Our built environment and cultural landscapes give us a sense of place. The story these resources can tell must sometimes be told through oral histories, in addition to the usual archival and physical investigations. This section elaborates on some of our “Story” projects, or projects that highlight the historic context. The physical place may have been altered or lost but the story lives on.

Stories and Interpretation

Interpretation and Education: We have worked on a range of interpretive materials from tour maps to interactive digital interfaces that use oral histories, historic photographs and animated renderings to tell the story of a building or site. Interpretation of a historic property provides a unique opporunity to make the archival research accessible to the public in an engaging manner.

Documentation and Mitigation Compliance: Artifacts has extensive experience recording historic buildings and structures through the Historic American Building Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), and Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) Mitigation Standards. We have developed creative mitigation alternatives to help clients fulfill requirements that otherwise would not be possible or only reach a limited audience. We have conducted oral histories and integrated these with archival research to produce interactive digital interpretive works.

Pro Bono Projects: We maintain a commitment to small non-profits, historical societies and small museums within the state. Much of our research would not be possible if it were not for the collections maintained by these groups. To aid in the ongoing maintenance of historic properties stewarded by these groups we volunteer our services to conduct building assessments and preservation planning. Often this work focuses on the buildings containing the collections, identifying and prioritizing needed work to aid in grant applications. This provides an opportunity to use our skills to give back to our community and contribute to broader historic preservation efforts.



We are more than happy to discuss your needs in detail. To schedule an appointment please visit our contact page or call us at 253.572.4599.


Pierce County Heritage Barn Register Nominations

After surveying numerous barns in the survey and inventory of unincorporated ...

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Revisiting Washington

Updating the 1941 WPA road guide

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Panama Hotel

Japanese-American National Historic Landmark in Seattle

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Sinclair Park

Where Quincy Jones began playing the piano

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