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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 Archaeology! October is Archaeology Month. Visit the Society for California Archaeology website for a list of activities going on around the state, including among others, Archaeology Day at the Clarke Museum, Eureka, open house at the San Diego Archaeological Center, Archaeology Day at the San Francisco Presidio, and much more...

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in a discussion about the legacy of California State Parks. Saturday, October 25, 2014, California State Parks will host a symposium examining the legacy of the 1864 Yosemite Grant. The grant gave the care of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove over to California, launching the concept and eventually the realization of state and national park systems. Symposium panelists and attendees will look at the influences and individuals that shaped that early effort, and examine where public land management and preservation stand today. The symposium will be held at the California State Railroad Museum. The event is free with museum admission. Both museum and event are free to students with valid student ID.

Participate in public meetings regarding Native American Tribal access to cultural resources information maintained by the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS). Hosted by the OHP, the meetings will be held in Sacramento, Bakersfield, Riverside, and Redding. A teleconference also is scheduled, and comments can be submitted in writing as well. For information about this effort, and scheduled meeting dates, please visit our CHRIS Tribal Access Policy webpage.

Latino History

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.

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.