Unknown But Not Forgotten

image1In the last budget cycle, the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) sought and was awarded funds to rebury unidentified non-Indian human skeletal remains.  The DAHP holds jurisdiction over non-forensic human skeletal remains found throughout the state of Washington and is required to provide disposition for these remains in accordance with state law.  Working with the Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle, the DAHP was able to acquire through donation a plot and headstone for these remains.  The funds were used to purchase a grave liner and to conduct the actual reburial of the remains this week.  The remains of forty-three unidentified non-Indian individuals were laid back to rest.  The plot will be accessible into the future for the reburial of additional remains for some time to come.



SAH MDR 2015 Conference Reminder

Fellow Architectural Enthusiasts!

As I turn the calendar page, I see that the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historian’s 2015 conference in Ashland is just three weeks away!  You can register without a late fee until October 7th.  After the 7th, you can still register online or by mail with a small late fee.  Registration will close October 20th at 10pm.  You can register at the conference with a late fee but only with check or cash.  The conference itself is October 23-25 in Ashland (and Medford and Jacksonville and Oregon Caves) and it will be spectacular!

As a teaser, here is the title for Jeff LaLande’s keynote presentation on October 24th:  “From Architectural Authenticity to Architectural Artifice in a Small Oregon Town.”  If you’d like to confirm your suspicions on which “Small Oregon Town” it will be, you’ll just have to attend the conference to find out!

And if you’re a student, please note the reduced conference rate for students — just $35, what a bargain!  If you’ve already registered, we apologize for the repeat announcement.  Registering early helps us with the logistics, so thank you.

The 2015 conference brochure and registration form are available at the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historian’s website:


Hope to see y’all there!

– Dave Pinyerd
SAH MDR membership coordinator


October is Archaeology Month

Celebrate Archaeology with some of great events. Find out more by checking out the calendar http://www.dahp.wa.gov/archy-month-calendar

And check out our latest poster! Get yours by contacting Beverly Ubias at 360.586.3077 or beverly.ubias@dahp.wa.gov.


Seattle City Light Hiring Archaeologist

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle’s electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. This position will report to the Manager of Natural Resources & Environmental Planning, Environmental Affairs & Real Estate Division.

This is a permanent, half-time job share position to oversee the archeological resources program and tribal coordination at the Skagit Hydroelectric Project. Specifically, this position will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the Settlement Agreements for Cultural Resources (Archeology) and Traditional Cultural Properties, which are part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) License for City Light’s Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. This will involve implementing the measures included in the Upper Skagit River Archeological Resources Mitigation and Management Plan, coordinating with the National Park Service (NPS), Washington Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), three U.S. tribes, and one First Nation. In addition, this position will serve as resource for archeological reviews and consultation associated with City Light construction projects at its hydroelectric facilities, along transmission line corridors,
and within the distribution service territory. This position will also be part of the team that will work on obtaining a new FERC license for the Skagit River Project and will be involved with planning and directing archeological surveys and negotiations with agencies and tribes. This position will probably transition to full time in or before 2018.
This is a part time position which will require 20 hours per week.

To apply go to Seattle.gov and search for job #2015-01283.



Maritime Cultural Landscape Symposium – Live Streaming

Great opportunity to view a symposium remotely!

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The Maritime Cultural Landscape Symposium, co-presented by NPS, NOAA, BOEM, and the Wisconsin SHPO, will take place in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 14-15, 2015. The symposium will convene people who are studying, defining, and evaluating maritime cultural landscapes (MCLs). The 45 speakers represent various disciplines from several federal agencies, tribes, and SHPOs. The agenda and registration information can be found at the Wisconsin Historical Society website: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/. If you’re interesting in attending, you must register soon!

After the symposium, a collection of abstracts and preliminary recommendations on the identification and evaluation of MCLs will be published online. The agenda is attached so you can see the topics that will be discussed.

Those who cannot attend in person, can access the two-day symposium via streaming. Use the agenda to attend any that interest you (times are given in Central). To access the symposium as it is being streamed, use the following link:



Fort Vancouver Visitor Center Grand Reopening



Oregon SHPO is Hiring!

See this link for all the details!
Principal Executive Manager E (Heritage Programs Manager)


Closing Date: 10/13/2015  11:59 PM Pacific Time

Salary: $5,492.00 – $8,087.00 Monthly

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Salem


Poulsbo Maritime Museum Grand Opening

The Poulsbo Historical Society celebrated the grand opening of its new Poulsbo Maritime Museum located in the historic Liberty Bank building in downtown Poulsbo on Sept. 12, 2015.  The museum is in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Information Center.  The museum will be open seven days a week from 10 – 4 p.m.  This is the third venue for the Poulsbo Historical Society.  They also maintain an early pioneering exhibit in the historic Martinson Cabin at the intersection of Lindvig Way and Viking Ave. (open Saturdays only) and their Heritage Museum on the second floor of Poulsbo’s City Hall at 200 NE Moe Street.  The Heritage Museum is open Wed – Sat from 10 – 4.  For more information visit www.poulsbohistory.org


Welcome Oliver Vann!

We are excited to introduce you to our newest staff member, Oliver Perry Vann! His dad, of course, is our Historic Architect Nicholas Vann. Oliver was born on September 9 and everyone is doing great!



Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – New Northwest Chapter