Tweed Ride Tacoma Happening this Saturday

Celebrate the end of Historic Preservation Month and Bike Month by joining this fun and healthy bicycle ride on Saturday, May 30. The ride begins at 10:30 am at the historic Pagoda building at Point Defiance Park and ends at beautiful and historic Wright Park near the Stadium-Seminary Historic District. At the end, bring your own picnic for lunch and enjoy lawn games. This ride not only features traveling through Tacoma’s historic neighborhoods, it celebrates bicycling’s long history as safe & healthy transportation. Wear your old tweeds for a chance to win a prize.

This event is co-sponsored by the City of Tacoma Historic Preservation office as part of Historic Preservation Month.



Archaeology Road Show 2015

May 11, 2015 — Taste native fish from tribal fisheries, sample mead and beer brewed from historic recipes and celebrate archaeology from this region and beyond May 30 at Portland State University’s fourth annual Archaeology Roadshow.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held at from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 at PSU’s Hoffman Hall, next to the Portland Farmers Market, at 1833 S.W. 11th Ave.

The theme this year is “The Archaeology of Food.” You can try local fishes, such as smoked eulachon and sucker provided by tribal fisheries; sip mead and beer brewed from recipes in the Oregon Hops and Brewing archives; learn about the real Paleodiet; and meet Wes Cowan of the PBS show “History Detectives,” formerly of “Antiques Roadshow.” There will be a variety of kid-friendly activities, exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, history projects and tool making. Presentations will be hosted by archaeologists and community members with local and traditional knowledge from universities, federal and state agencies, tribes, archaeology companies, and non-profit organizations.

“Most people are fascinated by archaeology but think they need to visit faraway places to experience it,” says Virginia Butler, PSU professor and lead organizer of the Roadshow. “However, archaeology ‘happens’ right here.  The Roadshow is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn about our shared heritage—in our region and beyond—and have fun at the same time.”

A panel of experts in archaeology, paleontology and geology will be on hand to identify the personal artifacts visitors bring. Stone, bone, woven, plant and historical items are welcome. Please do not bring live plants or animals. No appraisals will be given; the Archaeology Roadshow does not authenticate or value items for sale.

Nearly 500 people attended last year’s Roadshow, organized by Portland State University’s Anthropology Department, with help from over 100 volunteers, students and community partners. For more information on the Roadshow, visit the Anthropology website. Watch video of last year’s show:


City of Olympia Historic Building Photo Exhibition

Celebrating Our Downtown Historic Buildings

To showcase our downtown’s special historical character, the City of Olympia’s Heritage Commission is launching a photo exhibition at the new Downtown Welcome Center at the corner of 4th Avenue and Franklin Street.  This event is held in conjunction with other National Historic Preservation Month activities.

Starting May 29th, this temporary historical photo display will celebrate downtown’s “landmark birthdays”, giving special recognition to buildings that have turned 50, 75, 100 and 125 over the past five years.  Over 30 of our downtown landmarks will be featured, ranging from the 1884 Mottman Building to the 1913 Olympia Knitting Mills, 1937 North Coast Depot, and the 1963 Capital Savings & Loan Building.  The Rex Building itself, home of the Downtown Welcome Center, is featured for celebrating its 100th birthday this year.  The photo display will be on view at the Downtown Welcome Center throughout the month of June.

Join the Downtown Welcome Center partners – the City of Olympia, Downtown Ambassadors, Olympia Downtown Association, Olympia|Lacey|Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau, and Parking & Business Improvement Area Board – for a kick-off of the exhibit:

Friday, May 29, 2015

  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    Downtown Welcome Center, 301 4th Avenue SE, Olympia, WA

Friday’s ODA Downtown Academy will also feature a presentation on these noteworthy downtown buildings and is open to all:

Friday, May 29, 2015
8:30 a.m.
New Caldonia Building Atrium, 116 5th Avenue SE, Olympia, WA

Contact Michelle Sadlier at with any questions.


DOR – Local Government Partnership Meetings

Come join us!
The Department of Revenue has scheduled two Local Government Partnership meetings, one in Western and another in Eastern Washington. This is a great opportunity for all local governments to hear from the Department.

Agenda Topics

Here are some of the topics:

-New legislation                                 -Taxability of IT products and services

-Update on Federal legislation           -Local sales tax research

-New sales tax portal

Also, Janea Eddy from the Department of Commerce will be giving a presentation on CERB (Community Economic Revitalization Board).

Registration Deadline

Please register by May 27, 2015

On-line Registration
Western Washington:

Date: Wednesday, June 3

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30)

Location: Comfort Inn Conference Center, 1620 74th Ave SW, Tumwater

Note: This meeting will also be offered via WebEx. (be sure to check the box on the registration form indicating you wish to participate via WebEx).


Eastern Washington:

Date: Wednesday, June 10

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30)

Location: Best Western Lake Front Hotel, 3000 West Marina Dr, Moses Lake


**CPE credits will be offered at both meetings.**

Contact us

For more information, or if you have a question please contact Randy Humphreys at or Patti Wilson at or (360) 534-1543.


Charette for Building 2 – Magnuson Park, Seattle

What is the Future of Magnuson Park’s Most Historic Building?
YOU can help us answer this question! Please join us for a lively day of community interaction around the most historically significant building in Magnuson Park.

Registered attendees will receive maps to the locations. The event begins promptly at 1 PM with a 40-minute tour of Building 2. For safety reasons, we cannot accommodate late arrivals and all tours will be guided. Please wear sturdy shoes and consider bringing a flashlight. The tour is not ADA.

The rest of the event is ADA and takes place in the newly renovated Officers Club of Building 30. There will be coffee and light refreshments, development experts from various fields and the opportunity to share your opinions and problem solve around the building’s future. The collective and individual visions of attendees will be recorded and shared with Seattle Parks and Recreation to use as they support redevelopment of the building.

See this link for more information:


SAH MDR Call for Papers Extended to May 31st, 2015

May is a busy month for us all; therefore, we are extending the SAH MDR Call for Papers deadline to May 31st!  Below is the revised Call for Papers for the annual conference of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.  This year’s theme is “Artifice and Authenticity in Architecture! To Play or Not To Play?”

One point of clarification:

Papers addressing the theme are given first priority in selection; however, any proposals concerning the history of the built environment in the Pacific Northwest will be considered.  This is an excellent opportunity for scholars, and especially students, to build their resumes and to experience presenting before a select audience.

The conference will be held in Ashland, Oregon, October 23-25, 2015.  The pertinent dates are:

May 31, 2015 – Abstract due
June 18, 2015 – Selection notification
August 25, 2015 – Completed manuscripts due
October 23-25, 2015 – Conference in Ashland

Updates and further information can be found on the SAH MDR website at:


CLG Grant Committee Meeting, May 28, 2015

It is time once again to award grants to Certified Local Governments. A public meeting will take place on May 28, 2015 in which the applicants will be able to address the grant committee. The meeting will start at 9:30 am and end around noon. Everyone is welcome.

Where: DAHP Offices, 1110 Capitol Way S., Olympia – North side conference room

When: Thursday May 28, 2015 at  9:30 am

For more information please contact CLG Grant Administrator Kim Gant at 360-586-3074.


Washington State Barns Featured in Martha Stewart Video

Two amazing Washington State barns, the Johnson Barn and the J4 Ranch Barn, are featured in this video from Martha Stewart! Both barns were recipients of Heritage Barn grants! Check out the link below!


Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians 2015 Call for Papers – Deadline Approaching

This is a reminder that the deadline for the 2015 Call for Papers for the annual conference of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is fast approaching.  The deadline is May 12, 2015.  This year’s theme is “Artifice and Authenticity in Architecture! To Play or Not To Play?”  The conference will be held in Ashland, Oregon, October 23-25, 2015.  The pertinent dates are:

May 12, 2015 – Abstract due
June 11, 2015 – Selection notification
August 11, 2015 – Completed manuscripts due
October 23-25, 2015 – Conference in Ashland

Updates and further information can be found on the SAH MDR website at:

Please forward this message to anyone or any group that you see fit.  Hope to see you in Ashland in October!


Archaeological Institute of America Seeks Award Nominations

The Archaeological Institute of America seeks nominations for the Best Practices in Site Preservation Award and Conservation and Heritage Management Awards.

Established in 2011, this annual honor is awarded to groups or projects recognized by their peers for doing exemplary work in the field of site preservation and conservation. Each year the Institute selects a project that exemplifies the mission of AIA’s Site Preservation Program and presents it with an award of $5,000 for furthering their activities and programs. Nominations for this award must be submitted to AIA’s Site Preservation Program. The Best Practices in Site Preservation Award is presented to a group or project recognized by their peers for doing exemplary work in the field of site preservation and conservation. A $5,000 grant will be awarded to the winners to further their best practices in site preservation. Award winners will be selected by a committee of professional archaeologists, conservators, and heritage specialists before the AIA’s Annual Meeting in January 2016.*

*Please nominate deserving projects for the Best Practices award through the nomination form on the AIA’s website at
<>.  The deadline for
this award is May 1, 2015; no nominations will be accepted after this date.
Early submission is encouraged.


The AIA’s Conservation and Site Preservation Committee invites nominations
for the Conservation and Heritage Management Award. This award is made
in recognition of an individual’s or institution’s exceptional achievement
in any of the following areas:

1)      Archaeological conservation

2)      Archaeological conservation science

3)      Archaeological heritage management

4)      Education/public awareness of archaeological conservation through
teaching, lecturing, and exhibition, or a publication.

*Please send name(s), a CV, and a substantive statement about the nominee’s
qualifications for the award to: no
later than May 1, 2015.

More information about each award can be found here:, and here: