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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.

Celebrate the pioneering spirit of African American women at a special gathering at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, July 11, 2015. Lectures, entertainment, park tours, and exhibits will highlight the lives of inspiring women such as Josephine Leavell Allensworth, musician, wife of Colonel Allensworth, and co-founder of the town of Allensworth. Founded in 1908, Allensworth was the only California town independently founded and governed by African American citizens. Learn more about the town and its pioneering families on the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park website.

Palace of Fine Arts
Commemorate 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. The OHP, in partnership with the California Preservation Foundation, is offering a free webinar: Accessing the California Historical Resources Information System - July 23, 2015. OHP staff will conduct the webinar 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.