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Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant Recipients:
Ten percent of all federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) monies that come to
the state of Virginia must be distributed to CLGs. DHR does this through a competitive
grant process. This year DHR awarded a total of $89,540 to CLGs (the
only eligible applicants).
Here are the grant recipients for FFY2012-13 and projects: (1) City of Alexandria, for the development
of a survey app and the first phase of a historic district re-survey; (2) Arlington County, for
the preparation of a Preliminary Information Form (PIF) for an individual property; (3) Town
of Culpeper, for a historic district re-survey; (4) Clarke County, for the nomination of
one district and the survey of, and PIF for a second; (5) City of Lynchburg, for survey and
PIF for a historic district; (6) Prince William County, for archaeological survey; (7) Roanoke,
for two district nominations in one project and a boundary expansion survey and nomination
in another project; and (8) Town of Stephens City, for distinctive street signs for its
13 New State Historical Markers Dedicated:
DHR had a busy spring in 2012 with the dedication of 13 new state historical
highway markers since March. The newly installed markers cover topics in the counties of
Albemarle, Fairfax, Louisa, and Westmoreland, and the cities of Hampton, Petersburg, and Richmond.
The markers touch on African-American history, Jamestown, the Revolutionary
War and the War of 1812, the USS Iowa, and early research into flight
and space travel, among other topics. Read the marker texts and see photos from dedication ceremonies
Gov. McDonnell Announces Public-Private Partnership to Protect Mt. Defiance, Middleburg
Civil War Battlefield: During a ceremony May 9, 2012, at the National Sporting Library
and Museum in Middleburg, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that the Commonwealth of
Virginia will provide a $432,000 Transportation Enhancement grant to assist in the
permanent protection of the Mount Defiance property, a five-acre battle site at the heart
of the Civil War Middleburg battlefield. See more and photos
DHR's most recent publication: Jordan's Point, Virginia: Archaeology in Perspective,
Prehistoric to Modern Times
by Martha W. McCartney:
If there is “a world in a grain of sand,” as the poet
William Blake writes, then imagine what archaeology can reveal
at a richly layered triangle of land known as Jordan’s Point,
situated along the James River, just down river from the City of
Hopewell. What archaeologists discovered there through careful
investigations sponsored by [DHR] ... is a path into the worlds of Virginia prehistory, colonial, and post-colonial history
... Anyone interested in Virginia history will want Martha McCartney’s book in his or her library.
— From the Foreword by Kathleen S. Kilpatrick, Director, DHR.
Generously illustrated and priced at $14.95, it is now available
through local bookstores or the
of Virginia Press
DHR architectural historian
has authored a book titled
True Legacies of the Deyerle Builders: Nineteenth-Century Brick Architecture in the
Roanoke Valley and Beyond
The book is available from the
History Museum of Western Virginia
, which brought it to publication. Read this
to order the book online.
DHR Official Survey Manual (PDF). The
newly revised (October
2011) version of the Survey Manual, officially known as "Guidelines for Conducting Historic Resources Survey in Virginia,"
is now available.
(Chapters 6 and 7 of the manual, which are devoted to archaeological survey, were previously released in 2009.)
Thanks to those who submitted comments on a prior draft of the
manual earlier this year.
Biennial Report on the Stewardship of State-Owned Property, May 1 2011
: In 2006, the General Assembly
passed legislation that calls for DHR to develop two biennial reports, with the option that
they might be combined, on the stewardship of state-owned properties. The 2011 report,
which runs to 57-pages in length and includes several appendices, is
now available for review. This
PDF of the report is 3-plus megabytes.
Virginia Atlas of Archaeology
: We have
posted an updated atlas featuring links to destinations in
Virginia that are open to the public and feature exhibits or
information related to archaeology. Visit the Virginia ArchNet
webpage or go directly to the atlas
Now available. A Handbook and Resource Guide for Owners of
Virginia's Historic Houses
. Authored by Camille Agricola Bowman,
an architectural historian and technical easement advisor with DHR, this
excellent and attractive publication offers valuable information on the
proper stewardship of a historic house as well as plenty of additional
places to turn for expert guidance on various restoration repairs. It's
an indispensible primer for the owner of a historic property. Loaded
with color photographs, the is 64-page book is now available from DHR
for $3 (to cover postage).
(Updated Aug. 2012)
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