Cultural Heritage Outreach and Education PROJECTS
Upcoming Events with
a Heritage Component
- State Archaeology
Celebrations in the Pacific Region:
USFWS Historic Preservation
and Interpretation Projects
Plankhouse Project. A
full-scale Chinookan-style cedar plankhouse has been constructed at Ridgefield
NWR in Ridgefield, WA. Designed using information gleaned
from archaeological research at the Chinookan town site of
Cathlapotle, the plank househas become an open-air classroom
where students and visitors alike can experiment with traditional
skills, learn about native plants and animals, and catch
a glimpse of life in the past. The Cathlapotle Plankhouse opened on March 25, 2005, 199 years to the day after Lewis and
Clark first visited the town and described it in their journals. The project
was designated a Legacy Project of the Lewis
and Clark Bicentennial Committee of Vancouver/Clark County.
To learn more about Cathlapotle and the cultural heritage
of Ridgefield NWR, click here.
Atoll NWR "Save America's Treasures" Grant -
The Save America's Treasures grant provides critical funding
for stabilizing and conserving elements of Midway Atoll's most
important properties. Priorities include arresting deterioration
caused by water, corrosion, and termites and repairing or replacing
seriously damaged structural members on the NHL ammunition
huts, theater, officers' housing, and Commercial Pacific Cable
Company buildings. To learn more about the accomplishments
of volunteers, refuge staff, and partners at this National
Memorial site in the Pacific Islands, click here (12.8mb pdf).
- The Sod
House Ranch at Malheur NWR, OR, is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places. During the summer of 2000, extensive
restoration began to rescue the barn from collapse.
- White Bluffs
Cabin Restoration, Hanford-ALE, WA, stay tuned.
- Feichter House,
Finley NWR, OR, stay tunes.
Student Summer Program:
During the summer of 2000, a group of 18 undergraduate and
graduate students brought their skills and enthusiasm to Ridgefield
NWR in Washington. Their creativity and enthusiasm resulted
in a conceptual plan for a discovery center where the natural
and cultural history of the Refuge could be interpreted.
Art of the Malheur Marshlands: During the summers of 1997
and 1998, high school students from around the country participating
in the Earthwatch Student Challenge Award Program worked with
FWS archaeologists to record petroglyphs on Malheur NWR and
Hart Mountain NWR in Oregon. The students learned traditional
skills such as flintknapping and tule boat building, and scientific
methods such as excavation and artifact analysis. They also
learned that mosquitoes thrive in the marshlands! To learn
more about the technical aspects of the project, go to Recording
the Rock Art (link will be restored soon). To learn more about the area's first people,
go to The