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Vogt sworn in as new ACHP Expert Member

Vogt sworn in as new ACHP Expert Member

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Chairman Aimee Jorjani recently welcomed new Expert Member Jay D. Vogt and ACHP Observer Ann Pritzlaff Walker during the ACHP business meeting at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Vogt, appointed by President Donald J. Trump, was sworn in for a four-year term.  

“The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will benefit greatly from both Jay and Ann’s unique perspectives, wide-ranging experience, and long careers in the preservation field,” Chairman Jorjani said. “I look forward to working with them in the coming years.” 

Vogt is director of the South Dakota State Historical Society and State Historic Preservation Officer. A South Dakota native, he is a past president of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO), and has served on several national task forces on various historic preservation issues, including at the Preserve America Summit. Vogt is also active in the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). He and his wife Elizabeth live in Pierre. 

“Because I come from the middle of America, I intend to bring a thoughtful and practical voice regarding historic preservation to the ACHP’s discussion,” Vogt said. “The issue important to me is protecting our cultural and historic properties through better ACHP engagement with federal agencies and tribal governments.” 

In addition, Chairman Jorjani invited the Preserve America Youth Summit’s Program Director Ann Pritzlaff Walker of Colorado to be a non-voting ACHP Observer. Walker is a former ACHP Expert Member (2003-2011) and former Arizona State Historic Preservation Officer. Preserve America Youth Summit (PAYS), the only program of its type in the country, originated as part of the ACHP-led Preserve America program in 2007 with the goal of creating an opportunity for students aged 13 to 18 to get out of the classroom and into the field to connect to historic places; get involved in historic preservation activities; and bolster local preservation and heritage tourism and advocacy efforts. The summits also help expand tools to support teachers’ efforts in heritage and preservation education. PAYS is now a program of Conservation Legacy.   

“Engaging and involving youth in historic preservation programs and activities is critical to ensure the development of the next generation of stewards for our nation’s historic treasures.” Walker said. “Youth bring enthusiasm, unfiltered ideas, and creative energy. I am honored to be representing the voice of the many students with whom I have worked and feel this helps fulfill the intention of the National Historic Preservation Act to maintain our nation’s heritage for future generations.” 

Editor’s Note: South Dakota State Historical Society Director Jay D. Vogt, center, is sworn in as an Expert Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation by ACHP Chairman Aimee Jorjani in Washington, D.C. Vogt’s son, Gabriel Vogt, is holding the Bible. (Photo courtesy South Dakota State Historical Society) 

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.  

About the ACHP: The ACHP is an independent federal agency that promotes the economic, educational, environmental, sustainability, and cultural values of historic preservation and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. It also influences federal activities, programs, and policies that affect historic and cultural properties. See for more information. 

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