Request for Proposals, Historic Resource Study of the African American History of the Seneca Stone Cutting Mill at the C&O Canal National Historical Park (CHOH)

The National Park Service (NPS), through a cooperative agreement with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc., (ASALH), is seeking the services of a Principal Investigator (PI) who will achieve very specific goals. The primary goal of the project is to produce a Historic Resource Study (HRS) and Primary Source Lab for the African American history of the Seneca Quarry at the C&O Canal National Historic Park (CHOH).

This project will provide new historical context for understanding the Seneca Quarry and Stone Cutting Mill’s industrial history through the lens of African American social and labor history. The project will synthesize existing NPS documentation on the Seneca Quarry with new research on African American laborers and communities in the vicinity of the quarry during the nineteenth century. The historic resource study for the Seneca Stone Cutting Mill historic site will be used by park and regional managers to explain the history and significance of park cultural resources related to African American labor and settlement in the region, to better interpret its history and enhance the visitor experience, to connect with communities, to assist in future planning efforts,and to meet NPS responsibilities under Section 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

The contract is administered by ASALH and the work prepared for and completed in coordination with the National Park Service. All work accomplished by this research project will be credited to ASALH but becomes the property of the National Park Service and will be made publicly available.

Interested parties should submit a proposal in response to this RFP to ASALH no later than 5:00 pm EST on November 29, 2021. Electronic copies may be directed to ASALH at with the subject line “Seneca Quarry.”

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610