Another great honor was bestowed upon the Fort Vancouver Mobile project last night at the beautiful Artillery Barracks building
in Vancouver, WA. The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP
) met to announce its annual State Historic Preservation Officer's Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation
. The Fort Vancouver Mobile project was chosen as this year's model for Outstanding Achievement in the Media. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site's Chief Ranger Greg Shine and I accepted the award, on behalf of the research team, and to be included in this group of amazing history and preservation projects -- such as the extensive restorations of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI
) in Seattle and the Murray Morgan Bridge
in Tacoma -- was very inspiring. Congratulations to all of the SHPO award winners! ... My favorite comment of the night came from state Historic Preservation Officer Dr. Allyson Brooks, who talked about giving the app to a 16-year-old teen and asking her what she thought of it. The teen, at first ambivalent about the experiment, became engrossed, and later said the app was "freakin' awesome." She then asked Brooks when she could go to the fort and try it out. That encouraging comment really struck me as the ideal response we want to earn. So we'll keep working hard on making the app better and better this summer and for years to come. ...
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