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In This Issue
Atchafalya on NBC's Today Show
Shared Stories of the Civil War
African American Program in Cane River
Pedal to Paddle in Schuylkill
Youth Journey on the High Seas
Recreational Amenities Incorporated with Historic Sites in Rivers of Steel NHA
Jewish Settlement Celebrated in Mormon Pioneer
Salazar visits Blackstone Valley NHC
Marathon in Delaware & Lehigh
New Image Library Launched On-Line
Yuma Recieves NPF Grant
Exhibit Features Freedom's Frontier
Essex Works to Preserve Meeting House
On-line Destination for Gullah/Geechee
IMLS Grants
NCPTT Call for Grant Proposals
Energy Efficiency Guidelines Updated
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Upcoming Meetings
Alliance of NHAs Fall Meeting
October 11 hosted by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

at the National Preservation Conference in the Erie Canalway NHC and Niagara Falls NHA.  www.nthp.org


Civil War in the Borderland
Tennessee National Heritage Area


2011 Signature Event 
September 6-7 
Tennessee Tech University
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On the 95th birthday of NPS, Director Jarvis issued a call to partners and employees to advance a shared vision toward 2016. It describes specific goals and measurable actions that chart a new direction for NPS as it enters its second century. Read and comment on the report: http://www.nps.gov/calltoaction/



Current NHA related bills: 


Buffalo Bayou NHA Act, Tx:

S. 127/ H.R.2378


Essex NHA, MA Reauthorization Act: H.R.2202/S.1198 


Hudson River Valley Special Resource Study, NY 

S. 1332/ HR 2452 


Lincoln NHA, IL H.R.1553: To add Livingston, Union, and Stephenson Counties in Illinois to Lincoln NHA. 


Naugatuck River Valley NHA Study Act, Ct. H.R.2174/ S.1191 


St. Croix National Heritage Area Act, U.S. Virgin Islands: H.R.2448 


Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta NHA Establishment Act, CA: H.R.486/ S.29


Santa Cruz Valley NHA Act, Az: H.R.2037 


Susquehanna Gateway NHA Act, PA: S.1150 

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Cane River NHA


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Last Green Valley:
Quinebaug & Shetucket
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Rivers of Steel NHA


Sangre de Cristo NHA


Schuylkill River NHA


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Battlefields National Historic District


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Martha Raymond

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Assistant Coordinator   


Peter Samuel, Northeast Regional Coordinator

K. Lynn Berry, Southern Regional Coordinator

Sue Pridemore, Midwest Regional Coordinator

Greg Kendrick, Intermountain Regional Coordinator
Linda Stonier and Gretchen Luxenberg, Pacific West Regional Coordinators 
John Quinley, Alaska Regional Coordinator 
Michelle McCollum, Chairman
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Atchafalaya on NBC's Today Show


On June 29, NBC's Today Show segment "America the Beautiful" hosted by Jenna Bush Hagar featured the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. Home to the Atchafalaya Basin, the area highlights a 14-parish region in south-central Louisiana. Atchafalaya is the first National Heritage Area selected in the series. Watch the piece here. 


"The segment shows the extreme beauty of the heritage area and will attract people throughout the country to come experience the gorgeous landscape and kind people of the region," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. "This is great exposure for Louisiana and we look forward to folks coming down to pick their passion in Cajun Country."


atch riverThe piece shows everything from giant cypress and crawfishing to Cajun music and airboating. It also features locals who showed Bush Hagar around and taught her about the Atchafalaya culture and people.


Roy Blanchard, a crawfisherman featured said, "Most of the Cajun people are happy and jolly, real friendly."


Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, designated by Congress in 2006, is among the most culturally rich and ecologically varied regions in the U.S. and home to the widely-recognized Cajun culture. It is part of the Lt. Governor's Office in the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. To learn more visit www.Atchafalaya.org.

Shared Stories of the Civil War 
Shared Stories of the Civil War
Shared Stories of the Civil War


In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and the recognition of events that occurred in Kansas and Missouri during this period in history, Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area and the Kansas Humanities Council partnered to created Shared Stories of the Civil War. 


The project features short stories created from historical letters, diaries, newspaper articles, and other materials. The stories are researched and compiled into short scripts. These voices from history provide insight into how 19th century Americans struggled with determining the future of our nation and defining the meaning of freedom. 


Summer Program Features African American Art in Cane River NHA 


Cane River art pictureCane River National Heritage Area co-sponsored a summer program that focused on African American art and cultural heritage in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.


Students, ages 10 to 19 participated in the program, from July 5-August 4, at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. Students researched and documented significant African American sites within Natchitoches Parish. They also learned to use art and symbolism to communicate African American contributions to the cultural heritage of the area. Students took field trips to historic sites located within the Heritage Area and several art museums in Shreveport, LA.


Visiting artist Oumarou Traore and historian Rolonda Teal served as instructors for the class. Traore is a graduate of Abidjan Fine Arts School and Vincennes University. He teaches art in Paris, France and has exhibited his work internationally. His artwork is the result of his exploration of the traditional and spiritual aesthetic of African treasures. Teal is the co-founder of Cultural Lore, Inc. Teal shared her expertise in plantation systems and the African Diaspora.


Dr. Ken Brown of the University of Houston, Dr. Kole Odutola of the University of Florida, and community leaders served as guest instructors. Local historian Shirley Small-Rougeau was the field tour guide. 


The cultural heritage class was sponsored by the Cane River National

Heritage Area, the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, the Cane River Creole National Historical Park, NPS National Center for Preservation, Technology & Training (NCPTT), and CocoGreen, Inc. For more information visit www.caneriverheritage.org. 

Popular Pedal and Paddle Event Launched in Schuylkill River Heritage Area


Participants in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area's Pedal and Paddle
Participants in the Pedal and Paddle get a lesson in paddling.
 The Schuylkill River Heritage Area, in southeastern Pennsylvania, introduced a new Pedal and Paddle event in June aimed at promoting important regional recreational resources: the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail. Originally planned as a one-day event, the program proved so over-whelmingly popular that additional dates were added to meet the demand.


The Pedal and Paddle took participants on a guided, round-trip biking and kayaking adventure, with all equipment, including bikes, kayaks and gear provided. The day began with a 4.5 mile bike ride on the Schuylkill River Trail. Participants used yellow cruiser bicycles available by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area's free bike share program, Bike Pottstown. They rode from the Heritage Area offices, in Pottstown, to Historic Morlatton Village, a Swedish settlement that includes three 18 century homes and a restored inn. After a tour, they received an introduction to kayaking. Then, they returned to Pottstown in kayaks, via the Schuylkill River.


Funding for the program came from the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation.


"The Pedal and Paddle has enabled the Schuylkill River Heritage Area to achieve our goal of using recreation to foster a greater appreciation of the river and the region," observed Executive Director Kurt Zwikl. "People were introduced to paddling the river and biking on the Schuylkill River Trail. But they also learned something about local history, and they had a lot of fun doing it."


To learn more visit www.schuylkillriver.org.

Youth Journey on the High Seas on The Friendship of Essex 

Essex Friendship

The tall ship Friendship  departed from Salem, MA for New York on August 7 with a crew of volunteers, NPS staff and youth from across Massachusetts. NPS and Essex Heritage are committed to engaging the youth in the heritage and natural resources which are often seemingly "inaccessible" to urban youth.


Starting with Friendship Sails! events the new Ship's Mate Junior Ranger Program, and educational programs like Salem Sets Sail, the NPS with the assistance of Essex Heritage has reached more than 15,000 students and their families via the tall ship Friendship.


"And this is just the beginning," said Annie C. Harris, Executive Director of the Essex National Heritage Commission. "It is such a thrill to see the reaction of these young people when they get out on the ocean. Many live only blocks away from the water but they have not had the opportunity to experience it -until now." And she adds, "once they do, most of them become really engaged and this so important for our region's future."


Five interns in the NPS Massachusetts Parks Student Career Intake Program (SCIP) prepared Friendship for departure and participated in every aspect of the sail to New York and back including Kimberley Brunner of John F. Kennedy National Historic Site, Suki Jo Chiu of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Manny Cruz and Ryan McMahon with Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Victoria Vann, Rich Hansen and Saoran Roeuth of Lowell National Historical Park, Sarah Martin of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Nickson Monteiro at Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Rubby Wuabu with Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.


"We are extremely pleased to bring maritime history alive for the young people of our region through our sail aboard Friendship," said Rita Hennessy, Acting NPS Superintendent of Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites. "This is an extraordinary, once in a life time opportunity for these young participants to sail on a tall ship." Under the guidance of NPS crew, Friendship volunteers, and the captain, the students chronicled their journey via real time blogs and twitter at: Friendshipnps.wordpress.com


Friendship of Salem is a full-size replica of a ship constructed by the renowned shipbuilder Enos Briggs in 1797. She is a 171-foot three-masted "East Indiaman" - the type of merchant ship that made Salem a leader in the opening of trade with the Far East, Europe and Russia following the American Revolution. Friendship is the largest wooden, Coast Guard certified, sailing vessel to be built in New England in more than a century. The original Friendship made 15 voyages around the world before being captured by the British during the War of 1812. The new Friendship is part of the NPS's Salem Maritime NHS which includes the last remaining intact complex of colonial era wharves, the 1819 Custom House where author Nathaniel Hawthorne worked and related maritime structures and Federal Era houses.


The trip to New York was her furthest sail to date, yet plans are being made to sail to Baltimore National Heritage Area to commemorate the War of 1812.

Rivers of Steel NHA Successfully Incorporates Recreational Amenities with Historic Sites

By Sherris Moreira, Director of Marketing and Tourism Development for Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.  


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Community Heritage Market at the Pump House

 With the opening of a three-mile stretch of the Great Allegheny Passage adjacent to the Historic Pump House in Allegheny County, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is doing their part to utilize an amazing opportunity to incorporate Southwestern Pennsylvania's steel heritage with the very active present.


The trail section that will connect Pittsburgh to Washington DC, is now completed in Munhall at the site of the Historic Pump House, a trailhead along the GAP. Simultaneously with the ribbon cutting in June, the Pump House began seeing record numbers of visitors, many of which are cyclists, on a daily basis utilizing their site for parking, breaks and rest stops, as well as enjoying the interpretive signage at the location.


The Community Heritage Market at The Historic Pump House kicked off June 26, less than two weeks after the ribbon-cutting for the three-mile trail section of the GAP. Held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; NPS and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the weekly event features local artists, farmers, music and demonstrations.


"By the development of a weekly market at the pump house, the site is growing into a community, cultural and eco-friendly asset for this part of Allegheny County," said August R. Carlino, President and CEO of Steel Industry Heritage Corporation (SIHC), which manages Rivers of Steel. "The heritage of the site becomes more known and relevant as more people utilize its space and location as a trailhead of the Great Allegheny Passage."


Though the trailhead was already equipped with public restrooms, benches, picnic tables, a bike rack and waste receptacles, Rivers of Steel quickly expanded the bike and visitor offerings at the location. There is now a weekly public market at the historic site with more docents scheduled onsite for visitors. Power drinks and water are sold daily. Additional signage was installed to better delineate parking and other aspects of the historic site, and a partnership was formed with a local bike rental organization to provide services for cyclists.


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A common site at the Historic Pump House since the opening of another section of the Great Allegheny Passage

"We saw an opportunity to promote the history of The Pump House through recreation," said Carlino. SIHC was one of the many partners integral to the creation of the Steel Valley Trail, a 9-mile segment between the city of Pittsburgh and the Youghiogheny trail right outside of McKeesport, all of which is now a part of the Great Allegheny Passage. SIHC provided staffing and technical assistance to the Steel Valley Trail Council in their early years, and helped them get established and spin-off as an independent organization.


The recent increase in traffic at The Historic Pump House follows a statistical path, with a 2008 economic impact study by the Allegheny Trail Alliance showing businesses located on or near the trail attributed a quarter of their business to trail visitors. Almost two-thirds of them saw an increase in revenue, with more than 30% planning to expand their business offerings to handle the additional trail-related traffic. The study showed that the GAP brought in more than $40 million in revenue to the region's economy, not including an additional $8 million in wages for businesses near the trail. According to the ATA, approximately 750,000 people visited the GAP in 2010.


For more information, visit www.riversofsteel.com.

Clarion Call 100: A 100-year Celebrationlogo mormon p 


On September 10th, 1911, eleven Jewish colonists rode an open wagon through Gunnison, Utah, singing Ukrainian folk songs on their way to their new settlement of Clarion. They were the vanguard of what was to be a model Jewish farming community, signaling to the world and to Jews everywhere that the time had come for Jews to go "back to the soil".


Five years later, after enduring monumental hardship, heart-wrenching trials, internal discord and both natural and man-caused disasters, the colonists abandoned Clarion. But the stories of Clarion-the dreams, the sacrifices, the courage, the perseverance against overwhelming odds-were told for generations by the Levitskys, Furmans, Silvermans, Friedlanders, and other families who lived the dream and the heartache that was Clarion.


The Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area, Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts, the Tanner Humanities Center, the Jewish Community Center, Snow College, the Utah State Historical Society, and the Utah Jewish Federation are inviting descendents of those Jewish colonists to gather for a 100th-anniversary celebration of Clarion's founding on September 9th & 10th, 2011. The spirit of those 287 men and women and their children who lived the brief but inspiring story of Clarion will live again.


Original music and songs about Clarion will be featured at a reception on September 9th in Salt Lake City and in a short mini-musical at the 1912-vintage Casino Star Theatre in Gunnison on September 10th. That music will serve as the core of an intended historical musical that each summer will tell the story of Clarion to cultural heritage tourists visiting the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.


Visit http://www.mormonpioneerheritage.org/ for informaiton.

Sec. Salazar and Sen. Reed Visit Blackstone Valley
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Sec. Salazar and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) Photo: Belinda Mazur
Secretary of Interior Salazar visited the Blackstone Valley

National Heritage Corridor

and expressed his enthusiastic support for what has been accomplished by the Corridor and its partners to date, but also came out in strong support for the proposed National Park, specifically the option #3 of a NPS special resource study.


"It is my wish that it happen," he stated to applause from the crowd gathered at the Visitor Center on I-295, which included members of RI's Congressional delegation and Governor, all expressing their commitment to make the park become a reality. 


The crowd included many Corridor Commissioners, mayors and town administrators, Corridor volunteers, and partner organizations, who the Secretary recognized as the key to both past and future success. 


Both the Secretary and the members of Congress who spoke took note of the economic benefits of a National Park, not only for the host communities but for the entire region and the two states the Corridor has brought to the Valley. They further emphasized that the new Park would build on the success of the Corridor, instead of having to be established from the ground up.


The NPS released a special resource study that was undertaken to determine whether the sites and associated landscape features within the boundaries of the Blackstone River Valley NHC that contribute to the understanding of the Corridor as the birthplace of the industrial revolution in the US would be eligible for inclusion as a unit. The Corridor encompasses all or part of 24 communities from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. 

Gear Up to Make History at the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Marathon DL marathon  

Enjoy the spectacular fall foliage and stunning views as you follow the historic transportation system where America was built. Join us and make history come alive along the D&L Trail!


Organized by the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor with  Rodale Inc. and Endurance Multisport, these first-time races will take place on Sunday, October 23 in seven municipalities in Northampton, Lehigh and Carbon counties. The courses are on rail-trails that once supported huge steam locomotives and coal cars of the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh & New England, and "Berksie" railroads.


New personal records could be achieved! The route offers a primarily flat course traveling along the cool, rushing waters of the Lehigh River. The D&L Trail forms the majority of the courses, with the Slate Heritage and Lehigh New England spur trails providing the balance. 


The marathon begins at Canal Park in Northampton and runs through Cementon, North Whitehall Township, Laurys Station, Slatington, Washington Township, and East Penn Township. Runners veer off the D&L Trail and run a loop on the macadam Slate Heritage Trail, where the "Berksie" line carried slate in the 1900s. The course continues on the Trail, through Lehigh Gap, a natural water gap in the Kittatiny Ridge and more. A half marathon route is also available.


Proceeds will be invested in the continued maintenance of the D&L Trail. Runners can register online on the D&L website. Additional information can be found on the D&LHeritage  Facebook page.   

New Revolutionary War Image Library Launched 
Washington Crossing Re-enactment Washington Crossing, PA and Titusville, NJCrossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area launched an online image library at www.revolutionarynj.org, featuring stunning photographs, by award-winning photographer Chase Heilman, of Revolutionary War era historic sites and landscapes, reenactment scenes, monuments and commemorative markers.


Organized in galleries, each storyline is introduced with a descriptive history and a map of the featured region. This exciting project will help foster an appreciation of the significance of New Jersey's Revolutionary War history through virtual exploration of authentic places associated to encourage people to visit the heritage area.


Each gallery provides a cohesive and continuing narrative of the events surrounding General Washington's movements from November 1776 to June 1777 including the capture of Fort Lee on November 16, 1776, and the subsequent retreat across New Jersey towards Trenton and the Delaware River. The second gallery continues the saga by focusing on the "Ten Crucial Days" with Continental Army crossing the icy Delaware, winning two battles in Trenton and continuing on to the battle of Princeton. The third depicts the Continental Army's winter in Morristown in 1777 and Washington's risky, successful decision to inoculate his army against smallpox.  


Cate Litvack, Executive Director, of the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association said, "We are grateful to the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, for a grant that partially funded the image library. We're excited by the launch of this library as it gives people another way to discover Revolutionary New Jersey." 


When completed the library will contain fourteen or more storylines that will weave together the stirring, rich Revolutionary War history that made New Jersey the Crossroads of the American Revolution. Galleries will include storylines such as the Road to Monmouth and the harsh winter of 1779-80 in Morristown.

Yuma Heritage Area Receives National Park Foundation Grant


The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is the first heritage area to receive an Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation. The grant program was recently expanded to include National Heritage Areas. Yuma was able to secure the grant through support from the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.


yuma nps "We have worked closely with the Heritage Area over the last decade in the development of their trail system," said Lee Baiza, superintendent of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. "This grant will help boost usage of the trails and extend the National Park Service's presence in the Yuma community."


"The significant thing is that we're the only Heritage Area," said Charles Flynn, executive director of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. "The rest of the funding went to national parks." And that, he believes, is at least in part a tribute to how involved the community is in Healthy Yuma. "It's very grassroots."


The National Park Foundation Active Trails grant of $15,007 will fund Yuma Parks and Recreation projects that promote greater use of the riverfront trails within the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. The grant also supports Healthy Yuma 2011, a community initiative to promote better diet, exercise, and addiction-free lifestyles. 


The Active Trails program uses national parks as venues for community engagement and promote healthy lifestyles through recreation and volunteer service on land and water trails.


"With these grants, we're actively encouraging Americans to personally connect with their national parks through fun and engaging activities that not only promote a healthy lifestyle, but also help protect and preserve some of the most treasured places on earth for generations to come," said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. 

Exhibit Opens in Freedom's Frontier NHA 


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Board Vice-Chair, Deanell Tacha, speaks at exhibit opening.
A new exhibit opened in July that examines the history of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. The exhibit is the generous gift of the City of Lawrence.


It commemorates the role that the area played in shaping the nation's understanding of the definition of freedom. Events that took place in this region were significant factors in inciting the Civil War.


The exhibit's opening celebration featured a presentation in the character of Charles Robinson, First Governor of the State of Kansas, by Lawrence resident Harold Riehm and the reading of Langston Hughes poetry by Kansas Poet Laureate, Denise Low-Weso. Langston Hughes frequented the Carnegie Library and was inspired by it when living in Lawrence as a youth.


An additional exhibit focused on the Kansas-Nebraska Act was given to Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area by the National Archives of the Central Plains Region in Kansas City and is installed in the west gallery. These exhibits introduce visitors to the Freedom's Frontier themes and will encourage them to visit other partner sites to learn more about our shared stories. For more information visit http://www.freedomsfrontier.org.

Essex Works to Preserve Endangered Historic Meeting House

The Essex National Heritage Commission announced the completion of a historic structures report for the East Parish Meeting House in Haverhill, Massachusetts, funded in part with a 2010 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant.


Built in 1838 and worshipped in by the poet John Greenleaf Whittier, the small, quintessential New England church structure is one of only seven original meeting houses remaining in Massachusetts. In 2010, faced with an uncertain future and in need of significant repair and restoration, the meeting house was named one of the most endangered historic resources in the state by Preservation Massachusetts, the statewide, nonprofit historic preservation organization. The local landmark was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service in December 2010.


With the goal of assisting the East Parish Meeting House Society better assess and plan for the building's long term preservation, Essex Heritage awarded the organization a 2010 Partnership Grant which enabled the trustees to engage qualified consultants to develop a stabilization plan for the remarkably unaltered building.


"Essex Heritage recognizes the critical need to provide seed money to small organizations operating in the heritage area," said Essex Heritage Executive Director Annie C. Harris. "The work completed by the East Parish Meeting House Society amply demonstrates the positive impact that can be made through the partnership of a strong grant program and local volunteers. We look forward to seeing this plan come to fruition."


The Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program is a matching grant program created to foster and support the stewardship activities of organizations and municipalities that share its mission to preserve and promote the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. The program provides funding for heritage education, interpretation, historic preservation, historical records and trail development. 

On-Line Destination for Gullah/Geechee

gullah logo The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (GGCHC) website will launch this summer. The site is an online destination to learn about the history and culture of the Gullah/Geechee people in the four-state heritage area comprising SC, GA, NC and FL.


Visitors will be able to follow the work of the commission as it develops the Management Plan due for public review in the spring of 2012. Partnership information will be available for individuals and organizations wanting to support the heritage corridor. The multifaceted website will be accessible enough for elders to get involved and sophisticated enough for tech-savvy youth to gain an interest in the Corridor.


The website design is a project of students at The Art Institute of Atlanta. Degree candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Web Design & Interactive Media -- with content generated by the Commission's Website Committee -- researched the culture, analyzed potential users and designed a website based on community involvement and the business needs of the Commission. Through a secure log-in, commissioners will be able to work-share and build a digital archive documenting the history of the Commission and the Corridor.


The dynamic aspects of the website design will attract repeat visits to see profiles of individuals involved in communities throughout the Corridor, to read about preservation projects restoring historic sites and the documentation of tangible and intangible cultural treasures, to learn about annual festivals and events, and to take in documentaries and radio programs about the culture and the people who bring education and preservation to life.


Coming this summer: http://gullahgeecheecorridor.org 

Conservation Project Support Grant  

Offered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services


Grants of up to $150,000 are available for many types of conservation activities including surveys, training, treatment, and environmental improvements. Applicants seeking support should define projects that address one of the institution's formally recognized highest conservation needs. In every case, applications must demonstrate that the primary goal of the project is conservation care, not collection management or maintenance. 


Application Deadline: October 3. Visit http://www.imls.gov/

Call for Grant Proposals: Preservation Technology and Training Grants  

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training seeks innovative projects that advance science and technology for historic preservation. The PTT Grants program funds projects that develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. NCPTT does not fund "bricks and mortar" projects or straight-forward documentation projects using well-established methods.

Grants are awarded competitively with a maximum of $25,000. All grants require a one-to-one match of cash or in-kind services. Source of the match may be federal or non-federal resources.


Research Priorities: NCPTT funds projects within the following areas: archeology, architecture, collections management, engineering, historic landscapes, materials conservation

Projects that result in tangible grant products that disseminate information beyond traditional ways (online web based training, webinars, podcasts, videos, DVDs, electronic publishing, etc.) will be reviewed favorably.

The Grant Application Process: Applicants desiring assistance may submit an optional preproposal anytime up to October 1, 2010. Applicants must submit a PTT Grant application between September 1, 2010 and October 15, 2010.  

New NPS Energy Efficiency Guidelines


NPS Technical Preservation Services released the Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings to the help improve the energy efficiency of historic buildings while preserving their historic character. The guidelines offer practical advice to building owners, developers, and preservation practitioners, showing recommended - and not recommended - approaches to projects from solar panel installation to heating and air conditioning upgrades to weatherization and insulation.


NPS Director Jarvis notes that the guidelines will advance the growing trend of "greening" historic buildings. "While historic buildings are inherently sustainable because they already exist, by adding energy saving features like cool roofs and solar technology we can bring these icons of our past into efficient twenty-first century use."


 He also noted that waterless toilets, recycled pop bottle carpets, and compact fluorescent lights are just the latest components of green building.   "Remember front porches and shutters? Those were specific designs that save energy."



Jarvis said that more and more developers think "sustainability" when they consider historic preservation projects today. "It makes sense from a couple of perspectives," Jarvis said. "Historic preservation projects generally have a lighter carbon footprint. They also make great economic sense when a project qualifies for the National Park Service's program that confers a 20 percent federal tax credit for historic rehab projects. "



The guidelines are part of an ongoing commitment by the National Park Service to ensure a place for our shared built heritage in a future of energy uncertainties and environmental concerns. Visit http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/