California Office of Historic Preservation
Established in 1923, the Naval Training Center, San Diego served as a navy installation until its closure in 1997. Today, the historic buildings and grounds are known as Liberty Station, a mix of conference space, shops, museums, and housing. The Naval Training Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among its contributing buildings and landscape features is Ingram Plaza, named in memory of a hero of World War I. You can read more about Ingram Plaza in our World War I Centennial Commemoration posting below.
In This Issue

ACHP Publishes Their Preservation50 Report

In recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) conducted a year long, in-depth study of the state of the National Historic Preservation Program. They reviewed and analyzed the past fifty years of preservation, and considered directions to be taken in the next half century.

The National Historic Preservation Program at 50: Priorities and Recommendations for the Future, is the culmination of that study, addressing "a variety of issues and offering constructive actions for ensuring success." 
World War I Centennial Commemoration
As part of our office's participation in the centennial commemoration of World War I, we are spotlighting some of the WWI memorials in California. 

The photo at right is of Ingram Plaza, located at the former Naval Training Center (now Liberty Station), San Diego. The plaza, located in front of the former base Command Center, is dedicated to the memory of Osmond K. Ingram, Gunner's Mate First Class. The first U.S. sailor killed in action during WWI, Ingram was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for sacrificing his life in a heroic attempt to save his ship, the U.S.S. Cassin, and shipmates from attack by a German U-boat torpedo on October 15, 1917. The Naval Training Center, including Ingram Plaza, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Text and photo contributed by Alexander D. Bevil, California State Parks Historian, retired).

Is there a World War I memorial or site in your community that you would like us to feature? Send us a high resolution photo and short history and we will post it on our social media sites and may also include it in our monthly ePosts.  

News and Updates

Thank You from the OHP!
We wish to extend a sincere thank you to each of you who participated in the public listening sessions for the Statewide Historic Preservation Plan 2018-2022. Your comments and insights provided invaluable input regarding historic preservation goals and priorities to be addressed in the State Plan, and will help to make it a working document for and by the greater preservation community of California.    

If you were unable to participate in the listening sessions, you still have an opportunity to provide input through the Online State Plan Survey. The survey allows you to answer the same questions posed to listening session participants. We welcome your ideas and opinions!

NPS Technical Preservation Services Offices are Moving
The National Park Service Technical Preservation Services is moving their offices during the week of April 3-10, 2017. Please visit the Technical Preservation Services website for their new location and mailing address.

SHRC Meeting to Include National Register Nominations
Pasadena will be the location of the next meeting of the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). The meeting will be on May 10, 2017, in conjunction with the California Preservation Foundation Annual Conference, and is open to the public. Among agenda items to be addressed by the SHRC are fourteen nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, and one nomination for the California Register of Historical Resources. Visit our Pending Nominations webpage to learn about the nominated properties.  

Preservation, Local Governments, and Archaeology
A paper out of Portland State University addresses the role of archaeology in local government historic preservation planning. Incorporating Archaeology Into Local Government Historic Preservation and Planning: A Review of Current Practice, initially was published last year in the Journal of the American Planning Association, and is now available for free and open public access.  

Public Meetings Regarding Asian American History Survey
The City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources (OHR) is holding a series of public meetings to encourage public participation in identifying and documenting places associated with the life and history of Los Angeles' Asian American communities. The survey project is supported by a grant from the National Park Service. Meetings will be held in April and May. Visit the SurveyLA website for dates and registration information.

Preservation Month is Approaching - Let Us Know What You Have Planned
May is Preservation Month! The month-long observance provides an opportunity to celebrate and educate about the value and many successes of historic preservation. Is your community, organization, tribe, or neighborhood planning Preservation Month activities?  Let us know  and we will post a link to your event on our  California Preservation Month  webpage!  

2017-2018 CLG Grants Now Accepting Applications
Our Local Government and Environmental Compliance Unit is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Certified Local Government Grants. Grants are awarded to qualifying local governments to assist with a variety of historic preservation projects and programs. Visit our Certified Local Government Program webpage to learn more about the program, and past and present grant recipients. Applications are due May 1, 2017.

Governor's Historic Preservation Awards-Still Time to Submit Nominations!
Do you know of a project, organization, agency, or individual whose work exemplifies the best in historic preservation? We encourage you to submit a nomination for the 2017 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards. Application forms and criteria for the 2017 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards are available through the OHP website. The  deadline for submissions is May 15, 2017

Nominations Also Being Accepted for CPF Awards
The California Preservation Foundation is accepting nominations for the 34th Annual Preservation Design Awards, recognizing preservation efforts large and small. An awards ceremony will be held in October in San Francisco. The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2017.

Two Fellowship Opportunities from the ACHP
For Fall Semester 2017, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is offering two learning opportunities for college and university students.

The ACHP Alumni Foundation is sponsoring a 10-12 week scholar position with the ACHP Office of Native American Affairs. The position is available to American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander students. The deadline to apply is May 30, 2017. Click here for details and the application form.
The ACHP and the Smithsonian Institute have partnered to offer a fellowship focused on Latino culture, heritage, sites, and artifacts. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2017. Click here for details and application instructions.
Events and Education

Cultural Heritage Conference, April 14
University of California Santa Cruz will be the location and host of a one-day conference, "Critical Conversations in Cultural Heritage," with a focus on indigenous cultures. The conference will take place April 14, 2017, and is free, though advance registration is required. Click here for conference details and to register.   

Preservation Month Symposium, April 23
The City of Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board will host their annual Preservation Month Symposium on April 23, 2017. The symposium is a free public event that highlights and celebrates the City's historic resources and the efforts to preserve them. 

Free Webinar from the NTHP, April 27
The National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with NeighborWorks America, is offering a free webinar exploring the importance local, small businesses have in helping to preserve historic neighborhoods and downtown districts.

Main Street Now Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 1-3
The  2017 Main Street Now Conference, is being held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference provides an opportunity for attendees to share and learn about the latest challenges, successes, and best practices related to preserving and revitalizing historic downtowns.

LA Conservancy Preservation Awards, May 3
Awards for excellence in historic preservation will be awarded at the Los Angeles Conservancy's 36th Annual Preservation Awards Luncheon on May 3, 2017. The awards recognize a variety of successful efforts to preserve the historic buildings and sites of the Los Angeles region. 

California Preservation Foundation Webinar, May 11
The webinar  "Going on the Offensive: Telling the True Story of Preservation Impact on Affordability" looks at recent challenges faced by some of California's popular preservation programs.

CPF 2017 Annual Conference, May 10-13
The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) is marking its 40th year in 2017! This year's annual conference takes place in Pasadena, in partnership with Pasadena Heritage. Conference sessions will provide an opportunity to look at historic preservation work and successes of the past, and consider directions for the future. Visit the CPF website for registration and conference details.  

State Historical Resources Commission Meetings for 2017
May 10 - Pasadena
July 28 - TBD
October 27 - TBD

Learn More about Commission meetings,  actions, and responsibilities