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Preservation Perspectives Podcast



Episode 33 -- February 29, 2024 -- Dr. Alexandra Jones - Host Monica Rhodes sits down with Dr. Alexandra Jones, a leader in the field of archaeology and historic preservation to talk about her work and her many projects, including her non-profit, Archaeology in the Community.  

Episode 32 -- January 12, 2024 -- Matthew Vriesman. 2023 History Teacher of the Year -- In this episode, host Monica Rhodes speaks with Matthew Vriesman, a history teacher from East Kentwood High School in Michigan, who was named 2023 History Teacher of the Year by Gilder Lehrman and HISTORY at a ceremony in New York City. He tells Rhodes about his philosophy in teaching history and his feelings about the importance of students understanding the full story of American history.

Episode 31 -- November 2, 2023 -- Chief Glenna Wallace, Eastern Shawnee Tribe, and Jennifer Aultman, Chief Historic Sites Officer, Ohio History Connection -- In this episode, host Monica Rhodes speaks with two people who were integral in the inscription of Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in Ohio as America's 25th UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks is a series of eight earthen mounds sites around Ohio built by Indigenous people more than two thousand years ago. UNESCO calls the earthworks a "masterpiece of human creative genius."

Episode 30 -- October 13, 2023 -- Arminda Mata, CEO and Curator for the Ybor City Museum Society in Tampa, Florida -- Welcome to our new host, ACHP Expert Member Monica Rhodes. In this episode, Monica speaks with Arminda Mata, CEO and Curator for the Ybor City Museum Society in Tampa, Florida. Ybor City has a rich history that is as vibrant today as ever, with a National Historic Landmark district with almost 1,000 historic buildings. Learn about Ybor City and how local residents have preserved the past while looking to the future.

Episode 29 -- April 5, 2023 - ACHP Chair Sara C. Bronin and Ira Matt, ACHP Director of the Office of Native American Affairs -- In March 2023, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) members approved a critical update to its 2007 policy statement on burial sites, human remains, and funerary objects. The new policy was adopted in response to unfortunate and traumatic incidents of disturbances of these sites, remains, and objects, some of which occurred as federal agencies conducted undertakings during Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act reviews. The policy formally recognizes that the places and people most often disturbed are those associated with racial and ethnic minorities, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiians, and Alaska Natives, and low-income communities. It also acknowledges the impact of climate change on sites, cemeteries, and associated cultural practices, which might in turn threaten their identification and protection. Expert Member Luke Nichter, host of the ACHP podcast, Preservation Perspectives, speaks with ACHP Chair Sara C. Bronin and Ira Matt, Director of the ACHP's Office of Native American Affairs, about the policy, its impact, and implementation.

Episode 28 -- February 28, 2023 - Josh Nelson, Park Ranger, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site -- Expert Member Luke Nichter, host of Preservation Perspectives, the ACHP podcast, spoke with Josh Nelson, a park ranger at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in Manteo, North Carolina. Nelson talks about the history of the site, home of "The Lost Colony" of English people who first settled in the new world who disappeared without a trace. He goes on to tell the story of Freedmen's Colony during the Civil War, a place where enslaved people escaped to freedom. Both stories are highlighted at the historic site, even though there is little physical evidence of the people who once lived there.

Episode 27 - February 10, 2023 - Lawson Nwakudo, Park Ranger, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park -- As the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation commemorates Black History Month 2023, Expert Member Luke Nichter, host of Preservation Perspectives, the ACHP podcast, spoke with  Lawson Nwakudo, a park ranger at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Church Creek, MD. They discussed that Harriet Tubman, one of the most successful Underground Railroad "conductors" who helped many enslaved people escape to freedom before and during the Civil War, was an American hero. People visiting the park can learn more her life and about the land surrounding the park where she grew up. The park has many programs, both online and in-person, to ensure all who want to can participate.

Episode 26 - December 29, 2022 - Jennifer Gibson, Director of the Center for Fine Arts at the General Services Administration -- December is National Art and Architecture Month and host Luke Nichter spoke with Jennifer Gibson about the GSA's Art in Architecture Program, which is celebrating 50 years this year. The program helps place contemporary American artwork in public spaces at federal buildings. In this episode of Preservation Perspectives, Gibson tells Dr. Nichter about the artworks that have been placed in historic federal buildings, such as the Old Post Office in Washington, DC.

Episode 25 -- December 12, 2022 - Jaime Loichinger, ACHP Office of Federal Agency Programs Assistant Director -- At the ACHP's October business meeting, members approved the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Exemption, which allows federal agencies installing such equipment to forgo the Section 106 review process under certain conditions. The exemption was enacted to streamline the Biden administration's efforts to electrify the federal vehicle fleet. Loichinger talks with host Luke Nichter about the exemption, what it does, and the consultation process that led to the passage of the exemption.

Episode 24 -- November 8, 2022 - Josephine Talamantez, founder and Board Chairman of Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center -- The new Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center opened in October 2022 in San Diego, CA. Host, ACHP Expert Member Luke Nichter spoke with Josephine Talamantez, a founder of the museum, about her efforts to preserve the Chicano Park murals and open a museum that tells the history of the area's Chicano community.

Episode 23 -- November 1, 2022 - Sheila Bird, host of THPO Talk Podcast -- The ACHP kicked off Native American Heritage Month 2022 by speaking with Sheila Bird, the host of a podcast focused on issues of interest to Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Host, ACHP Expert Member Luke Nichter discussed with Sheila the need for the podcast and how it fits in with the ACHP's work with tribes.

Episode 22 -- May 19, 2022 - Lucha Martinez de Luna, Preserving Chicano/a/x Murals in Colorado -- In this episode of Preservation Perspectives, host, ACHP Expert Member Luke Nichter, spoke with Lucha Martinez de Luna, Director of Chicano/a/x Murals of Colorado Project. Martinez de Luna is working to preserve the murals and document them.

Episode 21 -- April 30, 2022 - Crystal Zembal, Chicago, Historic Preservation Volunteer -- The ACHP celebrated National Volunteer Month by highlighting a historic preservation volunteer. ACHP Expert Member Luke Nichter, spoke with Crystal Zembal of Chicago, a preservationist and historic preservation volunteer on why she volunteers and why volunteering at historic sites is important

Episode 20 - March 7, 2022 - Lucy Beard, Co-chair, National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and Former Executive Director, Alice Paul Institute, Mount Laurel, NJ - Did you know there are only about 40 or so National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women in the US? Find out about that and more in this episode of the ACHP podcast, Preservation Perspectives, hosted by Luke Nichter, who spoke with Lucy Beard.

Episode 19 - February 24, 2022 - Dorothy Walker, Site Director, Freedom Rides Museum, Montgomery, AL - The ACHP commemorated Black History Month in February with a special episode of our Preservation Perspectives Podcast. ACHP Expert Member Luke Nichter spoke with Dorothy Walker, Site Director of the Freedom Rides Museum in Montgomery, AL, to learn more about the Freedom Riders and the historic building that is a museum to their legacy.

Episode 18 - February 3, 2022 - Ira Matt, New Director of the ACHP's Office of Native American Affairs - This podcast episode focused on Ira Matt, the ACHP's new director of the Office of Native American Affairs. Host Luke Nichter spoke with Mr. Matt about how he entered the historic preservation field and his goals as director.

Episode 17- November 26, 2021 - Native American Heritage Month with Shasta Gaughen - The ACHP commemorated Native American Heritage Month 2021 by talking with Shasta Gaughen, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers Chair, and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) for the Pala Band of Mission Indians in California. Dr. Gaughen spoke with host Luke Nichter about what it is like to be a THPO, how the ACHP's training programs have been a big help to THPOs, and what the federal government can do to better work with tribes on historic preservation.

Episode 16 - October 15, 2021 - 55th Anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act - The ACHP celebrated the 55th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, which created the ACHP, with a lively panel discussion about historic preservation in the U.S. and its future. Host Luke Nichter spoke with Robert G. Stanton, former ACHP Expert Member and National Park Service Director; Reno Keoni Franklin, ACHP Indian Tribe Member and Chairman of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians; and Julianne Polanco, California State Historic Preservation Officer.

Episode 15 - October 4, 2021 - Hispanic Heritage Month - The ACHP celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month by speaking with Desiree Aranda, Co-Chair of Latinos in Heritage Conservation. Ms. Aranda spoke about her organization and their efforts to better preserve Latino history in the U.S. They are preparing for a conference, Congreso, early next year, and are working on the Abuelas project, documenting Hispanic historic sites in Texas.

Episode 14 - May 26, 2021 - Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument - ACHP Vice Chairman Rick Gonzalez spoke with the superintendent of the new Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument in Jackson, MS, Keena Graham. She is working to open to the public the historic home where civil rights leader Medgar Evers was assassinated, to tell the Evers' story and how the home served as a planning center in the civil rights movement. The home recently became one of the newest National Park Service properties.

Episode 13 - April 30, 2021 - Arbor Day -  The ACHP celebrated Arbor Day 2021 by talking to Richard Gilbert, Nursery Manager, Charles E. Bessey Tree Nursery, in Nebraska, the state that started Arbor Day. The U.S. Forest Service operates the nursery, which was started to help with reforestation. It is the oldest nursery of its kind and has several historic buildings. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Episode 12 - April 1, 2021 - Preserving Federal Historic Buildings -  The ACHP released its Leveraging Federal Historic Buildings Working Group report with recommendations on ways federal agencies can advance utilization of the nation’s historic federal buildings through outleasing. In this episode, ACHP Vice Chairman Rick Gonzalez spoke with Tom Boos of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Richard Kready of Pioneer Group, Inc., and Steve Jack of Leavenworth County Development Corporation about the successful outleasing and reuse of 38 historic buildings at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leavenworth, KS.

Episode 11 - February 22, 2021 - Campaign to Create the Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park - The ACHP welcomed Robert Stanton, former ACHP Expert Member and National Park Service Director, who is vice president of the Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park Campaign. He spoke with ACHP Vice Chairman Rick Gonzalez about a recently passed law that brings the campaign one step closer to creating the first national park honoring a Jewish American. They also discuss Rosenwald's philanthropy in which he used his vast fortune to improve the lives of African Americans at the beginning of the 20th century.

Episode 10 - February 5, 2021 -  Natchez African American History - The ACHP spoke with Mimi Miller, Executive Director Emerita, Historic Natchez Foundation, Natchez, MS. ACHP Chairman Aimee Jorjani talked to Ms. Miller about the connection between African American history and Natchez, including Natchez National Cemetery, which served as a burial ground for African Americans who died during the Civil War. Miller also talked about the importance of preserving sites that tell the story of enslaved people.

Episode 9 - January 29, 2021 - History of Black Architects - The ACHP spoke with Kwesi Daniels, Department Head and Assistant Professor, Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL. ACHP Chairman Aimee Jorjani talked to Dr. Daniels about how the architecture program developed at Tuskegee and the early African American architects who changed the course of history with their now-historic buildings. They also talk about why learning about historic preservation is important for architecture students.

Episode 8 - January 4, 2021 - Interview with ACHP Intern Glenn Vaulx - In this episode, ACHP Public Affairs Manager Lynne Richmond spoke with Glenn Vaulx, a recent graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he earned a Masters in Architecture. Mr. Vaulx served as an ACHP intern and learned about the importance of historic preservation during his time at the agency. He also talked about his thesis, which focuses on the preservation of the history of a neighborhood in his hometown of Memphis, TN.

Episode 7 - November 30, 2020 - Interview with D. Rae Gould - The ACHP spoke with D. Rae Gould, Associate Director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Brown University, RI, to talk about her new book Historical Archaeology and Indigenous Collaboration: Discovering Histories That Have Futures. Lynne Richmond asked her about the book and the issues of most concern to Indian tribes in the Northeast regarding historic preservation. Dr. Gould is a member of the Nipmuc Tribe, a former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, ACHP staff member, and NAGPRA representative.

Episode 6 - November 19, 2020 - Chucalissa - It is important to preserve Native American historical, cultural, and sacred sites to tell the full story of our lands. Chucalissa, a Native North American mound complex discovered in Memphis, TN, in the 1930s tells us a lot about the people who once lived there. Lynne Richmond spoke with Cristina Rose, a graduate assistant at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa at the University of Memphis, in this episode.

Episode 5 - November 2, 2020 - Interview with Reno Keoni Franklin - The ACHP commemorated November 2020 as Native American Heritage Month. ACHP Chairman Aimee Jorjani spoke with ACHP Native American Member Reno Keoni Franklin of Santa Rosa, CA about Native Americans and historic preservation during this episode.

Episode 4 - August 18, 2020 - 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment - The ACHP celebrated the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. ACHP Chairman Aimee Jorjani spoke with Andrea DeKoter, Superintendent of the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY, where the suffrage movement began with a women's rights convention in 1848. Several of the original buildings involved are part of the park. Chairman Jorjani and Ms. DeKoter spoke about the importance of preservation in telling the story of the fight for women's rights that led to ratification of the amendment.

Episode 3 - August 5, 2020 - Interview with ACHP Vice Chairman Rick Gonzalez -  The ACHP spoke with new Vice Chairman Rick Gonzalez, an architect from Florida. He spoke with Lynne Richmond about his background and the interesting historic preservation projects he has worked on. He also talked about his work with ACHP Chairman Aimee Jorjani on the Traditional Trades Training Task Force, which aims to ensure a new generation of skilled preservation craftspeople.

Episode 2 - June 19, 2020 - Juneteenth -  The ACHP spoke with Robert Stanton, ACHP Expert Member and former National Park Service Director, about the holiday Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates the day when a Union general informed the enslaved people of Texas that the Civil War was over and that they were free. This episode examines what has happened since then and how historic preservation can serve to preserve the past while looking to a future that includes freedom, justice, and equality for all.

Episode 1 - June 10, 2020 - Interview with Steve Turner, Colorado State Historic Preservation Officer - The ACHP presented its new podcast, Preservation Perspectives, a historic preservation interview program with the people of the historic preservation community discussing the issues of the day. This episode, hosted by ACHP Chairman Aimee Jorjani, featured Steve Turner, Colorado State Historic Preservation Officer, who talked about bouncing back from damage sustained to the History Colorado Center in Denver during the George Floyd protests and the lengthy shutdown due to COVID-19. He also talked about the many great things going on in historic preservation in Colorado.

Section 106 Success Story Video Series

The ACHP has more than 106 Section 106 Success Stories. The ACHP has produced a number of videos to highlight these stories.


ACHP Vice Chairman Jordan Tannenbaum discussed ACHP work during an interview on American History TV in 2021.


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