California Office of Historic Preservation
February is African American History Month! Our banner image is of the Shiloh Baptist Church, Sacramento, California. The mid-century modern church was constructed between 1958 and 1963, and designed by James C. Dodd, Sacramento's first African American architect. The current congregation follows in the footsteps and calling of the original Siloam Baptist Church established in 1856 and a significant element of Sacramento's African American community from the Gold Rush era to the present. Shiloh Baptist Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  (Photo courtesy of the Office of Historic Preservation
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Public Comment Sought on CEQA Updates

The California Natural Resources Agency has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on updated state guidelines for implementing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), including new regulations that will streamline review of projects that improve air quality and public health. Members of the public are invited to comment on the proposal. Comments can be submitted in writing or by attending public hearings to be held in March in Sacramento and Los Angeles. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on March 15, 2018. Please refer to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for meeting information, written comment instructions, and an outline of the proposed updates.   

New Historic Context Theme From SurveyLA

The Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources (OHR) recently announced the publication of the first theme in the  Entertainment Industry, 1908-1980  historic context being developed out of SurveyLA, the citywide survey of historic resources. 

The new context theme, 
Residential Properties Associated with the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1980 identifies properties associated with celebrities and leaders of the entertainment industry and addresses the historic significance of these resources. In addition to residential properties, industrial, commercial, and institutional properties associated with entertainment will be included in the Entertainment Industry context.  

Visit the OHR website to learn more about SurveyLA and the other contexts developed out of this ambitious citywide survey.   

News and Updates

SHRC Meeting Goes Live, February 2 
The first 2018 meeting of the State Historical Resources Commission will be live-streamed on the Cal-Span network, Friday, February 2, at 9:00 a.m. Commission actions will include voting on a number of new nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources. We invite you to tune in and watch this aspect of historic preservation in action! Download the agenda here.

California Properties Listed on the National Register
As 2017 ended and the new year began, the following California properties secured their place on the National Register of Historic Places:

Peter Drucker House, Claremont
Southside Park, Sacramento
The Ellison, Venice (Los Angeles)

Visit the National Register  Weekly List webpage to view past and current California listings on the Register. 

2018 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards
The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is now accepting nominations for the  2018 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards . Do you know of a person, project, organization, or agency whose work to preserve California's heritage exemplifies the best in historic preservation? Now is the time to recognize them! N ominations are due April 16, 2018.

Still Time to Apply for Grants
The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants through the  Save America's Treasures program. Established in 1998, the program is funded through the Historic Preservation Fund and supports the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections. In 2014, the American Architectural Foundation became the official nonprofit partner of the Save America's Treasures program. The  deadline for grant applications is February 21, 2018. 

Nominations Now Accepted for Commission Awards 
The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 NAPC Commission Excellence Awards. The awards recognize outstanding preservation efforts by local preservation, historic district, and landmark commissions, and architectural review boards, as well as individual preservationists doing exemplary work at the federal, state, and municipal levels. The nomination deadline is February 23, 2018. 

ACHP/HUD Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD) are partnering once again to present their annual Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation to developers, organizations, and agencies who have successfully met the goals of historic preservation while providing affordable housing and/or economic opportunities for low to moderate income citizens. Nominations are due March 1, 2018.

NTHP Grants Include Brick and Mortar Projects
The Preservation Funds Grant Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) announces an increase in preservation funding, including for brick and mortar, through their Johanna Favrot Fund and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund. Grant awards will range from $2,000 to $15,000 for restoration, rehabilitation, and stabilization projects. Grant details and application instructions are available on each of the fund websites.  Applications are due March 1, 2018. 

HPEF Seeks Training Proposals
The Historic Preservation Education Foundation (HPEF) is now accepting proposals for the Spring 2018 round of the Partners in Training initiative. Partners in Training grant awards support training programs and opportunities on topics associated with preservation technology. The submission deadline is April 2, 2018.

Section 106 News From the ACHP
Catch up on the latest Section 106 issues and topics as reported in the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Section 106 Newsletter.

Events and Education

California Preservation Foundation Workshops

First 2018 OHP Local Government Workshop, March 23
The Local Government Unit of the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) will hold their first local government workshop of 2018 in Long Beach, on March 23. The City of Long Beach will be our host for this one day workshop covering topics such as historic contexts, CEQA, and effective preservation ordinances. The workshop is free but does require pre-registration

For questions or additional information, please contact  Ron Parsons of our Local Government Unit.

CAMSA Conference, Pleasanton, February 21-23
The Annual Conference of the California Main Street Association (CAMSA) is set for February 21-23, 2018, in Pleasanton. Hosted by the Pleasanton Downtown Association, the conference provides an opportunity to share best practices and knowledge regarding the preservation and revitalization of historic downtowns. Registration is now open. 

Student Scholarships Available from NAPC
The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) is offering scholarship support to qualified students of undergraduate and graduate preservation programs to attend the NAPC's annual Forum conference. The conference takes place this year in Des Moines, Iowa, July 18-22, 2018. Scholarship applications are due February 23, 2018.

SCA 2018 Annual Meeting, San Diego, March 8-11
Registration is now open for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for California Archaeology (SCA). Taking place March 8-11, 2018, in San Diego, the meeting is an opportunity to attend workshops and presentations on the latest research, approaches, and topics in archaeology.

Apply Now for Summer Internships with the ACHP
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is accepting applications for their summer internship program. Interns have the opportunity to work on projects and become familiar with the full range of work by the ACHP. Internships can be completed in the summer or during a quarter or semester within the school year. Applications are due March 9, 2018.

NPI 2018 Seminar Schedule Now Available
The National Preservation Institute (NPI) has posted their 2018 Seminar Calendar. The NPI offers a variety of training seminars addressing topics in historic preservation and cultural resource management. There are a number of seminars being offered this year in Davis, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Diego.  

Did You Know....

....the OHP website has an FAQ page with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about historic properties, CEQA, Section 106, the Mills Act, landmarks, tax credits, disasters, and just about anything else you may wonder about regarding historic preservation. Check it out, and if you have a question we haven't answered yet, let us know and we'll get the answer back to you! 

State Historical Resources Commission Meetings
Scheduled for 2018:

February 2 - Sacramento
May 17 - Palo Alto (in conjunction with the California Preservation Foundation Conference)
August 3 - (Location to be Determined)
October 26 - (Location to be Determined)

Learn More about Commission meetings,  actions, and responsibilities.