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 of the current opportunities in historic preservation
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, 2016! Explore and celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of Latino Americans. Visit our Hispanic Heritage Month page to learn more about this month-long observance and to see a list of some of the events taking place nationally, statewide, and locally. Also visit our Preserve Latino History page to learn how you can help preserve sites associated with California's Latino heritage.
Commemorate 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. Visit the Preservation50 website to learn how you and your community can take part in this important anniversary!
Capture History in Photos! Have you taken photographs of some of California and America's historic and cultural sites? Enter your shots in the Preservation50 Photography Contest! Deadline to enter is October 1, 2016. So get out there and start snapping!
Picture of Success: Fifty Years of the National Historic Preservation Act in California
Participate in the Office of Historic Preservation's Picture of Success campaign. Send us photos and stories of your preservation successes. We will post your stories to our Facebook page and include some of the successes in our monthly ePosts. There is much to celebrate about preservation in California!
100 Years of "America's Best Idea"
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS). 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!
Visit history for free! Created by President Obama, Every Kid in a Park provides a pass to every fourth grade student in the U.S., to visit national historic sites, lands, and waterways for free. The program also provides materials to teachers to help coordinate the program with classroom curriculum. The 100th anniversary of the National Park Service is a good time to get out and discover our treasured heritage!
Volunteer with the HistoriCorps program for some additional opportunities to help preserve, restore, and maintain historic resources in California and throughout the country. Get Involved!
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.
Contribute 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 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.
Involve 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.