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Public Comments Invited Regarding Museum Grant Program

The California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) of the California Natural Resources Agency is inviting public comment on the new draft guidelines and application and forms for their Museum Grant Program.  A schedule of public meeting locations and times is included with the draft guidelines. Public comments will be accepted from March 15 through April 15, 2015. The CCHE’s mission is to preserve and protect California’s cultural resources. Since its establishment in 2002, the CCHE has granted more than $122 million to projects for the acquisition, restoration, preservation, and interpretation of historical and cultural resources.

San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center is closing

The San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center (SBCIC) will be closing and its materials moved to another location by summer 2015. The date of closure will be determined in February, and will be announced as soon as it is finalized. Until further notice, the SBCIC will continue normal operations, including processing of records search requests and submitted historical resource records and reports. Please visit our California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS) webpage for additional information and updates regarding this closure.

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 view a copy of Latinos in Twentieth Century California, and to find out how you can participate in identifying and nominating significant properties (Vea esta página en español).

2015-2016 CLG Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The OHP's Local Government and Environmental Compliance Unit is now accepting applications for the federal grants awarded annually to Certified Local Governments (CLGs). The grants assist with local historic preservation programs. The application deadline is April 20, 2015. Visit our CLG Grant Program page for program details and application forms.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2015 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards

Do you know of a project, individual, organization that exemplifies outstanding contributions to the preservation of California's heritage? Now is the time to nominate them for the 2015 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards! Please visit our Governor's Historic Preservation Awards webpage to download nomination forms and information for the 2015 awards. The deadline for nominations is May 11, 2015. Awards will be presented in November. Good work deserves to be recognized!

OHP Goals for 2015

Per the direction contained in the State Historic Preservation Plan, the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) has prepared a statement of annual goals for the 2014-2015 federal fiscal year, which includes a list of projects and activities the office will undertake this year in support of the State Plan. For specific questions about the goals, a staff contact is included for each project or activity listed in the statement, while more general questions can be directed to the State Historic Preservation Officer, Carol Roland-Nawi, PhD, or Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Jenan Saunders.

Free Webinars from the OHP

Our office, in partnership with the California Preservation Foundation (CPF), is pleased to offer free webinars, covering some of the topics and issues most often asked about the OHP and historic preservation in California. Please visit our Training and Workshops webpage for the full schedule of OHP webinars. 

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.