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2022 June Preservation ePost


Join the Discussion About Climate Change and Cultural Heritage

Did you know that California has an intra-governmental Cultural Resources Climate Change Task Force (Task Force), dedicated to addressing and combating the impacts of global warming on our cultural heritage? Climate change is one of the most significant and fastest growing threats to people and their heritage worldwide. To understand climate impacts on historic and cultural resources, the California Cultural Resources Climate Change Task Force was established as part of the overall state climate change ambitions outlined in the document, Safeguarding California 2018 Update. Over the last few years, the Task Force worked to analyze the state’s climate ambition and develop ways in which cultural heritage can be included in these ambitions for greater outcomes.

Come and learn more about the current work of the Task Force, share your ideas, and provide input on future work and priorities. The Task Force will host a free, online webinar in conjunction with the 2022 Annual Conference of the California Preservation Foundation. The session takes place Friday, June 10, 9:00am-12:00pm; registration is required. Visit the OHP Climate Action page for details and how to register.  

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New Seismic Safety Webinar Series

Californians know that “The Big One” is always around the corner. For owners or caretakers of historic homes, every small shake may be cause to wonder, “Is this place safe?”

The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is pleased to announce a series of free webinars that provide the latest in information and guidance about retrofitting historic properties against the threat of earthquakes. Home, Safe Home: Seismic Safety and Rehabilitating Historic Homes is offered by the OHP through a grant from FEMA and produced in collaboration with the California Preservation Foundation, Page & Turnbull, Structural Focus, and Melvyn Green & Associates. The six webinar sessions will be offered throughout the remaining months of 2022 beginning this month on June 23, and will include case studies as well as guidance from preservation professionals on how to seismically protect your home without compromising historic character and integrity.

To register, and for details about each of the webinar sessions, please visit the Home, Safe Home page of the CPF website.   


Celebrating California Heritage in the Parks

This year, California State Parks is hosting the first annual California State Parks Week, June 14-18, in partnership with Save the Redwoods League, Parks California, and the California State Parks Foundation. The weeklong event will include a variety of in-person events and online programming that allow people to learn about, celebrate, and participate in the stewardship of our 279 park units.

In addition to the many natural resources protected through the park system, California State Parks also is steward of much of the state's cultural heritage. The park system includes 53 historic parks and monuments, 22 cultural preserves, and thousands of historic buildings, artifacts, and archival documents. California State Parks Week provides the opportunity to experience the broad range of California heritage preserved within our parks. Be a part of the celebration! 

Welcome to Daniel Arismendi


This month we are happy to introduce you to our newest staff member, Daniel Arismendi. Daniel will be taking on the position of Fiscal and Grants Coordinator, a role for which he is well suited having previously coordinated federal grant programs for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Baptist University.

When not focused on work, Daniel enjoys time with his wife and daughters in their Sacramento home, as well as time spent singing, playing the guitar and drums, and honing his skills as an avid disc golfer. We are delighted to welcome Daniel to the OHP!

Designating California!

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Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco has been an active and iconic presence in the city of San Francisco for nearly one hundred years. Designed by James W. Plachek in the Mediterranean Revival style and constructed as a two-building complex in 1931, the Church and its adjacent Apartment Building are part of the Tenderloin Historic District of San Francisco.

Glide Memorial Church was established by Methodist philanthropist Elizabeth “Lizzie” Helen Glide, in honor of her husband, Joseph Henry Glide. The church and its apartment building fulfilled Lizzie Glide’s objective of providing a place of worship as well as a home for businesswomen and a foundation for philanthropic work. The property carried out those functions into the 1950s though by then, church attendance had dwindled to very few members.

The direction of the church changed dramatically in the 1960s due to the influence of Reverend Cecil Williams, an African American minister who introduced new principles and concepts, from vestments and hymnals to the physical appearance of the sanctuary. In addition to visual differences, the mission of the church also became more contemporary, focusing on serving the needs of the people of the Tenderloin and beyond. This included the unhoused, people of color, and San Francisco’s emerging population of LGBTQ people, all described by Williams’ longtime collaborator Janice Mirikitani as “people on the fringes of society working together.” This legacy of community service and activism has evolved and continued into the present.

Glide Memorial Church and Apartment Building achieved listing on the National Register of Historic Places on March 14, 2022. 

Photo: Courtesy of Shayne Watson.

State Historical Resources Commission

The SHRC meets quarterly each year. Commission meetings are open to the public and live-streamed through the Cal-Span network. Meeting dates, times, and agendas are posted to the SHRC Meeting Schedule and Notices page of the OHP website.


For upcoming nominations, visit the Pending Nominations page. Nominations already heard by the Commission are listed on the Actions Taken page, and video recordings of SHRC meetings are posted to the Meeting Recordings & Summaries page.


Learn more about the responsibilities and role of the SHRC.

News, Education, & More

CPF Annual Conference - Opening Doors

The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) 2022 Annual Conference: Opening Doors, is taking place this month online, June 7-12. Registration is now open. The conference will include sessions on a variety of preservation topics as well as the first ever statewide Doors Open event, giving access and behind-the-scene tours to participating historic properties throughout California.

Grant Funding from the NPS - Applications Now Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the following grant programs administered by the National Park Service:

Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) Annual Grants support THPO work and responsibilities to preserve and protect cultural resources on tribal lands. 

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022. 

Underrepresented Communities Grant Program: Grants support the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks.

Application Deadline: August 10, 2022. 

History of Equal Rights Grant Program (HER): Grants support efforts to preserve sites related to the struggle to achieve the ideal of equal rights in America. 

Application Deadline: September 14, 2022.

Free Historic Masonry Training Webinar

Sponsored by the Preservation Priorities Task Force, a partnership of the National Preservation Partners Network and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this free webinar delves into the development and practical execution of the Historic Masonry Preservation Certificate Program from the International Masonry Institute. Panelists will discuss the program and how to utilize it for preservation projects.

June 14: How to Incorporate Preservation Training into Your Construction Project

CLG Coordinator Training at NAPC FORUM Conference

The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) is offering Certified Local Government (CLG) Coordinator Training in conjunction with the NAPC Annual FORUM conference. FORUM 2022 will be held July 13-17 in Cincinnati, Ohio. CLG Coordinator Training takes place July 14. The NAPC and NPS are providing scholarships to attend the training and conference (the training is mandatory to receive a scholarship). Apply online for scholarships by June 17. FORUM registration information is on the NAPC website.

Nomination Deadline Approaching for Landslide 2022

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is accepting nominations for Landslide 2022, the TCLF's annual program to spotlight historic and culturally important landscapes that are threatened or at risk. This year's Landslide theme is "The Olmsted Design," focusing on landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., and his successor firms.

Nomination Deadline: June 17.

Still Time to Apply - NPS Heritage Documentation Programs

There is still time to submit drawings and documentation for the prize competitions and survey challenge of the Heritage Documentation Programs (HDP) of the National Park Service. The HDP includes the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS), and Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS).

2022 Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition recognizes the best sets of architectural measured drawings produced by college students for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at the Library of Congress.

Submission Deadline: June 30.

2022 Historic American Landscapes Survey Challenge is a HALS short format historical report competition documenting historically significant landscapes. This year's theme: Olmstead Landscapes.

Submission Deadline: July 31.

2022 Leicester B. Holland Prize Competition recognizing the best single sheet drawing of a site appropriate for inclusion in the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at the Library of Congress. The competition is open to students and professionals.

Submission Deadline: September 1.

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