National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers is a national non-profit organization representing State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs).
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To assure that every state would have a say in our nation's historic preservation program, and to assure there were no "top-down" decisions allowing federal projects to destroy our heritage without any consideration, the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 laid the groundwork for the designation of a State Historic Preservation Officer for each state. To give them a collective voice, and to assure that our nation's historic preservation program is responsive to changing needs based upon daily experience, the NCSHPO regularly works with federal agencies and national organizations in Washington, DC.

To assure that every state would have a say in our nation's historic preservation program, and to assure there were no "top-down" decisions allowing federal projects to destroy our heritage without any consideration, the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 laid the groundwork for the designation of a State Historic Preservation Officer for each state. To give them a collective voice, and to assure that our nation's historic preservation program is responsive to changing needs based upon daily experience, the NCSHPO regularly works with federal agencies and national organizations in Washington, DC.

Earlier this year, the Illinois Department of Transportation accepted comments on the rehabilitation of the Illinois 178...
03/09/2021

Earlier this year, the Illinois Department of Transportation accepted comments on the rehabilitation of the Illinois 178 bridge over the Vermillion River just north of Lowell, Illinois. needs repairs. The was built in 1934 and was last rehabilitated in 1989. IDOT Location and Environmental Studies Engineer Dave Alexander said the open spandrel arch bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places - NPS and the the goal is to repair it without leaving it looking like it’s been repaired. The Historic Preservation Division, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and other National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers members work with federal and state agencies to help preserve historic infrastructure in communities throughout America.

Earlier this year, Detroit's Birwood Wall was listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS because of its as...
03/09/2021

Earlier this year, Detroit's Birwood Wall was listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS because of its association with the federal policy of redlining that ensured neighborhoods would remain racially segregated in the mid-twentieth century. The wall is a six-foot-high solid concrete wall that stretches for three blocks. It was constructed in 1941 to physically divide two growing neighborhoods, one White and one Black. It is a rare surviving, tangible, human-scale example of the lengths to which the government, the real estate profession, private developers, and White residents were willing to go to keep neighborhood populations the same race. Construction of the wall was part of an agreement between a developer and the Federal Housing Administration in order for the developer to get construction loans from the federal agency to build houses for white families. According to the historian Thomas Sugrue, "the developer worked out a compromise with the FHA, garnering loans and mortgage guarantees in exchange for the construction of a foot-thick, six-foot-high wall, running for a half-mile on the property line separating the Black and white neighborhoods." In 2006, a portion of the Wall was converted into a mural by Detroit residents and community activists. It serves as a reminder and recognition of history, but also as a sign of hope for the future. The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office and other National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers members are committed to working with communities to help preserve the resources that preserve the history of systemic racism in America.
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Earlier this year, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Alexandria, Virginia was designated a National Historic L...
03/09/2021
Alexandria Apothecary Named Newest National Historic Landmark - The Zebra

Earlier this year, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Alexandria, Virginia was designated a National Historic Landmark. “This National Historic Landmark designation reflects the Stabler-Leadbeater’s Apothecary’s place in the history of medicine in the United States," Historic Alexandria, VA Director Gretchen Bulova said. "We are honored to receive this special recognition for the Apothecary Museum on behalf of the historic preservation efforts of Alexandria residents since the 1930s to preserve this important site.” Edward Stabler came to Alexandria after apprenticing in the apothecary business with his brother in Town of Leesburg, Virginia. In 1805, Stabler purchased the land at 107 S. Fairfax Street and built the present day three-story brick building for his thriving apothecary business. The typical products Stabler sold included medicine, farm and garden equipment, surgical instruments, dental equipment, soap, perfume, Congress mineral water, window glass, paint and varnish, artists’ supplies, combs, and brushes. After William’s death in 1852, John Leadbeater, a trained apothecary and dentist, purchased the business from William’s widow. The financial strain of new regulations and competition from chain drug stores caused the business to seek bankruptcy protection in 1916. Despite reorganizing, the shop again declared bankruptcy in May 1933. Spurred into action to save the historic collection for future generations, a plan was crafted by concerned Alexandria citizens and the American Pharmaceutical Association to purchase the collection and archives with private buyers. The apothecary and its contents were then donated to the city. Historic Alexandria, VA operates the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources and other National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers members work with communities to preserve historic properties that tell the story of America.
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https://thezebra.org/2021/02/19/alexandria-apothecary-named-newest-national-historic-landmark/

Historic Alexandria announced this morning that the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 N. Fairfax Street, has been selected as a new National Historic Landmark.

In early January, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation into law that reinstated a tax credit for historic preser...
03/08/2021
Whitmer signs bill reinstating statewide historic preservation tax credit

In early January, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation into law that reinstated a tax credit for historic preservation projects that was eliminated in 2011 as part of former Gov. Rick Snyder’s state tax reform strategy. With the law, Michigan becomes the 39th state that has a state historic tax credit. These state historic tax credits are usually combined with federal historic tax credits and often play an important role in the rehabilitation of historic buildings. This story includes a picture of the Metropolitan Center in Kalamazoo, whose rehabilitation was offset with the state historic tax credit that former Gov. Snyder eliminated. When the old state historic tax credit was in place, property owners in the The City of Kalamazoo, Michigan spent more than $3.6 million to rehabilitate historic buildings, making Kalamazoo the largest per capita user of the tax credit in the state. The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office and other National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers members help administer state and federal historic tax credits that strengthen the economies in communities like Kalamazoo.
https://mibiz.com/sections/economic-development/whitmer-signs-bill-reinstating-statewide-historic-preservation-tax-credit

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation reinstating a tax credit for historic preservation projects that was eliminated in 2011 as part of former Gov. Rick Snyder’s state tax reform strategy. LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation reinstating a tax credit for his...

The Schultz/Neal Stone Barn in Noble County, Oklahoma, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. The...
03/08/2021

The Schultz/Neal Stone Barn in Noble County, Oklahoma, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. The barn was built in 1941 for Richard Schultz, president of Red Rock State Bank, who was among the wealthiest individuals in Noble County. Schultz recruited as many as 30 workers to build the the barn. In 1947 John Byron “Cowboy” Neal leased the ranchland that included the barn and continued to use the property until the early 1990s, utilizing the barn primarily for hay storage. By all accounts, the Schultz/Neal Stone Barn is “the largest free-standing rock barn” in Oklahoma and is a prominent local landmark in Noble County. The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office and other National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers help preserve the historic resources that tell the story of America.

The Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery in Sumter County, Florida, which the graves of veterans, county commissioners and possibly...
03/08/2021
Tiny Sumter County cemetery named to National Register of Historic Places

The Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery in Sumter County, Florida, which the graves of veterans, county commissioners and possibly former slaves, was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. The neglected cemetery came to the attention of county commissioners a year ago after moving it had been considered to make way for a gas station or convenience store. Della Daughtry, a member of the Sumter Historical Society, told commissioners at that time she was working with Beverly Steele of the Royal area of Wildwood to rehabilitate the cemetery. Among those buried at Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery are at least eight veterans and possibly some members of a community of former slaves known as the Croom Settlement, which was located near the cemetery. Residents of Pemberton Ferry along the Withalachochee River also were buried there. Pemberton Ferry now is a ghost town that disappeared in the 1930s. The area was on a well-traveled 19th Century stagecoach route, linking the unincorporated community of Adamsville, Florida, with Brooksville. Florida. The Florida Division of Historical Resources and other National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers members work with communities to help preserve the historic resources that tell their story.
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https://www.villages-news.com/2021/02/27/tiny-sumter-county-cemetery-named-to-national-register-of-historic-places/

A tiny Sumter County cemetery in the shadow of the giant Florida National Cemetery has achieved national historic status. Villages-News.com's Marv Balousek has the story.

The Mount Tabor Church AME Zion church and cemetery in Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania, has been listed in the Nationa...
03/07/2021
Mount Tabor church in Mount Holly Springs listed on National Register of Historic Places

The Mount Tabor Church AME Zion church and cemetery in Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. The spiritual hub of a once thriving African American community, Mount Tabor Church traces its history to Elias Parker, a former slave who moved from Hagerstown, Maryland, to Mount Holly Springs after serving with the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. A Baptist minister, Parker was also a mason and carpenter who built the church. The congregation was active until 1970 when many of the worshipers moved away to follow work. “We feel very blessed,” Carmen James a former church congregant and president of the board of the Mt Tabor Preservation Project said to a reporter with the Blue Mountain Eagle. “Harriet Gumby has repeatedly said that God’s hands are on this project. This is just another example that lets us know we are heading on the right path.” Also a former congregant, Gumby saw how the church was deteriorating over the years. In 2016, she shared the story of the Mount Tabor Church to the Heart & Soul Initiative that was administered through the Cumberland County Historical Society. Pennsylvania Trails of History and other National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers members work with individuals and organizations to help preserve the places that tell the story of African American communities throughout the nation.
https://www.bluemountaineagle.com/life/national/mount-tabor-church-in-mount-holly-springs-listed-on-national-register-of-historic-places/article_3ba32a3c-3ee1-58ad-876c-b688f09e1e8a.html

The Mount Tabor AME Zion Church and Cemetery has been officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a state historic preservation specialist announced in an email this afternoon.

The Washington, D.C. SHPO is one of several organizations that is supporting an effort to rehabilitate the stain glass w...
03/07/2021

The Washington, D.C. SHPO is one of several organizations that is supporting an effort to rehabilitate the stain glass windows at Christ Church on Capitol Hill (DC). The original church, which was built in 1807 in Gothic Revival style, began as one of two parish churches of Washington Parish, which the Maryland General Assembly created in 1794. The current building, constructed after the Civil War, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS in 1969. Although there is some controversy, Benjamin Latrobe, one of 19th-century America's greatest architects, is generally credited with the design of the present church building. It was constructed of brick in the Federal style, which was evolving into the Gothic revival style. The bell tower, added in 1849, was used as an observation post during the Civil War. The present Parish Hall was built in 1874. The effort to rehabilitate the windows is funded the DC Preservation League's preservation grant through the D.C. SHPO and CSX. National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers members help preserve sacred places that tell the stories of communities throughout America.

Officials with the Port of Everett in Everett, Washington, are working on plans to rehabilitate and re-purpose the histo...
03/06/2021
Port seeking new ideas for 97-year-old Weyerhaeuser building | HeraldNet.com

Officials with the Port of Everett in Everett, Washington, are working on plans to rehabilitate and re-purpose the historic Weyerhaeuser building. “We have a vision of what we want to see, how we want to see that building reactivated,” Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber said to a reporter with the Everett Herald. “But there are so many more creative people out there. We want to hear what their ideas are.” The building was built in 1923. At the time, Weyerhaeuser, a timber and paper company, was the largest employer in Everett. Company officials commissioned architect Carl Gould to design a 6,000-square-foot building that would showcase local wood varieties such as fir, cedar, and hemlock. The building houses a two-story, concrete-and-steel, 160 ton vault that was originally used to store the company payroll. The Gothic-style structure was erected at the company's first Everett plant, known as Mill A. The building,
which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS in 1986, has been moved three times. It was first moved by barge in 1938. It was located up the Snohomish River to the company's Mill B. The structure served as an office space until the mill closed in 1979. In 1983, the building was donated to the Port of Everett. It was relocated at the Port's south marina. The structure served as an office space for the Chamber of Commerce in the 1980s. In July 2016, the structure was relocated to Boxcar Park, located within the Esplanade District at the water's edge. The Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation work with communities to help preserve historic buildings that tell their story and strengthen their local economies.
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https://www.heraldnet.com/business/port-seeking-new-ideas-for-97-year-old-weyerhaeuser-building/

The waterfront gem once housed offices of an Everett lumber mill. Next year, it could be reborn.

Southern Indiana’s Brown County State Park was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS, making...
03/06/2021
Brown County State Park added to National Register of Historic Places

Southern Indiana’s Brown County State Park was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS, making it the state’s largest historic district. The park’s recent addition to the National Register is “a great honor” said Patrick Haulter, the interpretive naturalist for the 16,000-acre park, which features rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. “It really speaks to how important this park is, not only to the people who live here, but to everyone," Haulter said. Brown County State Park opened in 1929 near Nashville, a rustic town that’s the county seat. It’s Indiana’s largest state park and one of its most popular. Indiana Landmarks staff authored the park’s National Register nomination in partnership with the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology and supported by the local preservation group Peaceful Valley Heritage and Preservation. The nomination documented nearly 70 buildings, sites, and structures that contribute to the park’s historical significance, including structures built in the 1930s by the Great Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps. The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology and other National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers members work with non-profits to help preserve the places that tell the story of their states.
https://www.wthr.com/article/news/local/indiana/brown-county-state-park-added-to-national-register-of-historic-places/531-73383cfe-36eb-41ab-9b03-447f0e4391ab

The 16,000-acre park, which opened in 1929, features rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines.

The James W. Wright Building in the City of DeLand, FL was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places -...
03/05/2021
DeLand's famous Wright Building has a rich history

The James W. Wright Building in the City of DeLand, FL was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. The project to list the Wright Building in the nation’s top federal list of historic places began after Greater Union Life Center Inc. of DeLand acquired the building in 2018. The organization bought the Wright Building at a tax-certificate sale for several reasons, including a desire to preserve the building and return it to service as a vital part of Wright’s Corner — once a lively center of Black commerce. Also, Greater Union Life Center wanted to recognize the building in association with the life and achievements of James W. Wright, the community of Wright’s Corner, and the larger neighborhood. Wright constructed the building in 1920 after several decades of success in Florida agriculture. In 1913, he shipped 12,000 boxes of citrus at an estimated value of $15,000 to national wholesalers in Boston and New York City. Two years later he held 250 acres, including 60 acres in citrus. Wright operated a citrus packinghouse, which was part of his farm, where he processed and shipped his fruit, as well as citrus harvested by some of his neighbors, both Black and white citrus farmers. Wright’s investments in architecture, commerce and community in the 1920s reflected larger growth and development trends of the Great Florida Land Boom of the 1920s. His investment also defied the larger trends of the first Great Migration (1916-40), when more than 1 million African Americans fled the American South for the Northeast and Midwest for jobs and to escape Jim Crow laws, blatant racism and lynchings. The Florida Division of Historical Resourcesand other National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers members work with organizations and individuals to preserve the places that tell the stories of individual African American leaders and African American communities throughout America. Sidney Johnston, the assistant director of Grants and Sponsored Research at Stetson University, wrote the National Register nomination for the Wright building.
https://www.beacononlinenews.com/news/delands-famous-wright-building-has-a-rich-history/article_51fd6f0c-7622-11eb-a09d-9f5a0aece663.html

On Feb. 1, the National Park Service listed the James W. Wright Building in DeLand on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The wildfires in California are devastating so much of the state. Among the hard hit places is California's first state park, Big Basin, which lost its National Register listed historic buildings among a grove of ancient coastal redwoods.
**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Mariners Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy https://www.facebook.com/SSHMarinersGenealogy/ The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to Historical and Genealogical Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island, in New York City, to honor their Ancestors and all of the 6,500 Merchant, Coast Guard, and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant, Coast Guard, and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. The Mariners were from many areas of the United States, Canada, and other countries. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2244490/sailors-snug-harbor-cemetery Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/caretakers-shoot-down-plans-for-monument-for-fallen-sailors/ The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. You can help support the Descendants by writing a Letter of Support using the Support Letter Writing Instructions at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx Sailors’ Snug Harbor has a very interesting history. It was one of the first large scale retirement facilities in the United States and the first established for Merchant Mariners. It was founded by the Randall family whom were New York City Merchant Sea Captains and Privateers during the French Indian War and Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton was a friend of the Randall family and their Attorney. He helped draft the Robert Richard Randall Will in 1801 to create the SSH Trust which funded the SSH Retirement Home. During its 140+ years of operation (1833-1976) approximately 16,000 Mariners resided there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailors%27_Snug_Harbor
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