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State Historical Society Director Vogt receives presidential recognition

State Historical Society Director Vogt receives presidential recognition

President Donald J. Trump has announced his intent to appoint Jay D. Vogt of Pierre, director of the South Dakota State Historical Society, as an expert member of the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

As an independent federal agency, the ACHP works with federal agencies to promote historic preservation and oversees the historic preservation review process. It also advises Congress and the President on historic preservation policy. The members of the ACHP provide advice and policy direction to the federal agency with the same name. 

“A presidential appointment is a great honor, and I look forward to serving on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation,” said Vogt, also South Dakota’s State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). “Although I was selected because of my experience in historic preservation, I feel like I am representing South Dakota and the heartland of America on the Council. As an expert member, I intend to bring a thoughtful and practical voice to the council’s discussion.”   

“Jay has been a long-time team player in the national preservation program,” ACHP Chair Aimee Jorjani said. “He brings a wide range of experience to his appointment at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and I look forward to his perspective from a unique part of the country for the benefit of the ACHP’s work.”  

Vogt has previous experience working with the ACHP. The SHPO interacts with the ACHP on federal preservation projects in the state. While serving as president of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) from 2005 to 2009, Vogt represented the NCSHPO as a voting member on the ACHP. He was co-chair of the Preserve America expert panel “Improving the Preservation Program Infrastructure,” which recommended that the ACHP have a full-time chair. With the latest amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the ACHP has its first full-time chair in Jorjani, of Virginia.

The NHPA provides that appointed expert and public members shall service for a term of four years and under that law, may not serve more than two terms.

Vogt has been the South Dakota SHPO since 1996 and director of the State Historical Society since 2003. The State Historical Society is headquartered at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. For more information call 605-773-3458 or visit

 About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing and administrative/development offices. Call 605-773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information. 

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