Squamish Tribe 2016 Cultural Resource Protection Summit






The 2016 Cultural Resource Protection Summit marks the ninth anniversary of our gathering. Since its inception, the primary goal in organizing the annual Summit has been to facilitate amongst all affected parties an open, frank discussion about the intersection between cultural resources and land use. The Summit is designed to promote collaborative cultural resource planning as an effective means of finding resolution to issues before they escalate into emotionally-charged, divisive, and expensive stalemates or law suits.

Join us at the Suquamish Tribe’s beautiful and inviting House of Awakened Culture for a two-day gathering that will help you improve your technical skills while deepening your connection to why we do this work. Leave with more tools for protecting cultural resources and sharing the important stories they tell.

Early Bird Registration Opens February 9th!

If you are interested in submitting a session proposal to the Agenda Planning Committee for consideration, please send a brief summary (title and 3-4 sentences minimum) to mkrossi@eppardvision.org by January 15, 2016.

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Cow Creek Archaeologist Position Announcement

Applications can be found at http://www.cowcreek.com/employment/ 

Under the direct supervision of the Cultural Resources Programs Manager, the Archaeologist is responsible for the identification of archaeological sites and other cultural resources on tribal lands. The Archaeologist conducts research, cultural resource surveys, and other appropriate duties to assist the Tribe in the management of its culturally significant places and resources.


  • Archaeological identification and documentation of cultural resources on tribal lands
  • Assist in consultations with federal, state and local agencies regarding proposed projects
  • Review and respond to project notifications for potential effects to cultural resources
  • Make recommendations on the treatment and management of cultural resources
  • Examine and comment on other agency cultural resource reports
  • Coordinate tribal cultural resource monitoring staff
  • Maintain the cultural resource database
  • Facilitate repatriation of ancestral remains and associated funerary items in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations
  • Other duties as assigned.

The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.


  • Master’s Degree in archaeology, anthropology or a related field with a specialization in archaeology, or a documented equivalency of such degree
  • Twelve weeks of supervised experience in basic archaeological field research, including both survey and excavation and four weeks of laboratory analysis or curating
  • Has designed and executed an archaeological study, as evidenced by a Master of Arts or Master of Science thesis, or report equivalent in scope and quality, dealing with archaeological field research
  • A minimum of 2 years of field experience and investigative research and analysis experience
  • Ability to produce complex, clearly-written, well-documented studies of publishable quality to support planning, preservation, management, and public interpretation of cultural resources.
  • Skill in using computer applications for cultural resources management data analysis, manipulation, and presentation
  • Exhibit proficiency with geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS)
  • Must possess knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines regarding the preservation and protection of cultural resources.
  • Requires the ability to promote positive public relationships.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge and ability to develop training programs to support cultural resource management.
  • Current and valid Oregon driver’s license in good standing with no insurability issues as determined by the Tribe’s insurance carrier is required.
  • Must provide evidence of certification from the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office as a Qualified Archaeologist able to obtain a state issued archaeological excavation permits.

Applications can be found at http://www.cowcreek.com/employment/

For additional information regarding the application process or submitting documentation please contact the Cow Creek Human Resources Department at kgaroutte@cowcreek.com.


Save the Date! Cultural Resources Summit – June 7, 2016



2015 Holiday Tour of Historic Homes Benefitting the Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum

The Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum is sponsoring the Holiday Tour of Historic Homes.  This year’s event is on Sunday, December 6, 2015 from noon to 4:00 p.m. and features six historic properties including the Bigelow House at 918 Glass Avenue NE, where tickets and refreshments will be available the day of the tour.

This year’s tour features several homes in southeast Olympia as well as two of the earliest homes of the area.  Tour ticket holders can enjoy a 10% discount at Vic’s Pizzeria, Olympia Coffee Roasting Company, The Lucky Lunch Box and Spud’s Produce Market in the Wildwood Shopping Center locations only on December 6, 2015 from noon to 4:00 pm by showing their tour ticket.

The Trueman “Bink” and Virginia Schmidt House on Maringo Road is one of the outstanding modern homes of Olympia.   Dating from 1950, it is listed on the Olympia, State and National Registers of Historic Places.  Two homes on Governor Stevens Avenue SE have Minimal Traditional style from the 1930s and 1940s and are associated with the Le May Family.  The Watkins House on Governor Stevens Avenue SE, listed on the Olympia Heritage Register, is a Tudor Cottage built in the 1920s as a kit house by Tumwater Lumber Mills.  Tour goers can visit the historic nearby G. V. Valley Wildwood Center at 2822-2828 S. Capitol Way—an early shopping center built in the late 1930s in the Art Deco Style   Also on the tour is the Crosby House on Deschutes Way which shares many of the Carpenter Gothic mid-19th century design elements of the Bigelow House and is from the same period.  Visitors will be able to enjoy these two earliest existing homes in the area—both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tour tickets are $15.00 per person and are available in advance at Drees at 524 Washington St. SE; Popinjay at 414 Capitol Way S., and Thompson Furniture at 5407 Capitol Boulevard and online at olympiahistory.org. Day of Tour tickets will be available at both the Bigelow House and Crosby House.  Sponsors of the event are Olympia Federal Savings, Paul Battan, Attorney at Law, Connolly Tacon & Meserve Attorneys at Law and Drees.

Proceeds of the tour benefit the preservation and interpretation of Olympia’s historic Bigelow House and the Olympia Historical Society.  One of the state’s oldest residences, the Bigelow House is owned by the non-profit Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum.  The house has its original furnishings and has been restored to reflect Washington’s Territorial period, along with later period dining room and kitchen.  It was the home of Daniel and Ann Elizabeth White Bigelow and their descendants for well over 100 years before becoming a museum.

Please see www.olympiahistory.org.  or e-mail olyhistory@gmail.com.


SURVEY FIND: Imperial 400 Motel

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When traveling across the State you begin to recognize patterns!  Recently, State Architectural Historian Michael Houser, who has a love for mid-century resources, re-discovered a group of distinct hotel designs from the early 1960s.  Easily spotted with its characteristic “Butterfly-sun flap roof,” the Imperial 400 Motel chain made a significant impact on the built environment in Washington State.

The Los Angeles based Imperial ‘400’ Motel chain had taken took note of the award-winning tract housing designed by Southern California architects Dan Palmer & William Krisel (P&K) and in 1959 commissioned them to design a prototype motel in Los Angeles on Sunset Blvd.  Three others quickly followed in San Diego, Phoenix and another in Los Angeles. The design concept proved so wildly successful that Imperial immediately launched a franchise campaign and began building motels with virtually the same design all across the United States.

Several excellent examples can be found here in Washington State.  While local architects were hired to adapt the design to fit individual site conditions, the essence of the P&K design remained the same, with the P&K trademark butterfly roof found over the registration-manager’s quarters building.  The roof form was used on all of their business stationary and ephemera, and the franchise adopted a logo of a thrifty Scotsman in a kilt with the slogan “Aye, royal accommodations at thrifty rates.

Imperial projected to build 179 franchised motels across the U.S. by the end of 1964 and boasted that they had opened a new location every ten days.  However, they expanded too quickly and in 1965, Imperial 400 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Its headquarters were moved to Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and again to Arlington, Virginia.  In 1987, the chain was sold to Interpart S.A., a Luxembourg-based company, and was later dissolved.   Many of the motels still existing under a different name and survive relatively unchanged. Be sure to check them out on your travels across the state.

To view images of WA State examples go to: http://www.dahp.wa.gov/imperial-400-motel




SWCA Hiring Cultural Resources Principal Investigator

Do you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in environmental consulting services for your clients? SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding its team and is looking for dynamic individuals who are following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work. We are currently seeking a Cultural Resources Principal Investigator for our Seattle, Washington office. Our Seattle office offers a unique work environment and specializes in cultural resources.


Your role will be to lead, direct, and manage projects with significant research needs or multiple phases; develop research designs, field methods, and analysis; mentor staff, and participate in office business development. You should be able to work full time and have the ability to travel.


When applying for this position, please submit a one page cover letter summarizing your experience and reasons for applying. Please follow this link for additional details and to apply:




Wenatchee Valley Museum Program

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Yakima Valley Latino Study



Washington State Historical Society Programs and Grant Workshops

Developing Successful Museum Programs
Co-Sponsored by the Washington State Historical Society
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$10 registration fee

From author talks to community festivals, public programming is a vital component to any historical agency. This workshop will focus on how to develop and plan programming to fit the needs of your community while working within your limitations.

Presenters Rachael McAlister of the White River Valley Museum will speak on overnight programs, inventive summer camps and community festivals. Susan Rohrer of the Washington State Historical Society will speak about lectures, walking tours and exhibit openings. Karin Moughamer of the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle will speak on their popular History Café and Pub Trivia programs.

Please reserve your space by email to len.balli@wshs.wa.gov

Heritage Capital Projects
Presented by the Washington State History Society
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Heritage Capital Projects (HCP) grants can cover up to 1/3 the cost of eligible capital projects to preserve and interpret Washington’s history and heritage, and local organizations need knowledge about the opportunity and skills to create a compelling project and a competitive application. HCP Outreach Workshops are being planned to meet these needs and groom future applicants.

During the free three-hour sessions, Heritage Capital Projects Manager Janet Rogerson will provide an overview of the HCP program, its requirements and processes, and strategies to prepare for an application. A facilitated round table discussion will follow.

Please check the HCP webpage at http://www.washingtonhistory.org/support/heritage/capitalprojectsfund for additional workshop options.

To register, please send your name, organization and contact information by e-mail with the location and date in the subject Line to Janet Rogerson at janet.rogerson@wshs.wa.gov. For questions, you can also contact her by e-mail or at 253-798-5909.

Workshops will be held at:
White River Valley Museum
918 H Street SE, Auburn Washington 98002