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2014 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards Presented

The 2014 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards were presented on November 20, 2014, in Sacramento. The ceremony was held in the beautifully restored Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building of the California State Library. Eleven awards were presented before a full house of enthusiastic recipients and supporters. Opening remarks were made by Acting Director of California State Parks Lisa Mangat, Deputy State Librarian Gerry Maginnity, and State Historic Preservation Officer Carol Roland-Nawi. Photographs from the awards ceremony can be viewed on our Flickr site.

The ceremony and reception for award recipients is made possible each year through the generosity of our sponsors. This year we extend our deepest appreciation to the following sponsors:

California Historical Society 
California Preservation Foundation
LA Conservancy
SF Heritage
Save Our Heritage Organisation 
Society for California Archaeology

Please visit our Governor's Historic Preservation Awards webpage to learn more about this distinguished award program.   

Free Webinars from the OHP

Our office, in partnership with the California Preservation Foundation (CPF), is pleased to offer four free webinars, covering some of the topics and issues most often asked about the OHP and historic preservation in California. The webinars will begin in November of this year and continue on into 2015. Please visit our Training and Workshops webpage for details and registration information. 

Tribal Consultations Scheduled

The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) will host four regional public meetings to gain input regarding Native American Tribal access to cultural resource information maintained by the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS). A teleconference meeting also is scheduled, and comments can be submitted in writing, as well. For more information about this effort, and scheduled meeting dates, please visit our CHRIS Tribal Access Policy page.

Nominations Posted for January 28, 2015 SHRC Meeting

On January 28, 2015, the regularly scheduled meeting of the State Historical Resources Commission will be held in Sacramento. Scheduled for review by the SHRC are two Multiple Property Documetns and nine individual nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, and one nomination to the California Register of Historical Resources. All nomination documents and meeting details are posted on the Pending Nominations page. The final SHRC Meeting Agenda will be posted on January 16, 2015 on the SHRC Meeting Schedule and Notices page.

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

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.