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Posted: 10/16/2018

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Division for Historic Preservation (NY SHPO)

New York's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) helps communities identify, evaluate, preserve, and revitalize their historic, archeological, and cultural resources. The SHPO administers programs authorized by both the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the New York State Historic Preservation Act of 1980. These programs, including the Statewide Historic Resources Survey, the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places, the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit, the Certified Local Government program, the state historic preservation grants program, state and federal environmental review, and a wide range of technical assistance, are provided through a network of teams assigned to territories across the state. The SHPO works with governments, the public, and educational and not-for-profit organizations to raise historic preservation awareness, to instill in New Yorkers a sense of pride in the state's unique history and to encourage heritage tourism and community revitalization.

African American Civil Rights Scholar/Consultant (contract project onl
Professional Opportunity
Waterford, NY
Open Until


The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Division for Historic Preservation (also known as the State Historic Preservation Office, SHPO), seeks professional services of a qualified historian to prepare a Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPDF) for the African American Civil Rights Movement in New York State, 1900-1970, and one (1) associated individual National Register of Historic Places nomination or amendment to an existing nomination. Working with the SHPO and the civil rights advisory committee the consultant will also be required to solicit public input from constituent groups and individuals on the important themes, people, and places that represent the Civil Rights movement. The consultant will schedule and organize two public workshops in the early phase of the project.

The timeframe for the project is approximately 16 months. A project start date is anticipated for early January 2019 and the end date is April 30, 2020.

This project is being supported in part by an African American Civil Rights Grant (FY 2017) from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.†


Workshops:†† The consultant will conduct outreach and invite participants, secure the venues, and help run the two public workshops. Each workshop will be a gathering of scholars, community leaders, church leaders, local historians, historic preservation organizations, local government representatives, and others. The goal of the workshops is to encourage discussion focusing on the historic background, research resources, key individuals/groups, and likely properties and places associated with civil rights history.†

MPDF:† The MPDF will include a Statement of Historic Contexts, Associated Property Types, Registration Requirements, Bibliography, and Additional Documentation explaining the broad themes, specific events, important individuals and groups, and properties defining the civil rights movement in New York State in the twentieth century. The MPDF is a scholarly document that will provide information necessary to evaluate historic properties associated with the twentieth century African American Civil Rights Movement, to assist in decision-making regarding National Register eligibility, and to facilitate the nomination of qualifying properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

An important component of the MPDF is the annotated list of potentially significant properties. Historic property types and places associated with the civil rights movement in New York will include churches, social/fraternal halls, entertainment venues, individual houses, commercial properties, residential neighborhoods, public gathering places, and other property types. Additionally, developments or neighborhoods reflecting housing segregation and fair housing efforts and schools and other properties associated with desegregation will be evaluated as property types within the Multiple Property Documentation form.

National Register Nomination:Under the guidance of the SHPOs National Register Coordinator, one individual National Register of Historic Places nomination or amendment to an existing nomination will be prepared by the consultant. Using the framework established by the MPDF, the nomination will document the propertys significance and how it meets National Register criteria. The individual nomination or amendment will meet all documentation standards established by the National Park Service and will serve as an example for future nominations.


The SHPO is looking for a consultant with demonstrated expertise in twentieth-century African American history and, preferably, experience in preparing National Register nominations. The consultant must meet federal professional qualification standards as published in the Secretary of the Interiors Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation, 36 CFR Part 61, in the areas of history and /or architectural history with demonstrated expertise in the history of Civil Rights and the Black Power Movements of the twentieth century.† The consultant should also have experience with community outreach.†

How to apply
TO RECEIVE THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) FOR THE ďAFRICAN AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT PROJECT IN NEW YORK STATE, 1900-1970" PROJECT PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO THE CONTACT NOTED BELOW. The RFP provides a detailed description of the Scope of Work and time frames; Deliverables; Qualifications/Evaluation Criteria; and Proposal Submission format. The deadline to respond to the RFP is November 19, 2018. Note: This is not a full-time position with benefits; this is for a contractual project only.
Kathy Howe
NYS Division for Historic Preservation, Peebles Island State
PO Box 189
Waterford, NY 12188-0189

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