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Preservation Month 2017!

May is Preservation Month, a chance to celebrate the work, mission, and successes of historic preservation! Is your organization or community planning events for Preservation Month? Let us know and we will post them on our California Preservation Month webpage. 


SHRC Meeting Set for Pasadena

The State Historical Resources Commission will hold its next meeting on May 10, 2017, in Pasadena, and for the first time, the SHRC meeting will be live webcast on the CAL-SPAN network with archived video available post-meeting. The commission will hear nominations for the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources. Two commission resolutions will be presented as well. Visit our Pending Nominations page for a list of properties to be nominated at the meeting. Meeting location, time, and agenda are available on our SHRC Meeting Schedule and Notices page. 


Preservation Fellowship Opportunity for Native Students

The ACHP Alumni Foudation is sponsoring a 10-12 week scholar position with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) for Fall 2017. The position is available to a college or university student who is American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. This position will work with and learn the day to day operations of the ACHP Office of Native American Affairs in Washington, D.C. Click here for details and to apply. The application deadline is May 30, 2017.


Preservation Fellowship to Study Latino Heritage

The Smithsonian and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) have partnered to offer a Fall 2017 fellowship with a focus on the preservation of Latino culture, heritage, sites, and artifacts. The fellowship will afford the opportunity to study at a specific Latino-associated site and at the Smithsonian and ACHP in Washington, D.C. Current or recent undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in cultural and/or historic preservation are encouraged to apply. Click here for details and application instructions. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2017.


California Awarded Underrepresented Communities Grant

We are pleased to announce that California was among the recent recipients of Underrepresented Community Grants funded through the Historic Preservation Fund. The $50,000 grant awarded to California will be administered by our office to develop a statewide Multiple Property Documentation Form through which to identify and nominate to the National Register of Historic Places properties associated with Asian American and Pacific Islanders in California. Read the press release from the Secretary of the Interior.  


Disasters - Planning, Response, and Recovery

The unpredictability of weather due to climate change and other factors, yearly challenges of fire, and ever-present threats from earthquakes and other natural disasters, make it imperative to have plans and preparations in place before disaster strikes. We invite you to visit our Disasters and Historic Resources webpage for a variety of resources to help with the planning, responding, and recovery processes. Staff of the OHP are available to provide assistance and updated information to those responsible for historic properties in times of disaster. 


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.


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.


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


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.