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At its core, historic preservation is people coming together to preserve their shared history and traditions. On this page we offer suggestions and links to ways that you can be an active part of the preservation community. Get Involved!


Preservation is Now

Highlighting some current opportunities and activities in historic preservation.

May is an important month for recognizing, honoring, and continuing the work of preserving cultural traditions and history. See below for ways to participate in this month's celebrations of Preservation Month, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

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in Preservation Month! May is Preservation Month across the nation. For 2015, the OHP invites all California communities and citizens to adopt the theme "Preserving and Celebrating Diversity." Learn about and honor the people, cultures, and traditions that are a part of the history and life of your community! Below are just a few of  the California communities hosting Preservation Month activities: 

Redwood City
San Diego
San Jose

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

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in the celebrations of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In 1992 the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law by the U.S. Congress. May was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S. in May 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869 (the majority of the rail workers were Chinese immigrants). Today, the month provides the opportunity to learn about and share the history and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in America. Below is a list of just some of the events taking place throughout California. Does your community have an event planned? Find out and get involved! 

Los Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Area

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an individual, organization, or project for the 2015 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards! This award program recognizes exceptional efforts to preserve California's heritage. Whether it is a small, grass roots effort, or a multi-agency project, good works deserve to be recognized!  Visit our Governor's Historic Preservation Awards webpage for program details and nomination forms.

Expand your knowledge about the issues and processes of historic preservation. The OHP, in partnership with the California Preservation Foundation, is offering two free webinars this spring and summer: Consulting with the SHPO Under Section 106 - May 14, 2015, and Accessing the California Historical Resources Information System - July 23, 2015. OHP staff will conduct the webinars and answer many of the questions most often asked by our constituents. For details and registration information, please visit our Training and Workshops page.

Latino History

to the Preserve Latino History Initiative! The Office of Historic Preservation in collaboration with members of California's Latino communities has created Latinos in Twentieth Century California, a historic context that recognizes the contributions of Latinos to the more recent history of California. The objective of this project is to identify properties throughout California that are associated with Latino history, and nominate many of those properties to the National Register of Historic Places. Do you know of properties or sites in your community with connections to Latino history? To participate in this important project, please visit  our Preserve Latino History webpage for details.

Share your stories! The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is creating a collection of Section 106 Success Stories as part of their preparations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016. The Section 106 stories will be used to highlight the benefits and importance of this program in protecting treasured historical resources. Click here to learn how to nominate a project as a success story, or email your suggestions to

Preservation is Organized

Click on the links below to learn about preservation efforts at the state and national levels, and how you can be a part of it all....

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
California Preservation Foundation (CPF)
California Council for the Promotion of History (CCPH)
National Park Service (NPS)
National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP)
Society for California Archaeology (SCA)
Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO)

Preservation is Local

Check the list of local and regional preservation organizations, included on this page, to find preservation opportunities near you. Here are suggestions for some other ways that you can be an active preservationist:

Join a historical society or preservation organization in your community.

Visit a historic place or building in your local area. Take some photos and post them on your social media sites. Tell what you learned and liked about the place you visited.

Seek out and visit California Historical Landmarks in your county. Nominate a historically/culturally significant site or building in your town for a California Historical Landmark, or the National Register of Historic Places. Visit our Registration webpage to learn how.

Learn the historical and cultural heritage of your community. When was it founded and by who? Were there any California Indian communities on that site before settlers arrived? Attend a cultural festival or other event in your area.

local youth in creating a Then and Now photography project: locate historic photos of streets in your community, and then take photos of the streets as they are today. Research and write histories of the streets, and then post your Then and Now project on your community's website..

Create a guide to historic resources in your community.