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2017 THPO/SHPO Summit

Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park, California, will be the site of the 2017 THPO/SHPO Summit, December 6-8, 2017.  The summit offers the opportunity to explore and improve communication, consultation, and cooperation between Tribes and state and federal agencies responsible for managing historic properties and resources in California. 


Input Sought on National Register Bulletin Update

The National Register of Historic Places (NR) is initiating an update and revision of National Register Bulletin: How to Complete the National Register Registration Form. The NR very much welcomes your comments and recommendations for the revision. Visit the National Register website for details and submission instructions. Feedback is being accepted now through December 31, 2017.


2017 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards Presented

We had the pleasure of presenting the 2017 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards at a ceremony on November 2, 2017, in Sacramento. Seven projects and one individual were recognized for outstanding achievements in historic preservation. Please visit our Governor's Historic Preservation Awards webpage to learn more about the 2017 recipients and about this important state-sponsored awards program. Nomination forms and criteria for 2018 will be posted to our Awards page January 1, 2018.


SHRC Meetings Concluded for 2017

The quarterly meetings of the State Historical Resources Commission concluded for 2017 with the October 27 meeting in Sacramento. At that meeting, the Commission approved the following meeting dates for 2018:

Februrary 2 - Sacramento
May 17 - Palo Alto (in conjunction with the California Preservation Foundation Conference)
August 3 - Location to be determined
October 26 - Location to be determined

To learn about nominated properties that were voted on at the SHRC meetings in 2017, visit our 2017 Actions Taken page. Information about upcoming nominations can be found on our Pending Nominations webpage. All meetings of the SHRC are live-streamed on the CAL-SPAN network. Indexed videos of each meeting are available through the CAL-SPAN Archives and on the SHRC Meeting Minutes and Recordings page of the OHP website. 


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. 


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.