Federal Historic Preservation Fund FY 2019 budget and legislation

Historic Preservation Fund programs have been funded at $102.66 million for FY 2019. The HPF funds state programs, specifically the core programs of the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology. The President’s FY 2020 budget proposal released last month only proposes HPF funding for the state and tribal preservation offices and reduces the appropriations for them by almost half of the FY 2019 funding amounts. The administration did not propose funding any of the special grant programs, as shown below.

Historic Preservation Fund:

FY 2019

FY 2020







Underserved Communities Grants



Civil Rights Movement Initiative



Historic Black Colleges/Universities



Save America's Treasures Grants



Historic Revitalization grants






* Figures are in millions.


Alaska delegate Don Young is the ranking member of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee of the National Resources Committee in the House of Representatives. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Historic Preservation Fund. It is important to let Congressman Young know about Alaska historic preservation projects the Historic Preservation Fund has supported.

Office of History and Archaeology and Alaska Historical Commission news

The folks who attended the Office of History and Archaeology’s Section 106 review training held April 23rd or the office’s annual workshop on April 24th are urged to complete an evaluation to help OHA plan for training next year. The evaluation form will be posted along with the presentations from both workshops at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/oha/publiceducation/training.htm.

The terms for two members of the Alaska Historical Commission end June 30, 2019. The seats are currently occupied by Jonathon Ross of Chugiak (Alaska Native representative) and Douglas Veltre of Anchorage (archaeologist). Doug has written to Governor Dunleavy saying that he is not going to apply to be reappointed. The Alaska Historical Commission advises the Governor on issues related to history and archaeology and serves as the state review board for the state historic preservation and geographic names programs. The Lt. Governor serves as chair, the State Historic Preservation Officer is a member, and there are seven public members. Of the seven, there must be individuals with credentials in history, architecture, and archaeology to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s qualifications for historic preservation professionals. The commission meets at least two times a year. Terms on the commission are for three years. Members serve without compensation, although travel expenses to attend meetings are paid. Individuals interested in being considered for appointment need to apply through the Governor’s Boards and Commissions Office, https://gov.alaska.gov/services/boards-and-commissions/, For additional information about the commission contact Jo Antonson, 907.269.8714 / jo.antonson@alaska.gov.

Kulis Hangar 1, Building 3 listed in the National Register

The Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places added Kulis Hangar 1, Building 3 in Anchorage to the National Register of Historic Places on March 4, 2019. The hangar represents Alaska’s Air National Guard at its first permanent base in southcentral Alaska. Kulis Air National Guard Base provided significant military and civilian transport support to Alaska from the 1950s through 2011, helping to supply remote Cold War era defense sites and aid in emergency support during the 1964 southcentral Alaska earthquake and the 1967 Fairbanks flood. The hangar was built in 1959 to accommodate cargo aircraft when the unit transitioned from air defense to transportation. The Kulis base closed August 1, 2011, and personnel moved to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, where the Air National Guard continues to provide important services to Alaska and the nation.

National Park Service news

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) program is accepting applications for consultation, documentation, and repatriation grants. Museums, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations are eligible to apply. The next application deadline for repatriation projects is May 17, 2019. For more information call 202.254.2201 or email nagpra_grants@nps.gov.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and the National Museum of the Pacific War are hosting a symposium June 4-6, 2019, in Fredericksburg, Texas, on preservation of U.S. military heritage from World War II to the Cold War. The symposium is being designed to bring together conservators, architects, engineers, landscape architects, museum and historic site managers, and other cultural resource professionals to discuss state-of-the-science efforts to document, conserve, treat, and adaptively reuse sites and features of military heritage from 1939 to 1991. More information about the conference is at https://www.ncptt.nps.gov.

The Heritage Documentation Programs--Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record and Historic American Landscapes Survey—have announced their annual competitions. The Leicester B. Holland Prize for single-sheet measured drawings has a deadline of June 30 for the completed entry; the Charles E. Peterson Prize Measured Drawings Student Competition deadline is July 1; and the Historic American Landscapes Survey streetscapes challenge deadline is July 31. More information about these competitions is at www.nps.gov/hdp/competitions.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation news

The Advisory Council is offering two classes in Anchorage next fall: Section 106 Practitioner Workshop on October 8 and 9, and Section 106 Agreements Seminar on October 10. The council also has four e-learning courses available: What is Section 106; Successfully Navigating Section 106 Review: An Orientation for Applicants; Basics of NEPA and Section 106 Integration; and Coordinating NEPA and Section 106. More information about these classes is available at www.achp.gov/training.

National Trust for Historic Preservation news

The National Trust’s Main Street America program has the Hart Family Fund for Small Towns that makes grants for communities of less than 10,000 people. It funds projects to introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise for a specific project, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Grants range from $2,500 to $15,000. The application deadline is today, May 1, 2019. More information is at https://forum.savingplaces.org/build/funding/grant-seekers/specialprograms/hart-family-fund or by calling 202.588.6277.

The National Trust awards scholarships to help new historic preservation professionals, especially from underrepresented communities, attend its annual meeting, PastForward, that will be held this year in Denver, Colorado, October 10-12. The awards cover registration and lodging. The deadline to apply for a #PastForward 19 Diversity Scholarship is May 15, 2019. More information is available at www.PastForwardConference.org.

Alaska Archaeology Month

Alaska Archaeology Month is sponsored annually by the Public Education Group of the Alaska Anthropological Association. This year’s poster theme is “Wood” with a note that for thousands of years Alaskans have been carving out their stories. The handsome poster’s text notes that wood resources across Alaska’s ecosystems varies, and there are annotations to a map on the poster providing information about how people from all corners of that state found ways to get wood and use it for objects that touched every aspect of their lives. For a copy of the poster contact the National Park Service at ak_archaeology_poster@nps.gov.

The 20th Annual Alaska Atlatl Fun and Throw event coordinated by Richard VanderHoek, State Archaeologist, is Saturday afternoon, May 4, 2019, at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. More information is available at https://www.alaskaanthropology.org/archaeology-month/.

Sharing Our Knowledge Conference of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Tribes and Clans

The biennial Clan Conference of Southeast Alaska Native people will be September 25-29, 2019, in Juneau. The conference theme is indigenous perspectives on climate change, Shukalxúxs’ (calling the end back to the beginning) Goo Wila Amaniisga Na Lip Ha’lidzogm (Sm’algyax: how we take care of our world). The planning committee is accepting proposals for presentations through July 31, 2019. More information about the conference is available at www.sharingourknowledge.org or by contacting David Russell-Jensen, davidrusselljensen@gmail.com or Alice Taff, alicetaff@gmail.com.

National Fund for Sacred Places

The Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are accepting applications for training, planning, or capital grants from congregations of all faiths for rehabilitation work These National Fund for Sacred Places grants range from $50,000 to $350,000. Grant proposals are encouraged for projects to help with urgent repairs integral to life safety, improve usability or ADA accessibility, or renovations for important community outreach. Applications are due today, May 1, 2019. Eligibility requirements, guidelines, and online application are at www.FundforSacredPlaces.org.

Public Projects Alert

Alaska Division of Mining, Land and Water, Palmer Exploration Project (northwest of Haines, Alaska) draft Waste Management Permit and Reclamation Plan Approval, Constantine North Inc., http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/mining/largemine/palmer/

Comments to: kyle.moselle@alaska.gov, fax 907.465.3886, or Kyle Moselle, Associate
        Director, Office of Project Management and Permitting, Department of Natural
        Resources, 400 Willoughby Ave., Suite 400, Juneau, AK 99801.
Contact: Kyle Moselle, 907.465.6849 / kyle.moselle@alaska.gov

Bureau of Land Management, Bering Sea-Western Interior Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, www.blm.gov/alaska/bswi

Comment deadline: June 13, 2019 Comments to: BSWI_RMP_Comment@blm.gov or fax 907.267.1267, or mail to
BLM Anchorage Field Office, Attn: BSWI RMP, 4700 BLM Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
Contact: jbarringer@blm.gov

National Park Service, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Frontcountry Management Plan, https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=65312

Comment deadline: May 8, 2019
Comments to: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=94310 or
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Attn: Frontcountry Management Plan, P.O. Box 140, Gustavus, A 99826
Public meetings:
    Juneau, May 2, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Contact: Sara Doyle, 907.697.2875 / sara_doyle@nps.gov

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pebble Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement, https://pebbleprojecteis.com/

Comment deadline: May 30, 2019
Comments to: Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 645 G St., Suite 100-921, Anchorage, AK 99501, drafteis@comments.pebbleprojecteis.com
Contact: Shane McCoy, 907.753.2712 / public.affairs3@usace.army.mil

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Preservation Calendar





  • July 1 National Park Service, Heritage Documentation Programs, Charles E. Peterson Prize 2019 Measured Drawings Student Competition submission deadline (Mark Schara, 202.354.2166 / mark.schara@nps.gov)

  • July 31 National Park Service, 2019 Historic American Landscapes Survey Challenge: Historic Streetscapes, submission deadline (Chris Stevens, 202.354.2146 / Chris_Stevens@nps.gov)


  • August 19-23 National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, 3D Photogrammetry Workshop, Moose, WY (Sarah Marie Jackson, 318.356.7444 / sarah_m_jackson@nps.gov)

  • August 28-31 American Association for State and Local History with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, annual conference: What Are We Waiting For?, Philadelphia, PA (615.320.3203 / www.aaslh.org/conference/)



  • October 8-9 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Section 106 Practitioner Workshop, Anchorage (www.achp.gov/training)

  • October 10 Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Section 106 Agreements Seminar, Anchorage (www.achp.gov/training)

  • October 10-12 National Trust for Historic Preservation, PastForward 2019, Denver, CO (www.PastForwardConference.org)

  • October 25-27 Yukon Historical and Museums Association and Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center: Kohklux Map: 150 Years Conference, Whitehorse, YT (Lianne Maitland, 867.667.4704 / info@heritageyukon.ca)

  • October 27-30 Argonne National Laboratory, Visual Resource Stewardship Conference: Seeking 20/20 Vision for Landscape Futures, Lemont, IL, http://vrconference.evs.anl.gov/ (Robin Hoffman, 315.470.6546 or Rick Smardon, 315.470.6539 / vrconference@anl.gov)