Revise nomination materials as necessary with the assistance of OAHP.
Attend a State Review Board meeting. Properties recommended for listing are forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register, or in the case of State Register nominations, to the Board of the Colorado Historical Society.
Receive notification of listing. (Only properties which meet the criteria for significance and physical integrity are approved for listing.)
A complete annotated listing of the more than 1,700 archaeological and historic sites, buildings, and districts in Colorado currently listed in the State and National registers. Print version updated through January 10, 2008.
A guide to non-regulatory standards and technical advice about archaeological and historic preservation activities and methods. Includes professional qualification standards. Intended for use by professionals in the preservation and archaeological fields.
Find out if OAHP has any information on a particular building or site?
Our office maintains a database of thousands of records on historic and prehistoric resources around the state. Call our office at 303-866-3392 with a name, address or legal location to find out if we have any information. Another possible source of information may be the local historic preservation commissions around Colorado as they maintain their own records.
Find all Colorado properties listed on the National & State Registers?
Both State and National register nomination forms are located under the National & State Register section. Nomination deadlines are located under the National & State Register section.
Find out if there are any restrictions if I list my property?
There are no restrictions imposed by the National or State Register as to what private property owners may or may not do with their property. Private property owners may alter or demolish a listed property subject only to applicable local government regulations and permitting procedures.
Find out information about property insurance for National & State Register listed properties?
Listing, either individually or as a contributing resource in a registered historic district, should have no bearing on insurance coverage. Owning a property listed in the National or State Register does not impose a regulatory burden on the property owner. When making repairs to a listed property that may involve an insurance claim, the property owner is under no obligation to make the repairs following accepted historic preservation standards or guidelines, such as the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. For more information see: Memo from Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation dated June 30, 2015 regarding insurance coverage of privately owned properties listed in the National and/or State Register.
Order a plaque for my listed property?
If you are interested in obtaining a plaque recognizing your property's official designation, there are a number of sources from which to order.
History Colorado does not have a standard State Register marker program. You may design and order any type of marker which best fits your needs. We do request that you use a standard statement to indicate the official designation as part of the marker. The standard wording is:
This property has been placed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties by History Colorado
History Colorado and the State Historic Preservation Officer do not endorse any suppliers nor can we guarantee the prices or descriptions quoted. We supply plaque sources as a service to you.
The Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation distributes information to all sectors of society about the importance of properly preserving our significant buildings, sites, structures, and objects. This guidance ranges from scholarly context studies that aid in the evaluation of properties, to brief how-to brochures, to verbatim copies of laws.
In public meetings held as part of the Society’s long-range planning process, educational products and services emerged as the number-one priority requested of OAHP by the public. Making written materials more readily available is one way of improving the delivery of service to Colorado citizens.
Many publications may be read online or may be downloaded for future use. All publications may be ordered via mail, e-mail, phone or FAX. Longer documents, most of which are photocopied, have fees assigned to cover costs of printing and mailing. Short items are free in limited quantities; requests for more than five short items have a charge assessed, except that single copies of forms and their accompanying instruction manuals are always free. All charges shown include mailing, and a 20 percent discount is available to those who pick up materials in person.
If you are nominating a piece of railroad rolling stock (e.g., locomotive, rail car, etc.) to the National or State Registers, please use this checklist to ensure your nomination is complete. Checklist PDF
The following information is a general guide to sources of funding for preservation projects that assist in the acquisition, restoration, rehabilitation, education, promotion and protection of Colorado's important cultural resources. This information is intended to be a tool from which to begin your search for funding. We recommend that you consult with your local and regionally based preservation organizations for additional funding programs in your community. This is not a complete list.
Access the Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (OAHP) cultural resource files?
Unfortunately not all of the Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation records are available to everyone. Please refer to our policies and procedures (PDF) for more information.
Although OAHP restricts access to various types of cultural resource data, we also recognize the need to use this information. It is the intent of the policies and procedures to responsibly control and document access without impeding the appropriate use of the files, therefore:
The File Access Request form must be completed whenever cultural resource files are accessed. This includes site/property forms, documents, maps, and images of any kind. If you are planning to visit OAHP to do research we strongly encourage you to complete the File Access Request form available in fillable PDF format and send it to us prior to your visit. This will allow the staff, when possible, to have the requested materials ready for you when you arrive. You can:
mail it (History Colorado Center, Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203)
You can also complete the form while at the office.
OAHP staff will pull the appropriate information for the visitor. The files are not accessible to non-staff.
Individuals requesting restricted materials who are not known by the OAHP staff may need to submit qualifications in advance for our review. If you have new staff who will be visiting the office please contact us prior to their visit.
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
For answers to new or less-frequently-asked questions, contact the State PAAC Coordinator.
How do I join PAAC?
Joining PAAC is simple and free: just fill out the PAAC Candidate Application form, send it to the State PAAC Coordinator, and you're in! Keep in mind that by signing the application form you are agreeing to abide by the PAAC Code-of-Ethics. A materials fee is assessed when you enroll for any PAAC class, but is not due with the application. Applications also are available at each class, and from the State PAAC Coordinator.
A nominal materials fee of $12.00 is charged for each class, payable to the Colorado Historical Society at the time of enrollment. Also, since class locations are arranged by local groups such as chapters of the Colorado Archaeological Society, there may be an additional small fee added to the $12 materials fee to cover any local expenses such as room rental.
Enrollment for each class is handled by a Local PAAC Coordinator who lives in or near the city where the class will be held. You can enroll for a class anytime after the announcement of the six-month PAAC class schedule (roughly June 7 and December 7). However, you must contact the local coordinator no later than ten calendar days prior to the beginning of each class, because the class may be cancelled if fewer than ten people are enrolled by that time. In some cases you may be able to enroll immediately prior to the start of a class, but you must still contact the Local PAAC Coordinator and let him/her know you would like to attend.
Every six months the State PAAC Coordinator produces a schedule of classes held throughout Colorado covering the January-June and July-December periods. Class schedules also are available at each class, or from the State PAAC Coordinator, and are usually published in chapter newsletters of the Colorado Archaeological Society.
Currently, PAAC classes are held in thirteen cities around Colorado (subject to change): Alamosa, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Cortez, Craig, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Montrose and Pueblo. All class locations are arranged locally; contact your Local PAAC Coordinator to find out exactly when and where the next class will be held in your area.
Portions of the handout packet for each course can be found on-line, namely the Syllabus, Bibliography, and Glossary. The syllabus can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate course title at Class Description Introduction. On the same web page as the syllabus is a link to the bibliography and glossary for that course. Also, a complete set of handouts for every course may be available on a loan basis in the various cities and towns where PAAC courses are taught. Inquire with the Local PAAC Coordinator regarding the availability of these materials.
Do I have to be a member of the Colorado Archaeological Society or the Colorado Historical Society to join PAAC?
No, membership in these or any other organization is not required. Any citizen is eligible to join PAAC so long as you fill out the PAAC Candidate Application form, and agree to follow the PAAC Code-of-Ethics.
Archaeological excavation (a "dig") is not a formal part of PAAC training, although a class in Principles of Archaeological Excavation is offered (no field work is involved in the class). There is a half day session of field training included in the Basic Site Surveying Techniques class and, each summer, the State PAAC Coordinator supervises a summer training survey during which instruction in site discovery, recording and mapping methods is given. Participation on the summer training survey is limited to PAAC volunteers who have completed the Basic Site Surveying Techniques class. All other formal PAAC training is done in the classroom, although participants are strongly encouraged to volunteer on other professionally-supervised field projects (PAAC credit may be gained for such volunteer efforts on surveys and for lab work, but not for excavation projects).
Is PAAC class credit transferable to college/university programs?
College Credit: In addition to traditional credit toward PAAC certification, interested individuals also may earn college credit through the Extended Studies Program at Adams State University. Doing so requires additional effort on the part of the student, well in advance of the start date of any course. Such credit may be especially useful for K-12 teachers seeking credit toward re-certification in Colorado. Prospective students desiring credit (typically, 1 credit hour for most of the PAAC courses) must register in advance with the Extended Studies Program, in addition to enrolling through the Local PAAC Coordinator. Also, students must pay the course fee through Adams State University plus the regular PAAC materials fee through the Local PAAC Coordinator. Earning college credit requires full-time attendance and passing a final exam with a minimum score of 80%. Courses on each PAAC schedule will be listed in the Extended Studies Program catalog as well. Contact the Local PAAC Coordinator, the State Training Coordinator, or Adams State University (phone 719-587-7671 or fax 719-587-7974) for further information.
PAAC certification is a formal recognition of the achievement of some level of technical training--it is not a substitute for a degree from a college/university program, nor is it a license to dig or perform other unsupervised archaeological tasks. However, the professional archaeological community is generally aware of the thoroughness of PAAC training, and often accept PAAC certified volunteers and field assistants for their survey, excavation or lab projects. Other PAAC participants view certification in terms of personal achievement, i.e. a worthy goal to be reached. Finally, the Colorado Historical Society considers the certification process as an opportunity to build a core group of demonstrably trained volunteers to help preserve, record and protect Colorado's vanishing cultural resources.
History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society, is initiating the addition of a distance learning component to PAAC. The current plan is to have at least one course available on-line by June 2012. Also, for the state fiscal year July 2011-June 2012, there will be fewer PAAC courses available than usual due to the upcoming move to the new History Colorado Center and the time commitment needed to add the distance learning component to the program.
In addition, effective with the January-June 2012 course schedule, minor changes to two of the 13 PAAC course names will occur, but course contents will remain entirely unchanged as will all PAAC certification requirements. The course currently named Introduction to Archaeology, CAS, and PAAC will henceforth be titled Archaeological Practice in Colorado, and the course now named Introduction to Laboratory Techniques will be labeled Archaeological Laboratory Techniques.
Other changes may occur in the future, at the discretion of the PAAC Board. The Board meets quarterly (typically in January, April, July and October), in association with Colorado Archaeological Society meetings. Suggestions for changes in PAAC can be made at these meetings, which are open to all PAAC participants (dates and locations of Board meetings are provided on each six-month PAAC class schedule). Suggestions for changes also can be made by writing to the PAAC Board c/o the Office of the State Archaeologist of Colorado.
Unauthorized, undocumented collection of artifacts such as arrowheads and pottery fragments is not legal on public lands and, more importantly, is both unethical (it is a violation of the PAAC Code-of-Ethics) and destructive to the resource regardless of land ownership. While artifact collection is technically legal on private property with the permission of the landowner (except items associated with human graves), the practice is discouraged for the reasons mentioned above. PAAC training is designed not only to educate the public on proper documentation methods which archaeologists use when collecting artifacts from the surface or in excavations, but also to inform PAAC participants about the kind of valuable cultural information which is lost when undocumented collecting has occurred at a site.
The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program is a program administered by the National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service in partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices. It is a successful and cost-effective Federal community revitalization program dedicated to preserving historic buildings, stimulating private investment, creating jobs, and revitalizing communities. It has leveraged over $62 billion in private investment to preserve and reuse 38,000 historic properties since 1978.
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