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Pacific Preservation Past Trainings Information and Summaries



January 14-15, 2017
January 14: Historic Lujan House Meeting Room 

January 15: Westin Resort Guam 



This two-day course would cover introductory theory and practical training in underwater archaeology.


The first day would utilize the United Kingdom Nautical Archaeology Society’s (NAS) training program ( ) which would cover presentations and discussions on the following topics: site types, survey techniques, importance of maritime heritage, legal and ethical responsibilities, and the contribution people can make to researching and preserving underwater cultural heritage. Some practical activities would be included.


Each participant would receive a NAS training record book and be recognized as having completed the ‘NAS Introduction to foreshore and underwater archaeology’ training.


The second day would include implementing surveying, photogrammetry and drawing exercises on the beach and in the water, as well as in the classroom where the techniques in plotting the survey and photographic data would be demonstrated and implemented by course participants.


Faculty: Dr. William Jeffery





January 16 & 17, 2017
Location: Historic Lujan House Meeting Room 


Explore the historic structures report—the principal tool used to document a building’s history, condition, and maintenance. 


Faculty:  Glenn E. Mason, FAIA, NCARB, is the founder of MAI and former principal of its predecessor, Spencer Mason Architects.  He is a project architect and the principal-in-charge for many of the projects undertaken by the firm. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Glenn received an M. Arch. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, before returning to Honolulu, where he has built his 40 year career in the preservation of historic buildings and new design.


GIS for Cultural Resources: An Introduction
January 18-19, 2017                 

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Guam Community College



Seminar Overview

Review introductory geographic information system (GIS) concepts and functionality, combining spatial technologies and database management systems in the area of historic preservation. Learn how to use GIS software through hands-on exercises for identification, evaluation, protection, and preservation of cultural resources. From assisting with inventories, to mapping historic districts and battlefields, to mitigating the impact of disasters on historic areas, GIS technology can be used to provide a better basis for planning and decisionmaking for the nation’s heritage.



Deidre McCarthy, program manager, Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS), National Park Service; facilitates the use of GIS to manage the location, status, and condition of cultural resources


GIS for Cultural Resources: Advanced Techniques

Dates:       January 20, 2017

Time:         8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Venue:      Guam Community College


Seminar Overview

Discuss how to use geographic information system (GIS) technology for applications that go beyond the basics for identification, evaluation, protection, and preservation of cultural resources. From geo referencing historic maps to publishing data online, looking at the latest data sources/types, and producing story maps, there are many innovative ways to use GIS technology to expand the resources available to professionals and the general public.



Deidre McCarthy, program manager, Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS), National Park Service; facilitates the use of GIS to manage the location, status, and condition of cultural resources



Archaeologists, architectural historians, cultural resource managers, planners, landscape architects, historic preservationists, and historians.



May 3, 2017            

8:30 a.m. Registration; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Seminar                

Location: Hilton Guam Resort & Spa 


The inevitability of continued climate change is clear. Learn about the impacts on cultural resources and discuss long-range planning, condition assessment, survey work, actions, and documentation techniques.



James Sewell 

May 4 & 5, 2017 (2-day course)           

8:30 a.m. Registration; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Seminar                

Location: Historic Lujan House, Hagatna, Guam



Jack B. Jones, FAIA


Guam and the region’s vernacular architecture is a valuable and sometimes endangered resource that can tell part of the area’s history firsthand in three-dimensional space and materials. Through course instruction and various hands-on site visits explore and learn about recognizing, appreciating, and applying the vernacular architecture of the region. The course will examine the definitions and visual examples of vernacular architecture from European and  North American examples, as well as,  influences from Spain, Mexico and the Caribbean. Additionally, Pacific examples from the Philippines and Penang, and more relevant examples from Guam and the Northern Marianas will be emphasized . Participants will have the opportunity to engage with actual examples of Guam’s vernacular through site visitations in the Hagatna and Inarajan Historic Districts as well as areas in Southern Guam and finally review vernacular planning details employed.



Cultural and Natural Resource Management

October 16-17, 2017


Claudia Nissley, president, Nissley Environmental Consultants; a nationally recognized expert in cultural heritage laws and practices; author, educator, and consultant; former executive manager with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and governor-appointed Wyoming State Historic Preservation Officer


Training Venue: Lotte Hotel


Seminar Overview

Explore a holistic stewardship approach to an integrated management strategy for cultural and natural resources on public and private lands. These resources often are analyzed and planned for independently, leading to isolated approaches. Through case studies, discuss and evaluate long-term planning and decisionmaking processes that combine legal and management frameworks to better conserve and preserve the core values of these resources.



Section 106 Agreement Documents

October 18-19, 2017

Seminar Overview

Learn the basics of project review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. This seminar emphasizes practicalities-how to avoid pitfalls and victimization by myths. Discuss recent changes in regulations and procedures, with an emphasis on coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws.


Traditional Cultural Places

October 20, 2017

Seminar Overview

“Traditional cultural places” (TCPs) play an important role in community cultural traditions, beliefs, and activities. TCPs must be considered in planning under the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, Executive Orders 12898 and 13007, and other authorities. Review methods of identifying TCPs, discuss evaluation for National Register eligibility and explore management issues.

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