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Newly Updated Online Tool Assists with Involving Indian Tribes Early in Section 106 Process

A key to successful Section 106 consultation is inviting interested parties to the table as early as possible in the process. However, sometimes sound research is needed to determine which Indian tribes have an interest in the project area. A new source of information to aid in the process is the Tribal Directory Assistance Tool (TDAT), developed and administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Environment and Energy (HUD). This web-based tribal contact database contains information about the geographic areas of current and ancestral interest to federally recognized Indian tribes. Read more about this useful tool that ACHP member agency HUD is promoting.


LGBT Pride Month – Historic NYC Bar Still Serving Gay Population More than 50 Years After ‘Sip-In’

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated each June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. However, a full three years prior to Stonewall, a “sip-in” was staged at another New York City establishment, Julius’ Bar. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016, Julius’ Bar, located at the corner of West 10th Street and Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, was built in 1826. After serving as a grocery store, the structure has been a bar since 1864.

According to the bar’s website, it was a popular speakeasy during Prohibition that was frequented by many of the most famous jazz and literary legends of that time: “It started to attract a gay clientele in the 1950s and it is surely the oldest gay bar in the city and the oldest bar in the village.” On April 21, 1966 four activists from the Mattachine Society staged the “sip-in,” ordering drinks and declaring they were gay, at Julius’ Bar to challenge the New York Liquor Authority’s regulation prohibiting bars and restaurants from serving alcohol to homosexuals. This action sparked an investigation from the NYC Commission on Human Rights and led to overturning the regulation in court.

Today, the bar’s owners continue its social-mindedness by supporting the local community by donating to several charities and community organizations. Click here for more information about Julius’ Bar and its listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Apply Now for Cultural Heritage Fellowship

The ACHP, in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships and Internships, announces we are now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 Cultural Heritage Fellowship.

The Smithsonian is pleased to have the Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) on board for this year’s fellowship with the theme: Heritage of the District of Columbia. Prospective candidates should have an interest in cultural or historic preservation; and local DC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2018, and will consist of a project proposal, resume, a letter of recommendation, and letters of commitment from advisors at the ACHP and ACM. All the details can be found here.

 

New Chairman-Nominee Has Senate Hearing Today

May 15–ACHP Chairman-Nominate Aimee Jorjani testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today prior to the Senate vote on her confirmation. Ms. Jorjani will become the first full-time ACHP chairman if she is confirmed. Read more about the committee meeting and her testimony.

President Announces Intent to Nominate New ACHP Chairman

March 13—The President announced his intent to nominate Aimee Jorjani as the ACHP’s first full-time chairman. She has a long career in historic preservation and related interests. As a result of 2016 legislation, the full-time ACHP chairman position is Senate-confirmed, so current Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson will remain in the job until Jorjani is confirmed. Read the ACHP press release here. Read the White House announcement here.

New Report Cites Historic Tax Credits Create Thousands of Jobs and Billions of Dollars in Investment

March 12--The National Park Service issued its FY 2017 annual report on the federal historic tax incentives program. Commonly known as the Historic Tax Credit, the program provides a 20 percent federal tax credit for rehabilitation of historic buildings for business or income-producing uses. According to the report, FY 2017 saw more than $5.8 billion in private investment in historic preservation and community revitalization due to the Historic Tax Credit and the creation of almost 107,000 jobs.

ACHP Announces Report to the President on Federal Historic Property Stewardship

Feb. 15—The ACHP today sent the fifth triennial report on the status of federal historic property to President Trump in accordance with E.O. 13287 “Preserve America.” The report offers findings and recommendations for agencies, states, tribes, and local organizations to protect and preserve historic property. Read the report here.

A look back—the ACHP’s First 50 years

As part of the ACHP’s recognition of its 50th anniversary in 2016, the agency has completed a historical review and summary of major preservation policies and practices championed by the ACHP since its genesis.

With assistance from the ACHP Foundation and the firm Cultural Heritage Partners, an online module has been created titled “The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s First 50 Years - Shaping National Preservation Policy.” The module is focused on “how the ACHP has advanced federal support for historic preservation and developed useful strategies for addressing major preservation issues since its creation in 1966.”

The site invites members of the public to explore ACHP work over the last five decades through a historical timeline and essays, images, online interviews and comments, and resource documents on 12 topics:

National Policy
Federal Stewardship
Community Revitalization
Heritage Tourism
Native American Heritage
Public Archaeology
Planning and Consultation
Sustainability
Disaster Response
Public Outreach
Energy Development
Future Directions

The project is intended to complement the existing online collection of Section 106 Success Stories that help illustrate the impact of the Section 106 process on the preservation of our heritage in the U.S. since 1966.


Announcing the ACHP’s Recommendations for the Future of the National Historic Preservation Program

The ACHP is proud to make available its report The National Historic Preservation Program at 50: Priorities and Recommendations for the Future which discusses a variety of issues and offers constructive actions for ensuring success. Read the report here.

Read the Latest Forum Journal Publication on the NHPA 50th Anniversary!

Preservation Leadership Forum invites you to read the latest Forum Journal, Fifty Years of Heritage So Rich: The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). In this issue, we seek to represent the breadth the NHPA and the programs it initiated, examining its many accomplishments as well as its unfulfilled potential. The Journal is a benefit for Forum members, but is available for full access for a limited time. The ACHP is pleased to point out an article written by our Director of Preservation Initiatives Ron Anzalone in the Forum Journal.

ACHP Chairman Highlights Benefits of Historic Tax Credit in Letter to Congress

As Congress weighs various proposals for tax reform, ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson has asked the House Ways and Means Committee to consider the past success and future potential of the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit. Read his letter here.

Since 1976, more than 41,000 projects throughout the U.S. have benefited from the tax credit, generating $78.3 billion in investment and creating nearly 2.4 million jobs. The credit also pays for itself, with the $23.1 billion cost of the program offset by the $28.1 billion in tax receipts generated by projects receiving the credit.

One tax reform plan under consideration in Congress calls for elimination of most special-interest deductions and credits. In his letter to the chairman and ranking member of the committee, Donaldson noted that the 20 percent historic tax credit does not support a specific industry or locality, but it encourages the renovation of underutilized commercial properties for a wide range of uses in communities throughout the country.

ACHP Announces Community Revitalization Policy Statement


After years of research and study into the needs of communities across the U.S. who are struggling to revive their economies and historic assets, the ACHP has issued a policy statement aimed at helping to provide ideas and principles for successful community revitalization. Read more about how to help your community.

ACHP Electronic Section 106 System Now Available to All Federal Agencies

The ACHP is pleased to announce the availability of its voluntary Electronic Section 106 Documentation Submittal System (e106) for use by any federal agency (or officially delegated non-federal entity) when notifying the ACHP of a finding of adverse effect, inviting the ACHP to be a consulting party to resolve adverse effects, or proposing to develop a Programmatic Agreement for complex or multiple undertakings.

The e106 system is designed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of the Section 106 review process by providing federal agencies with an electronic submittal system that serves to expedite a critical step in Section 106 review and encourage complete and accurate submissions that can be shared with others. Read the announcement regarding the availability of this systemview the format form and instructions.

While federal agencies can continue to send hard copy documentation to the ACHP via regular mail, or electronically as a pdf, all agencies are encouraged to utilize e106 in their submissions to the ACHP.

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.

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

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.

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.

Archived News

Updated June 13, 2018

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