2017 YAMA Archaeology Field School


Upcoming Archaeolgoy Field Schools 2017

See the Links below for more information about each opportunity.

2017 Iceberg Point Field School Flier

2017 Eagle Lake Field School

2017 Grande Ronde Field School


Featured Speaker Series at Milepost 31 – Pioneer Square

Milepost 31 is an award-winning information center that highlights the people and projects that shaped Pioneer Square, and provides an inside look at the SR 99 Tunnel Project. There, you’ll find more than just construction photos and brochures. You’ll find history, artifacts and interactive exhibits designed to broaden your understanding of the land beneath you. You’ll explore the neighborhood’s changing landscape, from earth-moving efforts of the past to the massive tunnel project that will soon move State Route 99 underground and reconnect Pioneer Square to the waterfront.



Please visit http://www.historyabovewater.org/2017-conference/ to review the
guidelines and apply to present at the conference including deadlines for submitting proposals.

An international gathering on adapting historic coastal communities to sea level rise
Hosted by the City of Annapolis with
Support from the Newport Restoration Foundation.
October 29 – November 1, 2017
Call for Presenters

Originally convened by the Newport Restoration Foundation in April 2016, Keeping
History Above Water was one of the first national conversations to focus on the
increasing and varied risks posed by rising waters on historic coastal communities and
their built environments. Keeping History Above Water engages specialists from across
the United States and the world to share experiences, examine risks, and discuss
solutions with an emphasis on case studies and real world applications. Keeping History
Above Water approaches the issue of rising waters – inclusive of sea level rise, tidal
flooding, extreme precipitation, and subsidence – from a multi-disciplinary perspective
in order to develop practical approaches to mitigation, protective adaptation, and
Given the leadership of Annapolis on cultural resource planning for rising waters
through its Weather It Together: Protect Our Historic Seaport initiative, the City of
Annapolis was selected by the Newport Restoration Foundation – a lead sponsor of
Keeping History Above Water — to be the next forum host city. In Annapolis,
practitioners and scholars will continue the dialogue, disseminate best practices, and
engage new audiences. Leaders in the fields of historic preservation, business, culture,
tourism, economics, urban planning, flood plain management, environment,
sustainability, design, engineering, emergency management, and national defense will
participate in lectures, workshops, roundtables and tours that focus on practical
solutions to the hazards associated with rising waters.
Annapolis will host more than 240 conference participants from October 29 –
November 1, 2017 for this international conference, building on the exploration in
Newport of the consequences of rising waters, hazard mitigation planning and
adaptation strategies in coastal communities worldwide. With Annapolis as host and
the States of Maryland and Virginia as key sponsors, a special emphasis will be on
flooding impacts in the Chesapeake Bay region.
KHAW: Annapolis looks to attract presenters with regional, national and international
expertise on issues of flooding, hazard mitigation and adaptation in the areas of
environmental and social science, economics, land-use law and planning, historic
preservation, national security, media and messaging, disaster response, community
engagement, technology and design.

Please visit http://www.historyabovewater.org/2017-conference/ to review the
guidelines and apply to present at the conference.


ACHP Comment on Funding Technology as Section 106 Mitigation

Recently the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers requested that the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation comment on the appropriateness of the use of mitigation funds to further information technology at State Historic Preservation Offices. Specifically, financial support would be provided to a SHPO and used to increase or improve technological capacity to maintain and make electronically available vital information regarding cultural resources, including historic properties, necessary to inform federal decision making in Section 106 reviews. Read the full comment here:

NCSHPO technology as mitigation letter



APTNW Technical Workshop

The NW Chapter of the Association of Preservation Technology is organizing a workshop on water repellents to be held in Seattle on April 29th.  The use of water repellents on historic masonry can be a divisive topic.  Knowledgeable professionals who generally abide by the same preservation tenets often confront a difference of opinion on the use of water repellent systems on historic buildings.  One school of thought encourages the use of water repellents as a means to improve material performance and protect the envelope from moisture intrusion; another school of thought posits that water repellents will alter water vapor transmission systems that have been in place for decades, introducing the potential for deleterious short- and long-term effects.

The goal of this workshop is to engender a lively discussion of water repellent systems by dispelling misconceptions, educating participants on the science of water repellency, and sharing case studies of historic masonry buildings with and without water repellent interventions.

Registration for the Water Repellant Workshop can be found here, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2883302, or at the APTNW Website, http://aptnw.org/upcoming-workshops.html.


Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Conference

The Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historian’s 2017 conference preliminary program is now available:


The preliminary program is not the final program, but it is fairly close.  We plan to send out the final program in late April after the paper session speakers have been selected.  At that time, we will open registration.  The key dates for the conference are as follows:

March 15, 2017 – Paper proposals due
April 15, 2017 – Paper selection notification
June 1, 2017 – Completed manuscripts due
June 16-18, 2017 – Conference in Victoria

Note that paper proposals are due March 15, a date we are fast approaching.  Inspired by a variety of anniversary celebrations being held in Canada, this year’s theme is “Commemorations.”  Topics germane to the theme are encouraged, but those covering any aspect of the built environment of the Pacific Northwest or beyond are welcome.  There is still time to submit a short abstract — the process is quick and easy!  Details on how to submit a paper topic are here:


There is also MONEY available to help YOU attend the conference!  Find the details on funding here:


Updates and further information can be found on the SAH MDR website at:


As always, check out our SAH MDR blog for news about historic architecture in the Pacific Northwest:


Please forward this message to anyone or any group that you see fit.  Hope to see you in beautiful Victoria in June!


Washington Heritage Barn Register Property Destroyed by Fire

The Heritage Barn listed Smith Barn (aka Willowood Barn) was destroyed in a dramatic fire on Monday night. The Smith Family Farm is located within the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve on Whidbey Island.

Follow the links to the article and photographs of the event courtesy of the Whidbey Island News-Times.  Also note the Gofundme account created to help the Smith Family recover.


Fire took down an iconic Coupeville barn Monday night, turning the historic structure into a twisted heap of metal and charred timber.

Firefighters with Central Whidbey Fire &Rescue responded to a report of a house and barn fire at about 8 p.m. They arrived a short time later to find the Smith Barn on Ebey Road fully engulfed in flames.

Within 20 minutes, the entire structure had collapsed. The farmhouse nearby escaped damage.

The Smith Barn was an integral part of Georgie Smith’s Willowood Farm. It has been in the Smith family for more than a century and was one of Ebey Prairie’s most recognizable and photographed landmarks.

Charles Arndt, Smith’s husband, reportedly dislocated his shoulder while running from his home, but everyone else in the family escaped without injury.

Smith, a fourth-generation farmer, was attending a meeting with other farmers Monday night at the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship on Parker Road when she learned of the fire and rushed home.

“She said, ‘My barn’s on fire.’ She jumped up and ran out,” said Robert Pelant, chief executive officer of the Pacific Rim Institute.

“We just were all sick.”

The fire’s orange glow could be seen from miles away. One firefighter with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, which also responded to the scene, said they could see the glow in the sky from San de Fuca across Penn Cove as they traveled along State Highway 20.

To get water to fight the blaze, because the nearest fire hydrant is more than a mile from the farm, four fire tenders were used to shuttle water from Coupeville High School to the site.

From Ebey Road, the water had to be pumped through hoses strung along a dirt driveway to an engine parked near the barn.

“It presented some challenges because it’s 1,000 feet from the road,” said fire chief Ed Hartin, of Central Whidbey Fire &Rescue. “Being familiar with the location, I called in an additional engine from North Whidbey and an additional tender from North Whidbey.”

The fire burned so hot that a fence post about 50 feet away was still burning an hour after the fire had broken out.

Hartin said Tuesday morning the cause of the fire is still unknown but added there is no evidence of anything incendiary.

Firefighters remained onsite over night and were still putting water on hot spots and small flareups Tuesday morning.

“The people who reported the fire said it appeared to be more involved on the west side at the beginning,” Hartin said. “But at this point, because there’s all that roof metal and so forth, we really can’t get in there until that gets moved.”

Through social media, Georgie Smith said that everyone was OK, aside from her husband’s shoulder injury, but she lost almost all of her farm equipment in the blaze.

Her parents’ nearby farmhouse was fine, she said.

Smith and her family live on the property, but further away from the barn.

In the past, Smith said that she believed the barn was built in the 1880s. A new metal roof, made possible by grant money received from the Ebey’s Forever Fund, was installed on the barn in late 2012 .

A GoFundMe account was created Monday night to help the Smith family recover from the fire and rebuild the barn. The page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/never-finished-farming-smith-barn


Grant County PUD Employment Opportunity

See the link below for information.




National Preservation Institute – Upcoming Training Opportunities

There are several National Preservation Institute training opportunities coming up in the area this spring. See the links for details.

NEPA Compliance for Cultural Resources – Portland – March 14-15

Section 4(f) Compliance for Historic Properties – Portland – March 16-17

Section 106: Agreement Documents – Seattle – May 8-10

Native American Cultural Property Law – Seattle – May 11-12