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Rick Greenwood, Project Review Coordinator, RIHP&HC (SHPO), with RWU HP class, Providence, Rhode Island.
Janet Zwolinski, past Executive Director, Preserve Rhode Island (Statewide nonprofit) with RWU HP class, Providence, Rhode Island.

States (SHPOs and Statewide Nonprofits)

The purpose of this assignment is to find good examples of how:

  1. State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) are conducting their:
    1. NHPA-mandated work and
    2. non-mandated (elective) initiatives.
  2. Statewide Nonprofits, as 501(c)3 organizations, are addressing state needs through specific initiatives.

Choose two (2) of your 'adopted' states (or TPOs, territories, Washington DC)

State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO)

State historic preservation offices (SHPO) can be located at National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers NCSHPO site.

If needed, for legislation refer to the State Historic Preservation Legislation Database, National Conference of State Legislatures

To address the mandated SHPO work, use the NHPA Section 101 language:

  1. In a Word document, Chart how each state is meeting its mandates, based on the programs, services, resources and information their Web site provides.
  2. Assess the Statewide Preservation Plan
    1. Note!: If you get the result, "Forbidden:You don't have permission to access /applications/redirect/ on this server" when you clik on a hypertink to the SHP site, copy and paste the url into a new window and is should take you to the site.
    2. Access State Preservation Plans recources
    3. Is the plan current?
    4. Did the revision process engage statewide stakeholders as part of an open review process? (This may be dificult to discern.)
    5. How does the plan address mandated work?
  3. Select one 'top pick' best practice from each state, eemonstrating how the SHPO meets their NHPA section 101 mandates.
  4. List each 'top pick' initiatives, the Web address (URL), and an annotated description of why you think the selected program is exemplary.

To address the "elective" SHPO work, use a checklist to:

  1. In a Word document, chart how each state is developing elective ("non-mandated") programs and initiatives, in response to cultural resources and preservation issues and needs. Use the SHPO web sites to assess the programs, services, resources and information.
  2. Preview the Initiatives list and consider the scope of initiatives defining preservation. This list is intended to provide you with the vast range of initiatives, only a few of which any particular state may be addressing.
  3. Select one 'top pick' best practice from each state showling how the SHPO has developed exemplary electives.

Statewide Nonprofits

Locate your states at the National Trust for Historic Preservation State and Local Partners (2007, Sorry, the Trust has dispensed with any meanful site for its partners.).

Work that nonprofits (not-for-profit organizations) conduct varies; it is based on their act of incorporation, by-laws and mission.

  1. Definie the mission statement of the nonprofit (if it is available on their Web site).
  2. See how each statewide nonprofit is developing initiatives, based on the programs, services, resources and information their Web site provides.
    1. Preview the Initiatives list and consider the scope of initiatives defining preservation. This list is intended to provide you with the vast range of initiatives, only a few of which any particular state may be addressing.
  3. Select at least two "best practice" examples (for each state) of how the statewide nonprofit has developed exemplary electives.
  4. In the same Word document, list each initiative, the Web address (URL), and an annotated description of why you think the selected program is exemplary.
  5. Include cited links to relevant information from the Web.
  6. Upload your Word document to BRidges identified as <hp_302_01_12sp_a04_lastnamef.doc>.

Be ready to discuss your findings in class.