California Office of Historic Preservation
June is LGBTQ Pride Month an opportunity to recognize the contributions LGBTQ citizens have made to American life and history. Our banner image is of the site of the historic Black Cat, Los Angeles. A popular gay bar in the 1960s, the Black Cat was the site of a police raid against bar patrons on New Year's Day 1967. The raid spurred a peaceful protest outside the bar on February 11, 1967, one of the first public demonstrations in support of LGBTQ rights (Stonewall occurred two years later). The Black Cat is designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 939. The cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego published historic context statements to aid in identifying, documenting, and designating historic properties associated with LGBTQ history. 
(Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Conservancy)
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NPS Awards Maritime Heritage Grants

The National Park Service (NPS) recently announced the awarding of 2.6 million in maritime heritage grants. The grants will help to support projects that "teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation's maritime history." Grants are made possible through a partnership between the NPS and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD), with funds coming from the recycling of vessels in the MARAD National Defense Reserve Fleet. 

Thirty-four projects nationwide received funding, including five California projects. Congratulations to the Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Association, Port of Los Angeles High School, National Steinbeck Center, and the Yurok Tribe for this well-deserved support of their projects!    

Visit the National Maritime Heritage Grants website to see a list of all grant awardees and learn more about the grant program. 

(Image: Phase II of the project to preserve the USS Pampanito is among the 2018 grant recipients. Docked in San Francisco, the WWII era submarine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo courtesy of Sanfranman59/Creative Commons)

News and Updates

National Register Nominations Heard at SHRC Meeting
Palo Alto, California, was the setting for the May 17, 2018 meeting of the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). The Commission voted to forward fourteen nominations and an approval to move a listed property to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places for final action. To view a list and descriptions of all nominated properties, visit our Actions Taken page. The SHRC meeting was filmed in its entirety by the Cal-Span network; an indexed video of the meeting can be accessed through our SHRC Meeting Recordings and Summaries page.

Since our last ePost, The Women's Building, San Francisco, achieved listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and was selected as a Featured Property by the National Park Service. Visit the National Register's Weekly List page to see recent and past California listings on the Register. 

We are pleased to note that for its promotion of June as Great Outdoors Month, the National Park Service is spotlighting another California resource listed on the National Register. The NPS notes that the  Malibu Historic District "is significant in the area of Recreation/Entertainment for its contribution to the growth and development of surfing from 1945 to 1959. Malibu played an important role in the development of surfboard design and production, in addition to surfing style."  

Tribe Assumes THPO Responsibilities
The Deputy Director of the National Park Service recently approved Historic Preservation Officer duties on tribal lands for the Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Rincon Reservation, California. Connie "Destiny" Colocho is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) for the Tribe, which now joins forty-two other California tribes holding THPO responsibility. Congratulations! 

Visit our Tribal Historic Preservation Officers webpage to learn more about this important program and view a list of all California tribes with THPO responsibility. 

California Projects Part of HistoriCorps 2018 Season
Three California projects will be part of HistoriCorps 2018 efforts to preserve historic resources across the country.  HistoriCorps is a non-profit organization that engages volunteers to learn and apply skills to repair and restore a variety of historic structures, most often on public lands in partnership with public land agencies. HistoriCorps is now seeking volunteers to work on the following California projects:
Swiss Cabin, Plumas National Forest
Hirz Lookout, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
North Bloomfield School and Carter Residence, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

New Members Appointed to NAGPRA Committee
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recently announced the appointment of three new members to the Review Committee for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The Committee monitors, reviews, and assists in the implementation of certain requirements of NAGPRA. The three appointees are John Beaver of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Honor K. Keeler, of the Cherokee Nation, and Barnaby V. Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community, Arizona. Read the full press release to learn more about the nominees and the NAGPRA Review Committee.

Events and Education

Update! - OHP Local Government Workshops
Unforseen circumstances have necessitated the postponement of our Palm Springs and Eureka-Arcata Workshops. Planning is underway now to reschedule both workshops for later this year. We apologize for the postponements, and hope you will sign on once again to join us in the fall for these valuable training experiences! Details to follow in the coming weeks. For questions or concerns please feel free to contact  Shannon Lauchner or  Amanda Blosser of our Local Government Unit.

California Preservation Foundation Workshops & Webinars



Visit the CPF website for a full list of educational offerings.

Preservation Field School Opportunity
The University of Oregon Historic Preservation Program is now accepting applications for their 2018  Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School. The Field School is open to professionals, students, and anyone with an interest in learning the value and work of preservation. Three different week-long sessions are offered in which participants engage in hands-on work, documentation, a field trip, and lectures, focused on a specific historic resource. Application deadline is August 1, 2018. 

Did You Know....

....the Architectural Review pages of the OHP website have been updated! The revamped pages provide more concise information consolidated onto dedicated sub-pages. The revised home page contains a description of the Architectural Review Unit's responsibilities, along with news and useful information of immediate or enduring concern. Links to programs and guidance are listed (tax credits, certified districts, sustainability, etc.), which redirect to dedicated pages on those topics. For information that pertains to other OHP units, links on the Architectural Review page take readers directly to the information on those unit pages within the OHP website. 

This revision ensures that the Architectural Review pages remain timely and relevant to California preservationists. We invite you to explore the pages and become reacquainted with the Architectural Review Unit of the OHP!

State Historical Resources Commission Meetings
Scheduled for 2018:

February 2 - Sacramento
May 17 - Palo Alto 
August 3 - Sacramento
October 26 - (Location to be Determined)

Learn More about Commission meetings,  actions, and responsibilities.