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.
Celebrating Asian American-Pacific Islander Heritage
In May, we celebrate the rich cultures and heritage that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to the history of the United States.
During Asian American-Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, the 1882 Foundation, which promotes public awareness of the history and continuing significance of Chinese Exclusion Laws first enacted in 1882 and rescinded in 1943, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum of New York City are partnering on the 50 Objects Initiative. Through the museum’s “Your Story, Our Story,” they are soliciting stories documenting Chinese American History. One of the featured stories, submitted by Michelle Magalong of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation, surrounds the preservation of the Chinatown House in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Built in 1919, the two-story brick building provided housing and a general store for a community of about 50 Chinese American laborers. These workers helped build modern-day Rancho Cucamonga and the greater Inland Empire in Southern California. City officials designated the building as a city landmark in 1985.
“The historic site is one of the last remaining tangible connections to the once-thriving Chinese community,” wrote Magalong in her submission to the 50 Objects Initiative.
A few years ago, the vacant and long-neglected building was saved by local advocates from demolition. In collaboration with several community organizations, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the Chinatown House on its list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2013. The Coalition to Save Chinatown House still does not have assurance that the building will be protected.
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Second Week’s Photo Contest Winner!
Congratulations to Abe Liandro from Texas-he is the Week Two winner of our National Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest! He visited Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, VA. It was home to the Lee family before the Civil War. It is closed until next year for rehabilitation of the site. Abe will be receiving a historic preservation prize package from the ACHP, National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, and Preservation Action.
We have two more weeks to go in the photo contest. Keep visiting your favorite historic places and submitting photos! Then, urge all your friends to vote once a day! Good luck! #myhistoricplace https://woobox.com/ugw53r
ACHP Announces First Winner of Preservation Month Photo Contest
Congratulations to Karen Arnett, the winner of the first week’s prize in the National Historic Preservation Week photo contest! She submitted her photo through Facebook that captured a community drum circle that is bringing life back to the Main Theater building in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, that had sat empty for a number of years. It served from 1914 to 1971 as a movie theater, and was built and operated by a single family. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places - NPS in December 2017. The mural is temporary, until the building is renovated. Keep submitting your photos and voting-the next winner will be announced Tuesday, May 15! Use the hashtag #MyHistoricPlace to post photos of you and your friends enjoying a historic place!
Picture Yourself in a Historic Place! Enter the Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest
In recognition of National Historic Preservation Month in May, the ACHP, National Park Service, and National Trust for Historic Preservation are hosting a photo contest inviting people to enter by sharing photos they have taken of themselves, family, and friends on their own social media sites and using the hashtag #MyHistoricPlace. A weekly winner of a historic preservation prize package will be announced each Tuesday in May. Read more here.
Vibrant Volunteer Program Connects Museum with Those Interested in Learning About NYC Jewish Life
The ACHP continues to honor those who volunteer their time for historic preservation during April, National Volunteer Month. The Museum at Eldridge Street is a Preserve America Steward for demonstrating a successful use of volunteer time and commitment in order to help care for our nation’s historic heritage. Read about how a volunteer docent became enamored with the story the National Historic Landmark told of Jewish immigrants to the Lower East Side and was able to understand what it must have been like for them coming to a big city.
Job Opening at the ACHP
The ACHP announces a vacancy within its Office of Federal Agency Programs for the position of Program Analyst/FHWA Liaison (GG 13). The liaison position provides an exciting opportunity to address important transportation issues through research, policy development, and Section 106 case oversight. The ACHP looks forward to receiving applications from a diverse set of candidates with preservation and transportation experience to assist it in addressing program development needs and the high volume of Section 106 cases generated by FHWA.
The link to the job is https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496953900. Please note that the closing date for applying for the position on USAJobs.gov is May 8, 2018.
World Heritage Day 2018: Preparing Youth For Careers in Historic Preservation
World Heritage Day, the International Day for Monuments and Sites, is being celebrated today--April 18. This year’s theme is Heritage for Generations to encourage intergenerational transfer of knowledge and celebrate youth leadership in cultural heritage.
Additionally, April is National Volunteer Month and the ACHP is honoring those who volunteer their time for historic preservation.
HistoriCorps, an organization that engages volunteers in historic preservation projects on public lands throughout the U.S., was designated as a Preserve America Steward for demonstrating a successful use of volunteer time and commitment in order to help care for the nation’s historic heritage. Read more.
Celebrate Volunteer Month! Check Out What Colorado Students are Doing to Preserve History
The Amache Preservation Society maintains and preserves former Japanese American internment camp Amache, and in the last 25 years student volunteers have logged countless hours renovating the on-site cemetery, establishing an Amache Museum and research center, and restoring key Amache landmarks. Read more.
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:
Native American Heritage
Planning and Consultation
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 system; view 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.
Updated May 16, 2018