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California Preservation Month

Preserving and Celebrating Diversity

Preservation Month

May is Preservation Month, not just in California, but across the nation. In years past, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has offered a nationwide theme for preservation month. This year, the NTHP instead is encouraging states, local communities, and preservation organizations to come up with creative preservation themes and activities tailored to their own preservation experiences and stories. Visit the NTHP Preservation Month webpage for some suggested ways to mark this month-long focus on historic preservation.

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For 2015, the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) invites all California communities and preservation enthusiasts to adopt the theme “Preserving and Celebrating Diversity.”
Make the month of May an opportunity for discovering/re-discovering, honoring, and sharing the stories of the people, cultures, and traditions that are a part of the unique heritage of your local region. Visit a historic site, sponsor or attend a cultural festival or event, nominate a historically significant property to the National Register of Historic Places. Has your family lived in your community for generations or did they immigrate more recently from another country? Write up your history, include photographs, and create a family history book. Historic preservation is not only about preserving buildings and sites, but also the stories connected to those places. Discover the history, tell the stories!

Is your community planning Preservation Month activities? Post a link to your events here! Contact Diane Barclay, Outreach and Communications Coordinator at

Preservation Month Activities in California
Below is a list of some of the communities hosting Preservation Month activities:

Redwood City
San Diego
San Jose

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The Office of Historic Preservation will mark Preservation Month with the launch of Latinos in Twentieth Century California, a historic context that recognizes the contributions of Latinos to the more recent life and history of the state. Developed by our office in collaboration with representatives of California’s Latino communities, the context will be available for free on our website to assist individuals and organizations in nominating properties associated with Latino history to the National Register of Historic Places. Visit our Preserve Latino History webpage to learn more and to download a copy of the context. Then consider nominating buildings and sites associated with twentieth century Latino history in your own community!

California is home to a rich diversity of people, and natural, cultural, and historical resources. 
That is something worth celebrating and preserving for generations to come!