NEH Public Notice
Regarding the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Section 106 Review of
Roanoke College Humanities Collaboration Center
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has offered Roanoke College, a grant for renovation to create a Humanities Collaboration Center on the ground floor of the Fintel Library. NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. This public notice is issued as part of NEH’s responsibilities under 36 C.F.R. Part 800, the regulations which implement Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended, 16 U.S.C. § 470. NEH, a funding agency, is required by regulation to identify and assess the effects of any proposed actions on historic properties. If any proposed action will have an adverse effect on historic resources, NEH works with the appropriate parties to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects. Additionally, the Section 106 regulations require NEH to consider the views of the public on preservation issues when making final decisions that affect historic properties.
In Roanoke College’s grant application, the Fintel Library, located on the campus of Roanoke College at 220 High St, Salem, VA 24153, was identified as a historic property subject to Section 106 regulations. The application proposes to renovate the interior of the Fintel Library ground floor classroom and technology infrastructure to better support the pedagogies and learning styles of humanities faculty and students. Renovation will facilitate flexible arrangement to support individual learning, small group activities, and lecture-style seminars, classes, or film screenings. Technology upgrades--state-of-the art multi-media displays, lighting, and controls--will improve multi-media presentations, use of personal devices, and projection and enhance creation, analysis and presentation of digital humanities projects.
On July 26, 2019, Laura Lavernia, Architectural Historian, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Historic Resources, advised that the proposed undertaking will have no adverse effect upon historic properties, as defined by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
As required by Section 106, NEH is providing the public with information about this project, as well as an opportunity to comment on any knowledge of, or concerns with, historic properties in the proposed project area, and issues relating to the project’s potential effects on historic properties. Comments may be submitted to the NEH by e-mail to FPO@neh.gov. The deadline for submitting comments is August 5, 2019.