Insights – Cultural Heritage Planning

106 Group Elevates Leadership with Series of Management Promotions

106 Group, a leading cultural heritage company, is excited to announce a strategic series of promotions across various management roles.

Historic Airports Q&A

Terminal expansions, runway repairs, hangar upgrades. These are just some of the many airport improvement projects that 106 Group historians and archaeologists contribute to at dozens of airports throughout the region.

Working Towards Equity in Historic Preservation

Earlier this fall, 106 Group Sr. Architectural Historian and Planner, Lindsey Wallace, co-facilitated an interactive session at the 2023 Preserve MN Conference in Mankato. The session, “Continuing the Conversation: Working Towards Equity in Historic Preservation,” laid out key DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) concepts, including differences between equality and equity.

Changes to the Private Cemeteries Act

In 2023 the Minnesota State Legislature updated the Private Cemeteries Act (MS 307.08). Read on to understand how these changes might affect your project.

Truth & Responsibility in Heritage Planning

CEO Anne Ketz introduces a framework for how to tell truthful stories in interpretive exhibits and heritage planning. She draws directly from the four notions of truth developed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission during the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa. This post is adapted from Anne’s virtual presentation for the 2023 ICOMOS Conference, held in Sydney, Australia.

Talking Tourism in Indian Country

Last month, Anne Ketz, the CEO of 106 Group, had the distinct honor of addressing an audience at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe. IAIA, an esteemed institution, stands as a beacon of progress in the ongoing empowerment of Native communities. Through its commitment to education, financial support, and the cultivation of self-sufficiency, IAIA exemplifies the transformation that is unfolding within Native communities nationwide.

Introducing: The 106 Group DEI Initiative

106 Group has long worked to identify, document, and support the voices, histories, and priorities of historically underrepresented communities. In an effort to further that work, we have spent the last year developing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative, which is being led by a DEI Working Group.

Bill Walker Joins 106 Group

We’re excited to share news that Bill Walker, has joined 106 Group as a Proposal Manager. Bill is an expert on cultural resource management, Section 106 review process, and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of cultural history for the National Park Service and a variety of local historical societies and museums.

Do You Trust Me? Cultural Heritage Planning with Indigenous Communities

In order to create a successful project, building trust with the community is essential. By incorporating authentic culture and heritage, the project team can better reflect all voices in the community and create more effective plans.

What’s in a Name? The Importance of Equitable Place Naming Practices for Communities.

If naming is claiming, how do city, state, and local agencies create naming policies and practices that honor the people, land, and events of a particular place, while building relationships throughout the community in the process?

CRM + Architecture: How Resources Can Inspire Design

Through our documenting work in archaeology and history, we see that the story of a place is so much more than what is written in a regulatory report. The history of a place, written and unwritten, and the stories told through archaeological and architectural resources can contribute to the future design of a place and enhance its uniqueness.

Anne Ketz is recognized for her work restoring cultures lost to history.

106 Group’s Anne Ketz has been nominated to the Minnesota Women Business Owners’ Hall of Fame. In a recent interview, Anne reflects on her role in cultural heritage planning and a career dedicated to increasing knowledge, understanding, and preservation of cultural sites and resources around the world.

Meredith Anderson Joins 106 Group

We are excited to have Meredith Anderson join 106 Group as a Sr. Cultural Resource Specialist. In her new role, she will lead cultural resources projects that require regulatory compliance. Meredith is a respected leader, skilled in interpersonal communication, coordination, and analysis.

Heather Hoagland Joins 106 Group

We’re pleased to share news that Heather Hoagland, has joined 106 Group as a Sr. Project Manager. In this role, she will lead interpretive exhibits projects.

Christopher Hommerding Joins 106 Group

We’re thrilled to share news that Chris Hommerding has joined 106 Group as a Senior Architectural Historian. In his new role within our History Team, Chris will collaborate with our team on a range of projects for public and private clients.

Lindsey Wallace Joins 106 Group

We’re excited to share news that Lindsey Wallace, has joined 106 Group as a Senior Architectural Historian and Planner. In her new role within our History Team, Lindsey will lead a range of projects for public and private clients.

Interpreting Impacts of Climate Change and other Strategies for Sustainable Parks

106 Group recently presented at the National Association for Interpretation Conference. Our interpretive planners, Regine Kennedy and Julie Davis, along with Joshua Tree National Park staff, Jennie Albrinck and Jo Lombard, shared strategies for mitigating the compounding effects of climate change and other challenges that parks face related to sustainability.

Decolonizing the Public Engagement Process

106 Group’s Regine Kennedy and John Reynolds, and Wakáŋ Tipi Center’s Director Maggie Lorenz co-presented “Decolonizing the Public Engagement Process” at the 2021 Minnesota Planning Conference. In this presentation session, they discussed Indigenous cultural perspectives guiding the engagement and planning process.

How To Identify Sovereign Tribal Nations For Consultation In Your Project Area

Section 106 regulations require federal agencies to consider the effects of their activities on cultural resources within their proposed projects. If your project will be federally funded or licensed, then your project may require consultation with American Indian Tribes.

Synchronizing Section 106 (NHPA) and NEPA Review Processes

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) are two of the principal federal laws intended to protect environmental and cultural resources. Any project conducted with federal funding, or requiring a federal permit, license, or approval, is required to comply with these laws. So, how are they similar? How are they different? How does compliance with these laws impact your project?

Grant Park, Atlanta: An Old South Landscape for a New South City
Steve Gallo, Architectural Historian at 106 Group, is a published historian whose work focuses on built environments of the United States. He brings skills in researching neglected histories to his work in cultural resources. This summer, Steve's article on the history of Atlanta’s Grant Park was published in an issue …
Tribal Resources Impact Analysis: Intersection of the Natural and Cultural World

106 Group was selected to present a session at the recent National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference. Our presentation shone a light on the confluence of natural and cultural resources, and how to effectively address them in projects requiring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

Developing a Business Case in Support of Cultural Tourism Infrastructure

Within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Cultural Tourism program, proposed development of a new Akwesasne Heritage Complex was a key initiative. The Complex will be the heart of the tourism program, visitor experience, and community heritage and cultural programming. Developing a Business Case is an important step to support tribal decision making as they develop the Heritage Complex.

Equity in Preservation Planning: Saint Paul African American Historic and Cultural Context

We recently had the opportunity to participate in an important conversation on Equity in Preservation Planning at Preserve Minnesota 2020, hosted by the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office.

Building a Cultural Heritage Tourism Program

Strategic planning for cultural tourism guides the process for communities to realize their vision and establish procedures and operations necessary to achieve that vision.

Best Practices for Partnering and Collaborating with Tribes

106 Group recently presented “Best Practices for Partnering and Collaborating with Tribes” at the National Association of Environmental Professionals Virtual Conference. Together, with Paul Backhouse (Seminole Tribe of Florida), we shared best practices for tribal consultation and engagement and successful tools for building long-term relationships with Tribes.

Community Engagement from a Distance

When properly planned and resourced, a digital-first community engagement campaign can be as, or more, successful than traditional approaches.

Tips to Ease Overcrowding at Parks and Sites

National, state, and regional parks have seen overwhelming numbers of visitors amid the pandemic. A dream on paper, this has a downside. Interpretation can be a part of the solution. Consider these strategies used by parks to protect the resources and keep visitors safe.

AASLH Presents Award of Excellence to 106 Group

We are honored to have been a contributor to the Saint Paul African American Historic and Cultural Context. The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently recognized this document with an Award of Excellence.

Poplar Forest: Truth and Reconciliation at Thomas Jefferson’s Retreat Home

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission that emerged during the dismantling of South Africa’s apartheid system acknowledged four kinds of truth as part of a societal healing process. See how these truths are reflected in recent interpretive planning at Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home, Poplar Forest.

Implementing Lessons from Cultural Competency

This is the third and final article in a series examining the role that cultural competency plays in the community engagement process.

106 Group at Life Beyond Tourism

Members of 106 Group are attending the 21st General Assembly and International Symposium ‘Heritage as a Builder of Peace’. During this international event, our staff are presenting on “Managing the Impacts of Cruise Ship Tourism” and “Truth and Reconciliation through Heritage Management and Interpretation”.

Cultural Competency Strategies

This is the second article in a series examining the role that cultural competency plays in the community engagement process.

Anne Ketz Re-Elected as VP to ICIP for the International Council for Monuments and Sites

Our CEO and Services Director, Anne Ketz, has been re-elected as VP to ICIP for the International Council for Monuments and Sites. In this role, she continues her work to preserve, protect, and uncover the stories beyond the hundreds of heritage sites around the world.

The Foundations of Cultural Competency

This is the first article in a series examining the role that cultural competency plays in the community engagement process.

Fort Snelling Rehabilitation Creates New Home For MN VA While Preserving History

We are proud to announce that our work with Andersen Engineering and the MN VA to renovate Fort Snelling’s Building 222 is a recipient of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Impact award.

A New Nature Sanctuary and Hidden Native American Sacred Place

On the east side of Saint Paul, Minnesota, at the base of an impressive bluff line, is a cave that the Dakota call Wakan Tipi and that Euro Americans have named Carver’s Cave.

St Paul African American Context: A Case Study

At the heart of Saint Paul’s African American history is the Rondo neighborhood. That history is often excluded from mainstream documentation. Now, the Aurora Saint Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation is trying to change that.

Top Tips for Community Engagement

Regine Kennedy shares her top community engagement tips after attending the Minnesota Transportation Conference. After years of experience in the fields of engagement and interpretation, Kennedy brings new light to this incredibly valuable service.

Best Practices for Community Engagement

Presenters at the engagement panel shared their expertise to create meaningful conversation surrounding best practices.

Finding Common Ground

The Interpret Europe: Mechelen 2016 conference recently explored how heritage interpretation can help evolving communities approach issues such as human rights, peace, and active citizenship. Anne Ketz’ paper, “Interpretive Planning Methods and Processes as an Effective Mechanism for Community Building,” was presented at the conference.

Beyond Tokenism: Working Toward Respectful Community Partnerships

How can we develop community workshops that get beyond the buzzwords and create truly meaningful collaboration with diverse audiences? Our senior exhibit developer, Maggie Schmidt, calls for building capacity—skills, knowledge, and authority—with all participants involved.

10 Ways to Meaningfully Engage a Diverse Audience in Community Planning

In a rapidly changing world where local communities are becoming more diverse, and needing to be more holistic in their thinking, public engagement can get people talking, learning from each other, and working together to identify problems and create solutions.