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California Preservation Month

Preservation Month
May is Preservation Month, not just in California, but across the nation. The California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) invites all California communities and preservation enthusiasts to make the month of May an opportunity for discovering/re-discovering, honoring, and sharing 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 and traditions connected to those places. Discover the history, tell the stories!

Opportunities for Participating in Historic Preservation Month 2016

Preservation Month

This Place Matters

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) traditionally offers a nationwide preservation theme in which states, local and tribal communities, preservation organizations, and individuals can participate. The theme for 2016 is "This Place Matters." Visit the NTHP Preservation Month webpage for some suggested ways to mark this month-long focus on historic preservation. Celebrate the places that matter!

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Picture of Success
The OHP invites you to commemorate this year's 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act by participating in our year-long campaign: "Picture of Success: Fifty Years of the National Historic Preservation Act in California." Local and tribal communities, agencies, and organizations are encouraged to share photos and text of some of their historic preservation successes. Click here for details. Share your pride about preservation!

Preservation Month Activities in California
Is your community planning Preservation Month activities? Post a link to your events here! Contact Diane Barclay, Outreach and Communications Coordinator at  Below is a list of some of the communities hosting Preservation Month activities:

Chico Heritage Association, Chico, has a number of Preservation Month events scheduled throughout May.  
Elk Grove Historical Society, Elk Grove, is celebrating Preservation Month by hosting two special events, May 3 and May 7, 2016.
Eureka Heritage Society, Eureka, will honor Preservation Month by presenting their Preservation Awards, May 14, 2016.
Fresno hosts a full week of citywide preservation events, May 1-7, 2016.
Hayward marks Preservation Month with tours of some of the city's restored historic homes and other historic properties. 
Lemon Grove is marking Preservation Month with some special events in the month of May. 
Los Angeles Conservancy, Los Angeles, will present their 2016 Preservation Awards, May 5, 2016.
Pasadena recognizes Preservation Month with the presentation of their 2016 Historic Preservation Awards, May 26, 2016.
City of Richmond's Historic Preservation Awards will be presented May 25, 2016, and hosted by the Richmond Historic Preservation Commission and the National Park Service.  
Riverside will celebrate Preservation Month by hosting the city's first Doors Open event on May 12, 2016, providing free access to many of the community's treasured historic resources.
City of Sacramento Preservation Commission and Sacramento Heritage, Inc. are joining forces to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, and 40 years of historic preservation programs in Sacramento.
Save Our Heritage Organisation, San Diego, is offering historic house and site tours to mark Preservation Month.


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!