Wisconsin Historical Society: Appoints Jen Davel as Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to announce that Jen Davel has been appointed deputy state historic preservation officer. The Wisconsin Historical Society is the federally-designated State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for the state of Wisconsin.

“Jen’s experience, knowledge and commitment to historic preservation are an asset to the Society and to the State of Wisconsin,” said Daina Penkiunas, state historic preservation officer for the state of Wisconsin. 

Davel holds a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Architecture with a certificate in Preservation Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. After eleven years of work for architectural firms in Minnesota and Wisconsin, she joined the State Historic Preservation Office as a preservation architect in 2010. In the last nine years, she has been responsible for reviewing projects affecting historic buildings and structures in both the western half of the state and in the southern tier counties.

The SHPO office offers a variety of programs including, administering the Wisconsin portion of the National Register of Historic Places in partnership with the National Park Service and managing the State Register of Historic Places; providing educational resources and assistance in historic preservation to property owners, local organizations and governments; maintaining state records on archaeological sites and protecting sites on public lands; administering property tax exemptions and providing access to research and public education about Wisconsin’s archaeological resources, including maritime archeology sites; reviewing federal, state and local projects for their effect on historic and archaeological properties; certifying historic building rehabilitation projects for state and federal income tax credits; administering the state’s burial sites preservation program; and; maintaining historic building, archaeological and burial site inventories.

For more information visit wisconsinhistory.org.