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October 13, 2016

Contact: Melvena Heisch
State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-4484

Register Now for the SHPO’s December Workshops

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to announce the schedule for its fall 2016 workshop series. Each workshop is devoted to one of the SHPO's federal preservation programs and is designed for preservation professionals, government agency representatives and concerned citizens. The sessions will be held Wednesday, December 7, through Friday, December 9. All sessions will be held in the OERB Classroom at the Oklahoma History Center located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City, just northeast of the State Capitol. The workshops are free and open to the public, but the SHPO requests that you register by 5 p.m., on Wednesday, November 30. Space is limited for all sessions and will be reserved on a first-come basis.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

December 7 (10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) — Federal and State Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

In this workshop participants will learn about the federal and state investment tax credits for certified rehabilitation of a certified historic structure. A detailed discussion of the Historic Preservation Certification Application, Parts 1, 2 and 3 will guide owners and developers in successfully preparing the information needed for the State Historic Preservation Office to review the project and for the National Park Service to certify it. This session is designed as either a stand-alone workshop or as a companion to Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.

December 7 (1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.) — The Secretary's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

This half-day workshop is dedicated to a thorough discussion of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation. Generally referred to as The Standards, these common sense principles are widely used in the historic preservation field. Whether you are involved in a rehabilitation project for the 20 percent federal and 20 percent state tax credits, planning a rehabilitation project funded with federal assistance, serving on a local historic preservation commission, or just wanting to know the best approach to rehabilitating your historic private home, you will find this session invaluable. It is designed as either a stand-alone workshop or as a companion to Federal and State Tax Incentives for Rehabilitation.

December 8 (10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) — The Section 106 Review Process: A Workshop for Agency Officials and Cultural Resource Management Consultants

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act provides that federal agencies must consider the effect of their undertakings on archaeological and historic properties listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Topics addressed in this day-long workshop include the basic requirements of Section 106, the regulations that govern the process, how to determine National Register eligibility, what constitutes adverse effects, mitigating adverse effects and streamlining Section 106 review.

December 9 (10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) — Working with the National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the foundation of the SHPO's programs, and a basic understanding of the register is essential for those involved in historic preservation at all levels of government and in the private sector. The workshop provides detailed information about the National Register criteria, what listing means, the rights of property owners in the nomination process, tips for preparing successful nominations and much more.

These workshops qualify for HSW hours needed to fulfill requirements of the State of Oklahoma’s Board of Governors of Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers. The SHPO will provide a certificate of attendance, and participants must self-report their attendance to the board.

If you may have questions about workshop content, contact Melvena Heisch at 405-522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org.

To register for any or all of the workshops contact Jesse Matthews at 405-521-6249 or jmatthews@okhistory.org by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30. You may also register online at www.okhistory.org/shpo/workshops.php.

The State Historic Preservation Office is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

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