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The California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) administers federally and state mandated historic preservation programs to further the identification, evaluation, registration, and protection of California's irreplaceable resources. Explore our webpages, learn more about the OHP, and join us in preserving and celebrating California’s heritage!
The Office of Historic Preservation sadly notes the passing of two individuals who were colleagues and friends of this office and immensely valuable in the work of preserving California's heritage. Our office and the State Historical Resources Commission intend to celebrate their memories at the April 2021 commission meeting. We extend our sincere condolences to their families, and to all whose lives they touched.
Marshall McKay of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation was the first Native American to serve on the State Historical Resources Commission. During his tenure, Commissioner McKay served as Chair and as a commissioner representing Folklife. He supportively engaged with his fellow commissioners and the public, bringing thoughtful comments and perspectives to all commission deliberations.
Dr. Knox Mellon was the first individual appointed as State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) when, in 1977, that position and office was officially separated from the office and responsibilities of the Director of California State Parks. Dr. Mellon served once again as SHPO from 2002-2004, expertly shepherding the work and mission of California preservation.
In recognition of the continuing COVID-19 situation, we are providing updated submission guidance to address the challenges agencies may be encountering in sending hard-copy submittals to our office during the statewide stay-at-home order.
Additionally, due to evolving circumstances related to COVID-19 policies at the various universities where CHRIS Information Centers (ICs) are located, IC clients should contact the appropriate IC to inquire as to how to submit records search requests and how and when such requests may be fulfilled.
Finally, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Built Environment Resources Directory (BERD). This online data source lists California properties by county and provides information regarding cultural, non-archaeological resources that have been processed through the OHP. This includes resources reviewed for eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places and the California Historical Landmarks programs through federal and state environmental compliance laws, and resources nominated under federal and state registration programs.
News & Updates
- Revised Federal Historic Tax Credit Application Forms - Download Now
- ACHP Extends Emergency Procedures for Fed Undertakings to March 31, 2021
- Governor Signs EO to Conserve Biodiversity and Boost Climate Resilience
- Yurok Tribe is Among Global Recipients of United Nations Prize
- ADUs and Historic Preservation
OHP Monthly ePost
Preservation news and topics
California's Statewide Historic Preservation Plan 2013-2017
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