Army Corps of Engineers Cultural Resources Job Announcement

The Army Corps is looking for a cultural resources specialist. See the link below for the position information.



Historic Survey and Inventory Property project – Field Workers needed

Snohomish County is seeking enthusiastic people to help complete a historic resource scan covering unincorporated Snohomish County. The project will employ the innovative character studies methodology, which uses targeted field survey to cover a very large geographic area in a very short time. Work will involve conducting windshield surveys across the county to determine the integrity of older buildings using the smartphone-based LocalData app. Training will be provided.

Field survey will take place on a 9 to 5 schedule June 30-July 3 and July 6-10. Ideally, surveyors will be able to commit to helping for 3-4+ full days, but half-day shifts may be arranged. Fieldwork can be completed on a volunteer or paid contract basis ($12/hour).

If interested, contact Cara Bertron at as soon as possible. Please include your dates of availability; your experience with historic preservation, if any; and whether you have access to a smartphone and/or car for fieldwork (neither is required, and driving mileage can be reimbursed).


Salvage Barn Materials Available for Heritage Barns – Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

Periodically, we receive salvage material from barns that have to be demolished.  While demolition is an unfortunate outcome, we work to see that as much material as possible is salvaged and made available for reuse in other historic barns.

We are presently accepting requests from Heritage Barn Owners interested in receiving material salvaged from a barn being deconstructed in Tukwila, King County, WA.  Salvage material must be used for rehabilitation/repairs to an existing Heritage Barn designated in the Washington Heritage Barn Register.

Available material includes the following:
Skip Sheathing
Barn Board Flooring
Siding Boards
Siding Battens
Floor Decking
Stair Case
More information, including the Material Request Form, can be found at the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation website.

Requests for materials are considered on a first come, first serve basis, with priority going to applicants from King County.


Washington Archaeology Month October 2015

Archaeology Month 2015

Call for Events

If you are interested in sponsoring an event during Archaeology month and would like the event to be included on our calendar, please fill out the form below.




FY16 CLG Grant Awards Announced

Each year DAHP grants at least 10% of its federal allocation to Certified Local Governments through a competitive process. For more information about the program please click here. This year we received funding requests totaling $146,631 and we were only able to award approximately $102,000. Congratulations to this year’s grantees!



Certified Local Government

Project Requested

Funding recommended


Intensive Survey and National Register nomination, Downtown Aberdeen



Heritage Tourism Strategic Plan



Claremont Neighborhood Survey


King County

Mid-century Residential Context Study



Design Guidelines for Local Downtown Historic District



New CLG Preservation Outreach Materials



Preservation Plan



Preservation Outreach Materials



Roslyn North Addition Survey


Spokane County

Survey of Local Stone Resources



Preservation Plan


Total Awarded



Archaeology First Thursdays at PSU

The PSU Anthropology Department and the Anthropology Student Association invite you to join us on June 4th, for the last Archaeology First Thursday presentation of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Robert Kopperl (SWCA),  Amanda Taylor (SWCA), and  Kenneth Ames (PSU)  will present: Human Settlement of the Puget Sound Lowland at the Late Pleistocene-Holocene Transition as seen from the Bear Creek Site (45KI839)

The Bear Creek site in suburban Seattle is the first archaeologically excavated site dating to the Late Pleistocene-Holocene (LPH) transition in Western Washington that has yielded lithic artifacts.  The information it provides regarding very early settlement, technology, and land use in the Puget Lowlands is therefore singular at this time.  Researchers will present the results of the 2013 large-scale data recovery excavation and subsequent analyses.

The presentation will take place at 4 pm  in Smith Memorial Student Union in Room 236.

We look forward to seeing you all here.

June 4 Bear Creek Presentation at PSU


Tweed Ride Tacoma Happening this Saturday

Celebrate the end of Historic Preservation Month and Bike Month by joining this fun and healthy bicycle ride on Saturday, May 30. The ride begins at 10:30 am at the historic Pagoda building at Point Defiance Park and ends at beautiful and historic Wright Park near the Stadium-Seminary Historic District. At the end, bring your own picnic for lunch and enjoy lawn games. This ride not only features traveling through Tacoma’s historic neighborhoods, it celebrates bicycling’s long history as safe & healthy transportation. Wear your old tweeds for a chance to win a prize.

This event is co-sponsored by the City of Tacoma Historic Preservation office as part of Historic Preservation Month.



Archaeology Road Show 2015

May 11, 2015 — Taste native fish from tribal fisheries, sample mead and beer brewed from historic recipes and celebrate archaeology from this region and beyond May 30 at Portland State University’s fourth annual Archaeology Roadshow.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held at from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 at PSU’s Hoffman Hall, next to the Portland Farmers Market, at 1833 S.W. 11th Ave.

The theme this year is “The Archaeology of Food.” You can try local fishes, such as smoked eulachon and sucker provided by tribal fisheries; sip mead and beer brewed from recipes in the Oregon Hops and Brewing archives; learn about the real Paleodiet; and meet Wes Cowan of the PBS show “History Detectives,” formerly of “Antiques Roadshow.” There will be a variety of kid-friendly activities, exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, history projects and tool making. Presentations will be hosted by archaeologists and community members with local and traditional knowledge from universities, federal and state agencies, tribes, archaeology companies, and non-profit organizations.

“Most people are fascinated by archaeology but think they need to visit faraway places to experience it,” says Virginia Butler, PSU professor and lead organizer of the Roadshow. “However, archaeology ‘happens’ right here.  The Roadshow is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn about our shared heritage—in our region and beyond—and have fun at the same time.”

A panel of experts in archaeology, paleontology and geology will be on hand to identify the personal artifacts visitors bring. Stone, bone, woven, plant and historical items are welcome. Please do not bring live plants or animals. No appraisals will be given; the Archaeology Roadshow does not authenticate or value items for sale.

Nearly 500 people attended last year’s Roadshow, organized by Portland State University’s Anthropology Department, with help from over 100 volunteers, students and community partners. For more information on the Roadshow, visit the Anthropology website. Watch video of last year’s show:


City of Olympia Historic Building Photo Exhibition

Celebrating Our Downtown Historic Buildings

To showcase our downtown’s special historical character, the City of Olympia’s Heritage Commission is launching a photo exhibition at the new Downtown Welcome Center at the corner of 4th Avenue and Franklin Street.  This event is held in conjunction with other National Historic Preservation Month activities.

Starting May 29th, this temporary historical photo display will celebrate downtown’s “landmark birthdays”, giving special recognition to buildings that have turned 50, 75, 100 and 125 over the past five years.  Over 30 of our downtown landmarks will be featured, ranging from the 1884 Mottman Building to the 1913 Olympia Knitting Mills, 1937 North Coast Depot, and the 1963 Capital Savings & Loan Building.  The Rex Building itself, home of the Downtown Welcome Center, is featured for celebrating its 100th birthday this year.  The photo display will be on view at the Downtown Welcome Center throughout the month of June.

Join the Downtown Welcome Center partners – the City of Olympia, Downtown Ambassadors, Olympia Downtown Association, Olympia|Lacey|Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau, and Parking & Business Improvement Area Board – for a kick-off of the exhibit:

Friday, May 29, 2015

  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    Downtown Welcome Center, 301 4th Avenue SE, Olympia, WA

Friday’s ODA Downtown Academy will also feature a presentation on these noteworthy downtown buildings and is open to all:

Friday, May 29, 2015
8:30 a.m.
New Caldonia Building Atrium, 116 5th Avenue SE, Olympia, WA

Contact Michelle Sadlier at with any questions.


DOR – Local Government Partnership Meetings

Come join us!
The Department of Revenue has scheduled two Local Government Partnership meetings, one in Western and another in Eastern Washington. This is a great opportunity for all local governments to hear from the Department.

Agenda Topics

Here are some of the topics:

-New legislation                                 -Taxability of IT products and services

-Update on Federal legislation           -Local sales tax research

-New sales tax portal

Also, Janea Eddy from the Department of Commerce will be giving a presentation on CERB (Community Economic Revitalization Board).

Registration Deadline

Please register by May 27, 2015

On-line Registration
Western Washington:

Date: Wednesday, June 3

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30)

Location: Comfort Inn Conference Center, 1620 74th Ave SW, Tumwater

Note: This meeting will also be offered via WebEx. (be sure to check the box on the registration form indicating you wish to participate via WebEx).


Eastern Washington:

Date: Wednesday, June 10

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30)

Location: Best Western Lake Front Hotel, 3000 West Marina Dr, Moses Lake


**CPE credits will be offered at both meetings.**

Contact us

For more information, or if you have a question please contact Randy Humphreys at or Patti Wilson at or (360) 534-1543.