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Today is International Volunteer Day, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation applauds all those who give their time to preserve our nation’s treasures.

DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society (DRLPS) of Michigan has utilized volunteers since 1998 to restore and operate a lighthouse located offshore at DeTour Reef at the northwestern head of Lake Huron. DRLPS was designated a Preserve America Steward in 2010.

Dean Nicolai, Native American Studies Department Head at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana, today spoke with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) staff on the ACHP’s recently announced partnership and the goals of the program. Dorothy Lippert, expert member of the ACHP, Valerie Grussing, executive director of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, Jamie Lee Marks, program manager, THPO Program at the National Park Service, and Katherine Slick, president of the ACHP Foundation, joined the discussion.

Salish Kootenai College is the only college in the nation that offers a tribal historic preservation degree program.

Emily Choi, who joined the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on September 3, 2019, as an assistant historic preservation specialist with the Office of Federal Agency Programs has won the Lawyers’ Committee on Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP) student writing competition.

Choi, a former ACHP intern, will receive a $500 award from LCCHP for her paper, “Safeguarding Native American Traditional Knowledge Under Existing Legal Frameworks: Why and How Federal Agencies must Re-Interpret FOIA’s ‘Trade Secret Exemption.’ ” She also will be featured on the LCCHP website.

Valerie Hauser, director of the ACHP’s Office of Native American Affairs, is in New York City this week attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Eighteenth Session, serving as the U.S. State Department’s subject-matter expert. The theme of the two-week session from April 22- May 3 is “Traditional Knowledge: Generation, Transmission and Protection.”

Read Director Hauser's statement to the session. Or, watch the video.

In recognition of National Volunteer Month and Landscape Architecture Month, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is celebrating the many historic gardens around the nation that could not operate without their dedicated volunteers.

The ACHP declared Dunn Gardens in Seattle, Washington, a Preserve America Steward in 2016 for the core group of volunteers who help maintain and interpret the historic gardens, designed by the noted Olmsted Brothers landscaping firm for Arthur Dunn in 1915. The Olmsted Brothers’ design retained and enhanced many of the site’s natural features. Following Dunn’s death in 1945, the property was divided among family members.