SHPO Historic Workshops

The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), announces its schedule for its Fall 2017 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 Classroom, Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, 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 5:00 pm, Wednesday, November 29. Space is limited for all sessions and will be reserved on a first-come basis.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

December 6 (10:30am-12:30pm) – 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 a stand-alone workshop or as a companion to The Secretary’s Standards and Guidelinesfor Rehabilitating H istoric Building s.

December 6 (1:30pm-4:30pm) – The Secretary’s Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

This half-day workshop is dedicated to a thorough discussion of The Secretary ofthe Interior’sStandards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation. Generally referred to as The Standard s, these common sense principles are widely used in the historic preservation field. Whether you are involved in a rehabilitation project for the 20% federal and 20% state tax credits, planning a rehabilitation project funded with federal assistance, serving on a loca l 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 a stand­ alone workshop and as a companion to Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.

December 7 (10:30am-4:30pm) – 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 archeological 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 which govern the process, how to determine National Register eligibility, what constitutes adverse effects, mitigating adverse effects, and streamlining Section 106 review. ·

December 8 (10:30am-4:30pm) – 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.

CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES: These workshops may meet the requirements for HSW hours/State of Oklahoma’s Board of Governors of Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers, and for PDH hours/Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. The SHPO will email certificates of attendance after the workshops, and participants self report or document their attendance per policies of the respective boards.

To register for any or all of the workshops contact Jesse Matthews at 405/521-6249 or jmatthews@ok by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, November 29. You may also register online at

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