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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.

Visit one of California's historic adobe buildings at a special Open House at Castro Adobe State Historic Park, November 14, 2015 and December 5, 2015. The Castro Adobe, built in 1848-1849, near Watsonville, California, is considered an excellent example of a rancho hacienda. Admission to the event is free, but donations are welcome and will help support the park and a major restoration project underway on the Castro Adobe.

Palace of Fine Arts
in the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The 1915 Exposition was held in San Francisco and transformed the city's waterfront into a "city within a city." The event celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, the recovery of San Francisco from the 1906 earthquake, and showcased the best in art, science, agriculture, and modern society. Commemorative events are going on throughout the summer and the year. Attend an event and be a part of this historic anniversary!

Expand your knowledge about the issues and processes of historic preservation, through webinars, workshops and e-learning opportunities, many of which are offered free through the OHP. 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 created Latinos in Twentieth Century California, a historic context that recognizes the contributions of Latinos to the more recent history of California. The context will be used to help nominate California properties associated with Latino history to the National Register of Historic Places. Do you know of properties or sites in your community with connections to Latino history? Nominate them! To learn more about participating in this important project, please visit  our Preserve Latino History webpage for details.



Celebrate 50 Years of Preserving the Past!
The year 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and plans are already underway for a nationwide celebration. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Act into law in 1966, establishing the legal framework and incentives still used today in preserving the historic buildings, sites, and archaeology of our country. Visit the Preservation50 website to learn how you and your community can take part in this important anniversary!

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.