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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

Highligting some current opportunities and activities in historic preservation 

Black History Month
Honor and Celebrate 
the contributions of African Americans to American life and history. February is African American History month. Attend special lectures, museum exhibits, and arts and entertainment events, and participate in local festivals. Learn about the life and contributions of African American citizens around the state and in your own community. Consider nominating a property associated with African American history to the National Register of Historic Places. Get involved!  (Photos courtesy Library of Congress)

Below are links to just some of the events going on, and information available, during African American History Month: 

Learn more:
African American Heritage website (National Park Service)
African American History Month (Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian)
African American Museum and LIbrary at Oakland (Oakland)
Black History Month video (History Channel)
County of Los Angeles Public Library Black History Month
Photo essay: Notable California African Americans (Sacramento Bee)

Participate, Explore:
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park (Central Valley)
CSU Chico Black History Month (Chico)
California African American Museum (CAAM) Calendar of Events (Los Angeles)
Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles)
UC Riverside Black History Month (Riverside)
CSU Sacramento Black History Month (Sacramento)
KuumbaFest (San Diego)
UC San Diego Black History Month (San Diego)
Annual Black Choreographers Festival (San Francisco)
Bay Area Black History Month (San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, etc.)
African American Heritage House Black History Celebration (San Jose)
Sonoma County Black History Month Events (Sonoma)

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Celebrate 50 Years of Preserving the Past!
The year 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and a nationwide commemoration is underway. 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!

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100 Years of "America's Best Idea"
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS). President Theodore Roosevelt signed the service into law on August 25, 1916, setting into motion a framework through which America's most treasured natural, cultural, historical, and archaeological resources are preserved and protected. Visit the National Park Service's Centennial website to learn more about the history of NPS and how you can help celebrate this centennial 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.


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.