Upcoming events

    • 09/07/2017
    • (EDT)
    • 09/10/2017
    • (EDT)
    • Philadelphia, PA


    Registration for the ACRA 2017 Conference in Philadelphia is now open! Come join us September 7-10, 2017 for our annual gathering of CRM professionals and others in the preservation/planning field. This year’s conference theme is Continental Congress to Capitol Hill—Sustaining a Strong CRM Industry, reflecting the significant historical roots of our host city and the importance of our field. Our host firms are Commonwealth Heritage Group and Burrow Into History

    Session topics include: 

    • the current state of the industry with a focus on recent (and upcoming) legislative changes
    • the ins and outs of historic tax credits
    • how climate change is affecting our industry
    • successful and unique ways to engage the public on projects
    • a “speed networking” event to build new partnerships, and more. 
    Events include a private reception at the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution and several tours of Philly historical sites, among many other opportunities to mingle with colleagues and friends. Students and professors can take advantage of the special student registration types and opportunities.

    Early bird rates are available until July 15th, and ACRA members and members of firms that have already purchased one registration are eligible for further discounts. As a special thank you to ACRA members, we have increased the member discount to $100 below standard registration rates. Register today!

    Rooms are available at The Warwick Hotel for the special conference rate of $159.00/night. They can be booked directly through the hotel website using the code 170905ACRA.

    For questions on the conference contact Conference Chair Kerri Barile.

    • 09/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • GotoWebinar
    • 86

    For over two centuries, the subject of Native American stone features and ceremonial landscapes in northeastern North America has been fraught with myth and controversy. Failure to accept Native American religious practices, a desire to disenfranchise Native Americans from their land, and a refusal to respect Native American ability to build in stone, left early European scholars with a challenge in explaining complex stone features they were encountering. Even now, serious archaeologists who recognize and research the indigenous origins of stone features encounter skepticism from some colleagues. This webinar explores the history of how these resources have been understudied, describes some significant identified resourcest, and provides recommendations for cultural resources firms and managers to improve their identification techniques and their approaches to collaboration with native tribes.

    ACRA’s expert provider is Laurie Rush, an anthropologist and archaeologist who has lived, worked and studied in northern New York for over thirty years. Her area of research focuses on Native Americans of northeastern North America, and she currently serves as the Cultural Resources Manager at Fort Drum. Laurie has studied indigenous stone features since 1999 when the Fort Drum archaeological survey discovered, documented, and saved a ceremonial stone landscape. She has a BA from Indiana University Bloomington, an MA and PhD from Northwestern University, and is a fellow of the National Science Foundation and the American Academy in Rome. Dr. Rush was military liaison for return of Ur to the Iraqi People, and has represented the US DoD for heritage issues in Kabul and across the Middle East.

    • 10/20/2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • GotoWebinar

    Many business leaders in the CRM industry recognize the need for talented and experienced applicants to fill entry-level and mid-level management roles in their company. When it comes to finding a candidate, too often supervisors rely on the “shotgun” effect to fill open positions when a more targeted approach can be followed. A CRM firm can find and groom talented students, while also showcasing their company culture and work environment, by hosting an intern.

    According to a study conducted in 2012 by the Center for American Progress, the cost of turnover for jobs paying $30,000 - $50,000 is, on average, 16% - 19% of the annual salary for that position. That translates to approximately $1,875 per entry-level staff member and can be as high as $9,500 for mid-level managers. Given the expense, the decision to invest in the ideal candidate should begin with the right approach.

    This 1-hour Continuing Education course introduces how to design and host a successful internship program. A pair of instructors from the Academy and professionals from two CRM companies will share their perspectives and advice about interns and the programs that employ them. The speakers will present a framework for an internship program beginning with a focus on meaningful learning and active reflection on the learning experience. Objectives that will be discussed include:

    ·        Establishing a clear purpose for both the intern and hosting organization

    ·        Integrating the goals of the intern and the hosting entity into a successful program

    ·        Defining prerequisites for the internship opportunity – how does one apply?

    ·        Intended outcomes of the program and how the candidate is “graded” on their performance

    ·        Creating useful mechanisms to evaluate the program and how to improve the learning experience for the student

    ACRA’s expert providers are:

    Dr. Amy Gusick:

    Dr. Amy E. Gusick is currently an Assistant Professor and the director of the Graduate Program in Applied Archaeology at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). Prior to this, she held various positions within the cultural resources management industry, including an archaeological position with the National Park Service and a Cultural Resources Program Manager position at a multinational engineering firm. Over the years she has seen firsthand the benefits of internships and now incorporates an internship model into the graduate program at CSUSB, which places her students at federal or state agencies, private firms, or tribal entities that conduct archaeological investigations in the context of cultural resources management.

    Dr. Mark Muñiz

    Mark Muñiz is a Professor and the Director of the CRM Archaeology graduate program in the Department of Anthropology at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota.  Muñiz joined SCSU in 2006 after serving a brief stint as a senior archaeologist for the South Dakota Archaeological Research Center and working as a contract archaeologist for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Western Cultural Resource Management prior to that.  As part of the curricular requirements for the M.S. degree at SCSU, Muñiz has helped to develop graduate student internships at just about every level of CRM (e.g., federal, tribal, state, for-profit, non-profit) in 17 states and three countries.

    Elizabeth Hallas, AIA

    Elizabeth (Liz) Hallas, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a Principal of Anderson Hallas Architects in Golden, CO.  She and her three partners manage a firm with a 26-year track record in historic preservation. Clients include; the National Park Service, General Services Administration and many communities across the State of Colorado. The firm’s work has garnered awards from the National Trust, Preserve America’s Treasures, Colorado Historical Society, Colorado Preservation, Inc. and others. Liz is committed to preservation on a local and national level and is currently on the Board of Directors of Colorado Preservation, Inc. She is a founding member of the Colorado Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology, and serves as a technical reviewer for the State Historical Fund of History Colorado.

    As a licensed architect, she has served as a mentor for many architectural interns. From this experience, she will speak about the Intern Development Program (IDP) within the architectural profession which is a good model for internship programs.

    Michelle Wurtz Penton, PhD

    Michelle Wurtz’s experience consists of 16 years in the CRM industry and she currently serves as a Board Member of ACRA.  She has degrees in Anthropology (B.A; M.A.) and Geographic Information Sciences (Ph.D.).  She is currently a Cultural Resources Group Lead managing archaeological, architectural, NAGPRA compliance, and cemetery projects at Versar, Inc.  Over the past 16 years she has held a variety of positions in the company which all began as a graduate school intern.  Michelle has seen both sides of the internship process, both from the intern perspective and as a manager of interns.

    Note: This webinar will occur on Eastern Time



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