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SHRC Approves Nominations for Forwarding to the National Register

At their January 29, 2016, meeting in Sacramento, the State HIstorical Resources Commission (SHRC) approved eighteen nominations to be forwarded by the State Historic Preservation Officer to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places. The Keeper makes the final determination regarding listing on the Register. Included among the nominations was a building designed by architect Julia Morgan, and a number of residential properties associated with architect John Lautner. Visit our Actions Taken webpage for a full list and description of all eighteen nominated properties. 

Disasters - Planning, Response, and Recovery

In light of the recent impacts from El Nino, and the ongoing effects of last year's devastating fire season, 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.

2016 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards Now Accepting Applications

Criteria and nomination forms are now available for the 2016 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards. Now is your chance to nominate an individual, organization, or project for exemplary efforts in historic preservation! Visit our Governor's Historic Preservation Awards webpage to download nomination forms, and to learn about previous years' awardees. The deadline for 2016 nominations is May 11, 2016. 

Historic Agreement Signed to Protect Tribal Resources and Heritage

On Monday, December 21, 2015, officials representing three Lake County Indian tribes and county officials signed a first-of-its-kind local agreement that will improve the protection of tribal artifacts and cultural resources within the ancient Clear Lake basin. Read the full press release here. 

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

Important PA Finalized

On September 30, 2015, a programmatic agreement (PA) for the West Mojave Plan Environmental Impact Statement and the West Mojave Route Network Project was finalized at the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) in Sacramento. The PA  will address the off-highway vehicle route network in the West Mojave Desert, ensuring access to public lands while meeting specific Bureau of Land Management (BLM) goals, including protecting historic resources. On hand to execute the signing were State Historic Preservation Officer Julianne Polanco, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, BLM California State Director James G. Kenna, and ACHP, BLM, and OHP staff who worked on making the PA a reality. Click here to read the full story of this important agreement and to view a copy of the PA.

NSF Grant to Help Preserve the Hupa Language

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Documenting Endangered Languages Program has awarded a $245,000 grant to Justin Spence, associate professor at University of California Davis (UCD), to research, document, and preserve the language of the Hoopa Valley Tribe of northern California. Spence, who is also director of the UCD Native American Language Center, will work with a Hupa tribal members to preserve, digitize, and transcribe audio and video archives, and make them available to scholars and, most importantly, to the Hupa Valley Tribe as they work to bring the language back into use.
Click here to read the full story.

Grants Awarded to Recognize Latino History in California

California State Parks recently announced that eight National Park Service (NPS) Underrepresented Communities Grants have been awarded to aid in nominating historic Latino-associated properties to the National Register of Historic Places. The eight grants will be used to nominate properties within the cities of Fresno, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Francisco. These nominations will be submitted to the Keeper of the National Register in association with the Latinos in Twentieth Century California Multiple Property Submission, approved earlier this year by the NPS. Created by the OHP in collaboration with representatives of California’s Latino communities, Latinos in Twentieth Century California is the first statewide Latino context to be approved by the NPS.

Read the full press release about the grants and the upcoming nominations. Then, visit our Preserve Latino History webpage to learn how you can participate in this important effort to recognize Latinos' contributions to the more recent history of California.

Certified Local Government Grants Awarded for 2015-2016

The Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that five cities will receive a total of $167,000 in federal grants to assist local historic preservation programs. Please visit our Certified Local Government webpage to see a complete list of the 2015-2016 grant recipients.

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.

San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center Closing Permanently April 13, 2015

The San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center (SBCIC) at the San Bernardino County Museum was closed as of April 13th, 2015. The SBCIC portion of the CHRIS inventory (all of San Bernardino County), in-progress records searches, and other SBCIC materials have been transferred to the South Central Coastal Information Center at CSU Fullerton. There were some scheduling delays in the transfer, and SCCIC staff are currently incorporating the materials into their existing inventory. The SCCIC will begin processing staff-conducted records searches for San Bernardino County on Monday, May 11th. The San Bernardino County portion of the SCCIC inventory will be available for use by In-House (user-conducted) records searches on Monday, May 18th. Those wishing to schedule  In-House records searches at the SCCIC for San Bernardino County may do so immediately. 

You may currently submit records search requests for Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties to the SCCIC, or schedule an In-House search appointment if you are a qualified consultant.  Space is limited to two clients at a time during this transition.  The SCCIC is booking AM, PM or All-Day appointments as needed to accommodate in-house clients.  

Please call 657.278.5395 or email to find out more about access to the SCCIC, to schedule an appointment, submit a records search request, or find out about current records search turnaround times. Additional information about the SCCIC is available at the SCCIC website.