Heritage Grants Available for Snohomish County

Snohomish County is currently accepting applications from public and nonprofit agencies for projects that develop and promote heritage preservation in the county. By providing matching funds on a competitive basis, the Community Heritage Program supports projects that promote the public’s access to county history. Funding is available for professional development, public education, capital improvements or collections management.

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 9th at 5p.m. Contact Wendy at the number below or by email Wendy.Becker@snoco.org for the application materials.

Wendy Becker
Snohomish County
Cultural and Economic Development Manager
3000 Rockefeller Avenue MS 411 Everett, WA 98201


CLG Grant Applications Now Available!

It’s that time of year again! Time to write your Certified Local Government grant applications! Applications will be due in the DAHP offices on April 24, 2015. *Please note that we will be moving our offices at the end of February 2015. A new address will be made available as soon as possible.

2016 Application and grant manual is now available on our website:




Job Opportunity: King County Historic Preservation Officer

King County is hiring a new Historic Preservation Officer!

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) is seeking a dynamic and strategic preservation professional to serve as King County’s Historic Preservation Officer.   The position supervises three other preservation professional staff and coordinates the efforts of an appointed volunteer Landmarks Commission with authority to designate and protect historic resources in unincorporated King County, and in the twenty suburban cities with which the county has interlocal agreements. A flyer describing the program in more detail can be found at http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/dnrp-directors-office/historic-preservation/2015-01-historic-preservation-officer.pdf





Main Street Advocacy Day set for 1/21/2015 in Olympia

The 2015 annual Washington Main Street Advocacy Day is set for Wednesday, January 21 in Olympia. Show support for our friends and partners in the Main Street program who work hard to preserve and enhance our historic downtown neighborhoods. 

Advocacy Day begins bright and early at 7:00 am with presentations at the meeting of the Heritage Caucus. Stick around for a delicious lunch plus Main Street displays and conversations with legislators and colleagues.

Both events take place in the John A. Cherberg Building, Conference Rooms A/B on the historic Capitol Campus. If attending, please RSVP by January 16 to the Olympia Downtown Association at oda@tss.net or 360-357-8948.



Looking for a Place to Store your Cash? FRB Bldg on the Auction Block

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is looking to sell Seattle’s Federal Reserve Board Bank (FRB) building, located in the heart of the city’s financial district. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, GSA is accepting bids for the building and property until January 28, 2015.  The successful bidder will be required to adhere to a historic preservation covenant that requires any work affecting the building’s character-defining features to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and follow recommendations in an already prepared historic property management plan.

For more information about the bid requirements and process, go to the GSA website at: http://gsaauctions.gov/gsaauctions/aucdsclnk?sl=ZEATL915259001


Carol Shull, longtime Keeper of the National Register Keeper, Retires

Carol Shull has announced her retirement from the National Park Service (NPS) as of January 3, 2015. She has posted the following message:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

After January 3, 2015, I will no longer be an employee of the National Park Service.  I just want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for all you have done and continue to do for your State, its communities, and its citizens, and for our country. The National Historic Preservation Act owes much of its success to your fine work. Since I joined the staff of the National Register as a historian in 1972, it has been a privilege to be your partner and engage with you and so many others who care deeply about our shared heritage. I will be volunteering part time with the National Park Service, will continue to be involved in historic preservation in a variety of ways, and look forward to supporting you in any way I can. Thank you for your dedication.

Best wishes for the new year and warm regards,

Carol Shull

Many who have worked in historic preservation know and have worked with Carol during her many years as Keeper of the National Register and more recently in her capacity working on the NPS’ Teaching with Historic Places and Heritage Travel Itineraries programs.  She is known for her dedication to the National Register program and passion for historic preservation.

Dr. Stephanie Toothman, known to many in the Pacific Northwest for work at the NPS Regional Office in Seattle, has assumed the title of Keeper of the National Register as well as her responsibility as Associate Director of Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science for the NPS.




Archaeologist Position Open at City of Oak Harbor

The City of Oak Harbor is accepting applications for an archaeologist. Here is a brief description of the position:  Under general supervision of the City Engineer, the Archaeologist identifies cultural and historical aspects of Native American artifacts for the City. Work involves surveying the Oak Harbor shoreline, documenting and inventorying cultural and historical findings.

Please see this link for more information:




Nominations Sought for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation

1063 S. Capitol Way, Suite 106  Ÿ  Olympia, Washington 98501
Mailing address:  PO Box 48343  Ÿ  Olympia, Washington 98504-8343
(360) 586-3065  Ÿ   Fax Number (360) 586-3067  Ÿ  Website:  www.dahp.wa.gov

Date:   January 5, 2015
Contact:  Russell Holter, Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation,

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation
Olympia — The Washington state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is seeking nominations for the 25th Annual Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation.  This awards program recognizes persons, organizations, and projects that have achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation.  Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony held during National Historic Preservation Month, May 2015.  The ceremony is sponsored by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and will take place on Tuesday evening, May 19th, at the Legislative Building in Olympia.

Nominations can be made in one of the following categories:  historic preservation planning, historic property rehabilitation projects, career achievement, public education, stewardship, special achievement media and cemetery preservation.  A nominee in this last category should demonstrate outstanding career achievement, stewardship, or a completed preservation effort in the context of preserving a historic cemetery.

Nominations for the State Historic Preservation Officers Awards must be postmarked or submitted to DAHP by Friday, March 20, 2015 at 5 p.m.  Nomination forms, instructions and other information about the awards may be obtained by visiting www.dahp.wa.gov, or by contacting Russell Holter at 360.586.3533 or russell.holter@dahp.wa.gov.


New Leadership at Historic Seattle

Dear Friends.  I am writing to let you know that  effective January 1, I will be stepping down as Executive Director of Historic Seattle. I will serve as Historic Seattle’s Foundation Director through the completion of our capital campaign to restore Washington Hall; and Kji Kelly, Deputy Director, will become Executive Director.  He and our terrific staff have the vision and skills to enhance and expand Historic Seattle’s operations and impact at a time of great change.

It has been a wonderful experience to lead this organization for the past 7 years. It has been a pleasure to watch the growing support for Washington Hall, the 1908 theater that has been the focus of our preservation  efforts during this time. We have expanded our advocacy, outreach and easements work, and completed our restoration of  the Good Shepherd Center.  But I feel my biggest accomplishment has been to  work effectively with an experienced and brave PDA Council and extremely talented and hardworking staff. It has been a lot of fun, and truly satisfying.

I look forward to working closely with the Foundation over the next months to complete our capital campaign and to position the Hall and the Foundation itself for the future.

You may reach me at the same email with a new title (below) in the meantime.

My best wishes for a great 2015!

Kathleen Brooker
Historic Seattle Foundation
1117 Minor Ave. Seattle WA 98101

Phone (206)-622-6952 x 222     Cell (206)619-9115
FAX      (206) 622-1197



New National Register Listings – Lakewold and the Seligman House

This week two properties were listed in the National Register of Historic Places: Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood and the William and Stella Seligman House in Spokane.

Lakewold Gardens

Lakewold is a 10 acre designed landscape by noted landscape architect Thomas D. Church. It is located on Gravelly Lake, an area that was extensively developed as a summer retreat area during the early 20th century. Lakewold is the only large remaining landholding intact from the period of summer homes and estates that characterized the early development of the lakes area. The property is currently owned and operated by The Friends of Lakewold, a private not-for-profit organization that maintains the gardens and the structures.

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Seligman House

The William & Stella Seligman House was built in 1907 in the South Hill area of Spokane. It is a custom designed interpretation of the bungalow house type with Craftsman-style embellishment.

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