Dan Zoto and his annual Wing Island Archaeology guided walk in the news!

Earlier this month, Lower Cape TV (Eastham, Massachusetts) our very own Dan Zoto on his annual guided walk of Wing Island and posted the video online. The walk was sponsored by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and was a Massachusetts Archaeology Month event. Dan is a Principal Investigator in Archaeology based in our Providence, Rhode Island, office and this was his eighth time leading the walk, which he has done annually since 2013.  Well done, Dan!

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COVID-19 Business Continuity Statement

Our core values drive two essential commitments that have heightened relevance today: We commit to assuring the health and safety of our employees, their families, our business partners, and the community. We commit to delivering a high level of service to our clients and partners in support of their projects and program goals.

Maintaining our commitments during these challenging times requires special consideration and action. In response to recommendations from public health officials, we have taken, or are taking, the following steps:

•      Transitioned to a “work from home” protocol;
•      Implemented a comprehensive plan to continue project fieldwork while assuring the health and safety of our employees and the community;
•      Implemented heightened personal hygiene and workplace sanitization;
•      Canceled or postponed in-person meetings and moved them to virtual environment;
•      Canceled nonessential domestic air travel and postponed all international air travel; and
•      Providing employees with regular updates to make sure each employee has the latest information on the COVID-19 virus.

Our project teams have been working and providing services across the country for a long time. Working remotely is in our DNA, this is not new territory for us. Our operational framework has been designed to maintain location flexibility; the way we work on projects will not change. Our core functions remain in place to support your project needs as we navigate these unprecedented times.

Gray & Pape is unwavering in our focus and dedication to our core values of health, safety, and service during these trying times. We hope you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe.

W. Kevin Pape
President
Gray & Pape Heritage Management

COVID-19 Business Continuity Statement

Our core values drive two essential commitments that have heightened relevance today: We commit to assuring the health and safety of our employees, their families, our business partners, and the community. We commit to delivering a high level of service to our clients and partners in support of their projects and program goals.

Maintaining our commitments during these challenging times requires special consideration and action. In response to recommendations from public health officials, we have taken, or are taking, the following steps:

•      Transitioned to a “work from home” protocol;
•      Implemented a comprehensive plan to continue project fieldwork while assuring the health and safety of our employees and the community;
•      Implemented heightened personal hygiene and workplace sanitization;
•      Cancelled or postponed in-person meetings and moved them to virtual environment;
•      Cancelled nonessential domestic air travel and postponed all international air travel; and
•      Providing employees with regular updates to make sure each employee has the latest information on the COVID-19 virus.

Our project teams have been working and providing services across the country for a long time. Working remotely is in our DNA, this is not new territory for us. Our operational framework has been designed to maintain location flexibility; the way we work on projects will not change. Our core functions remain in place to support your project needs as we navigate these unprecedented times.

Gray & Pape is unwavering in our focus and dedication to our core values of health, safety, and service during these trying times. We hope you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe.

W. Kevin Pape
President
Gray & Pape Heritage Management

DEEPLY ROOTED HERITAGE PODCAST

THIS IS A PODCAST ABOUT PRESERVING MEMORY THROUGH STORYTELLING. EACH EPISODE INVITES YOU TO LEARN ABOUT THE CULTURAL HISTORY OF PEOPLE, PLACE, LANDSCAPES, AND OBJECTS.

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About Deeply Rooted Heritage

In our society, memory and cultural heritage are commonly shared through oral histories and storytelling. As Americans, we are deeply rooted with traditions, customs, and stories that capture our individual ethnic identity. When used to preserve cultural resources and heritage, oral histories and newspapers enhance contextual histories by offering remnants of the past that would otherwise be lost.  For many, American history and cultural heritage are separate ideals instead of shared resources. The Deeply Rooted Heritage podcast aims to build on Gray & Pape’s cultural heritage focus by inspiring an appreciation of cultural heritage and intangible culture by presenting untold histories and discussing relevant matters in the fields of historic preservation, architecture, urban planning, public policy, social history, environmental conservation, museum studies, and archaeology.

As a cultural heritage and public history project, Deeply Rooted Heritage seeks to honor the challenges of underrepresented groups in America, whether it be Native American, African American, Jewish American, Chinese American, Muslim American, Hispanic, LGBT, etc., and elucidate how shared heritage amalgamates us as Americans, yet express ethnic diversity. The customs, traditions, and stories that make us unique need to be captured, studied, and better understood by us all. Deeply Rooted seeks to achieve this goal by cultivating a general appreciation for American cultural history through shared heritage.


Season 01 Episode 01: Urban Renewal in Cincinnati’s Lower West End

Episode Description

Prior to the mid-twentieth century, Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood was characterized as a dense urban area full of social and economic activity comprised of multiple thousands of buildings that housed almost 5% of the city’s entire population.  Urban renewal impacted the existing landscape of the lower West End through two separate projects. During the late 1930s, new public housing buildings were constructed byway of renewal. On an even larger scale, during the 1960s, the city sought to create a new industrial area known as Queensgate I or the Kenyon Barr Urban Redevelopment project, which resulted in the comprehensive demolition of thousands of dwelling units, systematically displacing over 25,000 residents. It may not surprise you to find out that the large majority of families forced to relocate out of the West End were African American. In fact, prior to the 1960s renewal project, the neighborhood housed 75% of the city’s black population.

In this first Deeply Rooted Heritage episode, we dig deep into the history of the West End to better understand the heritage of a once thriving community by speaking with local urban historians Anne Delano Steinert and Dr. Eric Jackson.  Towards the end of the episode, Anne describes, then deconstructs, the story behind the photographs from her Finding Kenyon Barr exhibit.

Follow along visually by checking out the Urban Renewal Episode Storymap (created using ArcGIS)!

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Gray & Pape is seeking a new Practice Leader for our Marine Services Division!

We are currently searching for a new Practice Leader for our Marine Services Division based in our Providence, Rhode Island, office. The following link has all the details. Spread the word to all your favorite Maritime Archaeologists!

https://www.graypape.com/job/practice-leader-maritime-services-providence-rhode-island-2/

 

Disaster Management Services

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Disaster Management 2019[3]

Over the past 25 years, Disaster Management and Recovery (DM/DR) program administration has emerged as a significant service feature for consulting firms. Given the continued likelihood of extreme weather and natural disaster events across the United States, Disaster Management services stand out as an increasingly critical need moving forward. Gray & Pape is uniquely qualified to offer cultural resource management services bundled with the capacity to provide DM/DR operation services to our clients.

Our record of successful consultation with federal, state, and local entities has provided us with a wide network of collaborative partnerships across the country. Gray & Pape has the capability to provide Disaster Management services, including survey and structure assessment for Section 106/110 compliance, NEPA/NHPA and Environmental Record review, along with state and local program administration and state-level coordination with SHPOs and Tribal SHPOs.

Our Services Include:

  • CDBG-DR Program administration
  • FEMA Hazard and Flood Mitigation Programs (404 and 406)
  • Tier I and II Environmental Record Reviews
  • Structural damage assessments
  • NEPA and NHPA compliance
  • Section 106/110 compliance
  • Environmental Impact Assessments and Statements
  • Tribal Consultation
  • Community Resilience and Disaster Management Planning

We Have Worked With:

  • Federal Emergency Management Administration
  • Housing and Urban Development and Federal
  • Housing Administration
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • National Park Service
  • State Historic Preservation Office across the county
  • Texas Department of Transportation and Texas General Land Office
  • South Carolina and New York Statewide Disaster Recovery Offices

Atlanta, Georgia

Port Charlotte, Florida

Frederick, Maryland

Gray & Pape is presenting at the 2019 SAAs!

Gray & Pape has a team in Albuquerque this week presenting at the Society for American Archaeology meetings! Hope you can stop by and catch their sessions:

  • Nathan SchollTuners Falls Gorge Geoarchaeological Investigations: Modeling Landscape and Archaeological Developments within the Connecticut River Valley. Session Title: Archaeological Science Outside the Ivory Tower: Perspective from Cultural Resource Management, Thursday, 2:45 PM.
  • Kimberly Smith – The Western Gateway: Identification and Recommendation of the Hoosac Tunnel National Register Historic District. Session title: Symposium Changes in the Land: Archaeological Data from the Northeast, Friday, 3:30 PM (Session sponsored by Gray & Pape Heritage Management; Power Engineers).
  • W. Kevin PapeElectrical Generation and Cultural Heritage Stewardship on the Banks of the Ohio River: a Section 106 Success Story! Session Title: The National Historic Preservation Act Works! Examples of Section 106 Successes, Saturday, 8:00 AM.
  • Ashley HuntleyAssessing Our Impact: An Examination of the Role of Historic Preservation in the Gentrification of Urban Centers in the Midwestern United States. Session Title: New Tools and Strategies for Advancing Heritage Management, Sunday, 9:30 AM.