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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.

California Historical Landmark Dedications

The month of October marked the dedication of three more California Historical Landmarks:

On October 5, a new Landmark plaque was dedicated at the Custom House in Monterey State Historic Park. The Custom House is California Historical Landmark No. 1, originally dedicated in 1932. The rededication event included a special ceremony performed by the Native Sons of the Golden West, the group that in 1900 rescued and restored the Custom House.

Another Landmark plaque was unveiled on October 18, 2014, commemorating Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park’s 20th anniversary and its designation as California Historical Landmark No. 1054. The landmark designation recognizes the significance of the Kawaiisu rock art site that overlooks the Sand Canyon region known as Tomo-Kahni, or "Winter Village" of the Kawaiisu. Ceremonial drumming and a Nuwa blessing were part of the dedication ceremonies.

Finally, 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 District is part of South Yuba River State Park.

The Custom House, Tomo-Kahni, and Bridgeport Historic District landmarks plaques are part of the Landmarks Legacy Project honoring the 150th anniversary of California State Parks, and were made possible with the assistance of the Native Sons of the Golden West and the California State Parks Foundation.

2014 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards

The 2014 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards will be presented on November 20, 2014, in Sacramento. Congratulations to all of the 2014 Award recipients!

The ceremony and reception for award recipients is made possible each year through the generosity of our sponsors. This year we extend our deepest appreciation to the following sponsors:

California Historical Society 
California Preservation Foundation
LA Conservancy
SF Heritage
Save Our Heritage Organisation 
Society for California Archaeology

Please visit our Governor's Historic Preservation Awards webpage to learn more about this distinguished award program.   

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. 

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.

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.