Historic Resource Study for Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Project Title:  Historic Resource Study of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Project Budget:  $115,000.00 (total compensation for principal investigator/s and inclusive of all travel and research expenses)

Projected Start Date:  September/October 2020

Timeline for Completion:  36 months from start

Deadline for Statement of Interest to OAH:  August 7, 2020

Expected Date to Award Project:  August 21, 2020


Project Purpose

The goal of this project is to prepare an update to the 1978 Historic Resource Study (HRS) for Whiskeytown NRA (WHIS). This document will enhance public awareness and understanding of Whiskeytown’s significant resources. This project fulfills the requirement for a baseline document as outlined in NPS-28. In addition, the selected Principal Investigator (PI) will deliver a public presentation highlighting the major findings of the study at the conclusion of the project.

Preliminary Schedule of Deliverables and Associated Payments

Project Scope of Work

This project will result in the completed and publication-ready comprehensive baseline document, a Historic Resource Study, for Whiskeytown NRA. WHIS’s current 1978 HRS is significantly outdated, does not adequately synthesize existing research, address the historic contexts of the California Gold Rush, post-1900 mining, logging and fire management, the Central Valley Project and associated utility infrastructure development, highway/road development, land ownership, and address the Mission 66 period of development. This project will provide WHIS with a comprehensive historical overview of the WHIS area that will provide guidance to park managers, future research needs, identify & evaluate potentially eligible historic resources, as well as provide an overview of the WHIS’s historic legacy.

The HRS will consist of a comprehensive narrative history of the park containing, minimally, the following sections:1) review and synthesis of existing data; 2) development of historical context & interpretive themes sufficient to provide context statements for National Register nominations; 3) overview of resource conditions; 4) recommendations for future research; & 5) a complete annotated bibliography of the research documentation.

Two complete drafts for review by NPS staff will be prepared. Additionally, the final draft will be peer-reviewed to assure the final manuscript meets current scholarly standards. The project scholar will prepare a public presentation at the conclusion of the project.

The following overview details the major sections that must comprise the Historic Resource Study.  

Front Matter

  • Table of Contents:  The table of contents must list the titles of all major divisions and the first-level (principal) subdivisions in the study and provide page numbers for all major divisions.
  • List of Illustrations:  A list of illustrations must include captions and give page numbers for photographs, figures/illustrations, maps, and other forms of graphics subject matter.  If warranted, separate lists for specific types of illustrations may be used.
  • Acknowledgments:  The acknowledgments must include any obligatory or appropriate personal or organizational acknowledgments.
  • Preface:  The preface must contain background information about the scope of the research preparation of the study. It will discuss research methods and summarize major findings. 
  • List of Abbreviations and/or Acronyms:  This list must include nonstandard abbreviations and acronyms used in the report.  The spelled-out version of a term should be given the first time the term appears within the study.

Text or Main Body of the Report

  • Introduction:  The introduction must include general background information on the geographic location, history, and significance of the NRA and its resources.
  • Historical Data/Narrative and Analysis:  This section represents the main body of the product and must address the topics described in this section of the scope above.  Theses narratives must synthesize existing research and primary research, as appropriate, and situate the park’s cultural resources within historic contexts sufficient for the completion of National Register documentation. Photographs, maps, charts, and other figures will be used as necessary to enhance the text.  The overview history must contain footnotes (rather than endnotes or reference notes).
  • Epilogue (or Conclusion):  The epilogue (or conclusion) must consist of a closing statement that provides further comment, if appropriate, on the interpretation of the information found in the study. 
  • Research Recommendations:  These recommendations must include a discussion of topics for future study, including an indication of why the author thinks they are relevant to park management and reference to any known sources that might be useful for this future research.

Back Matter 

  • Appendices:  The appendices should include copies of key documents and data including but not limited to legislation, agreement documents, maps, and other valuable information.
  • Bibliography:  The annotated bibliography must list the primary and secondary source materials researched and used for the preparation of the study.  The bibliography will be broken into sections by kinds of materials (i.e., primary and secondary sources, etc.) as directed in The Chicago Manual of Style. 
  • Illustrations:  Illustrations should appear within the relevant chapters and should appear centered at the top of the page.  Wherever possible, the researcher should choose illustrations that are in the public domain. The researcher is responsible for the cost of all reproductions and for securing copyright permission, where applicable.  All illustrations should be labeled with captions that fully identify the subject, where published (if published), and provide credit lines identifying where the original can be found.  Illustrations should be numbered and referred to by number in the text.  A full list of illustrations with captions will be included following the table of contents.  Copies of permission agreements, grouped together and clearly labeled, must be included in the research materials that are turned over the park at the completion of the project.

Transfer of Knowledge Component

The selected researcher will work in conjunction with OAH and NPS staff to develop a public presentation of findings to be delivered at or near Whiskeytown NRA at the conclusion of the project.


  • The principal investigator must be fully qualified personnel according to the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for professional historians, outlined in NPS-28:  Cultural Resource Management Guidelines, Appendix E.
  • Copies of research files and other material produced as a result of this project, except for those items for which another institution or the author has copyrights or has placed restriction on distribution, shall be delivered to Whiskeytown NRA and become property of NPS upon completion of the project, whether or not they were used in preparation of the final report.
  • The NPS retains all rights to publish and disseminate this report. The research materials and completed products will be in the public domain and may not be copyrighted. However, the researcher may publish the results of the research without written permission, but shall inform the NPS and OAH of any publications or presentations resulting directly from the products of this research. Revision of the manuscript for publication with an academic press, after completion of the project, is encouraged, provided that the role of the NPS and the OAH is acknowledged in print.