California Office of Historic Preservation
May is Preservation Month and also the month we recognize the heritage and contributions of
Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and  Jewish Americans . Our banner image is of a Heritage Day event in historic China Camp , California. Dating back to the 1860s, China Camp was one of the largest Chinese fishing settlements in California. In 1977, the village became part of China Camp State Park . Frank Quon , descendant of one of the original fishermen families, and the last remaining village resident, continued to live and work in China Camp until his death in 2016. The historic village stands as testament to the strong bonds between place, history, and people, all of which is at the heart of historic preservation. China Camp is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is California Historical Landmark No. 924.  (Photo courtesy of California State Parks)
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May is Preservation Month!

Preservation is worth celebrating all the time, but May provides a special opportunity to spotlight the work and value of preserving our collective heritage.
For activities taking place here in California, visit our California Preservation Month webpage. Is your community or organization hosting an event? Let us know and we'll post a link to it on our page!

Nationally, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Park Service are co-sponsoring a Historic Preservation Photograph Contest. Post to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter photos of you, your family, or friends enjoying a historic site. Use #MyHistoricPlace, and the tags @USACHP, @SavingPlaces, and @NPSCLP. Entries will be voted on beginning May 1 with a winner announced each week through May. 

(Image: Exploring the preserved mining town of Bodie, California, now part of Bodie State Historic Park. Photo courtesy of California State Parks)

News and Updates

Release of MOU Implementing One Federal Decision Policy
On April 9, 2018, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) joined other signatories in finalizing an interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) implementing the Trump Administration's One Federal Decision (OFD) policy. As reported on the ACHP website, the OFD "anticipates that major infrastructure projects subject to federal approvals will be guided by a lead federal agency ... and result in a unified federal decision." The OFD "does not alter the requirements of Section 106 or other environmental laws but rather aims to better synchronize review processes across the federal government." 

From Capitol Hill - Increased Funding for Preservation
In March, the Congress approved an omnibus appropriation bill that provides increased funding for the Historic Preservation Fund as well as a number of other preservation and cultural resource programs and agencies. Visit the ACHP and the  National Trust for Historic Preservation websites for details. 

Deadline Approaching for Tribal Heritage Grants
There is still some time left to apply for the National Park Service (NPS)  Tribal Heritage Grants. The grants help to support the preservation of tribal resources and cultural traditions. Federally recognized tribes, Alaskan Native Groups, and Native Hawaiian Organizations are eligible to apply. The application deadline is May 11, 2018. 

Special Opportunity From the Getty Institute
The Getty Conservation Institute and the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Heritage Documentation have published a special issue of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development. The issue will be available online, free of charge, now through May 23, 2018, courtesy of Emerald Group Publishing.  This issue focuses on cultural heritage inventory systems, and provides best practices and information on emerging and innovative approaches to maintaining heritage inventories. 

Information Needed from Preserve America Communities
The Preserve America program is updating its database and would like to hear from its designated communities. Please submit the following information to Judy Rodenstein at

Community name
Congressional district
Name of chief elected official,email address, phone number
Name of best contact person, email address, phone number

Events and Education

OHP Palm Springs Workshop - Still Time to Register!
There is still time to register for the  OHP Local Government Workshop - Palm Springs, on May 11, 2018. This free workshop offers a chance to participate in sessions addressing a variety of topics beneficial to local governments, including effective preservation programs, incentives, ordinances, and more. Join us for a lively and informative day!

For those in northern California, early registration is now open for the OHP Local Government Workshop - Eureka, on June 8, 2018. Topics will include historic resource surveys, preservation incentives, and CEQA and historical resources. 

CPF Annual Conference, Palo Alto, May 17-20
The  annual conference  of the California Preservation Foundation  will take place in Palo Alto, May 17-20, 2018. "Deep Roots in Dynamic Times" is this year's theme, with sessions that address the challenges and opportunities facing historic preservation in a time of rapid change. 

SHRC Meeting, Palo Alto, May 17 
In conjunction with the CPF Annual Conference, the next meeting of the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) takes place in Palo Alto on May 17, 2018. Agenda items will include consideration of fourteen nominated properties for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and one relocation of a currently listed property. To read a description of all of the properties to be considered, visit our Pending Nominations page. A copy of the agenda will be posted on our SHRC Meeting Schedule and Notices page ten days prior to the meeting. All SHRC meetings are live-streamed on the Cal-Span network.

Keeping History Above Water Workshop, Palo Alto, May 17
The California Preservation Foundation (CPF), in conjunction with their annual conference, will host a one-day workshop addressing how to identify, prioritize, and adapt historic resources to threats posed by climate change and natural disasters. CPF is honored to host the first West Coast forum of the national conference Keeping History Above Water, following on the success of the 2016 inaugural forum in Newport, Rhode Island, and the second forum in 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland.

CPF Webinar, June 5
Preservation Education: Learning from the Field is an educator focused webinar that will discuss the integration of preservation themes into programs and curricula designed for K-12th grade students.

Visit the CPF website for a complete list of upcoming webinars and workshops. 

Registration Now Open for CCHS Conference
The Conference of California Historical Societies (CCHS) will hold their Annual Meeting, June 21-23, in Chatsworth, California. The conference offers an opportunity for historians, preservationists and others to share knowledge and best practices about preserving the places, artifacts, and records of California history.

Did You Know....

....we've recently updated our Section 106 Checklist. The Checklist provides guidance for federal agencies consulting with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) under Section 106, and identifies the information to be submitted to the SHPO for Section 106 reviews. To help ensure a smooth consultation process, we encourage you to add the Checklist to your preservation toolkit. 

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.