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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 of the current opportunities in historic preservation
Preservation Month

in Historic Preservation Month in May 2016. Visit our California Preservation Month webpage for ideas and oppportunities to actively celebrate historic preservation!

May is also Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Learn about the contributions Jewish Americans and Asian Pacific Americans have made to American life and history. Attend cultural festivals and events celebrating Jewish American and Asian Pacific American history and life in your community. Visit local sites associated with Jewish and Asian Pacific history and culture. Consider nominating one of those sites to the National Register of Historic Places. Heritage matters!

your vote to help preserve our national parks! The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), along with its partner American Express will award $2 million in grants to preserve historic sites within national parks as decided by popular vote. The National Geographic Society is also partnering with the NTHP and American Express to promote this project. Get Involved by voting once a day for up to five parks through July 5 at The Vote Your Park project is part of the Partners in Preservation campaign created by the NTHP and American Express to fund the preservation of historic places across the country. 

Park volunteers
preserve California's heritage by becoming a California State Parks volunteer! Much of California's heritage is preserved and protected within the 280 park units of the California State Park System. Through the California State Parks Volunteers In Parks program, and the Park Champions program of the California State Parks Foundation, dedicated volunteers have a variety of opportunities to help maintain those valued resources through projects such as trail repair, habitat restoration, guiding public tours, rehabilitation of structures, camp hosting, and much more. Get Involved!

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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. Visit the Preservation50 website to learn how you and your community can take part in this important anniversary!

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!

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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! 

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 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.