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California Historical Landmark Dedications

On October 18, 2014, California State Parks and the Nüwa (Kawaiisu) community commemorated Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park’s 20th anniversary and its designation as California Historical Landmark No. 1054. The day’s events included Nüwa storytelling, interactive American Indian lifeways demonstrations, and the dedication of the new Landmark plaque. The dedication ceremony for the plaque included a Nüwa Indian blessing and ceremonial drumming, as well as speeches by State Parks officials and former state senator Phil Wyman. Also present were representatives of the Native Sons of the Golden West, the organization that helped fund the new plaque as part of the 150th anniversary of California State Parks. The plaque commemorates the Kawaiisu rock art site that overlooks the Sand Canyon region known as Tomo-Kahni–“Winter Village”–of the Kawaiisu.

The following weekend on October 26, 2014, California Historical Landmark No. 390 was rededicated as the Bridgeport Historic District. The landmark designation was originally awarded in 1947 to the Bridgeport Bridge, the longest single span, wooden covered bridge in the world. The updated Historic District designation includes the bridge and also the associated Virginia turnpike, 1862 barn, 1927 gas station, and the Kneebone cemetery. The new plaque, like the Tomo-Kahni plaque is part of the 150th anniversary of California State Parks, and was made possible with assistance from the Native Sons of the Golden West and the California State Parks Foundation. Representatives from the Native Sons, California State Parks, the OHP, and the South Yuba River Parks Association were in attendance for the rededication. Bridgeport Historic District is part of South Yuba River State Park.

California's Pond Farm Pottery Historic District Sets New Record for the NRHP!

Recently, the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) posted photos to their Flickr site from the National Register nomination of the Pond Farm Pottery Historic District. According to National Register archivist, Jeff Joeckel, “the photos got over 28,000 hits, that’s almost six times what we get in a normal day.” He added that this was the biggest one day total the National Register has ever seen on their Flickr site. Amy Crain of the OHP’s Registration Unit noted that this is the first time the National Register has ever contacted the OHP regarding the number of hits one of our nominations received on the NRHP website. The Pond Farm Pottery Historic District is located within the Austin Creek State Recreation Area in Guerneville, California. The District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 17, 2014, and was the NRHP's Weekly List Highlight for the week of July 3, 2014. Congratulations to all who were involved in this nomination and in preserving this important part of California’s heritage!

Free Webinars from the OHP

Our office, in partnership with the California Preservation Foundation (CPF), is pleased to offer four free webinars, covering some of the topics and issues most often asked about the OHP and historic preservation in California. The webinars will begin in November of this year and continue on into 2015. Please visit our Training and Workshops webpage for details and registration information. 

Tribal Consultations Scheduled

The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) will host four regional public meetings to gain input regarding Native American Tribal access to cultural resource information maintained by the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS). A teleconference meeting also is scheduled, and comments can be submitted in writing, as well. For more information about this effort, and scheduled meeting dates, please visit our CHRIS Tribal Access Policy page.

Preserve Latino History Initiative

The Office of Historic Preservation is currently developing a historic context for properties in Caifornia associated with the history of Latinos during the twentieth century and preparing a Multiple Property Documentation Form to facilitate National Register of Historic Places nominations. We need your assistance in identifying places that are important in your community that fall within this context. To find out more, and participate, visit our Preserve Latino History page. 

Los Angeles History Unearthed

October is Archaeology Month in California, and Los Angeles State Historic Park has marked that in a big way. Recently, ground work at the park unearthed tangible evidence of the region's 19th century history, including remnants of a historic building, trash pits, and a stretch of perfectly preserved paving stones. It is believed the artifacts date back to when the park land was part of the Southern Pacific rail yard in the late 1870s. Read more about this exciting find....

Becoming California - New Documentary Now Showing

Becoming California is a two hour documentary, scheduled to air this month (October) on PBS television stations throughout the state. The film tells the story of California's geological and biological development into one of the most richly diverse landscapes on Earth. Also addressed are the ways in which that diversity has been threatened by pollution and exploitation of natural resources, and the active efforts to preserve those resources. The production is a part of the California Environmental Legacy Project, which provides further information and a schedule of broadcast dates on its website. Public television KQED San Francisco also offers a live stream of the film. 

California SHPO Receives Federal Grant

California's Office of Historic Preservation is among thirteen recipients nationwide to receive matching grants from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The grants are given in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month and to help increase the number of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places that are associated with Latinos and other underrepresented communities. California's $30,079 grant will enable the nomination of seven to twenty properties associated with 20th century Latino history to the National Register as part of the state's Preserve Latino History Initiative. Visit the Department of the Interior's website to learn more about the grant program and see a list of the thirteen recipients.

2014 Governor's Historic Preservation Award Recipients Announced

The Office of Historic Preservation, on behalf of Governor Brown, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Governor's Historic Preservation Awards. As in years past, we received an impressive and diverse number of nominations for consideration. In all, eleven nominees were selected, representing exceptional historic preservation endeavors from throughout the state. Visit our 2014 Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards page to see a list and brief summaries of this year’s awardees.

Section 106 Success Stories

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is creating a collection of Section 106 Success Stories as part of their preparations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016. The Section 106 stories will be used to highlight the benefits and importance of this program in protecting treasured historical resources. Click here to learn how to nominate a project as a success story, or email your suggestions to

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.

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.