Preservation in Place, June 18, 2020

Session Descriptions & Presentations


Welcome, Kathryn Leonard, SHPO, and Jim McPherson, Arizona Preservation Foundation

Time: 8:45 am to 9:15 am

Conversations with the SHPO

Time: 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Join State Historic Preservation Officer Kathryn Leonard for her “state of the state” on historic preservation issues in Arizona. Kathryn will review the past year’s highlights from SHPO’s programs, including National Register listings, Certified Local Government initiatives and grants, historic preservation tax credit projects, and regulatory review and compliance. The 2020 Legislative Session and its impact to Arizona archaeology will also be on the agenda. This is a conversational format with plenty of time for Q and A, so bring your questions and settle in for an engaged discussion.


Border Activity Impacts to Cultural Heritage Preservation

Time: 9:30 am to 10:30 am

A diverse panel of experienced representatives from the Tohono O’odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Quechan Cultural Committee, National Parks Conservation Association, Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, and Arizona Site Steward Program will present an overview for discussion of NHPA and NAGPRA exempt activities along our southern border; projects which are having an irreversible impact to spiritual, culturally sensitive, and significant archaeological sites. Speakers: David Salge, Director & Regional Coordinator Representative, Arizona Site Steward Program Foundation • Jill McCormick, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Arizona Western College  • Peter Steere, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Tohono O'Odham Nation • Karl Hoenig, Ph.D, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Pasqua Yaqui Tribe • Laiken Jordahl, Borderlands Campaigner, Center for Biological Diversity • Manfred Scott, Acting Chairman of the Quechan Cultural Committee

  • No presentation, simply discussion


These Things Take Time: Improving Government to Government Consultation in a Streamlined Regulatory Review Climate

Time: 10:45 am to 11:45 am

Executive Orders and departmental guidance continue to place a strong emphasis on shortening the timeframe for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. State Historic Preservation Offices have engaged with federal agencies to assist them in streamlining compliance through execution of agreement documents for program alternatives. These agreements often provide for abbreviated SHPO response times and batched consultation, but also present challenges for meaningful engagement with tribes. Join our panelists of federal agencies, tribes, SHPOs, and the ACHP as they discuss such important questions as: How do federal agencies balance these efficiency measures with robust government to government consultation with tribes? How do SHPOs respond swiftly without the appearance of short-changing tribal review? How do tribes work with limited resources to ensure that they are able to meet regulatory timeframes? Speakers: Kathryn Leonard, Arizona State Historic Preservation Officer • Valerie Hauser, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Director, Office of Native American Affairs • Allyson Brooks, Washington State Historic Preservation Officer • Matt Basham, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Office • Margaret Hangen, Kaibab National Forest • Jill McCormack, Cocopah Indian Tribe • Shane Anton, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

  • No presentation, simply discussion


Pandemics & Preservation: How Disease Shapes the Built Environment

Time: 10:45 am to 11:45 am

Disease has been a catalyst for change throughout history. As we’ve tried to understand the pestilences that afflict us, architects, planners, and designers have worked to control the spread of disease resulting in things like public parks and subway tiles. Could COVID-19 change the existing built environment? Or new construction? Will the urban revival that had brought people back to downtowns end because of the virus? This session will explore those questions as well as examine how previous pandemics have affected the built environment. Speakers:  Eric Vondy, Planner, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office • Jennifer Levstik, Assistant Director of Cultural Resources, Logan Simpson • Eddie Jones, AIA, Principal, Jones Studio • Tazmine Khatri, Senior Architect, Motley Design Group • Pat Dahlen, Architect, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office

  • Presentations coming soon!


Plenary Session, Paul Edmondson, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Time: 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm


COVID-19 and the Great Preservation Pivot

Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for preservation organizations that rely on visitation and tours for generating much needed operating revenue. Join our panel of preservation leaders as they evaluate what has worked well (and what worked not so well) in adapting preservation programming and user experiences to virtual environments. Our panel will be moderated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Amy Webb who will share highlights from the Trust’s “virtual toolkit” campaign. Speakers: Amy  Webb, National Trust for Historic Preservation • Demion Clinco, Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation • Jeff Goodman, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation • Heidi Swank, Nevada Preservation Foundation


Archaeology from the Benches, Not the Trenches

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

An interactive panel discussion with staff from the Arizona SHPO, Arizona State Museum, as well as Tribal cultural resources and historic preservation offices evaluating challenges for coordinating consultation under the National Historic Preservation Act, State Historic Preservation Act, and Arizona Antiquities Act. Other topics of interest in Arizona archaeology will also be discussed. Speakers: Ian Milliken, Chair, Governor's Archeology Advisory Commission • Christopher Rayle, President, Arizona Archaeology Council • Mary-Ellen Walsh, Cultural Resources Compliance Manager, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office • Erin Davis, Compliance Specialist/Archaeologist, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office • David Jacobs, Compliance Specialist/Archaeologist, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office • Jim Cogswell, Compliance Specialist/Archaeologist, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office • Patrick Lyons, Director, Arizona State Museum • Karen Leone, Manager, Archeological Records Office, Arizona State Museum • Shannon Twilling, Arizona Antiquities Act Administrator and Permits Office, Arizona State Museum • Gabe McGowan, AZSITE Manager, Arizona State Museum • Angela Garcia-Lewis, Cultural Preservation Compliance Supervisor, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community • Shane Anton, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community


Preservation and Economic Revitalization Funding and Resources

Time: 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

Due to last year’s popularity of this topic, we continue the discussion on the types of funding available to support both hardscape projects and soft programming initiatives. This one hour “power session” will highlight some of the federal and state funding opportunities and resources communities and organizations can access, showcase the funding sources that a local rural town has implemented over the last decade to support their built environment, and share best practices when considering granting opportunities. The information shared over the hour is focused on helping align projects with possible funding opportunities and resources to support the planning, implementation, and promotion of your projects, preservation activities, and historic downtown and neighborhood programming. Speakers: Lani Lott, Program Director, Arizona Downtown Alliance • Brad DeBaise, Program & Grants Coordinator, Arizona Commission on the Arts • Jennifer Evans, Management Analyst, Town of Florence

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