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:



Zee Rae Yates Hill: 1941-2015

It is with deep regret that Washington State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) Allyson Brooks and all DAHP staff announce the passing on April 23rd of our former Administrative Assistant Zee Hill.

Zee began working for DAHP (then the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation) in 1998 and remained with the agency until her retirement in April of 2012. For anyone who visited or called the office during that time, Zee was unforgettable. Her broad grin, big hair, and warm sense of humor endeared her to all who passed through the office door.

Zee’s family has scheduled a memorial service this Saturday (May 2nd) from noon to 3:00 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 9431 4th Avenue NE in Olympia. For more information, visit: Messages can also be left in the Guestbook at this site.

In true Zee fashion, guests to the memorial are encouraged to wear bright colors and wear lots of “bling.”


Live Better Electrically: The Gold Medallion Electric Home Campaign

MedallionHomePlaqueOptions4One of the most effective mass marketing home campaigns of all time was the “Live Better Electrically” (LBE) program of the post-World War II era. It began in the mid 1950s when the General Electric (GE) and Westinghouse corporations decided to co-sponsor a multi-million dollar nationwide campaign to promote the sales of electric appliances and the benefits of electric power. General Electric provided the main support for the program, which launched in March of 1956.

At the time, utility companies were rushing to meet the increased demand for electricity in postwar America.  However, as more power plants came on line the cost of electricity decreased.  To increase company profits, homeowners were encouraged to consume more power through the purchase of a variety of electric products. For GE and Westinghouse, the creation of a new market for electric heat also promised to increase profits for the companies. The two corporations not only sold residential electric heating units and a variety of household appliances, but they also sold electricity generating equipment to  utility companies nationwide.

MedallionHomeAdvertisment2Supported nationwide by 900+ electric utilities and 180 electricity manufacturers, the electricity industry launched the LBE campaign through a variety of media outlets. The initial launch came with the offer to send a free 70+ page brochure which told homeowners how their lives could be enriched by the use of electricity and purchase of electric appliances. 

To further the new program, in October 1957 the National Electrical Manufacturers Association launched the “Medallion Homes” campaign, which sought to sell 20,000 all-electric homes nationwide within a year.  The program had five basic goals:  1) to provide prospective homebuyers with a recognized symbol of electrical excellence for new home construction 2) to raise the electrical standards in new construction 3) to help builders sell homes by educating their customers to the benefits of electrical living 4) to show existing homeowners electrical features and fixtures that were needed in their present homes 5) to give national support to existing programs that were being sponsored by local utilities to upgrade existing home electrification.

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Colville Tribe is Hiring an Archaeologist I

This is a professional position. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply. Please refer to the attached job announcement for details and application instructions, but minimally all applicants must provide a completed tribal application (see attached word docx) and a CV or resume to the tribal Human Resources Office by 1 May 2015 to be considered.

Please see the position description here: J-7345 Archaeologist I RE-POST 4-15-2015.

Application Materials are here: CTFC Tribal App

Aaron Naumann, MA, RPA
History & Archaeology Program
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Office Tel: 509.634.2696
Cell: 509.631.1131


New Certified Local Governments

Please welcome the City of Pasco and the City of Millwood to the growing community of CLG’s in Washington!

Millwood has its roots in the company town that developed when the site along the south bank of the Spokane River was selected as the home for the region’s first paper mill.

The mill’s first employees were, for the most part, men who relocated with their families from the Midwest. The town’s wealth of early twentieth-century architecture has its roots in the homes constructed for these employees, and still stand within earshot of the mill whistle, which sounds each workday at 7:00 am, noon, 12:45 pm, and 3:45 pm.

In early 1928 the Town of Millwood gained distinction as the first incorporated town in the Spokane Valley. Mr. W.A. Brazeau, president of the paper mill, served as Millwood’s first mayor.

As the town has grown over the years, residents and government have worked together to support existing and developing businesses, while also taking pride in Millwood’s diverse neighborhoods, unique historic character, and small-town atmosphere.

Like today, a mild climate and an abundant fish supply ensured that inhabitants thrived along the banks of the Columbia, Yakima, and Snake rivers. Evidence of the earliest known inhabitants in the Western Hemisphere were found in northern Franklin County at the Marmes Rockshelter, near Lyons Ferry and Palouse Falls.

In 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake rivers in an area that 200 years later is called Sacagawea State Park in honor of their Native American guide. Little did they know the surrounding area would be called Pasco, today a bustling, thriving community of 67,770 people.

The Northern Pacific Railroad brought a rush of settlers to the Washington Territory, leading to statehood in 1889. The railroad town of Ainsworth was moved to Pasco in 1886 and brought with it the Franklin County seat. Pasco was incorporated on September 3, 1891, and was named by Virgil Bogue, an engineer for the railroad, after Cerro de Pasco in Peru.

Pasco grew to be a small but important railroad town in the years before World War II.  The war brought the Manhattan Project, the United States’ development of the atomic bomb, to the nearby Hanford Site.  Pasco, along with the rest of the area, played an vital support role in that effort. Pasco was also home to Naval Air Station Pasco (the current Tri-Cities Airport) and the Pasco Engineer Depot (still called ”Big Pasco” today).  These wartime activities more than doubled the population in just months.

Post-war, Hanford played an important role in the area economy, and it continues through today in the cleanup effort. Additionally, the build out of irrigation, such as the Columbia Basin Project, made agriculture an even more critical part of the economy of Pasco and Franklin County.






Burke Museum Archaeological Collections Research Fellowship

Description and Eligibility:
The Burke Museum’s archaeological collections include significant holdings from the Pacific Northwest and the Western Pacific. In an effort to stimulate research on these collections and provide students with opportunities for collections-based research, the Burke Museum is pleased to announce the Burke Museum Archaeological Collections Research Fellowship.  This fellowship provides for 1-3 months stipend plus expenses to conduct research using Burke Museum archaeological collections. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and must be currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate students (NOT restricted to University of Washington students). Research must be done primarily at the Burke Museum, using Burke Museum archaeological collections, although projects may also use other collections. Projects must be completed in a 1-3 months from June 15-September 15. Awardees must make a public presentation about their results at the Burke Museum and submit a project description for use on the Burke Museum website.

Application procedure:
Applicants submit a proposal describing their research questions and methods, collections to be used, work schedule, budget and CV. Two letters of reference are required. Applicants are encouraged to identify the collection(s) of interest before submitting final applications (information on Burke collections can be found at Projects that require destructive analyses must obtain permission from the Curator of Archaeology and/or collections owner before application is submitted. Proposals should be 2500 words max, not including references, applicant’s CV, work schedule and research expenses budget.

Submit applications in MS Word or Adobe pdf format to:
Letters of reference should be sent directly to this address from the referee.

Deadline:  May 15

Review Process and Selection Criteria:
Proposals will be reviewed by Burke Museum staff and will be judged on the basis of academic quality and feasibility.

Stipend is $1500 per month for 1-3 months, plus a $300 honorarium on completion of final report and public presentation. Applicants may also request support for research expenses (laboratory fees, dating, travel, etc.) of up to $1000.

Notification: May 30

For additional information, please contact Dr. Peter Lape, Curator of Archaeology at