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.
ACHP to Meet for Fall Business
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will have its fall business meeting November 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Agendas for the committee meetings November 5 and the business meeting November 6 are available here.
President to Appoint Robert Stanton to ACHP
President Barack Obama has announced his intention to appoint former NPS Director Robert Stanton as an expert member of the ACHP. Read more.
President Appoints Member to ACHP
Today President Obama re-appointed Bradford J. White to another four-year term on the ACHP. 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.
Cathlapotle Success Story Featured in The Columbian Newspaper
One of the ACHP’s recently developed Section 106 Success Stories, which resulted from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service nominating this project, received some favorable media attention and helped contemporary folks learn real history that dates back to the European pre-contact story of America. Read the story here:
The Section 106 Success Story on Cathlapotle is found here:
If you have a nomination for a success story, please read how to contact us here:
ACHP Participates in Panel Discussion on Indigenous Sacred Sites at United Nations
NEW YORK – Office of Native American Affairs Director Valerie Hauser participated August 18, 2014, in a panel discussion “Protecting and Preserving Indigenous Sacred Sites” at the invitation of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and the Navajo Nation. Read More.
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.
Laura Kennedy worked on a variety of initiatives in the ACHP’s Office of Federal Agency Programs this summer including the completion of draft guidance on the role of ethnography in Section 106. Initiated in 2013 by OFAP’s intern Samantha Richardson, this guidance will be presented in the form of Frequently Asked Questions designed to expand awareness of the important role that ethnography can play in identifying and assessing the significance of historic properties of importance to traditional groups and communities, as well as assessing and resolving effects to such properties. Coupled with other tools and forms of investigation, ethnography can play a vital role in improving and expanding the participation of traditional groups and communities in Section 106 reviews. Laura conducted interviews with a number of federal agencies and other experts in developing the guidance and submitted a first draft upon the conclusion of her internship. The guidance will now undergo additional review by ACHP staff in preparation for its release this fall.
Recognizing the high quality of Laura’s work, OFAP was fortunate to keep Laura on staff as a temporary employee through September to assist with other work and research, including advancing recommendations within the ACHP’s report on rightsizing.
America’s Best Main Streets are in Preserve America Communities
Congratulations to one of our recently designated Preserve America Communities, Collierville, Tennessee, voted America’s Best Main Street in a contest run this summer by Parade magazine! As a matter of fact, half of the outstanding finalists--Placerville, CA; DeLand, FL; Rockland, ME; Corinth, MS; Greenville, SC; Georgetown, TX; and Montpelier, VT--have been recognized as Preserve America Communities. The Preserve America program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources in sustainable ways and share the myriad benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors. You can read about the contest finalists.
Consider nominating your community for Preserve America Community recognition! Designated communities, great places to live, visit, and explore, are located in all 50 states and several overseas U.S. territories. Find a full list of the Preserve America Communities, along with profiles and contact information, here.
Applications from prospective new Preserve America Communities are accepted quarterly; the next deadlines for submission are September 1 and December 1, 2014. Preserve America is administered by the ACHP with assistance from the U.S. Department of the Interior. Read about community designation criteria and application forms.
Heitage Tourism Gets Boost With House Vote
On July 22, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4450 to reauthorize the Travel Promotion Act and “Brand USA.” (A companion bill in the Senate, S. 2250, has 31 co-sponsors and is awaiting committee action.) America’s historic landmarks make up a bulk of the tourism draw to the United States from people all over the world. Read more.
ACHP Meets in Philadelphia for Summer Business
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation received a greeting from President Barack Obama the day before its summer business meeting July 17 in Philadelphia, and Chairman Wayne Donaldson read it to council members at the meeting. The meeting also included members' supporting full funding of the Historic Preservation Fund and a conversation with 12 State Historic Preservation Officers, among other business. Read the story here.
First Lady Designates Two New Preserve America Communities
First Lady Michelle Obama sent letters to the mayors of Albany, NY and Collierville, TN this week announcing their designation as Preserve America Communities. Their attention to their cities' historic assets is admirable. Read more.
NPS Releases Report on Cultural Resources Climate Change Planning
The National Park Service has released a summary report of its Preserving Coastal Heritage planning session on cultural resources and climate change. ACHP representatives were among the participants at the 1-1/2 day session held in New York City in April 2014. Read more.
Cleveland Historical and Curatescape Bring Legacy City into Digital World
One could make the argument there’s a “historic renaissance” of sorts happening in Cleveland, Ohio, pushing the city’s history to the forefront is the progressive app: Cleveland Historical. Born out of the Euclid Corridor History Project in 2005, Cleveland Historical was created by two Cleveland State University professors, Mark Souther and Mark Tebeau, as a way to put Cleveland’s vast history at people’s fingertips—literally. Available for both iPhone and Android users, this app takes users through the city of Cleveland’s history through the use of text, photos, and audio/visual content. Read more about this exciting program and learn how to log on!
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
New Staff Added to Office of Native American Affairs
The ACHP is pleased to announce that Rae Gould has joined the staff of the Office of Native American Affairs as a Native American Program Specialist. Dr. Gould is a member of the Nipmuc Nation and comes to the ACHP with 20 years of experience in Federal acknowledgement, NAGPRA compliance and preservation projects. In addition to serving as the THPO and repatriation representative for her tribe in Massachusetts, she most recently worked as the Repatriation Coordinator for the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has worked extensively with tribes from the Northeast, as well as conducted consultations with tribes throughout the country. She also taught archaeology, anthropology and Native Studies courses at Connecticut College and UMass Amherst.
Rae has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and her recent publications include: "Rethinking Colonialism: Indigenous Innovation and Colonial Inevitability" (with Stephen Mrozowksi and Heather Law) in Entangling Colonial Narratives; "Cultural Practice and Authenticity: The Search for Real Indians in New England in the 'Historical' Period" in The Death of Prehistory; and "The Nipmuc Nation, Federal Acknowledgment, and a Case of Mistaken Identity" in Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook. She also contributed the entry on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in the 2013 Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology by Claire Smith.
Rae's most recent preservation initiative has been the restoration of the Cisco Homestead on her tribe's reservation in Grafton, Massachusetts, and listing that property on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. More information and images on this historic resource can be found at http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/feature/indian/2011/Hassanamisco_Reservation.htm, http://nipmucmuseum.org/blog/2010/11/08/cisco-homestead-restoration-is underway/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/preservationmass/sets/72157623153832552/.
Meet the Summer 2014 Interns at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is pleased to be able to host four interns this summer, a record number for the agency. Each of the interns is working with a different office within the agency on a number of projects that will further the ACHP's goal to build a more inclusive preservation program. Read more.
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, National Trust Host Session on African American Historic Preservation for Congressional Black Caucus
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (National Trust) sponsored a briefing June 19 that included the National Park Service (NPS) and four members of the Congressional Black Caucus about the importance of African American historic preservation involvement and important tools to assist those efforts at a Juneteenth observation in the Cannon House Office Building. Read more here.
ACHP Joins Western States Tourism Policy Group
Click here for press releases and media coverage from the formal signing of the Western States Tourism Policy Council MOU June 9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was on hand along with several western governors, and the ACHP participated. It encourages joint promotion and tourism development.
Idaho BLM and SHPO Sign Agreement
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Idaho has announced that Janet Gallimore, Idaho State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), and Tim Murphy, BLM-Idaho's Acting State Director, signed a new State Protocol Agreement on how the BLM will meet its responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act. This is an outgrowth of the BLM’s National Programmatic Agreement (nPA), revised in 2012 and amended in 2014, that calls for the BLM-SHPO Protocols to be updated to reflect the changes in the nPA. The Protocol spells out how BLM’s offices in Idaho will work with the SHPO, cooperating on preservation planning and public outreach efforts, sharing information, reporting requirements, and consulting on Section 106 undertakings. The agreement also allows BLM, in certain limited instances, to proceed in undertakings without further SHPO consultation. These include routine undertakings such as revegetation by broadcast seeding, maintenance of existing roads where disturbance outside the existing road will not occur, and issuance of special use permits where land disturbance is not anticipated. Read more here.
ACHP Participates in Stellar Convening at Cleveland State University
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) co-sponsored and participated in the interdisciplinary convening on Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities in early June. ACHP Vice Chairman Clement Price and Council Member Brad White served as panelists and speakers during the three-day event which included people from legacy cities, college students, developers, and practitioners discussing strategies, best practices, and case studies to address the future of legacy cities. The ACHP was joined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and contractors to state and local governments to discuss the treatment of abandoned and vacant housing and parcels within historic districts. Dr. Price moderated a lively discussion on African American landmarks on how the National Register applies. Should the emphasis be on the stories or the properties? This question is particularly significant as properties are transformed, vacated, or demolished. Mr. White discussed opportunities for managing change and federal policy and shared the ACHP's recent publication Managing Change: Preservation and Rightsizing in America. Read Dr. Price's speeches here and here. View Mr. White's PowerPoint here.
Cleveland State University is now offering a graduate certificate in historic preservation! And the press has been positive for the conference.
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.
Section 106 Regulations Update
The ACHP has updated its plan to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Section 106 regulations consistent with the requirements of Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review."
Read the update here.
Read the ACHP’s 2011 plan here.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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