The Governor's Historic Preservation Awards Program

Governor's Awards page imageThe Governor's Historic Preservation Awards is California's only state-sponsored awards program and seeks to recognize community-centered, often grass-roots efforts going on throughout California to preserve our collective heritage. Established in 1986, the awards are presented annually under the sponsorship of the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and California State Parks to projects, individuals, and organizations whose contributions demonstrate outstanding achievements in historic preservation.   

Awards Background & Criteria


2024 Awards - Nominations Now Open!

The Office of Historic Preservation welcomes nominations for the 2024 Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards!  Nomination Deadline: April 24, 2024.

Nominees can include, among others, resource restoration and preservation; civic efforts to preserve, interpret, and educate about community history; and companies and public agencies that have exceeded expectations and contractual obligations in preserving the heritage of California. Efforts to address the challenges of climate change will be considered as well. Individuals whose passion for preservation has made a difference and saved numerous cultural, historical, and archaeological treasures may also be nominated. Download the forms below. Good work deserves to be celebrated!

2024 Read First
2024 Award Categories and Criteria
2024 Nomination Form-Projects, Programs
2024 Nomination Form-Individuals, Organizations, Agencies


2023 Awards Ceremony - Celebrating Excellence in Historic Preservation!

On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, State Historic Preservation Officer Julianne Polanco, and California State Parks Director Armando Quintero, had the pleasure of presenting the 2023 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards on behalf of Governor Gavin Newsom. Awards were presented to six deserving projets and organizations in recognition of their exemplary work on behalf of preserving California's heritage. Congratulations! 

A video of the awards ceremony can be viewed via the OHP YouTube channel, and photos of the event are posted to our Flickr site. Click the links below to learn more about each of the outstanding award recipients.

Ah-Ha Mut-ta-ti' e Traditional Cultural Landscape Evaluation Report
California Garden and Landscape History Society
Historic Shipyard at Pier 70
Palm Springs Preservation Foundation
Rooted in Richmond Tour App
Save Our Heritage Organisation