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DHR Register Program Updates

December, 2020
In this issue:
*Results of Dec. DHR quarterly board meeting
*Updated Register program guidance from DHR *New pubication *Grant & Training Opportunities
We hope this register program update finds you well and planning for a safe holiday season.
--Lena McDonald, Historian, DHR Register Program.

*Consultants, CLG staff, university faculty, students, and anyone interested in Virginia's landmark register programs and history. (Please share this newsletter with others!)

Nominations Approved, Dec. 2020

Quarterly Joint Board Meeting

Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and State Review Board, again, convened online on December 10. The VBHR and SRB approved the following nominations:

Eastern Region
  1. Averett Graded School and Wharton Memorial Baptist Church, Mecklenburg County, DHR No. 058-5127
  2. College Terrace Historic District, City of Williamsburg, DHR No. 137-5021
  3. Macmurdo House, Town of Ashland, Hanover County, DHR No. 166-0036
  4. Woodburn, Lunenburg County, DHR No. 055-0040
Northern Region
  1. Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and Cemetery, Prince William County, DHR No. 076-6009
Western Region
  1. Dewitt-Wharton Manufacturing Company Building, City of Lynchburg, DHR No. 118-0103
  2. Glencoe, Botetourt County, DHR No. 011-0034
Preliminary Information Forms: The SRB approved the following Preliminary Information Forms for advancement toward a formal nomination.

Western Region
  1. Guthrie Cannery, Franklin County, DHR No. 033-5453
  2. Meads Tavern, Campbell County, DHR No. 015-0120
  3. Scott Zion Church and Cemetery, Amherst County, DHR No. 005-5439
  4. Vaughan Furniture Building, City of Galax, DHR No. 113-5042
Northern Region
  1. Ashburn Historic District Boundary Increase, Loudoun County, DHR No. 053-0013
  2. Brubaker Farm, Page County, DHR No. 069-5306
  3. Quarry Hill, Bath County, DHR No. 008-5036
  4. Whitefield Commons, Arlington County, DHR No. 000-9823
Eastern Region (None scheduled at this time.)

Updated Guidance from DHR for the Register Program
DHR has updated several guidance documents to assist applicants with preparing nominations for the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places. All of the documents are available to download at this webpage.
To find the updated material, scroll down the page to the following headings:
  • NRHP Checklist – The Register Nomination Checklist 2021 provides instructions for preparing the nomination form, maps, and photos. To enhance ease of use, the checklist now includes a snapshot of each part of the nomination form with accompanying instructions for completing that part.
    • The instructions for maps now includes Tax Parcel Maps, for which the National Park Service recently issued updated guidance.
    • The instructions for photographs now includes how to fill out the Photo Log in the nomination log and how to submit digital images and photo prints to DHR.
  • Photo Policy Information – The DHR NPS Photo Guidance and Policy document provides step-by-step guidance on taking digital pictures, organizing the digital files, and creating photo prints for submission to DHR.
    • Instructions for creating a Photo Key now are included as well.
    • Instructions for embedding images in nomination forms are updated and simplified.
    • Photos taken with use of drones are increasingly popular and DHR has added guidance for embedding these images in nomination forms.
  • Writing Style Sheet – The VDHR Writing Style Sheet includes guidance on correct usage for terminology commonly used in the Register program as well as correct spelling for tricky words, phrases, and names.
    • The style sheet also includes the correct federal designation for each of the 22 National Park Service units in Virginia. The range of names is reflective of Virginia’s vast cultural and historic legacy.
    • Reflective of Virginia’s increasing diversity, guidance for correctly identifying nationalities is now provided.
  • Map Guidelines – The Guidelines for Maps for National Register Submission in Virginia have been simplified and streamlined to reflect the rapid evolution of electronic mapping in recent years.
    • Detailed instructions for creating a Location Map, Tax Parcel Map, and Sketch Map/ Photo Key are provided, including mapping software and websites that can be used by a layperson, the information that each map must include, and how to submit printed and electronic versions of the maps.
    • Examples of each type of map are provided at the end of the document.
    • DHR staff are always available to assist with mapping.
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DHR Announces Publication of The Archaeology of Virginia’s First Peoples

With partial funding from the Department of Historic Resources, the Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV) and the Council of Virginia Archaeologists (COVA) recently completed a yearslong effort to produce The Archaeology of Virginia’s First Peoples, a book about Virginia’s pre-European Contact past. Edited by Elizabeth Moore, DHR’s state archaeologist, and Bernard K. Means, a professor of anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University, The Archaeology of Virginia’s First Peoples surveys a timespan that stretches back more than 15,000 years, as evidenced by the Cactus Hill Archaeological Site in Sussex County and numerous other sites throughout Virginia.
The editors and six other contributing archaeologists to the volume range chronologically across the major temporal-cultural divisions that scholars use to discuss American Indians in Virginia and the extended Mid-Atlantic region during the pre-Contact past. The authors enlist the findings of recent archaeology, new technologies, and evolving research to discuss—and question—current ideas about Virginia’s First Peoples during the Paleoindian through the Early Archaic, Archaic, and Early and Late Woodland periods. Featuring more than 100 photos, maps, tables, and illustrations, The Archaeology of Virginia’s First Peoples costs $40 and may be purchased through Amazon (www.amazon.com). The organizations will use proceeds from sales of the book to fund future publishing projects.

Grant Opportunities

Federal Grant Application Periods are Now Open – Deadlines Approaching Fast!

The following federal grant programs, all administered by the National Park Service, are now accepting grant applications:
  • History of Equal Rights Grant Program (HER) – This new grant program seeks to preserve sites related to the struggle to achieve the ideal of equal rights in America. HER Grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and will fund a broad range of preservation projects for historic sites including architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation to structures. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match. Detailed information is available here. The deadline to apply is January 12, 2021.
  • African American Civil Rights Grants Program (AACR) - This year the program will document, interpret, and preserve sites telling the full story of the long struggle for African American civil rights from the transatlantic slave trade onwards. The NPS 2008 report, Civil Rights in America, A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites, will serve as the GUIDANCE document. AACR Grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and will fund a broad range of preservation projects including survey and inventory, National Register nominations, oral histories and more. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match. Detailed information is available at this link. The deadline to apply is January 12, 2021.
  • Save America’s Treasures (SAT) - The SAT program is administered by the NPS in cooperation with its partners, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).The NPS manages the preservation grants and the IMLS the collections grants, once awarded. The Save America’s Treasures (SAT) program is funded through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) using revenue from Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenue, not tax dollars. Detailed information is available at this link. The deadline to apply is January 26, 2021.
  • Battlefield Preservation Grants - NPS’s American Battlefield Protection Program is now accepting applications for projects that relate to planning, interpreting, and protecting historic battlefields and sites associated with armed conflict on American soil. State, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Typical awards range from $30K-$150K and do not require matching funds. The deadline to apply is February 12, 2021. Detailed information is available at this link.

Training Opportunities

National Preservation Institute’s New Online Courses

The National Preservation Institute NPI) is offering a 2-part webinar series about the National NAGPRA Program, which offers non-competitive Repatriation grants and competitive Consultation/Documentation grants to Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and museums.
The grants fund projects that further implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). In this two-part webinar series, Part 1 lays the groundwork for the development of a successful grant application project by identifying fundable projects through a needs assessment seminar. Part 2 continues the process by covering the essential aspects of budget and project narratives. See additional information about the 2-part webinar series.

NPI also has a new webinar about Corridor Development and Impacts on Cultural Resources. Corridor development projects for construction of transportation, transmission lines, and pipelines may significantly affect cultural and natural resources. This webinar reviews the definition of corridors and identifies laws and regulations that may apply to the proposed project. Also considered will be the range of participants involved in the process—from project proponents and consultants, to government agencies and affected communities. Timing and planning discussion will include comprehensive resource identification and effective communication practices. Corridor projects will be show to benefit from decisions that provide an inclusive analysis of effects and minimize resource disturbance. See additional information.
Recordings of the 2020 National Trust Past Forward Conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has made available recordings from the Past Forward Conference that took place last fall. The recordings can be found at the National Trust’s YouTube channel. Topics include memorialization in public spaces, preservation and sustainability from islanders’ perspectives, the Confederate monuments debate, the Main Street program’s 40th anniversary and the 2020 Preservation Awards ceremony.
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AASLH Annual Conference Call for Proposals
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) issued a call for proposals for their national 2021 conference, which will take place partially online and partially onsite in Little Rock, Arkansas. The conference theme is Doing History/ Doing Justice and participants will examine how history organizations are doing justice to, as, and in history. See additional information.
Upcoming ACHP Webinars
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is presenting a series of free, live webinars in January 2021 that focus on the environmental review process under the National Historic Preservation Act (commonly known as Section 106 review). Participants should have working knowledge of the review process’s regulatory framework and cultural resources considered during review. The live webinars will take place on consecutive Thursdays on January 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. See additional information about the webinars.
Seven previous recorded courses currently are also available. These courses focus on various aspects of implementing the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Accessing the material requires creation of an online account. The ACHP also is developing new webinars to be delivered through the eLearning portal in 2021.