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New Civil Rights Grants

The National Park Service (NPS) recently announced the launch of the African American Civil Rights Grant Program. Funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the NPS, the grants will help in the efforts to document, interpret, and preserve sites associated with African American civil rights in the 20th century. Program and application information can be found on the NPS website. The application deadline is October 14, 2016. 


Nominations Approved for Forwarding to the National Register

At their July 29, 2016, meeting in Woodland, the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) heard ten nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, and voted to recommend the SHPO forward nine of the nominations to the Keeper of the National Register. The Commission also approved one nomination for desgination as a California Point of Historical Interest. Information about the nominated properties can be found on our Actions Taken page.   


New Federal Rules Regarding Tribal Plant Gathering

On July 12, 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) announced new federal rules for tribal plant gathering. The rule authorizes agreements between the National Park Service and federally recognized tribes that will facilitate the continuation of tribal cultural practices on lands within areas of the National Park System where those practices traditionally occurred, without causing significant adverse impact to park resources or values.
Click here to view and download the text of the new rules.


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.


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.


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.
Click here to read the full story.


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


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 sccic@fullerton.edu 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.