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.

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.

Clean Energy & Cultural Resources: What You Need to Know

106 Group has helped clients navigate regulatory requirements for major energy infrastructure enterprises, including numerous wind energy projects that provide key sources of renewable energy. If your renewable energy project requires compliance with federal, state, or local environmental and cultural regulatory requirements, we can assist you through the process.

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.

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.

Tisha Allen Joins 106 Group

We’re excited to share news that Tisha Allen, has joined 106 Group as a Senior Cultural Heritage Planner. Tisha is a planner with a masters in historic preservation and a background in architecture. She has spent much of her career focused on place-based and comprehensive planning initiatives.

Dakota Interpretation receives AASLH Leadership in History Award

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has recognized Hennepin County Public Works and 106 Group with an Award of Excellence for the Flying Cloud Drive Interpretive Plaza. The Award of Excellence is part of the AASLH Leadership in History Awards, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation of state and local history.

What You Need to Know When Archaeological Monitoring is Required

Archaeological monitoring is the observation of construction activities by an archaeologist in order to identify, document, protect, and/or recover potential archaeological resources discovered during those activities. 106 Group helps clients navigate this process and minimize the risk that an inadvertent discovery could hinder a project with potential schedule delays or budget implications.

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.

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.

106 Group Presents at National Association of Environmental Professionals’ 2020 Virtual Conference

PolyMet Mining, Inc. is proposing to develop a copper-nickel-platinum-group elements mine and associated processing facilities known as the NorthMet Mining Project, near Hoyt Lakes, St. Louis County, Minnesota. The Project involves the reactivation and rehabilitation of a former taconite processing facility and development of a new mine site. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been established outlining mitigation for adverse effects to a diverse set of historic properties.

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.

Section 106 Basics

If you find yourself faced with a project requiring Section 106 review, the process can be complicated. Understanding how the process works is important to help you avoid project delays and improve outcomes. Here is some guidance for where to start.

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.

Coordinating Section 106 & NEPA

Jenny Bring recently attended the National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, where she participated in a panel presentation on Implementing Executive Order (EO) 13807, which aims to streamline the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 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”.

Interpretation in Museums

Our very own Chris Evans reflects on the state of interpretation in museums. With interviews from industry leaders, Evans discusses the common practice of leaving exhibits intentionally void of interpretation, where interpretation has a foothold in the museum industry, and tips for interpreters who find themselves working with/for museums.

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.

Keep the Conversation Flowing

106 Group senior designer Chris Evans joined a team of panelists to present “Stronger Together: How Digital Media Adds Layers to Guided Interpretation” at the National Association for Interpretation’s 2015 Annual Workshop in Virginia Beach. This packed session generated a lively discussion among interpreters about the rising use of digital media.