National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers is a national non-profit organization

NCSHPO's page is designed to help communicate the work we do, as well as the work of our members.

12/06/2023

We can hardly wait for 2024 National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week!

Join Preservation Action & the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers in DC this March!

Registration and more details are coming soon...in the meantime, be sure to hold March 4-7, 2024!

Yesterday, NCSHPO Executive Director Erik Hein was invited to offer remarks at the 'Strengthening Historic & Cultural Pr...
11/30/2023

Yesterday, NCSHPO Executive Director Erik Hein was invited to offer remarks at the 'Strengthening Historic & Cultural Preservation Roundtable' in Washington, DC, hosted by Ranking Member Raul M. Grijalva of the House Committee on Natural Resources: Democrats.

The roundtable welcomed other historic preservation-minded colleagues including: Chair Sara Bronin of the ACHP - Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Shasta Gaughen, President of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, Shaw Sprague representing the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and ACHP Indian Tribe Member Reno Franklin.

Mr. Hein eloquently conveyed the history & importance of the National Historic Preservation Act, the need for adequate funding for SHPOs & THPOs, the reauthorization of the now expired Historic Preservation Fund, support of federal historic tax credits, and more.

We sincerely thank Congressional Representatives Teresa Leger Fernandez (NM), Don Beyer (VA), Representative Sydney Kamlager - Dove (CA), Representative Seth Magaziner (RI), & Rep. Melanie Stansbury (NM) for your participation, and for your commitment to elevating our nations historic & cultural past, present, and future!

What a great way to close out Native American Heritage Month.

You can read the press release, catch up with the recording, and read the panelist statements here:

The House Committee on Natural Resources - Democrats - Ranking Member Raul M. Grijalva

Today is Giving Tuesday! Drop a comment below to suggest your favorite Historic Preservation related causes to donate to...
11/28/2023

Today is Giving Tuesday! Drop a comment below to suggest your favorite Historic Preservation related causes to donate to. Help spread the word of great historic preservation causes nationally, in your state, and locally!

Great news from Maryland Historical Trust - who are set to launch their e106 online project submission system on Decembe...
11/27/2023

Great news from Maryland Historical Trust - who are set to launch their e106 online project submission system on December 6th!

The Section 106 review process is a component of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. SHPOs play an important role in Section 106 review nationwide - and we love to see states constantly working to improve their processes in order to fulfill these responsibilities!

11/23/2023
A great time was had at the National Trust for Historic Preservation PastForward Conference! From the engaging sessions ...
11/13/2023

A great time was had at the National Trust for Historic Preservation PastForward Conference! From the engaging sessions to tours, the opening reception hosted at the restored Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, and the PAF auction hosted by Preservation Action!

ACHP - Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Heritage & Historic Preservation - NPS
National Preservation Partners Network
National Trust Community Investment Corporation

See you there!
11/07/2023

See you there!



Happy PastForward Week!! 📣

We can't wait to see the extended preservation community in Washington, DC this week!

Attendees can find key information, including the daily schedule of events, at: https://savingplaces.org/conference

11/04/2023

We've ✨redesigned ✨ our website!

Update your bookmarks to https://www.nps.gov/subjects/heritagedocumentation

ABOUT THE NEW WEBSITE
The new website has been reorganized so that you can find information easier. It is also integrated into the National Park Service Content Management System, which means that certain design features, layouts, and structures are uniform throughout the bureau. The new design now responsive so that it works better on various screen sizes like your phone or tablet.

While there is still some work to do, the new site contains all the essential information our visitors need to engage with and contribute to HABS/HAER/HALS.

Check-out the new Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS website at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/heritagedocumentation

WANT TO SEARCH THE HABS/HAER/HALS COLLECTION?
The URL to access the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection - the nation's largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and cultural landscape documentation in The Library of Congress - has NOT changed and remains https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/


"About 30 percent of positions at historic preservation offices in some states are now vacant, said Erik Hein, executive...
11/03/2023

"About 30 percent of positions at historic preservation offices in some states are now vacant, said Erik Hein, executive director of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. In addition to archeologists, the offices employ anthropologists, architects, community outreach specialists and other individuals with specific expertise".

Read more in E&E News.

The surge in federal cash for renewables and low-carbon energy is spurring demand for professions that are not always associated with energy.

A few more from last weeks NCSHPO Fall Board Meeting in North Carolina!NC Department of Natural & Cultural ResourcesWyom...
11/01/2023

A few more from last weeks NCSHPO Fall Board Meeting in North Carolina!

NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Georgia Historic Preservation Division
Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Michigan State Historic Preservation Office
NY State Parks & Historic Sites
New Jersey Historic Preservation Office
New Mexico Historic Preservation Division
Wisconsin Historical Society
Maryland Historical Trust
Texas Historical Commission
ACHP - Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
National Park Service
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Thank you for sharing your beautiful city with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers!We can't ...
10/26/2023

Thank you for sharing your beautiful city with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers!

We can't wait to visit again!

The City of Mount Airy, NC Downtown Mount Airy

This recent local designation in Fairfax County, VA highlights the 1960s development Randall Estates. Jube Shiver Sr led...
10/17/2023

This recent local designation in Fairfax County, VA highlights the 1960s development Randall Estates. Jube Shiver Sr led the creation of this neighborhood at a time when racial covenants in many subdivisions prevented Black people from purchasing homes.

"Shiver convinced Randall [a landowner] and his neighbors of his vision to build homes for Black families who could afford the same lifestyle as suburban white families but were barred from housing by discriminatory laws and policies."

The result was 20 acres of middle class housing geared towards African American professionals just outside Washington, DC.

https://mvonthemove.com/g/mount-vernon-va/n/219599/historic-designation-won-subdivision-built-black-entrepreneur-during-jim

Very cool, Preservation of Historic Wi******er.Also reminds us of this movie quote:"The most interesting things happen i...
10/13/2023

Very cool, Preservation of Historic Wi******er.

Also reminds us of this movie quote:

"The most interesting things happen in doorways, at the borders, right along the edges" ~ Inferno, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks)

WI******ER — What do you see regularly, but rarely notice when you come and go from your home, your workplace or any building you visit?

"In the Tidewater region, there are more than 100 Green Book sites across the greater Hampton Roads area, from Glouceste...
10/13/2023

"In the Tidewater region, there are more than 100 Green Book sites across the greater Hampton Roads area, from Gloucester County to Portsmouth and beyond. 13News Now - WVEC reporting compiled the status of those sites, and found roughly 85% of those sites named were either demolished or designated as an "unknown" status.

"For black Virginians, driving the roads and by-ways during Jim Crow was a dangerous proposition. You didn't know if the hotel or gas station would serve you or threaten you," Del. Mike Mullin said, the chief co-patron on the legislation along with Del. Jeion Ward.

"It wasn't just a guide book, it was a life line," Del. Mullin added.

"The process to identify and install a green book marker at each qualified site in Virginia could take years", according to officials with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

"However, there are already two more planned for being unveiled: Miller's and Eggleston Hotels in Richmond and Yancey House and Grasty Library in Danville."

https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/mycity/hampton/virginias-first-state-green-book-historical-marker-installed-hampton-what-it-honors-and-whats-next/291-9e1ad30a-4213-4cda-936f-b6f1faf66eee?fbclid=IwAR3h5jSLPaUyLlvyhB5-rUy3QSUfdbWByIhfmVVstA1xKLhOgnPLJJNmmX8

According to 13News Now reporting, roughly 85% of the Green Book locations across the Tidewater region are either demolished or designated as an "unknown" status.

Check out this snapshot of archeological resource discovery on the Eastern Shore by the Virginia Department of Historic ...
10/08/2023

Check out this snapshot of archeological resource discovery on the Eastern Shore by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources!

As Virginia and several other states continues to celebrate archeology month, we're reminded of how archeology can link us to the past and enrich our future.

https://www.dhr.virginia.gov/blog-posts/virginia-eastern-shore-archaeology-at-eyreville-colonial-american-history/?fbclid=IwAR1kieLjXMhreK5sTsZaYcMRYfEbRdoZ_2XxFeyQeRLLU-s2hClS8spzpwA

Recent archaeological investigations at this massive 17th-century estate may change our understanding of the lives of English settlers during the earliest years of Virginia’s colonial period.

Interested in designing a historic preservation focused program for your local realtors &/or developers?Join National Al...
10/05/2023

Interested in designing a historic preservation focused program for your local realtors &/or developers?

Join National Alliance of Preservation Commissions next week to learn some helpful tips and tricks for organizing a program near you.

Did you know several states celebrate archeology month in October?California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Massachuset...
10/01/2023

Did you know several states celebrate archeology month in October?

California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Iowa (Sep-Oct), New York (May-Oct).

Hey SHPOs in these states! What exciting things do you have going on for Archeology month that folks should check out? Comment/link below with how folks can celebrate archeology month in your state!

https://www.archaeological.org/programs/educators/more-resources/statemonths/

California Office of Historic Preservation
CT State Historic Preservation Office
Louisiana Office of Cultural Development
Maine Historic Preservation Commission
Michigan State Historic Preservation Office
Mississippi Department of Archives & History
Ohio History Connection
Oklahoma Historical Society
Oregon Heritage
Pennsylvania Trails of History
Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission
Texas Historical Commission
Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History
State Historical Society of Iowa
NY State Parks & Historic Sites
Massachusetts Historical Commission

State Archaeology and Historic Preservation Months/Weeks on the AIA website

Yesterday, the National Park Service Technical Preservation Services division hosted an advanced training for frequent u...
09/27/2023

Yesterday, the National Park Service Technical Preservation Services division hosted an advanced training for frequent users of the federal historic tax credit program, with support from National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.

The training reviewed the tax credit application process, addressed common challenges, and answered questions from consultants.

National Park Service
Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS

Yesterday afternoon SHPO staff were treated to a tour of the Department of Interior building in Washington, DC courtesy ...
09/26/2023

Yesterday afternoon SHPO staff were treated to a tour of the Department of Interior building in Washington, DC courtesy of the NPS Technical Preservation Services division Heritage & Historic Preservation - NPS National Park Service.

The impressively wide hallways allow ample space to enjoy the extensive murals on each floor of the building. The rooftop view of Washington, DC cannot be beat!

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
Tennessee Historical Commission
Kentucky Heritage Council - SHPO
Alabama Historical Commission
History Colorado
Missouri State Parks

"The Department of the Interior was the first building in Washington, D.C. authorized, designed, and built by the Roosevelt Administration. Construction began in April of 1935 and was completed in December of 1936 - a record time for the building of a federal structure of its size and complexity."

https://www.doi.gov/ofas/modernization/mib-history #:~:text=The%20Department%20of%20the%20Interior,of%20its%20size%20and%20complexity.

09/15/2023

Interested in learning more about the Historic Preservation Fund?

Need some talking points in your efforts to reauthorize and improve the HPF?

Check out the recent report: The Cumulative Impact of the Historic Preservation Fund

This years-long effort was undertaken by NCSHPO through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service. The report, authored by PlaceEconomics, reflects upon the impacts spurred by the Historic Preservation Fund.

Read the report:
https://ncshpo.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/HPF-Cumulative-Report-2023-Place-Economics.pdf

The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers is a national non-profit organization

As we continue to grapple with climate change in historic preservation, there are challenges for not only the living, bu...
09/14/2023

As we continue to grapple with climate change in historic preservation, there are challenges for not only the living, but also the deceased.

Caskets float in floods, and climate change effects increasingly swamp cemeteries. Meanwhile, families face pain and anguish.

Back in March, attendees of National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week were treated to a tour of the Belmont-Paul Wome...
08/26/2023

Back in March, attendees of National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week were treated to a tour of the Belmont-Paul Womens Equality National Monument!

Since January 2022, the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington D.C. has been undergoing a major renovation funded through the Great American Outdoors Act. The work included the replacement of the metal roof; rehabilitation of historic windows; major upgrades to the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; structural repairs to select flooring areas; and installation of a new fire sprinkler system, plaster repair, and new paint. Additional structural repairs mean that this 200-year-old historic structure will be around for generations to come. The home is once again open to the public. Hours of operation are Friday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Learn more at: https://www.nps.gov/bepa/learn/history-of-the-house.htm

Image: The number 144 in the stained-glass fan window above the front door. When the window was added in the 1880s, the house stood at 144 B Street, Northeast. The street was renamed Constitution Avenue in 1931.

The official end of Summer is 1 month away - but with kids headed back to school, we find ourselves reminiscing about ou...
08/24/2023

The official end of Summer is 1 month away - but with kids headed back to school, we find ourselves reminiscing about our summer vacations. What is your favorite historic coastal destination? Cape May, NJ? St. Augustine, FL? Newport, RI? Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA?

Steps from the beach in Ocean City, MD you'll find the circa 1900 St. Paul's by the Sea Episcopal Church. At night, one cannot help but be drawn to the colorful light illuminating the historic building - just one part of several updates made earlier this year. The vibrant lighting changes for various holidays and serves to stay relevant among generational shifts.

“St. Paul’s By-The-Sea is a Gothic Revival wood-shingled church which has survived with only minor alterations in its wood-shingled exterior,” writes architectural historian Paul Touart. “The corner bell tower and entrance are notable for their pointed-arch openings. The sides of the church are also defined by the pointed-arch stained-glass windows.

https://mdcoastdispatch.com/2023/02/23/historic-oc-church-features-new-light-display/

Recently named to the National Register of Historic Places - NPS, this Westchester model Lustron home in Erie County, NY...
08/22/2023

Recently named to the National Register of Historic Places - NPS, this Westchester model Lustron home in Erie County, NY is representative of the mass-produced Lustron House. This example also meets the requirements of the Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPDF) of the "Lustron Houses of New York".

Originally manufactured in 1949, this house (and matching garage) were originally assembled/erected in the next County over in 1950. In 2017, the house & garage were relocated to their current site. While relocated properties are generally not eligible for
the National Register, since Lustron houses were designed to be transportable and modular, their significance is not tied to location and setting.

According to the nomination form filed by NY State Parks & Historic Sites "The house itself is highly intact and retains key character-defining features of Lustron houses, including original unpainted enameled metal panels on both the exterior and interior, the historic metal roofing, original interior plan and room configuration, fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen, and built-in features such as the vanity, shelving, and room divider closets. The house retains its original aluminum windows as well as its original doors. The garage is similarly intact."

About 1,500 Lustron homes are thought to still be in existence today. https://metalbuildinghomes.org/lustron-homes/

08/21/2023

Looking for a way YOU can get involved in ?

The Local Preservation School is FREE, online resource to teach people how to save and sustain historic places — and they want you to be part of it!

The online school helps to share the skills and knowledge needed to get neighbors excited about local history, protect threatened landmarks from demolition, and secure resources for reinvestment in your historic neighborhood.

Learn more and get involved at https://localpreservation.github.io/

The Local Preservation School is supported by the National Park Service and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.

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