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Thursday, September 18

Time

Session Title

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Workshop: Bringing it to the People—Making Archaeology Public after 50 Years of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) (more)

 

The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) plays a large role in creating community interest and support for archaeological research projects and site preservation throughout the state. Archaeologists with FPAN are employing a diverse set of strategies, from building relationships with local governments and organizations, to employing new technologies to reach a wider audience. This workshop will look at several case studies of successful projects implemented by FPAN that engage local communities and ethnic groups, build interest in archaeological research and resource management, and generate political support for CRM, all crucial elements in developing a sustainable future for the CRM industry. The second half of the workshop will be devoted to a roundtable discussion that is intended to engage ACRA members and other participants with FPAN representatives on increasing the relevance of archaeology to the general public and devising creative partnerships for cultural resource management in the future.

Presenters

Emily Jane Murray, Public Archaeology Coordinator, Florida Public Archaeology Network
Jeff Moates, Director, West Central & Central Regions, Florida Public Archaeology Network

Moderator

Tom Scofield, Preservation Planner, Town of Leesburg, Virginia

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King Charles

 

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1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Workshop: Cemetery Law and Identification—A Primer for CRM Professionals and Planners (more)

 

You have a cemetery on your property. Now what? As urban centers are continuing their cultural evolution and rural areas are increasingly developed, more and more historical-period cemeteries require identification, evaluation, research, and treatment. The role of descendant communities as they seek to plan for the futures of these sacred places is also critical. This workshop will provide a primer on historical-period cemeteries for both preservation professionals and those who deal with historical-period cemeteries from a research and planning perspective.

This seminar will present an introduction to cemetery law, notably the presence of cemetery legislation in various local, state, and federal regulations, as well as the place of cemetery law in the context of environmental review. Following this, information will be disseminated on how to record above- and below-ground cemetery remains, including how to identify historical-period cemeteries, the proper way to record headstone data, and how to delineate burial shafts. A basic chronology of headstones and funerary remains will also be provided so you can start to understand the context of your graveyard. The goal of the workshop is to provide attendees with a working knowledge of the legislative framework surrounding historical-period cemeteries and pertinent information on the identification and analysis of cemetery remains to aid you in project planning and in reaching your research objectives.

Presenters

James Davisdon, University of Florida, Gainesville

This workshop will be taught by nationally renowned cemetery expert Dr. James Davidson. Dr. Davidson is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, author of the country’s most comprehensive catalog of historical-period coffin hardware, and mortuary expert on cemetery disinterment projects across the country, including Freedman’s Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

Moderator

Kerri S. Barile, ACRA Education Committee; Dovetail Cultural Resource Group

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King Charles

 

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5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ACRA Partner's Reception
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

 


 

Friday, September 19

Time

Session Title

7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Registration & "Making the Most of the Website"—A Hands-On Computer Station with Nick Bollinger, ACRA Association Coordinator
8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m. Session One: President's Welcome
9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Session Two: Government Affairs Update (more)

 

Recent polls show that Congress is less popular than zombies, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and mothers-in-law. With fiscal cliffs, stalemates, and backbiting dominating Hill headlines, Congress is on track to have the least-productive session in history. Nevertheless, ACRA continues to advocate on important issues, block ill-considered proposals, shore up key partnerships, and work with federal agencies to get things done. With our partners in Washington, we are crafting a strategy to achieve full funding for the Historic Preservation Fund, which is up for reauthorization next year, and we’re working to support a number of pro-preservation bills introduced during this Congress. We’re also making sure proposed changes to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) won’t put the CRM industry at risk. Come hear the details about these and other issues on ACRA’s government affairs agenda and how you can get involved.

Speakers

Erik Hein, Executive Director, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers
Marion Werkheiser and Eden Burgess, Cultural Heritage Partners PLLC

Moderator

Ian Burrow, ACRA Vice President for Government Relations; Hunter Research, Inc.

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King Charles

 

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10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Session Three: CRM Beyond Compliance and Beyond the United States (more)

 

Most CRM firms currently rely on U.S.-based, compliance-driven projects as their main source of revenue. Increasingly, though, there is awareness that the professional expertise now available within the CRM industry can be viably applied in other fields of endeavor, such as public archaeology and cultural heritage and tourism. This panel session will be a wide-ranging discussion of CRM opportunities outside the compliance “box.” Bring your ideas and questions and join the discussion.

Panelists

William Lees, Executive Director, Florida Public Archaeology Network
Christopher Polglase, Technical Director of Cultural Heritage, Environmental Resources Management
George Smith, Florida State University
Uzi Baram, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the New College Public Archaeology Lab, New College of Florida

Moderator

Ian Burrow, ACRA Vice President for Government Relations; Hunter Research, Inc.

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King Charles

 

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11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Session Four: Tools You can Use—Integrating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 (more)

 

This session provides an overview of how A Handbook for Integrating NEPA and Section 106, produced by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Council on Environmental Quality, benefits CRM practitioners.

Speaker

Charlene Dwin Vaughn, Assistant Director, Federal Permitting, Licensing, and Assistance Section, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Moderator

Chad Moffett, ACRA Conference Committee, Mead & Hunt, Inc.

Room

King Charles

 

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12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Past President's Lunch—by Invitation Only
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Session Five: CRM and Disaster Preparedness (more)

 

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Speakers

Susan Malin-Boyce, Archaeologist, St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Charlene Dwin Vaughn, Assistant Director, Federal Permitting, Licensing, and Assistance Section, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Moderator

Wade Catts, ACRA President; John Milner Associates, Inc.

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King Charles

 

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2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Session Six: Compliance with Section 106 using the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Approach—More Preservation, Less Process (more)

 

Too often NHPA compliance can be an afterthought, especially for clean-up projects. Then your clients are angry with you because you can’t fix things fast enough. There is a way to comply with NHPA as a part of clean-up, integrated with all of the planning and analysis, and without separate agreement documents. Join Lesley Cusick, Regulatory Specialist with Restoration Services, Inc., and learn how and why substantive compliance works. Substantive compliance is for clean-up projects under CERCLA, but the principles of it have far-reaching and positive implications as an alternative method of NHPA compliance in general.

Speaker

Lesley Cusick, Regulatory Specialist, Restoration Services, Inc.

Lesley Cusick is a member of the professional staff of Restoration Services, Inc., a small business engaged in providing environmental, technical, regulatory, and project management support to federal, state, and private-sector clients, in particular, those engaged in the energy industry. Ms. Cusick has nearly 30 years of experience as an environmental regulatory and land use/land reuse planning subject matter expert serving a diverse client base. Her areas of expertise include federal real property transfer at brownfield sites, NEPA strategic analyses, regulatory policy development, and the direct integration of NHPA of 1966 compliance with CERCLA projects using the Applicable or Relevant and Appropriate Requirements process to enable effective streamlining for timely, compliant clean-up decision-making. Lesley has designed and developed credible and effective communication tools, with a focus on risk communication, offering perspectives to make complex projects and processes understandable to stakeholders. She is an experienced trainer and facilitator.

Moderator

Kevin Pape, Gray & Pape, Inc.

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King Charles

 

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4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Session Seven: Update from the Gas and Preservation Partnership (GAPP) (more)

 

The Gas and Preservation Partnership (GAPP) is a coalition of representatives from the energy industry and the preservation community with a mission to promote energy development and to protect significant historic and cultural sites. Our coalition includes representatives from Shell, Southwestern Energy, the Society for American Archaeology, and numerous ACRA-member firms. GAPP is developing and piloting a set of voluntary practices for energy companies that facilitate development, manage risk, and yield positive outcomes for historic and cultural resources and the communities that value them. During this session we will present our progress and plans for a pilot project in the Utica shale of eastern Ohio, discuss national implications of GAPP's work, and solicit input from ACRA members. Presenters will include Marion Werkheiser, counsel to the GAPP Board of Directors and day-to-day manager of the effort; Chris Polglase, Co-Chair of GAPP's Significance & Valuation Working Group, and Donn Grenda, Co-Chair of GAPP's Identification & Information Resources Working Group.

Speakers

Marion Werkheiser, Cultural Heritage Partners PLLC
Chrisopher Polglase, Technical Director of Cultural Heritage, Environmental Resources Management
Donn Grenda, ACRA Salary Survey/CRM Survey Committee; Statistical Research, Inc.

Moderator

Donn Grenda, ACRA Salary Survey/CRM Survey Committee; Statistical Research, Inc.

Room

King Charles

 

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5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Opening Reception and Keynote Speaker
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Industry Awards Dinner

 


 

Saturday, September 20

Time

Session Title

7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. ACRA Business Meeting
9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting
9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Session Eight: Federal and State Audits—What You Need to Know (more)

 

Pre-award audit evaluations of prospective consultant engineering firms’ cost proposals and accounting systems are conducted to determine the accuracy of cost proposals and the adequacy of a firm’s accounting system. The purpose of an audit is to determine if firms maintain their books and records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)/Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars. Final incurred cost audits determine the reasonableness and accuracy of costs billed to a project as well as compliance with contractual terms. Field audits and desk reviews are performed to determine if firms maintained books and records in accordance with GAAP and FAR/OMB Circulars and contract terms.

Whether or not your firm is experienced with the audit process, this session provides much useful information on why audits are required and how a firm can be prepared.

Speaker

Dennis Dodd, Jr., CIA, CGFM, MacConel & Dodd, LLC

Mr. Dodd is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Government Financial Manager. Mr. Dodd has more than 18 years of government auditing experience and in excess of 3 years cost of accounting experience in private industry. In addition, he owned and operated a small business for a 2-year period.

Mr. Dodd has more than 13 years in the private sector providing services to architect, engineering, and construction firms dealing with federal, state, and local government. The firm of MacConel & Dodd specializes in providing clients with indirect cost (overhead) rate audits based on Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) criteria and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Audit Guide as well as providing assistance in dealing with government entities. In addition the firm provides consulting and audit services to governmental agencies including performing overhead rate audits and audit work paper assessments for various state Departments of Transportation (DOTs).

Mr. Dodd has served as the Audit Manager for the Virginia DOT's External Audit Section and has been responsible for the management and supervision of a professional staff performing audits and reviews of entities providing services to the Department. He has provided oversight to the timely performance of professional audits and reviews in accordance with the U.S. General Accounting Office standards, unique state criteria, FAR, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars. He has also been responsible for the administrative and technical organization of the audit process, including staff coordination, progress monitoring, and reporting, and independent Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and External Audit liaison. Mr. Dodd's responsibilities have included staff training and development as well as development and administration of training programs for Department Program Managers and contractors doing business with the DOT.

Moderator

Lyle Torp, The Ottery Group

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King Charles

 

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11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Session Nine: CRM in the Decade Ahead (more)

 

What will the CRM industry “look like” in the next 10 years? What needs to be done now to ensure sustainability of the industry into the future? By surveying industry practitioners and encouraging dialogue on the issue, ACRA has identified key areas that need to be addressed proactively, starting now. Come and participate in what promises to be a lively discussion and see how you and your firm can become involved in shaping the future of the industry.

Panelist

Lynne Sebastian, Member, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; Director of Historic Preservation Programs, SRI Foundation

Moderator

Teresita Majewski, ACRA Immediate Past President; Statistical Research, Inc.

Room

King Charles

 

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12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Committee Lunches
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Session Ten: Ensuring Industry Sustainability and Quality—Educating the Next Generation of CRM Practitioners (more)

 

CRM firms are only as strong as their staff. From archaeological field technicians to senior historians, myriad professionals are required to conduct cultural resource studies—all under the management of business owners, boards, and principals. Although some of our employees come to us from another firm, others enter the business world directly from school or from non-industry contexts such as museums or government agencies. The question is, what skills do these individuals bring to the table, and which are generally lacking? Are employees adequately prepared for a career in CRM? What should we consider basic entry-level skills/knowledge, and what should we expect to teach “on the job”? This session brings together CRM professionals and university professors to launch a discourse on the future of preservation education. The goal is to commence a dialogue between the industry and the academy, resulting in a set of best practices for education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Panelists

Teresita Majewski, ACRA Immediate Past President; Vice President, Statistical Research, Inc.
Rebecca J. Sheppard, Associate Director, Center for Historic Architecture and Design, University of Delaware
Phil Neusius, Chair, Anthropology Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Moderator

Kerri S. Barile, ACRA Education Committee; Dovetail Cultural Resource Group

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King Charles

 

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3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Session Eleven: Best Practices (more)

 

This session will inform attendees of some important recent technological methods and applications. Presentations will cover advances in the digital recordation of architectural properties, the when, how, and what of digital curation for CRM firms, and the goals and results of a synthesis of geophysical applications in the Middle Atlantic region.

Speakers

Digital Curation: Francis McManamon, Executive Director, Center for Digital Antiquity
Digital Recordation of Buildings: Deidre McCarthy, GISP, Chief, Cultural Resource GIS Facility, National Park Service
Geophysics Synthesis: William Chadwick, Principal Geoarchaeologist, John Milner Associates, Inc.

Moderator

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King Charles

 

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5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Conference Vendor & Sponsor Recognition
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Closing Reception Luau

 


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