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!




How Bellingham was rehabilitated one building at a time!

What a great video!




APT Northwest Chapter Workshop – Masonry Repellents


10th Annual Cultural Resources Protection Summit – Registration Open

Early Bird Registration for the 2017 Summit Opens is now OPEN!!  We look forward to seeing you at the 10th annual Summit in beautiful Suquamish, WA.  To receive the Early Bird discount, be sure to register by the April 24 deadline; registration forms and links are now available on the Summit website. Please keep in mind all the important information and deadlines listed below.

The Preliminary Draft Agenda has been posted; check back often for updates.  Sessions on Day 1 (Wednesday, May 24) will focus on issues of particular interest to land use planners and developers, while Day 2 will address more advanced Cultural Resource Management (CRM) topics.  If you are a land use planner, a CRM professional, or someone who works with these parties, you need to attend the 10th Annual Summit! CM credits for Planners will be applied for in cooperation with the Planning Association of Washington (PAW).


Registration for Revitalize WA now Open!

Revitalize WA
Downtown Ellensburg | April 24-26, 2017

Mark your calendars – RevitalizeWA will take place April 24-26, 2017 in downtown Ellensburg! We are excited to work with the Ellensburg Downtown Association and local community partners to plan an excellent conference in this nationally-accredited Washington Main Street Community.

RevitalizeWA is Washington’s annual statewide conference focused on historic preservation and economic revitalization. RevitalizeWA is brought to you by Washington State Main Street Program, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation

Register Now!



2017 HALS Challenge – City parks wanted!

Does your community have a special city or town park that should be documented by the Historic American Landscape Survey? Well it’s time for the 8th Annual HALS Challenge.

For the 8th annual HALS Challenge, the NPS invites you to
document a historic city or town park. In 2016, the National
Park Service celebrated its centennial with the FIND YOUR
PARK movement to spread the word about the amazing
national parks and the inspirational stories they tell about our
diverse cultural heritage. Find Your Park is about more than
just national parks! It’s also about local parks and the many
ways that the American public can connect with history and
culture and make new discoveries. With more than 80% of
Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are becoming
more important than ever.

Perhaps the city or town park you choose to document may:
+be so popular that it is threatened by overuse;
+be challenged with incompatible additions or updates;
+suffer from neglect and deferred maintenance;
+be unnoticed with its significance unappreciated;
+be documented to encourage its preservation.
There are many fascinating historic city and town parks in all
50 states. People from every state are hereby challenged to
complete at least one HALS short format history to document
these beloved resources.

Please contact your state ASLA Chapter’s volunteer HALS Liaison if possible when you have selected a site to document for the HALS Challenge to be sure no one else is already preparing a HALS historic report for it. The HALS liason for Washington is:

Duane Dietz, ASLA, LEED AP
Senior Associate
jones & jones
architects · landscape architects · planners
105 south main street suite 300 seattle wa 98104
p 206 624 5702 ext 227   c 206 462 8562   f 206 624 5923



RFQ for Bellingham Waterfront Historic Resources Plan

The City of Bellingham has released this RFQ. Please see the link below for more information.



Wisaard Q & A

Happy Monday everyone! Time for some Wisaard fun facts!

Q: Sometimes when I use the Filter Search in Wisaard I get duplicate results? What is that? What should I do?

A: A duplicate result is when the same exact Resource, with the same exact identification number, appears in search results more than once. This could potentially occur when searching in any of the data categories using the Filter Search function.

For example, say I wanted to find all of the buildings in the Wisaard inventory with Terra Cotta cladding built between 1940 and 1969. I would go to the Property category and use the Filter Search button. Like this:









The results would look like this:







Notice that the top two results are exactly the same. You can tell that they are exactly the same because the Property ID is exactly the same. The ID number for each type of Resource (i.e. Smithsonian number (archy sites), Record ID (cemeteries) etc…) is discrete. There cannot be two separate Resources with the same ID number. If you were to examine the data in these two records, you would see that it is exactly the same. These are actually “virtual duplicates.” That means that the data is not in the system twice, it is just appearing twice in the search. This will sometimes happen when trying to extract data with more than one search filter. I won’t get into the weeds about why this is happening, and it is not something that can be easily remedied, which is why it is still occurring. It is on our list of things to do.

For the user, it is important to know that it happens. Remember, Wisaard is a starting place for research and records searches and the data must always be critically examined before coming to any conclusions.