Historic and Archaeological Preservation
The 2021 AME60 Mid-Year Meeting held July 11–15, 2021 will be online and free!
The AME60 Committee (Historic and Archaeological Preservation) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) business meeting will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, July 11th from 1:00-5:00 EST. You do not need to be a committee member to attend, so please feel free to join the Zoom meeting to listen in on the latest news from the committee!
From July 12th through the 15th, there will sessions summarizing recent NCHRP studies results and discussing upcoming research needs; updates from FHWA, FRA, FTA, ACHP, and TRB; and an expanded and interactive workshop from the winter meeting focusing on tribal involvement beyond the Section 106 regulations, led by Dr. Rhonda Fair of the Oklahoma DOT.
We are also seeking presentations on a wide range of fascinating projects and case studies. The AME60 Program Planning Committee identified several areas of interest for sessions; however, please feel free to share other topics and ideas! Please respond with your proposed presentation or session topics by April 30.
What’s My Line Anyway? – Do you find it challenging to delineate an APE for a long, linear transportation corridor? Do you find yourself at the end of a project wondering why you surveyed all those properties or realizing you did not survey enough? Consider presenting about a project that made you question the size of the APE you used; share your best practices for “right sizing” an APE or how your agency has codified how APEs are defined; or discuss how your agency or state incorporated ACHP’s recent guidance on “direct” versus “indirect” effects and how has or has not that changed your APEs.
Diversity and Inclusion in the Section 106 Process and the National Register – The world changed in many ways in 2020. These events and more have led many people to question a variety of industry practices, from transportation inequities to livability to what makes a property “historic.”
Consider presenting projects or properties which you interpret or view differently now because of changes in perceptions that came about because of recent events or simply by taking a more inclusive approach to your identification and evaluation efforts. Or consider presenting on barriers and opportunities you see to improve diversity and inclusion in what is considered “historic.”
Hear More Voices – AME60 and TRB are always looking to improve and expand the involvement of others voices in our Mid-Year conference. Please consider sharing this announcement with SHPO, THPOs, tribal members, and community members especially from underrepresented communities and encouraging other perspectives and voices around cultural resources to help diversify our profession.
Communication – Do you feel like you are always saying “tomahto” and everyone else on your project team is saying “tomato”? Do you struggle to get project partners or the public to understand what the heck you are talking about (APE, character-defining features, period of significance, etc.)? Have you heard from people that our bureaucratic process inadvertently creates barriers to broader communication and receiving meaningful public input? Alternatively, have you had great success communicating with project partners and/or the public and if so, what were your means and methods (plain language, online platforms, etc.)? Consider submitting a presentation on your struggles or successes in having meaningful and successful communication.
Mitigation – Building off previous successful sessions on creative mitigation, consider presenting on struggles figuring out how to mitigate for your project’s effects, or on successful or meaningful mitigation that you havedeveloped. How do you measure the meaningfulness of the mitigation?
Unusual Resources – Following up on the smashing success of the mobile homes session at last year’s meeting, consider submitting a proposal for a presentation or session on another unusual or unique resources type you’d like to bring to the group for discussion, commiseration, or exploration.
Cultural Landscapes – The National Park Service’s bulletin on cultural landscape is soon approaching its 30th year (published in 1994). Consider presenting on how our industries understanding or and recognition of cultural landscapes have changed over time, how they may change in the future, or present on a recent cultural landscape study. The exact times for presentations will be announced later, but likely will run from 12:00-
5:00 EST each day.
As always, the AME60 Mid-Year Meeting and TRB overall are great opportunities to talk about the challenges you face in your work and how your teams might have succeeded in ways that others can appreciate. We will have registration information out in a couple weeks, but save the date, and be sure to spread the word with others in CRM and TRB committees that may overlap with our world, but also with engineers and project planners who might add to the conversation.
Looking forward to seeing you online this July! Please direct any questions or suggestions to Program Chair Steve Archer.
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