Please visit 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 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,, or at the APTNW Website,


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


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



Views from the Northwoods – Polson Museum – Hoquiam

Depicting modern logging in Grays Harbor and Mason counties, our exhibit displays twenty-nine of Tylczak’s evocative images, plus one-hundred-and-eighty cycled on our flat-panel TV. As Simpson’s bridge shows, John Tylczak has mastered the black-and-white art of the large-format camera.

Inspired by legendary logging photographers B. B. Jones and Darius Kinsey, Tylczak is described by state historian John Hughes as “a gifted photographer,” his works, “historically significant and artistically impressive modern hidden treasures.”

The places and tools of modern logging come alive in Tylczak’s views. Visitors can take a rewarding backward glance at the memorable people who have made Northwoods logging and sawmilling hum.

The exhibit runs through the end of the year.



Repatriating the Ancient One

On Friday, on behalf of Governor Jay Inslee, State Historic Preservation Officer, Dr. Allyson Brooks, had the incredible honor of repatriating the Ancient One, known as Kennewick Man, back to his family, the five claimant tribes. The tribes had been working to retrieve their ancestor for 20 years. Two years ago, the agency joined in the fight to bring the Ancient One home. The Governor and State Senator John McCoy helped Dr. Brooks bring this situation to our Congressional delegation and requested their assistance in bringing this matter to a close. Working with Congress, Dr. Brooks assisted Congressional staff with drafting legislation that would transfer the Ancient One to the agency, and then the agency, with their expertise, would conduct a repatriation to the five claimant tribes. The legislation was placed in the WIIN Act of 2016 but it still took some effort to have the Ancient One transferred to the State. Last Friday, staff from the Burke Museum, Dr. Guy Tasa, and staff from the Corps of Engineers, with tribal representatives and Dr. Brooks in attendance, conducted an inventory of the remains. Two hours later, the Ancient One was transferred to the State of Washington and ten minutes later, the Ancient One was transferred back to his descendants. Over thirty tribal members from the five tribes at the Burke were waiting to witness the transfer and bring him home. After the transfer, the Ancient One was bundled in a moving ceremony, and he was driven home. As the tribes placed him in their car, two eagles began circling overhead. He was laid back to rest on Saturday morning along the landscape that he knew so well. On the way home, Dr. Guy Tasa sighed and said, “now I’ve seen the remains, how could anyone not think he was not Native American?” Major kudos and a huge thank you go out to Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Patty Murray, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Dan Newhouse, State Senator John McCoy, State Senator Jim Honeyford, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Washington State archaeological community for supporting the efforts of our agency and the claimant tribes. Major kudos to the Burke Museum for their work curating and caring for Ancient One for so many years. A special thank you to curator Laura Phillips to being so incredibly knowledgable and prepared for our inventory, which allowed for a smooth and seamless process.

What did we learn from this situation? That the tribes oral history had been correct all along. He was their ancestor, he walked a lot (it was 8,600 years ago..what else are you going to do?), he ate marine life out of the Columbia River and may have traveled to the Coast, and yes, he moved along the hills, plateau and rivers of the PNW. The plaintiff scientists never contacted Dr. Guy Tasa or the agency for any comparative sample information which had always concerned us as good science requires comparative samples and peer review. In the end, after litigation that cost the taxpayers millions of dollars unnecessarily, our PNW tribes were proven correct, that he was their family member.

It was an incredible honor for Dr. Brooks and Dr. Tasa to conduct the repatriation on Friday and to finally end a long injustice. And for anyone that thinks tribes and archaeologists don’t or can’t get along…that is absolutely untrue. This saga shows that if nothing else, here in the PNW we are partners in cultural resource protection.


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!