NEW! Latest Edition of Preservation Matters is Now Available!

This issue of our newsletter, Preservation Matters, takes a look at heritage tourism - what is it, who is engaging in it, what is its place and purpose with regard to historic preservation. Our exploration of the topic takes us from seaside communities, to one of California's leading cities, to the sizzling landscape of the Mojave Desert, and a good many places in between.

New! Preserve Latino History Initiative

The Office of Historic Preservation is currently developing a historic context for properties in Caifornia associated with the history of Latinos during the twentieth century and preparing a Multiple Property Documentation Form to facilitate National Register of Historic Places nominations. We need your assistance in identifying places that are important in your community that fall within this context. To find out more, visit our Preserve Latino History page.

Information Center Procedural Advisory Committee Meeting - August 4, 2014

The State HIstorical Resources Commission's Information Center Procedural Advisory Commiteee will hold its next meeting on August 4, 2014, at 1:30 pm. Information about meeting agenda items, locations, and call-in information is available on the Meeting Notice and Agenda.

Certified Local Government Grants Awarded for 2014-2015

The Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that five cities and counties will receive $172,000 in federal grants to assist local historic preservation programs. This year, for the first time, the OHP raised the maximum grant from $25,000 to $40,000. Please visit our Certified Local Government webpage to see a complete list of the 2014-2015 grant recipients.

State Historical Resources Commission Meets in Sacramento August 1, 2014

The State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) will meet in Sacramento at 9:00 AM on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building, Room 500, 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento. The SHRC will review 9 new nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and two new Multiple Property Documents, one new nomination to the California Register of Historical Resources, and three new California Historical Landmarks. The complete meeting agenda has been posted on the SHRC Meeting Schedule and Notices page. Pending nominations scheduled for review at this meeting are posted on the Pending Nominations page.

OHP is revising the DPR523 forms

OHP initiated an assessment of the current DPR523 form series and developing digital data standards. Currently, we are seeking feedback and comments from the public regarding the forms.  We hope you will take the time to answer the DPR523 form survey to guide our efforts to revise the forms and develop the digital data standards.

Materials from the 2013 THPO/SHPO Summit Now Available

Handouts and presentations from the October 30-31, 2013, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer / State Historic Preservation Officer Summit are now available. Visit the Summit Materials webpage to download, view, and print these items.

Office of Historic Preservation Reorganization

The units of the Office of Historic Preservation have been reorganized in relation to staff who perform reviews of environmental compliance activities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and California Public Resources Code Section 5024. Specific staff assignments have not changed--so the staff contact for a particular agency will remain the same as previous to the reorganization. The only changes have been to assign some staff to different supervisors in the office. Please see the revised organizational chart for the OHP for more information. To find out the specific reviewer for an agency, refer to our agency assignments list.

Section 106 Submittal Checklist Now Available

The Office of Historic Preservation now has a checklist to use in determining what information to send to us for consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in order to help make review of your undertaking proceed as efficiently as possible. For those of you who are more familiar with the process, there is a two-page checklist with little explanatory information about the items we suggest you submit to us. There is also a longer, annotated version of the checklist with explanations for each of the checklist items.

Action Plan for the CHRIS Modernization and Sustainability Plan

The Maintenance and Operations Action Plan for the CHRIS Modernization and Sustainability Plan has been finalized. The Action Plan will cover the period from November 1, 2013, through April 30, 2015. The focus of the CHRIS’ efforts during this time period will be on accelerating CHRIS Inventory data conversion as part of maintenance and operations activities, thereby achieving a digitized statewide inventory by completing Phases 1 and 2 as identified in the CHRIS Modernization and Sustainability Plan.

For California State Agencies: Consultation Under PRC 5024 and 5024.5

The Office of Historic Preservation has created a new informational document with recommendations to assist state agencies in complying with the requirements of Public Resources Code § 5024 and 5024.5 and understanding the expectations of the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) regarding consultation on state projects that may affect historical resources. Ideally, this guidance will help minimize time and effort spent preparing submittals to the SHPO. Consultation documents that do not meet the guidance detailed in this document may generate inquiries for further information, delaying conclusion of the consultation.

eLearning Course: Interpreting and Applying the Secretary of the Interiors Standards

OHP is pleased to offer a free eLearning Course on Interpreting and Applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with an emphasis on the Standards for Rehabilitation.
This course consists of three self-paced modules. It has been designed to answer the kinds of questions OHP staff most commonly get about how and when to use the Standards, particularly when planning or reviewing rehabilitation projects. Click on the link above to begin.

California Department of Parks and Recreation
Office of Historic Preservation
1725 23rd Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
TEL: 916-445-7000  |  FAX: 916-445-7053  |

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The California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) administers state and federal historic preservation programs and provides technical assistance to federal, state, and local government agencies, organizations, and the general public with regard to historic preservation programs designed to identify, evaluate, register, and protect California's historic resources.

OHP also serves as staff to the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC), a state review board appointed by the governor, which is responsible for reviewing nominations to the four federal and state registration programs administered by OHP.

Created by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, OHP is funded by an annual grant from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, with matching funds from the State of California. The HPF is funded by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues.


The mission of the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) is to provide leadership and promote the preservation of California's irreplaceable and diverse cultural heritage.