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The Governor's Historic Preservation Awards Program

Governor's Awards







Established in 1986, the Governor's Historic Preservation Awards are presented annually under the sponsorship of the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and California State Parks to projects, individuals, and organizations whose contributions demonstrate significant achievements in preserving the heritage of California. The history of California is embodied in buildings, structures, sites, and objects that provide tangible links to the people and events that shaped California's growth and development. Since 1986, more than two hundred Governor's Historic Preservation Awards have been given in recognition of exemplary efforts to preserve those connections to California's past. 

Nominations are accepted from January to early May of each award year, with an awards ceremony taking place in Sacramento in mid-November. Questions concerning the awards program may be directed to Diane Barclay, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, at Diane.Barclay@parks.ca.gov or 916 445-7026.

Awards Background and Criteria


Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards

The OHP is pleased to accept nominations for the 2017 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards. We encourage you to nominate individuals, projects, organizations, or agencies whose work exemplifies the best in historic preservation in California. Criteria and nomination forms are available via the links below. Note: Please use only the 2017 nomination forms, as nomination requirements and criteria have been recently updated and revised. Nominations will be accepted through May 15, 2017.    

2017 Awards Background and Criteria
2017 Nomination Form - Individuals, Organizations, & Agencies
2017 Nomination Form - Projects


2016 Award Recipients

It was our pleasure to present the 2016 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards at a well-attended ceremony on November 10, 2016, in Sacramento. The twelve award recipients reflected the broad scope of preservation endeavors taking place in California, from restoring treasured resources of the built environment to protecting and preserving cultural landscapes, traditions, and histories. Please visit our 2016 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards webpage to learn more about each of these outstanding achievements.  

Past Award Recipients