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The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) of the National Park Service invites non-profit groups, academic institutions, and local, regional, state, and tribal governments to submit applications for the 2011 Battlefield Planning Grants.  The purpose of this grant program is to provide seed money for projects that lead directly to the identification, preservation and interpretation of battlefield land and/or historic sites associated with battlefields.  In recent years grants have averaged about $32,300 per award.  Applications must be received in the ABPP office by COB January 13, 2011. 

Visit the ABPP website at www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp for details.

National Endowment for the Arts: Design Stewardship Grants
Please note the upcoming deadline for the next round of Design Stewardship Grants – August 12, 2010.  Given that the fall grant cycle focuses on stewardship and historic preservation, there might be some historic preservation-related opportunities.  Grant applications have to come from a nonprofit group, but Landscape Architects and other professionals could partner with local foundations. 

For more information, visit:

American Academy in Rome: Rome Prize 2011

Each year, the coveted Rome Prize is awarded to thirty emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.

Fellows are chosen from the disciplines of Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, and Landscape Architecture among others.

Extended Deadline: 15 November 2010*

For details, visit:

Bureau of Land Management Opportunity

The BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to provide expertise in the area of Landscape Architecture.

The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 


Introducing the Preservation Career Center on PreservationNation.org

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has launched the Preservation Career Center on PreservationNation.org!

Whether you're looking for a job or exploring a career in preservation and its related fields, the Career Center offers valuable information.

The Preservation Career Center also shares other opportunities for professional development through the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as additional resources on common subjects in preservation.

Charles Wellford Leavitt

Alison Ross is researching the landscape architect Charles Wellford Leavitt.  Does anyone know anything about him and whether he was directly associated with the Olmsteds?  Nothing she has found shows a direct association, just the fact that he was a practitioner of Olmsted style park designing. Thank you for any information you might have on him and his work.

Alison J. Ross, M.S.
Architectural Historian
101 Noble Boulevard
Carlisle, PA 17013

Hugh Miller has forwarded a link to a PBS promotion about Appalachia from 2009 that might be of interest.  He found the link to the film trailer thought-provoking.

HALS and the Berkeley City Club
Read what Chris Pattillo’s HALS group in Northern California recently accomplished doing HALS measurements at the Berkeley City Club.  Here is the link to her blog (PGAdesign): http://halsca.blogspot.com/   

History Under Fire

To the disbelief of many Americans, the state of Pennsylvania, along with several other states, has shut down many of its parks. "It's hard to image that a state as rich in history as Pennsylvania would abandon these parks," says Linda Katt, one of the volunteers who has taken over the task of operating Brandywine Battlefield State Historic Site, a Revolutionary War battlefield in Chadds Ford, Pa. "These are hallowed sites that need preservation." Read more at:  http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/story-of-the-week/2010/history-under-fire.html

HALS Children's Theme Park
The deadline for the HALS challenge to document children's theme
parks has been extended to July 31, 2010.

The National Trust is sponsoring the challenge, which is being coordinated by the Northern California Chapter of the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALSca) and by David Driapsa, the HALS Liaison Coordinator for ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects). Through the nationwide challenge we hope to receive at least one entry for every state. Please see the website
http://halsca.org/doc/Challenge_Theme_Park_July_2010.pdf for more

You may contact Janet Gracyk, gracyk707@gmail.com or Chris Patillo, Patillo@PGAdesign.com if you have questions.

ACHP Section 106 Training Schedule for 2010
The ACHP is pleased to announce its popular Section 106 training schedule for 2010. We are offering  both  the 106 Essentials and the Advanced Seminar in 6 locations.  All courses are taught by highly knowledgeable ACHP staff who are engaged both on a daily basis and have practical hands-on experience with Section 106 issues. Attendees taking our courses receive an added benefit from the expertise that our instructors bring to the course. 

See the attached flyer which details course objectives and logistics or visit www.achp.gov/106 for registration and pricing.  Special registration rates are offered for individuals and groups who register for the Essentials Course and pay prior to December 15, 2009. We invite you to pass this flyer on to colleagues and associates who would benefit from attending the course. You may contact me at cbienvenue@achp.gov for more information.

Exploring the Boundaries of Historic Landscape Preservation

Proceedings of the Twenty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation 2007 

Edited by Cari Goetcheus, Assistant Professor, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, and Eric MacDonald, Assistant Professor, College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. 

During the past thirty years, the sensitive management of historic landscapes has emerged as a prominent concern among those who appreciate how preserving a rich and vital past is integral to successful community and environmental stewardship.  Accompanied by a critical introduction and concluding essay, the papers in this volume convey the diversity of contemporary historic landscape preservation projects located in North America, England, Germany, India, and Australia. Exploring the Boundaries of Historic Landscape Preservation offers an excellent summation of the current state of discussion and practice in this exciting field and casts light on some of the active frontiers of its future growth. 

In order to access an on-line PDF copy, simply link to:

Publication of Exploring the Boundaries of Historic Landscape Preservation was aided by financial support from the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation and the Clemson University/College of Charleston Master of Science in Historic Preservation program (http://www.clemson.edu/caah/pla/mhp/)

Curriculum Development for Preservation Landscape Maintenance
In September 2009, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (OCLP) hosted a round table discussion at the Hampton National Historic Site in Towson, Maryland focused on identifying unmet training needs in the field of landscape preservation maintenance.  Among the fifteen participants were historic site managers, grounds supervisors, cultural resource managers, landscape architects, and horticulturists from within and outside the National Park Service. click here for full text

Preserving America’s Garden Legacy at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens

While the Smithsonian Institution is well known for its many high-profile museums in Washington, D.C, and New York City, one of its lesser known treasures is the Archives of American Gardens (AAG).  AAG collects unique images of and documentation relating to a wide variety of gardens throughout the United States that are not documented elsewhere. 

AAG offers landscape designers, historians, researchers, and garden enthusiasts access to a collection of over 80,000 photographic images and records documenting more than 6,000 gardens.  The Archives, part of the Smithsonian’s Horticulture Services Division which designs and manages the gardens and landscapes surrounding the Smithsonian museums in Washington, documents gardens throughout the United States from the early twentieth century to the present.  click here for full text

Lotusland: Recreating the Cypress Allée and Water Stairs

Lotusland is the 37-acre estate of the late Madame Ganna Walska, the well known operatic singer and socialite, who created a botanical display garden featuring tropical and sub-tropical exotic species. The estate, located in Santa Barbara, CA, is now owned and operated by a non-profit educational institution, which she established to carry on her work after her death in 1984.  click here for full text

Fort Worth Botanic Garden Listed on National Register of Historic Places

In January 2009, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as a designed landscape.  Specifically, its municipal rose garden was noted as a nationally significant example of the work of the renowned landscape architecture firm of Hare and Hare of Kansas City, Missouri. click here for full text

Creating a Broader HALS Network

The establishment of the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) in 2000 was like Kris Kringle receiving mountains of mail in Miracle on 34th Street.  The U.S. Government finally recognized historic landscapes as legitimate siblings of historic buildings and structures in the NPS family of Heritage Documentation Programs.  Suddenly, all of those buildings and structures floating in large format black and white photos with no visible means of support were poised to leap from the page in vibrant Technicolor with an entourage of plants and ponds, a network of roads and paths, and vistas stretching to the horizon.  In our dreams, maybe.  click here for full text