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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.

Indian Grinding Rock SHP
Experience the Big Time Gathering, September 25-27, 2015, at Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. The Ione Band of Miwok Indians will be joined by other tribes for this annual gathering to celebrate and honor cultural traditions and history. The event will include singing, dancing, and the demonstration and sale of Native American crafts, artwork, and jewelry. 

And if you are in Sacramento, plan to participate in Native American Day at the State Capitol, September 25, 2015. This year's theme is "Water: Protecting our Natural Resources." The event is sponsored by the State Native American Liaisons of California, including the California Tribal Chairmen's Association, California State Parks, California State Indian Museum, and other state agencies.  

National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15. Visit our Hispanic Heritage Month webpage to learn more about this month-long celebration of Latino American life and culture, and to find some of the Heritage events going on around the state - possibly near where you live! 

with HistoriCorps in California and help preserve some of California's historic resources. This summer, volunteers can choose to work one or more sessions in the Tahoe National Forest: 

September 8-13, Sept. 15-20, and Sept. 22-27: Big Bend, Tahoe National Forest. Volunteers will help to restore and preserve the barn building at Big Bend, a historic community established during the California Gold Rush, and later serving as a town for workers on a nearby hydroelectric dam.

Palace of Fine Arts
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.

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


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.