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Apply Now for Underrepresented Community Grants

The National Park Service is now accepting applications for 2016 Underrepresented Community Grants. The grants provide funding to projects that identify and designate historic properties associated with communities currently underrepresented on the National Register of Historic Places. Tribal communities, Native Hawaiian Organizations, SHPOs, and Certified Local Governments may apply for grants to be partnered with other organizations and agencies to ensure the broadest inclusion of all communities. Visit the NPS State, Tribal, and Local Plans & Grants website for program and application details. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2016.

Southern San Joaquin Valley Information Center is Moving

On May 16, 2016, the Southern San Joaquin Valley Information Center (SSJVIC) of the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS) will be moving to a new location on the California State University Bakersfield campus. The SSJVIC will close beginning May 12th and will reopen with normal business hours on Thursday, May 19th. During this closure, all in-progress requests will be suspended and no new requests will be processed. Please visit the SSJVIC website for more details about the new location. Updated contact information for all ICs is available on the Information Centers Locations and Contacts list. 

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Signs Important Agreement with the Department of the Interior

On April 21, 2016, the Department of the Interior announced that an agreement had been signed with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in California, along with the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, to reduce fractionation in Indian Country through implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Read the full announcement here.

California Projects Receive National Maritime Heritage Grants

We are pleased to announce that the following four projects in California recently were awarded grants from the National Park Service's National Maritime Heritage Program: the Island of the Blue Dolphins and its Maritime History Context; the Steam Ferryboat Eureka Structural Survey; a Distance Learning History Project: Linking Cabrillo's Ship San Salvador; and the Spirit of Dana Tall Ship Overnight Education Program. For details about these projects and other grant awardees, visit the Maritime Grants webpage. The Maritime Heritage Program is part of the National Park Service's Park History Program. Maritime grants are administered through the SHPO offices.

SHRC Approves Nominations for Forwarding to the National Register

At their April 18, 2016, meeting in San Francisco, the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) heard and approved eleven nominations for forwarding to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places. The Keeper makes final determination of eligibility for listing on the National Register. For a list and descriptions of the eleven nominated properties, visit our Actions Taken page.   

Disasters - Planning, Response, and Recovery

In light of the recent impacts from El Nino, and the ongoing effects of last year's devastating fire season, 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.

Guide to Section 106 Review Now in Spanish

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Spanish language version of the ACHP’s “Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 Review.” This new version contains the same text as the English edition, with updated images.  Download a copy from the link below:

Citizen's Guide to Section 106 Review - Spanish

NSF Grant to Help Preserve the Hupa Language

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Documenting Endangered Languages Program has awarded a $245,000 grant to Justin Spence, associate professor at University of California Davis (UCD), to research, document, and preserve the language of the Hoopa Valley Tribe of northern California. Spence, who is also director of the UCD Native American Language Center, will work with a Hupa tribal members to preserve, digitize, and transcribe audio and video archives, and make them available to scholars and, most importantly, to the Hupa Valley Tribe as they work to bring the language back into use.
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Grants Awarded to Recognize Latino History in California

California State Parks recently announced that eight National Park Service (NPS) Underrepresented Communities Grants have been awarded to aid in nominating historic Latino-associated properties to the National Register of Historic Places. The eight grants will be used to nominate properties within the cities of Fresno, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Francisco. These nominations will be submitted to the Keeper of the National Register in association with the Latinos in Twentieth Century California Multiple Property Submission, approved earlier this year by the NPS. Created by the OHP in collaboration with representatives of California’s Latino communities, Latinos in Twentieth Century California is the first statewide Latino context to be approved by the NPS.

Read the full press release about the grants and the upcoming nominations. Then, visit our Preserve Latino History webpage to learn how you can participate in this important effort to recognize Latinos' contributions to the more recent history of California.

Certified Local Government Grants Awarded for 2015-2016

The Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that five cities will receive a total of $167,000 in federal grants to assist local historic preservation programs. Please visit our Certified Local Government webpage to see a complete list of the 2015-2016 grant recipients.

Preserve Latino History!

After a two-year collaborative process with representatives of California's Latino communities, the Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce the creation of Latinos in Twentieth Century California, a historic context that recognizes the contributions of Latinos to the more recent history of California. The Latinos in Twentieth Century California project seeks to identify properties throughout California associated with Latino history and nominate many of those properties to the National Register of Historic Places. Please visit our Preserve Latino History webpage to find out how you can participate in identifying and nominating significant properties.

San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center Closing Permanently April 13, 2015

The San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center (SBCIC) at the San Bernardino County Museum was closed as of April 13th, 2015. The SBCIC portion of the CHRIS inventory (all of San Bernardino County), in-progress records searches, and other SBCIC materials have been transferred to the South Central Coastal Information Center at CSU Fullerton. There were some scheduling delays in the transfer, and SCCIC staff are currently incorporating the materials into their existing inventory. The SCCIC will begin processing staff-conducted records searches for San Bernardino County on Monday, May 11th. The San Bernardino County portion of the SCCIC inventory will be available for use by In-House (user-conducted) records searches on Monday, May 18th. Those wishing to schedule  In-House records searches at the SCCIC for San Bernardino County may do so immediately. 

You may currently submit records search requests for Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties to the SCCIC, or schedule an In-House search appointment if you are a qualified consultant.  Space is limited to two clients at a time during this transition.  The SCCIC is booking AM, PM or All-Day appointments as needed to accommodate in-house clients.  

Please call 657.278.5395 or email to find out more about access to the SCCIC, to schedule an appointment, submit a records search request, or find out about current records search turnaround times. Additional information about the SCCIC is available at the SCCIC website.