. In December 2013, the ACHP designated the FEMA PPA, which establishes a national model agreement document for FEMA to negotiate Section 106 state-specific Programmatic Agreements with State Historic Preservation Officers, State Emergency Management Agencies, and/or tribe(s) and Native Hawaiian organizations. The FAQs address how other agencies can become signatories to FEMA's state-specific programmatic agreement for disaster recovery activities when appropriate. The FAQs also clarify how the FEMA PPA may be used as a template by other agencies to develop their own PPA. Read more.
ACHP Produces Rightsizing Report to Aid Localities in Managing Change
The ACHP's Rightsizing Task Force has published its report on the effects of rightsizing in legacy cities across America, offering policy ideas and recommendations for all levels of government. Read more. Read the press release.
ACHP Announces Release of Section 106 Applicant Toolkit
Read the ACHP’s press release about the 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 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 agencies’ environmental review.
Read the press release.
Read the handbook.
Read more from CEQ and the ACHP about this important guidance.
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.
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.
ACHP News Archive
Section 106 Archaeology Guidance
ACHP Guidance on Program Comments as a Program Alternative
Register for the ACHP's Section 106 Course
Economic Issues in Historic Preservation