ACHP Meets in Philadelphia for Summer Business
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation received a greeting from President Barack Obama the day before its summer business meeting July 17 in Philadelphia, and Chairman Wayne Donaldson read it to council members at the meeting. The meeting also included members' supporting full funding of the Historic Preservation Fund and a conversation with 12 State Historic Preservation Officers, among other business. Read the story here.
First Lady Designates Two New Preserve America Communities
First Lady Michelle Obama sent letters to the mayors of Albany, NY and Collierville, TN this week announcing their designation as Preserve America Communities. Their attention to their cities' historic assets is admirable. Read more.
Cleveland Historical and Curatescape Bring Legacy City into Digital World
One could make the argument there’s a “historic renaissance” of sorts happening in Cleveland, Ohio, pushing the city’s history to the forefront is the progressive app: Cleveland Historical. Born out of the Euclid Corridor History Project in 2005, Cleveland Historical was created by two Cleveland State University professors, Mark Souther and Mark Tebeau, as a way to put Cleveland’s vast history at people’s fingertips- literally. Available for both iPhone and Android users, this app takes users through the city of Cleveland’s history through the use of text, photos, and audio/visual content. Read more about this exciting program and learn how to log on!
THE ACHP HAS MOVED!
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has moved to the National Building Museum, located in the National Historic Landmark Pension Building in Washington, D.C. New contact information is located here.
Meet the Summer 2014 Interns at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is pleased to be able to host four interns this summer, a record number for the agency. Each of the interns is working with a different office within the agency on a number of projects that will further the ACHP's goal to build a more inclusive preservation program. Read more.
11 Most Endangered Historic Places List Involves ACHP Issues
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has issued its 27th Annual List of America's Most Endangered Historic Places.
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act often plays a significant role in the eventual outcomes of many cases on the Trust's annual lists. Notable in the 2014 list is the first case listed (cases are cited alphabetically), relating to Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs, South Dakota. A National Historic Landmark (NHL), the Department of Veterans Affairs is considering closing the facility. As the ACHP must be offered an opportunity to participate whenever the fate of an NHL hangs in the balance, Section 106 is likely to be a critical factor in this case.
This year the Trust has placed the Federal Historic Tax Credit on "Watch Status." The list notes that: "the Federal Historic Tax Credit, a proven tool to encourage preservation across the country, is currently threatened by tax reform on Capitol Hill." This is only the second time that such a status has been declared by the Trust on its annual lists.
Among the many notable places on the 11 Most Endangered List is Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, VA, which includes remnants of the jail where Solomon Northup of "12 Years a Slave" was held after being kidnapped and sold into slavery by his abductors.
View the entire list at http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/11-most-endangered/index.html
ACHP, National Trust Host Session on African American Historic Preservation for Congressional Black Caucus
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (National Trust) sponsored a briefing June 19 that included the National Park Service (NPS) and four members of the Congressional Black Caucus about the importance of African American historic preservation involvement and important tools to assist those efforts at a Juneteenth observation in the Cannon House Office Building. Read more here.
ACHP Joins Western States Tourism Policy Group
Click here for press releases and media coverage from the formal signing of the Western States Tourism Policy Council MOU June 9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was on hand along with several western governors, and the ACHP participated. It encourages joint promotion and tourism development.
$500,000 Historic Preservation Fund Competitive Grant Program Due June 30
The National Park Service has developed a Request for Proposals to guide the distribution of grants to states for projects addressing the heritage of underrepresented communities. It is likely that 20 to 50 competitive grants, ranging from $25,000 to $75,000, will be awarded. Read more from the National Trust and National Park Service.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Citizen’s Guide to Section 106. The Citizen’s 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 July 19, 2014