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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.

Latino History
Contribute to the Preserve Latino History Initiative! The Office of Historic Preservation is developing a historic context for properties in California associated with the history of Latinos during the twentieth century, and preparing a Multiple Property Documentation Form to help in nominating many of those properties to the National Register of Historic Places. You can be a part of this effort by identifying places in your community that are important to Latino history and culture. Visit our Preserve Latino History webpage for details.

Attend a California Historical Landmark Rededication, Sunday October 5, 2014. A new, updated Landmark plaque will be unveiled at the Custom House in Monterey, as part of the 150th anniversary of California State Parks. The Custom House was designated as California Historical Landmark #1 back in 1932. Today the historic building is part of Monterey State Historic Park.

Petaluma Adobe

Participate in National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15
Preservation, historical, and cultural organizations and groups around the nation will be honoring the generations of Hispanic Americans who have influenced and enriched life in America. Visit our Hispanic Heritage Month webpage to see a list of events, activities, and community celebrations going on throughout California.

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.