On October 12, 2016, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell presented the agency’s Windows on the Past award to two programs – the agency’s Passport in Time (PIT) and the non-profit HistoriCorps. The SRI Foundation, which hosts the PIT Clearinghouse, accepted the award for Passport in Time. This award event was part of the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.
The SRI Foundation is honored to receive this award, and wishes to acknowledge the great partnership we have with the Forest Service. This partnership has been critical to the success of this incredible volunteer program. In particular, we want to acknowledge Will Reed, National Passport in Time Program Manager, for his dedication to the PIT program. We could not have done it without you, Will! And thanks to Jill Osborn, who served as the National Passport in Time Program Manager before Will. Jill was instrumental in laying the foundation for the PIT program.
We also want to acknowledge two SRI Foundation staff – Matthew Dawson, PIT Clearinghouse Program Manager, and Stacey Chambliss, Volunteer Coordinator. Matt and Stacy currently run the PIT Clearinghouse. They have done an excellent job managing the Clearinghouse over the past several years, and worked hard to improve the PIT website, e-newsletter, and added the full range of social media to the PIT program. Thank you Matt and Stacey! We also want to acknowledge Carol Ellick, who expertly managed the Clearinghouse for many years when the Clearinghouse was run through Statistical Research, Inc., and then the SRI Foundation. Matt and Stacey took over the management of the Clearinghouse after Carol and her husband, Joe Watkins, moved to Washington, D.C. for their next adventure.
And, much gratitude to all of the PIT Project Leaders! Without you, this Program would not be possible. And finally, thanks to all of the PIT volunteers! You have contributed so much to the conservation and preservation of our nation’s cultural and historical heritage! And speaking of PIT volunteers, we would like to close with a quote from a recent comment we received from a volunteer who participated in our longest running PIT project, in the Lolo National Forest in Montana:
PIT is absolutely the best volunteer program in the United States. Volunteers learn archaeology and preservation techniques; get invested in “ownership” of these national gems; and then become the stewards of historic sites for the rest of their lives. Perfect balance from beginning to end!
Thanks to everyone! This award is for all of you!
Terry H. Klein, RPA
Photo Caption: Tom Tidwell, Chief of the Forest Service, presenting award to Terry Klein, SRI Foundation - Photo by Dominic Cumberland.