ACHP Sends Report on Historic Post Office Disposals to Congress
Responding to a specific requirement placed upon the ACHP by the 2014 congressional appropriations bill, the ACHP today issued PRESERVING HISTORIC POST OFFICES: A Report to Congress. The report finds that significant improvements to United States Postal Service planning and compliance for its historic preservation and disposal programs are needed.
Read the report here.
Read the press release here.
ACHP Applauds National Building Museum’s 2014 Honor Awards
The National Building Museum has bestowed its 2014 Honor Award on Mrs. Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United States and honorary chair of Preserve America, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), in recognition of their efforts to preserve the nation’s architectural and built heritage. The awards were presented at the annual Honor Award gala on April 1 in Washington, D.C.
John L. Nau III, former chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and president and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., was one of the two tribute speakers. Read Nau's remarks here. Michael Beschloss, presidential historian for NBC News and commentator for PBS NewsHour, was the other speaker. Read more here.
ACHP Business Meeting News Roundup
MARCH 7--The ACHP met today in Washington, D.C. for its winter business meeting to present the Chairman’s Award, issue the Rightsizing Task Force’s final report to the public, entertain motions on involving all people in historic preservation and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, and discussing Section 106 issues, among others. Read more here.
ACHP Produces Rightsizing Report to Aid Localities in Managing Change
The ACHP's Rightsizing Task Force has published its report on the effects of rightsizing in legacy cities across America, offering policy ideas and recommendations for all levels of government. Read more. Read the press release.
C&O Canal Trust, C&O Canal National Historical Park Receive ACHP Chairman’s Award for Canal Quarters Program
Today at the ACHP’s winter business meeting, the Chairman’s Award went to an innovative program that restores and reuses historic lockkeepers’ houses along the famed C&O Canal. Read more.
Submit Comments for the ACHP's Report to Congress on Historic Post Offices
The public is invited to submit comments to the ACHP in order to inform its report to Congress on the United State Postal Service's disposal of historic facilities. Congress tasked the ACHP in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 to develop this report on appropriate steps to ensure that the United States Postal Service (USPS) complies with the provisions of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act regarding its planned disposals. Read more.
ACHP Launches New Web Section
Involving All People in Preservation will showcase different professions and people who make up the cadre of historic preservationists across the country. Tune in for new Q&A stories frequently. Read more.
ACHP Comments to U.S. House Oversight Committee on D.C. Height Act
In 2012, Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, requested that the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and the District of Columbia (Office of Planning, DCOP) jointly conduct a study “to examine the extent to which the Height of Buildings Act of 1910 continues to serve federal and local interests, and how changes to the law could affect the future of the city.”
Given the ACHP’s statutory role of advising the President and the Congress on historic preservation matters, staff participated in the discussions conducted jointly by the NCPC and the DCOP regarding possible modifications to the Height of Buildings Act (Height Act) (DC ST § 6-601). Earlier this week, the ACHP provided comments to the Committee, which were developed with input from its members. Read more.
National History Teacher of the Year Named
ACHP Publishes Measuring Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation
A report by Washington, D.C.-based PlaceEconomics is now available here. Read more about the study and the importance that historic preservation makes in your community.
Historic Preservation Provides Great Benefits for Nation’s Communities
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Leading national experts discussed how historic preservation tools can assist economic, educational and cultural renewal in the nation’s communities at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation annual conference on Sept. 19, 2013. The panel included ACHP Vice Chairman Clement A. Price and was titled “Preserving African American Historic Places: Breathing New Life into Our Communities.” Please read more about the informative session.
ACHP Announces Release of Section 106 Applicant Toolkit
This Toolkit provides helpful tips and advice for applicants navigating the Section 106 process to make better informed decisions to improve outcomes in the review process and avoid unnecessary delays. It includes an overview of the Section 106 requirements and step by step guidance on consulting with states and Indian tribes, engaging stakeholders, and avoiding inadvertent activities that may adversely affect historic properties. Explore the toolkit here.
ACHP Chairman and Vice Chairman Re-appointed
President Barack Obama has announced the appointment to a second term on the ACHP for Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA and Vice Chairman Clement Price, PhD. Read more.
Brownsville, Texas, uses Preserve America Money to Spark Downtown Development
At one of Texas’s most famous border towns, Brownsville has turned its once vacant and abandoned Downtown into a visitor’s mecca. Using its expansive supply of historic resources that just needed a little boost, the city now has four times the visitorship compared to a decade ago. Preserve America Grant funding of $132,870 helped spark the work to make downtown Brownsville a successful cultural tourist destination. Read more
ACHP Applauds Publication of Latino Theme Study
The National Park Service knows that Latino history is history. American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Studyis a publication of the National Park System Advisory Board for the National Park Service. This theme study is for students and teachers, researchers, preservation professionals, local, state and federal government officials, and for the general public. In other words, it's for you. Read more
Preserve America Forum Provides ACHP Members Opportunity to Explore Program’s Future Direction
Ten years after the initiative’s launch, four panelists representing different facets of the Preserve America program discussed the current state and future direction of the program with ACHP members at a forum held in conjunction with the ACHP’s summer business meeting.
The invited guest panelists, who made presentations and then responded to questions and explored the program’s operation with members, were Mayor Salvatore Panto, Jr. of Easton, Pennsylvania; Dr. Robert Billington of the Blackstone River Valley Tourism Council, Rhode Island; Ms. Kathleen Kilpatrick, the Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer; and Ms. Cheryl Oliver of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The forum resulted from the ACHP’s desire to offer an opportunity for several local, regional, and national Preserve America program participants and beneficiaries from various parts of the country to share some of their experiences. Collectively, the panelists provided the ACHP members, staff, and audience with an excellent understanding of the reach and benefits of the program.
This will assist the ACHP to begin an examination of the future of the Preserve America program within the current Administration’s priorities and examine how to best utilize its components as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016. Read more about the Forum here.
New Preserve America Communities Named
First Lady Michelle Obama recently named three new Preserve America Communities, bringing the nationwide total to 890. Read more.
Preserve America Stewards Named
First Lady Michelle Obama named two new Preserve America Stewards, bringing the nationwide total to 40. Read more.
35th Anniversary Report on Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings
Our friends at the National Park Service have released a report on the 35th anniversary of the first certified rehabilitation project,certified in 1977, under the historic tax credit program. The report features statistics, case studies, and other information on the program over the last 35 years.
The report discusses the successes of the program, both in terms of the historic buildings that have been rehabilitated throughout the nation, in communities both large and small, as well as how the program has contributed to community revitalization, job creation and other economic benefits, the reuse of such vacant or underutilized building types as manufacturing buildings and schools, energy conservation and sustainability, innovative reuse projects, disaster relief, and revitalizing Main Street. Read more.
President’s Budget Supports Historic Preservation
In this era of austerity, the President’s budget for 2014 delivered to Capitol Hill brings welcome news to the field of historic preservation. It includes $56 million from the Historic Preservation Fund for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, a continuation of prior funding levels, and adds $3 million for a new competitive grant program for the survey and nomination of properties to the National Register and as National Historic Landmarks associated with underrepresented communities.
The President’s FY 2014 budget also includes a significant increase for the ACHP. The overall request is $6,531,000. This represents a $432,772 or 7 percent increase over the FY 2012 level, restoring the 10 percent cut for the ACHP in FY 2013 and returning authorized staffing to the FY 2012 level. The funds are being sought to bolster the ACHP’s critical role in the Section 106 process.
While the President’s budget is only the beginning of the appropriations process, the Administration’s continued support for historic preservation is a positive first step.
New Preserve America Fact Sheet Now Available
Read the updated fact sheet about the Preserve America program.
Preserve America E-Newsletter Available
Read the latest e-newsletter with stories of new designations and activities Preserve America Communities can host for heritage tourism, and much more.
Section 106 Success Stories
The Section 106 process can breed much success with projects large and small. Consultation is a hallmark of the process. Read about three Section 106 success stories here.
Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation Study Released
A 2011 study commissioned by the ACHP, with funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, identifies and analyzes methods for measuring the economic impacts of historic preservation. The report focuses on such economic indicators as jobs and household income, property values, heritage tourism, sustainable development, and downtown revitalization, and recommends ways to improve our understanding of how preservation activity supports economic vitality.
Read the full report here.
Read a brief compilation of related facts and figures here.
Section 3 Report to the President Now Available
The 2012 Report to the President on the federal government's stewardship of its historic properties is now available. The report can be downloaded here.
Citizen's Guide to Section 106 New Edition Now Available
The ACHP is proud to announce it has updated and reissued Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizenís Guide to Section 106. The Citizenís Guide is a useful tool for learning how to protect historic places in your community.
Preserve America Grants Effectiveness Report Released
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has released a report to Congress on the preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of Preserve America Grants over the last four years. Read more.
Summit Progress Reports
Agencies have reported their continuous progress on the recommendations issued from the Preserve America Summit for enhancing and advancing the historic preservation program in the United States and abroad. Summit progress.
Updated April 18, 2014