SEPA Training Opportunities

The City of Port Angeles and the Pacific County Planning Dept. have each kindly volunteered to host additional SEPA training sessions this fall.  You are welcome to attend either of them without registering before-hand. Training materials are provided on the SEPA Workshop/Training webpage.  Please feel free to copy and print any handouts you would like to have available during the training.  I will provide a current hard copy of the PowerPoint slides at the training.

Friday, September 18, 2015,   9:00am-4:00pm
Port Angeles City Hall-City Council Chambers
321 E. Fifth St.
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Thursday, October 22, 2015,   9:00am-4:00pm
Pacific County Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room
1216 W. Robert Bush Dr.
South Bend, WA  98586

Contact:
Annie Szvetecz
SEPA Policy Lead
Washington Dept. of Ecology
Ph: 360 407-6925
e-mail: annie.szvetecz@ecy.wa.gov

SEPA Information: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/sepa

General SEPA Questions: sepahelp@ecy.wa.gov

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Fires take Historic Barns

barn with silo 1We are sad to report that at least three historic barns have burned in the fires near Tonasket. Our thoughts go out to all that are affected by the ongoing fires.

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2016 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant Program

 

Ellyn a resizedEllyn afterThe Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that grant applications for the 2016 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund are being accepted. The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

Established in 1997, the program has awarded grants to 115 projects totaling over $108,000 in funding to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in the important work of preserving Washington’s cultural heritage. While priority is given to bricks and mortar rehabilitation of historic resources, eligible projects also include hiring professional services for rehabilitation projects. “Since its inception, the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund has focused on small, localized projects that collectively convey the story of our state,” notes Chris Moore, Executive Director of the Washington Trust. “The range of resources benefitting from the Sivinski Fund reflects the rich, diverse experience living in Washington entails.”

Recently, funding from the Washington Preserves program has been awarded to assist with activities such as restoration of a historic fire lookout in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, exterior rehabilitation of the Carpenter House Museum in Cle Elum, and restoration of a 1941 wooden boat fashioned after the popular ‘Poulsbo Boat’ design.  “In 2015, the Washington Trust was privileged to assist rehabilitation projects representing the day-to-day activities and events of our past,” said Kris Bassett, Chair of the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund. “We look forward to the 2016 cycle and the opportunity to continue supporting locally significant resources that speak to our shared story.”

The next deadline for submitting grant applications is Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Applications submitted via email must be received by 5pm that day. If a hard copy is being sent via U.S. Mail, application materials must be postmarked no later than October 7, 2015. All application materials are available on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s website at www.preservewa.org/Washington-Preserves-Fund.aspx. For additional questions about the application and for information on donating to the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, please contact Cathy Wickwire at 206-624-9449 or via email at cwickwire@preservewa.org.

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Grant Funding for State’s Heritage Barns Available in 2015-17 Biennium

Happy Home beforeThe Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) announced today that applications to request funding through the Heritage Barn Rehabilitation Grant Program are available.  Part oHappy Home after3f the state’s Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative established in 2007, the grant program assists with rehabilitation projects designed to stabilize and preserve designated Heritage Barns across the state.

Since the program’s inception, Heritage Barn Grant funding has provided assistance to 65 Heritage Barns throughout Washington.  “Because of the widespread support among barn owners and admirers alike, this program will continue to assist with important barn rehabilitation projects,” states Jerri Honeyford, Chair of the Barn Advisory Committee that oversees the initiative.  “These wonderful structures represent Washington’s agricultural legacy and we applaud all those committed to seeing this aspect of our state’s heritage live on.”

Rehabilitation grants are awarded through a competitive application process: in four funding rounds, the Barn Advisory Committee has reviewed over three hundred ten grant applications.  Criteria for funding include, but are not limited to, the historical significance of the barn, urgency of needed repairs, and provision for long-term preservation.  Priority is given to barns that remain in agricultural use.

“With over 600 barns presently included in the Heritage Barn Register, the program has succeeded in highlighting the impact agriculture continues to have in shaping the economic, social and cultural development of Washington,” notes Dr. Allyson Brooks, director of the State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation.  “Our agency is thrilled to once again offer support to barn owners committed to carrying this legacy into the future.”

Historic agricultural structures listed in the Heritage Barn Register, the Washington Heritage Register, or the National Register of Historic Places, are eligible to receive grant funds.  To be eligible for listing in the Heritage Barn Register, barns must be over 50 years old and retain a significant degree of historic integrity.  All nomination/application materials related to the Heritage Barn Register and the Heritage Barn Rehabilitation Grant Program can be downloaded from DAHP’s website at www.dahp.wa.gov/heritage-barn-register.  Barn owners with questions about the program are encouraged to contact Chris Moore at (206) 624-9449 or via email at cmoore@preservewa.org.  Grant applications are due on Wednesday, October 21st 2015, with grant awards slated to be announced in early 2016.

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SAH 2015 Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Award Applications Being Accepted

The Marion Dean Ross chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to offer the 2015 Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Award.  The purpose of the EWP Research Award is to further awareness and knowledge of the architectural heritage of the Pacific Northwest.  Awards range from $500 and $2000 in any given year and are awarded to from one to several recipients per year.  Applications for the award are due by September 15, 2015.

Last year the award went to a team of individuals who are preparing Archipedia entries for the national Society of Architectural Historians.  This project documents the 100 most significant buildings and sites in each state, and makes this information available at: http://sah-archipedia.org/.  The award will help the team, which is based at Washington State University, provide small stipends that will help pay for expenses to photograph the entries.

In 2013, the EWP award provided assistance with two research projects.  One award was given to Professor Anne Marshall for her paper entitled, “Indigenous Architecture: Creating the Museum At Warm Springs,” and one was awarded to independent consultant Liz Carter for her research, “Mid-Nineteenth Century Dwelling of Oregon Black Pioneers: A Brief Historical Context.”

Recipients of the EWP award are expected to make a presentation on their research at the following year’s Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross conference.  This year the SAH MDR conference will be held in Ashland, Oregon, October 23-25, 2015.

For an application form and more information, go to:  http://www.sahmdr.org/awards.html

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Employment Opportunity – Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Development and Events Coordinator (80%position)

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, an independent, non-profit organization, is dedicated to saving the places that matter in Washington State and promoting sustainable and economically viable communities through historic preservation. The Trust helps make local preservation work and builds an ethic that preserves Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship. Founded in 1976, the Washington Trust addresses its mission through the annual Most Endangered Historic Properties List, educational tours of its landmark headquarters, the Stimson-Green Mansion in Seattle, conferences and training workshops, a quarterly members’ newsletter, a small grants fund, and action on legislation and public policy.

The Washington Trust is looking to hire a Development and Events Coordinator.  Based in Seattle, the Development and Events Coordinator guides and manages the Trust’s membership, development, and special events. The position is 80% (32 hours per week).

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

Job Description:

  • Maintain and grow the Trust’s membership program, manage donor database, coordinate member renewals, serve as point of contact for member correspondence.
  • Support Executive Director and Development Chair in building and implementing Board giving program, set annual Board giving goals, and maintain Board giving database.
  • Maintain and expand corporate membership and sponsorship programs, develop annual corporate sponsorship prospectus, serve as lead in researching and identifying potential corporate sponsors/members, coordinate with Executive Director and Development Chair to recruit new corporate sponsors.
  • Assist Washington Main Street Coordinator with conference planning and securing corporate sponsors for RevitalizeWA, the annual Preservation & Main Street Conference.
  • Assist Washington Main Street Coordinator with planning Main Street Leadership meetings and administrative tasks associated with implementation of state Main Street Program.
  • Coordinate quarterly Board meetings, including identification of site venue, accommodations for staff, planning of local tours, and correspondence with Board members regarding meeting and associated activities.
  • Coordinate and plan annual Vintage Washington fundraiser and members Holiday Party.

Requirements:

The Development and Events Coordinator should have excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to work with people of all types; strong computer skills; the ability to handle multiple and varied assignments; be positive, energetic and outgoing; be self-directed; be comfortable with social media; and enjoy working with a close-knit team of professionals dedicated to historic preservation.  Preference will be given to applicants with a background in historic preservation, knowledge of online donor-management software (Donor Perfect) and online email marketing software, and experience in marketing and/or development.

Schedule and Travel:

The schedule for this 80% exempt position is 32 hours per week. Hours may increase at certain times throughout the year, requiring more than 32 hours a week.  Additional time will be paid at a pro-rated hourly rate.  The position will require travel statewide for evening and weekend meetings, conferences and events.

Compensation:

Compensation for this position is $36K-$42K, based on experience.  Medical and dental insurance, vacation pay, and holiday pay are provided.  In addition, the successful candidate will be eligible for retirement benefits and approved travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with rules and rates established by the State of Washington.

How to apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to: info@preservewa.org with the subject line “Development and Events Coordinator.”  No phone calls, please.

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
1204 Minor Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
preservewa.org

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Chrissy Curran Named Oregon Deputy SHPO

Christine Curran, with nearly a quarter-century of experience in historic preservation, has been named Oregon’s new deputy state historic preservation officer.

“We are all very excited to have Chrissy on board as the deputy state historic preservation officer,” said Lisa Sumption, the state’s historic preservation officer and director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. “Chrissy was chosen based on her experience of higher-level management of multi-disciplined programs and her vision for the State Historic Preservation Office and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department programs. We look forward to the great work she will continue to do.”

Curran joined the Oregon preservation office 16 years ago and has worked as National Register coordinator, federal and state compliance coordinator, and as associate deputy state historic preservation officer. She has been the acting deputy state historic preservation officer for the past six months.

A native Oregonian, Curran received her undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College, and her master of science from the University of Oregon’s historic preservation program. She worked for Oregon Department of Transportation and consulting firms in Oregon, Arizona, and Minnesota before landing at the State Historic Preservation Office in 1999.

In her new role, Curran will be responsible for the State Historic Preservation Office and the other state heritage programs located within the Heritage Division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, including the Oregon Heritage Commission, the Oregon Main Street Program, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, and others.

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Craftsman House for Relocation in Chehalis

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Information Brochure and Photos

See this link on Craigslist for more information: https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/reo/5134246638.html

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Relocation of Issaquah’s Historic Anderson House – Site Visit July 30

Seattle, Washington:  The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) seeking organizations or individuals interested in relocating the historic Anderson House from is present site within the City of Issaquah’s Confluence Park to a new location. The full RFP may be obtained through the Trust’s website at http://preservewa.org/Highlighted-Property.aspx.

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The City of Issiquah is undertaking a stream restoration project on the Anderson Farmstead in order to reduce channelization and confinement of Issaquah Creek. The project will impact the historic Anderson House, constructed circa 1900 and determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.  Because the City determined that rehabilitation of the Anderson House on the existing site is not feasible due to costs and conflict with the stream restoration project, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation (WTHP) is issuing an RFP to relocate the house on behalf of the City and in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), the King County Historic Preservation Program (KCHPP), and the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO).  Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015.

The following stipulations apply:

The Anderson House shall be removed from City property, with or without the rear (west) porch and detached bedroom. The City will not provide property for relocation of the house.

The WTHP, KCHPP, and the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) will have final determination of approval of the relocation plan based on accepted historic preservation standards outlined for the rehabilitation of the house.

The House shall be offered for relocation and rehabilitation to a non-profit organization or to other private organizations and citizens in that order of priority.

$250,000 (less administrative costs not to exceed $25,000) is available to assist with relocation and rehabilitation costs.

If the above process does not identify a recipient committed to relocating and rehabilitating the Anderson House by October 1, 2015 or if the house is not removed from the Farmstead by December 31, 2015, the City has the authority to demolish the house.

A mandatory site visit to review the existing conditions of the Anderson Farmhouse and to ask additional questions is scheduled for Thursday, July 30 at 3:00PM.  Interested parties seeking additional information should contact Chris Moore with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation at 206-624-9449 or via email at cmoore@preservewa.org.

Founded in 1976, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, an independent, non-profit organization, is dedicated to saving the places that matter in Washington State and promoting sustainable and economically viable communities through historic preservation. The Trust helps make local preservation work and builds an ethic that preserves Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship. Visit the Trust website at www.preservewa.org for more information.

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Operation YHP – Preservation Field School for High School Students

FOR RELEASE:                                    CONTACT:
July 21, 2015                                      Chris Moore, Executive Director
206-624-9449 (office)/206 930-5067 (cell)
cmoore@preservew.org
Inaugural “Operation YHP” builds on success of the Washington Trust’s popular Youth Heritage Project

yhpSeattle, Washington: Operation YHP is a single-day historic preservation field school based on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s highly successful youth program, Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project. The inaugural 2015 program will convene a group of up to 10 high school students and one teacher from King County to engage in the often complex issue of historic preservation advocacy through the Skykomish Hotel.

The “Sky Hotel,” as it has come to be known, is one of few remaining pioneer hotels along the US Route 2 and has been vacant and neglected for well over a decade. The building recently came under the ownership of the Town of Skykomish, which is looking to revitalize the structure as a viable, revenue-generating property to spark economic development. The hotel is an anchor in the town’s historic district and an important reminder of the community’s heritage as a center for logging and as a stop along the railroad. Students will be introduced to the history of the hotel, assess its physical condition, consider possible advocacy campaigns, and critique proposed reuse scenarios.

Operation YHP will have the same primary objectives as the longer program: to connect youth to historic places and landscapes; engage students in historic preservation and conservation activities, and excite the next generation of advocates and stewards of our natural and historic resources. The project will require students to engage with the built environment and foster a more thorough understanding of preservation advocacy. Following the project, students will be encouraged to apply what they have learned to a historic resource within their own communities, providing an evaluation regarding whether or not the resource would be an appropriate subject for an advocacy campaign.

For high school students, the Sky Hotel offers an opportunity to witness the impact a preservation campaign can have on a community. As efforts to rehabilitate the building remain very much ongoing, students can pro-actively engage in creating a vision for future use, while learning how to temper that vision given the realities and constraints of market forces. High school students in general have relatively little opportunity to directly engage with and understand historic resources at the grassroots level. Using the Sky Hotel as a case study, Operation YHP will enable students to experience firsthand the tactile appreciation that can only be gained from visiting, in person, and engaging with historically significant sites.

To submit an application, please visit: http://www.preservewa.org/operationyhp.aspx

Mission of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, an independent, non-profit organization, is dedicated to saving the places that matter in Washington State and promoting sustainable and economically viable communities through historic preservation. The Trust helps make local preservation work and builds an ethic that preserves Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship. Founded in 1976, the Washington Trust addresses its mission through the annual Most Endangered Historic Properties List, educational tours of its landmark headquarters, the Stimson-Green Mansion in Seattle, conferences and training workshops, a quarterly members’ newsletter, a small grants fund, and action on legislation and public policy. Visit the Trust website at www.preservewa.org for more information.

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