Federal Historic Preservation Fund FY 2019 budget and legislation

Congress passed and the President signed a bill that appropriates $102.66 million for the Historic Preservation Fund for FY 2019 . The bill funds state programs that includes the core programs of the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology. The Administration said it will release the president’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget message, top priorities, and summary tables on March 11. The detailed FY 2020 budgets for each agency and the analytic perspectives document with the economic assumptions underlying the plan will be released the following week.

Historic Preservation Fund:

FY 2018

FY 2019







Underrepresented 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. Please let Congressman Young know about historic preservation projects the fund has assisted.

The Office of History and Archaeology’s annual workshop will be April 24, 2019, at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage The workshop will include sessions with program updates, on an archaeological survey manual, and on the Alaska roads programmatic agreement. The afternoon of the 23rd, the office is giving training on the basics of Section 106 review. This workshop will be at the Atwood Building. Please contact Sarah Meitl, 907.269.8720 / sarah.meitl@alaska.gov to register for the training or the workshop. The meeting agendas are on the OHA website at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/oha/publiceducation/training.htm.

The Alaska Historical Commission met in Anchorage on February 25, 2019. The commission met and welcomed Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer as chair of the board. Commission members reviewed Certified Local Government (CLG) grant applications and funded preservation planning grants for the City of Nome and Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and a development grant to the City and Borough of Sitka for rehabilitation work on Sheldon Jackson School’s Fraser Hall. The members reviewed five geographic name proposals. They approved naming Mount Mary and Santa Ana Peak near Seward, Luna Lake near Sitka, and changing the officially recognized name Chenega Bay to Chenega. They did not approve a proposal to name a small lake in designated wilderness in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve. Commission members discussed the proposed state budget and want the authorization and appropriation to bring in the federal Historic Preservation Fund grant and the state matching funds, essential to the Office of History and Archaeology, restored in the capital budget. They also asked that a letter be sent to Governor Dunleavy promoting preservation of the 4th Avenue Theatre in Anchorage. For more information regarding the meeting contact Jo Antonson at jo.antonson@alaska.gov or 907.269.8714.

National Park Service news

The Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program is a new Historic Preservation Fund grant program to support the rehabilitation of historic properties and economic development of rural communities. Certified Local Governments, non-profit organizations, and state and tribal historic preservation offices can apply for funds to subgrant to rural communities in their jurisdictions (defined by the U.S. Census as areas with less than 50,000 people). The program will fund architectural and engineering services and development projects for properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the grants do not have to be matched. The deadline to apply has been extended to April 1, 2019. Complete application information is available at www.grants.gov, funding opportunity number P19AS00015.

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 application deadline for consultation and documentation projects is March 8, 2019, and for repatriation projects the deadline is May 17, 2019. For more information call 202.254.2201 or email nagpra_grants@nps.gov.

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), and Friends of NCPTT are holding an Archeology of Firearms workshop in Springfield, Massachusetts, March 11-13, 2019. Over the past several centuries, firearms became distinctive elements of material culture and gun parts and ammunition are nearly ubiquitous in North American historical archaeological assemblages. The workshop will include discussions and demonstrations of methods for studying firearm parts and ammunition components found in archeological contexts. For more information contact Tad Britt, NCPTT, 318.521.5641 / Tad_Britt@nps.gov.

The NPS American Battlefield Protection Program has opened its application period for grants. The grants can fund preservation, research, and outreach projects at any battlefield on American soil. Project can be for historical research, oral histories, archaeological surveys, site documentation and mapping, education, interpretation, strategic or preservation planning, and capacity and consensus building. Non-profit organizations, education institutions, and federal, state, tribal and local governments can apply. Matching funds are not required. The application deadline is April 8, 2019. More information can be found at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312698 or by contacting 202.354.2037 or abpp@nps.gov.

The NCPTT and 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 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 two submission deadlines: April 30 for the entry form and June 30 for the completed entry. The deadline is July 1 for the 2019 Charles E. Peterson Prize Measured Drawings Student Competition. 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 council is offering two new Section 106 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 is available at www.achp.gov/training.

Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm Heritage Area seeks grant applications

The Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm Heritage Area is soliciting grant applications for community projects that recognize, preserve, and interpret the cultural, scenic, and recreational resources of the area. Awards range from $300 to $24,500. Additional information is at https://www.kmtacoridor.org/grants/. Applications are due March 4, 2019.

AAHP seeks nominations for annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Properties list

The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation its compiling is annual Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties in Alaska list for 2019. Applications to nominate a property are at www.aahp-online.net/10-most-endangered. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2019. The properties on the list can apply for a small grant from AAHP to help start rehabilitation work or serve as seed money to leverage funding from other sources.

Call for proposals for Kohklux Map: 150 Years Conference

The Yukon Historical and Museums Association of Whitehorse and the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center of Klukwan are planning a conference to mark the 150th anniversary of the drawing of the Kohklux map. The Chilkat leader, Kohklux, and his wives drew the map in 1869 for American scientist George Davidson who was in the north to view a solar eclipse. The map is the oldest known map of southern Yukon and the oldest preserved map of the region drawn on paper by indigenous people. The conference will take place October 25-27, 2019, in Whitehorse. Proposals are invited that address northern mapping, Tlingit and Athapaskan place names, inter-cultural communication and exchange, cultural renewal, and other related topics. The proposal deadline is April 30, 2019. Proposals may be submitted by email to info@heritageyukon.ca or to the association at 3126 Third Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1E7, Canada.

2019 J.M.K. Innovation Prize

This is the third year the J. M. Kaplan Fund will award ten prizes, a total of $1.75 million, to early-stage social innovators working in the environment, heritage conservation, or social justice fields. More information, including information on previous award recipients, is at https://www.jmkfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/JMK-Innovation-Prize-2019.pdf. The application deadline in April 30, 2019.

Public Projects Alert

Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Commission’s analysis and proposed decision for the Donlin Gold LLC pipeline right-of-way lease application, http://dog.dnr.alaska.gov/Home/Newsroom

Comment Deadline: March 22, 2019
Comments to: State Pipeline Coordinator’s Section, 3651 Penland Parkway, Anchorage,
AK 99508, 907.269.6479, fax 907.269.6880, spco.records@alaska.gov
Public meetings:
    Bethel Cultural Center, March 4, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Aniak Community Center, March 6, 2019, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Atwood Conference Center, Anchorage, March 12, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Skwentna Roadhouse, March 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Southcentral Regional Land Office for support facilities and infrastructure on state lands, amending the Kuskokwim Area Plan and Land Classification Order, SC-88-001A21, http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/notice/donlin/

Comment deadline: March 29, 2019
Comments to: Department of Natural Resources, Southcentral Regional Land Office, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 900C, Anchorage, AK 99501, fax 907.269.8913, dnr.scro.donlin@alaska.gov
Contacts: Plan and order: Tyler Fanning, 907.269.8529 / dnr.scro.donlin@alaska.gov
Proposed applications and preliminary decisions: Christy Colles, 907.269.8557 / dnr.scro.donlin@alaska.gov

Bureau of Land Management, Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program Draft Environmental Impact Statement,

Comment deadline: March 13, 2019
Comments to: www.blm.gov/alaska, or Attn: Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing
Program EIS, 222 West 7th Avenue, Stop #13, Anchorage, AK 99513
Contact: Nicola Hayes, Project coordinator, 907.271.4354 / mnhayes@blm.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

Public meetings:
Naknek, March 25, 2019, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Kokhanok, March 26, 2019, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Newhalen, March 27, 2019, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Igiugig, March 28, 2019, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
New Stuyahok, March 29, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Nondalton, April 8, 2019, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Dillingham, April 9, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Homer, April 11, 3:30-9:00 p.m.
Anchorage, 12:00-8:00 p.m.

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 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/)


  • September 25-28 Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska, annual meetings and conference, Kodiak (www.ahsmaconference.org)


  • 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 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)