The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking the services of a Principal Investigator (PI) through a cooperative agreement with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH) to update the National Historic Landmark (NHL) nomination form for the Carter G. Woodson National Historic Site, which was designated a NHL in 1976 (NRIS#76002135), according to requirements specified in this Request For Proposals (RFP). The contract will be administered by ASALH and the work prepared for and completed in coordination with the NPS’ Carter G. Woodson National Historic Site and the National Historic Landmarks Program, both operated by the National Capital Region.

Interested parties should submit a proposal in response to this RFP to ASALH no later than 5:00 pm EDT on September 4, 2018. Electronic copies may be directed to Ms. Tamara Lumpkin, ASALH Project Manager, at

Project Background
This project will compile the best available sound science and scholarship and use it to update the National Historic Landmark (NHL) nomination form for the Carter G. Woodson National Historic Site which was designated a NHL in 1976 (NRIS#76002135)( This update will help the park and its partners achieve their vision to elevate the African American sites associated with Frederick Douglass, Carter G. Woodson, and Mary McLeod Bethune to represent more than a century of unbroken American activism as part of the Civil Rights Movement within the nation’s capital.

Required Principal Investigator Qualifications
The selected consultant should be a qualified historian or architectural historian with demonstrated experience showing that they are capable of successfully preparing a fully complete and scholarly NHL nomination update for the Carter G. Woodson National Historic Site, for presentation to the National Historic Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board. The consultant, at a minimum, shall meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standard for the History or Architectural History disciplines (see below) and the additional qualifications listed below:


The minimum professional qualifications in history are a graduate degree in history or closely related field; or a bachelor’s degree in history or closely related field plus one of the following:

1. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, teaching, interpretation, or other demonstrable professional activity with an academic institution, historic organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or 

2. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of history.

Architectural Historian

The minimum professional qualifications in architectural history are a graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field, with coursework in American architectural history, or a bachelor’s degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field plus one of the following:

1. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or 

2. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.


Additional Qualifications
The consultant must demonstrate experience evaluating and nominating historic properties for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or for designation as National Historic Landmarks. Experience evaluating and nominating nationally significant properties and demonstrated knowledge of the NHL Program and nomination process is preferred. Knowledge and experience in African American history and the history of Civil Rights is highly desired.

If the consultant comprises a consulting firm or team, then a PI must be designated for the project. The Principal Investigator must meet the minimum qualification requirements specified above, and must agree to be principally responsible for all work conducted by other personnel for the project. The individual selected as the Principal Investigator may not change during the project without prior written approval of ASALH and the NPS.

Scope of Work
This project will result in an updated NHL nomination that builds on and expands the 1976 documentation, using up-to-date documentation standards and NHL criteria of the National Park Service’s NHL program. It is also informed by recent studies on the Carter G. Woodson House including a 2012 Historic Resource Study, a 2008 Historic Structures Report, and others. In 2016 the NPS completed an extensive restoration and rehabilitation of the house after decades of neglect and damage from a 2011 earthquake and hurricane. This update will fully addresses the physical characteristics of the buildings, identify the current condition and results of the current restoration and rehabilitation efforts, and also will provide a clear and thorough understanding of the NHS’s historical significance and connection to Carter G. Woodson and his outstanding accomplishments in scholarship and in the advancement of African American Civil Rights.

The NHL nomination for the Carter G. Woodson Home will document the physical characteristics of the building through an architectural description and inventory of resources on the property, including landscape features and characteristics, and any original collections or archives associated with the property. The nomination will include a general property development history, and will develop scholarly arguments for why the property possesses exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.

The nomination will provide historic context adequate to make a clear, convincing, and concise argument for national significance in one or more areas of significance (expected NHL Criterion 2 [association with an important person]). The focus of the nomination should be on the significance statements, not on creating a complete narrative of the building’s design and construction, nor on providing an exhaustive biography of Woodson. The research and evaluation should be adequate to identify and evaluate people, events, or activities of clear significance to national history.

Proposal Submissions

For evaluation purposes, proposals should provide sufficient to allow ASALH and the NPS to determine the most qualified PI for the project. Those interested in bidding should submit a written proposal that includes the following elements:

• Name of the individual(s) that would work on the project and their proposed area(s) of responsibility.
• A curriculum vitae (for the PI).
• Documentation that the PI candidate meets the qualifications the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standard for the History or Architectural History disciplines as outlined above.
• Description of specific, relevant education, experience, and qualifications of the Principal Investigator candidate demonstrating knowledge of the processes involved with evaluating and nominating historic properties for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or for designation
as National Historic Landmarks, and experience researching and writing about African American history and the history of Civil Rights.
• Information on projects of a similar nature and of significant work completed by the Principal Investigator candidate in the past five (5) years. Include specific dates and types of services provided, and highlight success in meeting work schedule, project budgets, and product deadlines.
• A list of references (at least three, but not more than five) that may be contacted.
• A short narrative (2 pages or less) that responds to the scope of work as described in this RFP, which demonstrates the Principal Investigator candidate’s proposed approach to the project and capability to accomplish the desired goals.
• A proposed project schedule.

All proposals must be received no later than 5:00 pm EST on September 4, 2018. They should be prepared simply and economically, providing a straight forward, concise description of the Principal Investigator candidate’s qualifications and capabilities to satisfy the requirements of this RFP. Proposals may be submitted via email in electronic format (MS Word or PDF format) to Ms. Tamara Lumpkin, ASALH Project Manager, at ASALH will confirm receipt of submissions. However, if there are any issues (e.g., with the attachments working correctly), the Principal Investigator candidate is responsible for resolving these issues with an alternative submission method acceptable to ASALH and NPS.

Selection Criteria
Submittals will be evaluated and ranked based on the following factors, presented in no particular order:
• Qualifications of Principal Investigator candidate.
• Responsiveness of the proposal to the project’s purpose and scope of work.
• Experience evaluating and nominating nationally significant properties.
• Knowledge of the National Register and/or NHL Program and the nomination process.
• Demonstrated capability of meeting projected deadlines and successfully completing contracts of this type.
• Past performance and references.
• Proposed project schedule.

Available Funding

The funding available for this project is $42,545.55.

Terms and Conditions
A. ASALH reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, and to waive minor irregularities in any proposal.
B. ASALH reserves the right to request clarification of information submitted, and to request additional information from any Principal Investigator candidate.
C. ASALH and NPS shall not be responsible for any costs incurred by Principal Investigator candidates in preparing, submitting or presenting its response to this RFP.
D. All completed nominations and executive summaries must fully comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 accessibility standards ( for electronic documents.
E. Any and all rights to work produced through his project will be vested in the Department of the
Interior, National Park Service, including any copyrights.
F. The selected Principal Investigator must also comply with all applicable provisions of OMB Circular
A-110 A-110 REVISED 11/19/93 As Further Amended 9/30/99. (

Respondents are invited to submit written questions requesting clarifications or explanations of the information contained in this RFP. Please direct all proposal or contract-related questions to Ms. Tamara Lumpkin, ASALH Project Manager, at