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California Historical Landmark Dedication

On Sunday, September 14, 2014, McDonnell Hall at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in San Jose, CA, was recognized for its designation as California Historical Landmark 1049. It was at McDonnell Hall that Cesar Chavez began developing his vision, and later his labor movement, to better the life of farm workers. Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Nora Campos was joined by members of the Chavez family, church, state, and civic dignitaries, and members of the public, for the unveiling of the landmark plaque. To see photos of the event, visit our Facebook page.

Historic Bridges and Tunnels on the Web

The Caltrans Division of Environmental Analysis Cultural Studies Office is pleased to announce the launch of its new Historic Bridges and Tunnels webpage. The page serves as a portal to information about these resources including historic contexts, histories of specific resources, and technical guidance, and is available agencies, consultants, contractors, and the general public.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15  to October 15 will mark National Hispanic Heritage Month. Historical, cultural, and preservation organizations will be honoring the generations of Hispanic Americans who have enriched and influenced American life. Visit our Hispanic Heritage Month webpage to learn about commemorative events and activities that will take place throughout California. 

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.

Maritime Heritage Grants Now Available

On June 23, 2014, the National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, announced the availability of approximately $1.7 million in grant funding through the National Maritime Heritage Grants Program for projects that teach about and/or preserve sites and objects related to our nation's maritime heritage. Grants are available to state, local, and tribal governments, and private non-profit organizations. The Office of Historic Preservation will work with eligible applicants, reviewing and advising on the application process. The application deadline is September 23, 2014. For details of the grant program, visit the NPS website: Application forms and procedures are available at For questions regarding the application process, please contact John Thomas of the OHP: or 916-445-7024.

Read the Latest Edition of Preservation Matters

This issue of our newsletter, Preservation Matters, takes a look at heritage tourism - what is it, who is engaging in it, what is its place and purpose with regard to historic preservation. Our exploration of the topic takes us from seaside communities, to one of California's leading cities, to the sizzling landscape of the Mojave Desert, and a good many places in between.

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.

Section 106 Submittal Checklist Now Available

The Office of Historic Preservation now has a checklist to use in determining what information to send to us for consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in order to help make review of your undertaking proceed as efficiently as possible. For those of you who are more familiar with the process, there is a two-page checklist with little explanatory information about the items we suggest you submit to us. There is also a longer, annotated version of the checklist with explanations for each of the checklist items.

For California Agencies: Consultation Under PRC 5024 and 5024.5

The Office of Historic Preservation has created a new informational document with recommendations to assist state agencies in complying with the requirements of Public Resources Code § 5024 and 5024.5 and understanding the expectations of the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) regarding consultation on state projects that may affect historical resources. Ideally, this guidance will help minimize time and effort spent preparing submittals to the SHPO. Consultation documents that do not meet the guidance detailed in this document may generate inquiries for further information, delaying conclusion of the consultation.