Wisaard Q & A

Hi Everyone! This week I am sharing a video tutorial specifically for EZ2 users. Recall that the EZ2 is a shortened version of the historic property inventory form for non-cultural resources professionals. Hope it helps some of you! More videos are in the works!

You can find the video on our website in the Tutorials section.


Also, the rollout of E-APE has been pushed back until we work out some bugs with the archaeology site form, so stay tuned!




How Bellingham was rehabilitated one building at a time!

What a great video!




APT Northwest Chapter Workshop – Masonry Repellents


10th Annual Cultural Resources Protection Summit – Registration Open

Early Bird Registration for the 2017 Summit Opens is now OPEN!!  We look forward to seeing you at the 10th annual Summit in beautiful Suquamish, WA.  To receive the Early Bird discount, be sure to register by the April 24 deadline; registration forms and links are now available on the Summit website. Please keep in mind all the important information and deadlines listed below.

The Preliminary Draft Agenda has been posted; check back often for updates.  Sessions on Day 1 (Wednesday, May 24) will focus on issues of particular interest to land use planners and developers, while Day 2 will address more advanced Cultural Resource Management (CRM) topics.  If you are a land use planner, a CRM professional, or someone who works with these parties, you need to attend the 10th Annual Summit! CM credits for Planners will be applied for in cooperation with the Planning Association of Washington (PAW).


Registration for Revitalize WA now Open!

Revitalize WA
Downtown Ellensburg | April 24-26, 2017

Mark your calendars – RevitalizeWA will take place April 24-26, 2017 in downtown Ellensburg! We are excited to work with the Ellensburg Downtown Association and local community partners to plan an excellent conference in this nationally-accredited Washington Main Street Community.

RevitalizeWA is Washington’s annual statewide conference focused on historic preservation and economic revitalization. RevitalizeWA is brought to you by Washington State Main Street Program, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation

Register Now!



2017 HALS Challenge – City parks wanted!

Does your community have a special city or town park that should be documented by the Historic American Landscape Survey? Well it’s time for the 8th Annual HALS Challenge.


For the 8th annual HALS Challenge, the NPS invites you to
document a historic city or town park. In 2016, the National
Park Service celebrated its centennial with the FIND YOUR
PARK movement to spread the word about the amazing
national parks and the inspirational stories they tell about our
diverse cultural heritage. Find Your Park is about more than
just national parks! It’s also about local parks and the many
ways that the American public can connect with history and
culture and make new discoveries. With more than 80% of
Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are becoming
more important than ever.

Perhaps the city or town park you choose to document may:
+be so popular that it is threatened by overuse;
+be challenged with incompatible additions or updates;
+suffer from neglect and deferred maintenance;
+be unnoticed with its significance unappreciated;
+be documented to encourage its preservation.
There are many fascinating historic city and town parks in all
50 states. People from every state are hereby challenged to
complete at least one HALS short format history to document
these beloved resources.

Please contact your state ASLA Chapter’s volunteer HALS Liaison if possible when you have selected a site to document for the HALS Challenge to be sure no one else is already preparing a HALS historic report for it. The HALS liason for Washington is:

Duane Dietz, ASLA, LEED AP
Senior Associate
jones & jones
architects · landscape architects · planners
105 south main street suite 300 seattle wa 98104
p 206 624 5702 ext 227   c 206 462 8562   f 206 624 5923



RFQ for Bellingham Waterfront Historic Resources Plan

The City of Bellingham has released this RFQ. Please see the link below for more information.




Wisaard Q & A

Happy Monday everyone! Time for some Wisaard fun facts!

Q: Sometimes when I use the Filter Search in Wisaard I get duplicate results? What is that? What should I do?

A: A duplicate result is when the same exact Resource, with the same exact identification number, appears in search results more than once. This could potentially occur when searching in any of the data categories using the Filter Search function.

For example, say I wanted to find all of the buildings in the Wisaard inventory with Terra Cotta cladding built between 1940 and 1969. I would go to the Property category and use the Filter Search button. Like this:









The results would look like this:







Notice that the top two results are exactly the same. You can tell that they are exactly the same because the Property ID is exactly the same. The ID number for each type of Resource (i.e. Smithsonian number (archy sites), Record ID (cemeteries) etc…) is discrete. There cannot be two separate Resources with the same ID number. If you were to examine the data in these two records, you would see that it is exactly the same. These are actually “virtual duplicates.” That means that the data is not in the system twice, it is just appearing twice in the search. This will sometimes happen when trying to extract data with more than one search filter. I won’t get into the weeds about why this is happening, and it is not something that can be easily remedied, which is why it is still occurring. It is on our list of things to do.

For the user, it is important to know that it happens. Remember, Wisaard is a starting place for research and records searches and the data must always be critically examined before coming to any conclusions.


Archaeology Field School in Mallorca, Spain – University of Washington

University of Washington Archaeology Field School

PROGRAM DATES: June 26, 2017 – July 26, 2017 (UW Summer A term)
LOCATION: Son Servera, Mallorca, Spain

CREDITS: Students can earn 12 credits of ARCHY 270 through UW; this
typically transfers to about 8 credits for semester schools.

In this program, students will join a team of American and Spanish
archaeologists in order to learn various techniques of archaeological
fieldwork (excavation and surveying) and laboratory analysis. Students
will live in the town of Son Servera on the island of Mallorca and
participate in fieldwork for four weeks. Several weeks will be dedicated
to learning the ins and outs of archaeological excavation including
stratigraphy, profile plan drawing, field photography, total station
mapping, and photogrammetric recording. Remaining weeks will be
dedicated to learning the techniques of archaeological survey (i.e.,
systematically walking through the countryside while collecting and
recording traces of past human behavior using GPS equipment). Throughout
the four weeks, students will learn basic procedures for cleaning,
processing, labeling, and recording artifacts that they collected in the

Outside of these unique field experiences, students will be immersed in
the local Mallorcan culture and will learn about the history of the
Balearic Islands. Weekend day-trips will include visits to some of the
spectacular archaeological sites and museums on the island.

Ideal candidates would be undergraduate or early graduate students
interested in archaeology and ancient history: majors in Archaeology,
Anthropology, Classics, History, Geography, or Spanish Languages and
Literature. However, interested students from other fields are
encouraged to apply as we value a multi-disciplinary team.

This program is designed for people who want to learn and practice
archaeology including those without previous fieldwork experience. You
will work under the close supervision of professional archaeologists
that will teach you what you need to know.

Interested students should visit leiap.weebly.com to learn more
about the program and the ongoing research. You can also hear student
and director perspectives in this short video:


Students should apply through the UW Study Abroad website.
Application deadline is February 15.
Send any questions or inquiries to leiap@uw.edu. We would be happy to
discuss the program with you.


Olympia Historical Society – Annual Meeting and Program – Jan. 28, 2017

The Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum will hold its Annual Meeting, Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Olympia Community Center, 222 Columbia Street NW.   The program “Odd Olympia,” starts at 1:30 pm with business meeting to follow.  Local historians will present the history of some of Olympia’s odd characters and events including the “Pagan Frolic,” details about Bill Greenwood and his ark and the life and work of spiritualist and suffragist Rev. Genevra Lake.   The program is co-sponsored by the City of Olympia Heritage Programs.   More information:  www.olympiahistory.org