Posted by: wadahp | February 4, 2011


By Megan Duvall, DAHP

As the Survey Program Manager at DAHP, its been my job to work through the changes to how we inventory historic properties in Washington for the last 10 years or so.  We were pleased when we launched the MS Access database back in 2002/2003 – doing away with the old card stock inventory forms (yes, folks came into the office and grabbed a stack of hard copy “inventory” forms that they then TYPED….with a typewriter…..).  We were even more excited when we launched the online version of our HPI system in July of 2010.  We’ve gotten lots of positive feedback (and yes, a few gripes) on the new system and hope that those of you using it are finding it a great new tool.

Since July, Russell Holter and I have trained most of the 450+ users of the HPI on how to use the system.  I’m happy to announce that we now have an online tutorial that folks can pull up when they want a refresher on the system, need initial training on how it works, or how to solve some of the more common problems that we’ve encountered over these first six months of it’s use.

Here is the link to the web page where you can watch the Flash Player video:

I’ve organized the tutorial with a table of contents, so if you are interested in just one particular aspect of the video – it’s my hope that you’ll be able to find it quickly by clicking on the particular title you want.  Now for the disclaimer – I’m not a professional presenter, and I probably ramble on too long in many of the sections!  Forgive my deficiencies as a voice-over personality, but hopefully it will a useful tool when its 12 am on a Sunday night and you have a project due at 9 am Monday morning and you forgot how one aspect of the system operates!

Of course, we at DAHP are always happy to help – so if you can’t find the answers to your questions on the video, don’t hesitate to contact us.



  1. Megan – too complicated for me and my 2000 computer. Just want to know if the U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Station at Knappton Cove, WA is included in the inventory. The museum on the site is free – open Summer Saturday afternoons or by chance or by appointment. We are an all volunteer non-profit. ( Knappton Cove Heritage Center)
    The site is listed on the Nat’l Reg. of Historic Places.

    • Hi Nancy – to search for existing historic properties, you can use our WISAARD database located on our main website: The HPI service that the tutorial mentioned above is for is really for adding new inventory forms rather than as a research tool. I was able to use WISAARD to find an old 1979 inventory form.

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