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2015-2016 CLG Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The OHP's Local Government and Environmental Compliance Unit is now accepting applications for the federal grants awarded annually to Certified Local Governments (CLGs). The grants assist with local historic preservation programs. The application deadline is April 20, 2015. Visit our CLG Grant Program page for program details and application forms.


San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center is closing

The San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center (SBCIC) will be closing and its materials moved to another location by summer 2015. The date of closure will be determined in February, and will be announced as soon as it is finalized. Until further notice, the SBCIC will continue normal operations, including processing of records search requests and submitted historical resource records and reports. Please visit our California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS) webpage for additional information and updates regarding this closure.


OHP Goals for 2015

Per the direction contained in the State Historic Preservation Plan, the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) has prepared a statement of annual goals for the 2014-2015 federal fiscal year, which includes a list of projects and activities the office will undertake this year in support of the State Plan. For specific questions about the goals, a staff contact is included for each project or activity listed in the statement, while more general questions can be directed to the State Historic Preservation Officer, Carol Roland-Nawi, PhD, or Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Jenan Saunders.


Free Webinars from the OHP

Our office, in partnership with the California Preservation Foundation (CPF), is pleased to offer free webinars, covering some of the topics and issues most often asked about the OHP and historic preservation in California. The first webinar of 2015 will be on February 19, "Preparing Successful National Register Nominations."  Please visit our Training and Workshops webpage for the full schedule of OHP webinars. 


Nomination Forms Available for 2015 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards

Please visit our Governor's Historic Preservation Awards webpage to download nomination forms and information for the 2015 awards. Nominations will be accepted now through May 11, 2015. Awards will be presented in November.


Preserve Latino History Initiative

The Office of Historic Preservation is currently developing a historic context for properties in Caifornia associated with the history of Latinos during the twentieth century and preparing a Multiple Property Documentation Form to facilitate National Register of Historic Places nominations. We need your assistance in identifying places that are important in your community that fall within this context. To find out more, and participate, visit our Preserve Latino History page. 


California SHPO Receives Federal Grant

California's Office of Historic Preservation is among thirteen recipients nationwide to receive matching grants from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The grants are given in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month and to help increase the number of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places that are associated with Latinos and other underrepresented communities. California's $30,079 grant will enable the nomination of seven to twenty properties associated with 20th century Latino history to the National Register as part of the state's Preserve Latino History Initiative. Visit the Department of the Interior's website to learn more about the grant program and see a list of the thirteen recipients.


Section 106 Success 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 106stories@achp.gov.


Disasters - Planning, Response, and Recovery

In light of the recent Napa earthquake we wanted to put up this reminder that the OHP is prepared to provide assistance and updated information to assist disaster responders, local officials, owners, and the public on historic property damage issues as a result of a disaster. Please visit our Disasters and Historic Resources webpage to learn about planning for and responding to all types of disasters.


Certified Local Government Grants Awarded for 2014-2015

The Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that five cities and counties will receive $172,000 in federal grants to assist local historic preservation programs. This year, for the first time, the OHP raised the maximum grant from $25,000 to $40,000. Please visit our Certified Local Government webpage to see a complete list of the 2014-2015 grant recipients.