Professional Bio and CV

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Sarah Martin is an architectural and public historian with sixteen years of experience in public history and historic preservation in four states: Tennessee, Kansas, Washington, and Oregon. She spent her academic and early professional career in Tennessee, where she gained heritage development experience with the Center for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.

During her nine years managing the National Register of Historic Places program for the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), she served as a liaison between Kansas constituents and the National Park Service, overseeing more than 300 listings in the National Register. She now works as a private consultant based in Seattle. Martin has experience surveying, researching, and documenting a wide variety of property types, ranging from rural to urban, vernacular to high style, and pre-settlement to modern.

Martin’s education and experience exceed the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for History and Architectural History as outlined in 36 CFR 61 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended.

Sarah J. Martin Cultural Resource Services is licensed by the State of Washington and various Washington municipalities including the City of Seattle. The State of Washington has certified the firm as a Women’s Business Enterprise.


Sarah J. Martin Cultural Resource Services
Principal / June 2015 to present

University of Washington, School of Dentistry, Advancement & External Affairs Advancement Coordinator/ August 2016 to present

University of Washington, Office of University Advancement, Gift Services
Contracted Records Project Coordinator/ February to August 2016

Kansas Historical Society, Kansas State Historic Preservation Office
National Register Coordinator & Historian / July 2006 to May 2015

Kansas Historical Society, Kansas SHPO
Grants Reviewer / December 2004 to July 2006

Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area at Middle Tennessee State University
Coordinator, Heritage Development Institute / May 2004 to December 2004

Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU
Graduate Research Assistant / August 2002 to May 2004

Nashville Metropolitan Historical Commission
Intern / May to August 2003

Virginia Historical Society
Mellon Library Clerk / May to August 2001


Middle Tennessee State University
M.A. in History, Concentration in Public History & Historic Preservation / December 2004

University of Kansas
B.G.S. in History, Minor in Anthropology  / May 2002

Preservation Advocacy Workshop: Tools & Strategies. Historic Seattle. 2019.
Preservation Special Projects grant workshop. 4Culture. 2018.
Proofreading and Editing. UW Professional & Organizational Development. 2016.
WISAARD Database Training. WA Dept. of Archaeology & Historic Preservation. 2016.
Digging Deeper: Researching UW Special Collections. Historic Seattle.  2016
Kansas Preservation Conference. Kansas SHPO.  2005-2015
National Register of Historic Places Program Training.  National Park Service.  2008
National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, Tulsa.  2008
Evaluating Mid-20th Century Architecture.  National Preservation Institute.  2007
National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, Louisville.  2004
National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, Denver.  2003
Numerous professional webinars offered by the National Park Service


Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma. Reconnaissance-level survey and report. 2019-present
Ronnei-Raum House, Fall City, WA. King County Landmark Nomination. 2019
Herald Building, Enumclaw, WA. Reconnaissance-level survey for SEPA mitigation. 2019
Surrey Building, Bellevue, WA. Intensive-level survey for Section 106 mitigation. 2019
NASA’s Lunar Roving Vehicles. Kent Downtown Partnership. 2018-2019
Issaquah Auto Freight Co. Bldg. City of Issaquah Landmark Nomination. 2018
Gilman Town Hall & Jail. City of Issaquah Landmark Nomination. 2017-2018
Buchanan House. City of Kirkland Landmark Nomination. 2017-2018
Boeing Airplane Company Building. City of Tukwila Landmark Nomination. 2017-2018
Redmond (Oregon) Downtown Historic District. NRHP Nomination. 2016-2017
St. Edward Seminary. City of Kenmore Landmark Nomination. 2016-2018
Campbell Building.  City of Seattle Landmark Nomination.  2016-2017
Crescent-Hamm Building.  City of Seattle Landmark Nomination.  2016-2017
Newell-Johnson-Searle House. NRHP Nomination. Oskaloosa, KS. 2016-2017
Gibson Funeral Home (Boise, ID). History Narrative for Section 106 Mitigation. 2016
Reconnaissance-level Physical Descriptions of 27 Cabins. U.S. Forest Service. 2016
Records Management Plan.  UW Office of Advancement, Gift Services. 2016
National Register Review and Consultation. Kansas Historical Society. 2006-2015
Temple Cemetery. NRHP Nomination. Nashville, TN. 2004
St. Paul’s AME Church. NRHP Nomination. Fayetteville, TN. 2003
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Cost-Share Challenge Project. 2002-2003
Matt Gardner Homestead Preservation Plan.  Giles County, TN.  2003
Preservation Plan for Rest Hill Cemetery. Lebanon, TN. 2002



Left to right (click to enlarge): Crescent-Hamm Building, Seattle, WA; Campbell Building, Seattle, WA; St. Edward Seminary, Kenmore, WA; Boeing Airplane Company Building, Tukwila, WA.


See: Professional Writing & Projects


Presentations to King County Landmarks Commission. 2018-present.
Presentations to City of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board. 2017-present.
Quarterly presentations to Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review.  2006-2015
National Register Basics: Criteria & Integrity.  Our Town.  Osawatomie, KS.  2014
Researching Historic Properties.  Our Town.  Osawatomie, KS.  2014
Highlights of KU’s Historic Districts.  Watkins Alumnae Brunch.  Lawrence, KS. 2014
Farmsteads and the National Register.  Kansas Barn Alliance.  Abilene, KS. 2014
Navigating the National Register.  KS Preservation Conference.  Newton, KS. 2010


Trustee. Historic Wallingford, Board of Trustees, 2018-current
Member. Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, 2015-current
Member. Historic Seattle, 2015-current
Member. Grants Advisory Committee, Washington DAHP, 2017
Member. Kansas Historical Society, 2015-current
Member. Lawrence (KS) Preservation Alliance, 2008-2017
Appointed Member. Douglas Co., Kansas Natural & Cultural Heritage Task Force, 2010-2011
Adviser.  Kansas Barn Alliance, 2008-2015