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2024 January Preservation ePost

More Career Opportunities at the OHP!

Happy New Year! We are starting the new year off by adding more staff positions to our office. Apply your public history background and excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills to reviewing and commenting on documents that deal with the identification, evaluation, and treatment of cultural resources and historic properties. Click on the link below to access job details and application instructions.

State Historian II (multiple positions)

Application deadline is January 22, 2024.

(State Historian I will also be considered)

Celebrate the new year by joining the dynamic team at the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP)!

There are some excellent grant opportunities available in these first months of 2024: 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) is accepting grant applications for their National Trust Preservation Funds Program (NTPF). The grants support a variety of preservation planning and educational projects. Dedicated funding is available for California in this funding cycle!

Application Deadline: February 1, 2024.

Grant applications are also being accepted for the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the NTHP to support support capital projects, organizational capacity building, project planning, and programming and interpretation activities at historic sites of African American history across the country.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2024.

The California Strategic Growth Council recently launched the Tribal Capacity Building Pilot Program. The program provides funding and technical assistance to California Native American tribes to build staff capacity, secure funding, and implement tribal-led climate solutions.

Application Deadline: February 5, 2024.

The California Natural Resources Agency's Tribal Nature-Based Solutions Program provides grant funding to support tribal nature-based priorities including ancestral land return projects, conservation and restoration, climate resiliency, and more.

Next Deadline for the application process: February 6, 2024.

National Fund for Sacred Places grants provide support to repair and preserve historic houses of worship and sustain their history and place within their communities.

Letter of Intent Deadline: February 29, 2024.

California Humanities Grant Programs (California Humanities) support a variety of efforts by nonprofits and public agencies to preserve and educate about California's richly diverse heritage.

Upcoming deadlines in January and February 2024 for a variety of grant programs.

The next round of T-Mobile Hometown Grants is now accepting applications. The grants are for towns with a population of 50,000 or less, and support community revitalization projects such as adaptive reuse of historic buildings or creation of community gathering spaces, among others.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2024.

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Designating California!

January 20, 2024, marks the 152nd anniversary of the birth of master architect Julia Morgan. We feature here one of the many California buildings designed by Morgan, the Monday Club of San Luis Obispo (the name given to both the organization and the club building). The Monday Club of San Luis Obispo was founded in November 1924, when two existing clubs—the Home Culture Club and the Book Club—merged. The new organization was soon ratified by the California Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Construction was completed on the clubhouse in 1934 and is an excellent example of Morgan’s masterful ability to incorporate elements normally used for her grand commissions into a smaller building. The building is wood-frame with a simple cross-gabled terra cotta roof. Smooth stucco exterior walls are punctuated with ornamental iron window grilles. Spanish Colonial style lanterns hang from wrought-iron brackets and flank the front entrance. These features work together to place the building within the Spanish Colonial Revival Style, with Craftsman influences. A broken-pediment with wooden brackets at the returns give the entrance to the building a formal, but welcoming disposition. Interior wood trusses with iron straps, a large stone fireplace and numerous trompe l’oeil murals create an expansive and formal, yet warm character that echoes Morgan’s larger commissions.

The clubhouse was the focus for community events and lectures, as well as a very well-attended annual flower show. Until the late 1950s the Monday Club was San Luis Obispo’s primary social and cultural outlet. The Monday Club of San Luis Obispo achieved National Register of Historic Places listing on May 10, 2016.


Photo courtesy of Erick Wand.

State Historical Resources Commission

The State Historical Resources Commission (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.

News, Education, and More

Happening at the California Preservation Foundation

The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) is offering a free, noontime webinar to start off the new year.

January 18, 12-1pm: Saving Local Treasures: Community Activism and Mural Preservation

The CPF is also accepting nominations for the 2024 Preservation Design Awards. This annual awards program recognizes organizations and individuals for outstanding work in preserving California’s historic sites and buildings.

Nomination Deadline: January 26, 2024.

LHIP Summer Internships

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP), in partnership with the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service, is offering two paid summer intern positions for 2024. The internships will focus on documenting and reporting about the historic Alazan-Apache public housing complex in San Antonio, Texas, and will include a paid site visit.

Application Deadline: February 5, 2024.

News from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

The Advisory Council for Historic Preservation (ACHP) is hosting a webinar series for college students interested in entering the historic preservation field. Preserve the Past, Build for the Future offers five sessions held from January to May 2024, addressing career options in historic preservation as well as relevant topics in the field today. Students can register for all or select sessions.

The ACHP, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, is also offering paid summer internship opportunities to students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The 4-week internship will strengthen students’ understanding of and experience with cultural resources management, historic preservation, conservation, and other related career fields. Interested students can register for an online information session on January 30, 2024.

Application Deadline: February 16, 2024.

The deadline has been extended to February 7, 2024 to apply for the 2024 ACHP/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. This joint award honors outstanding projects that have advanced the goals of historic preservation while promoting affordable housing, community revitalization, and/or enhanced economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income families. Also considered is a project's success in preserving, rehabilitating, restoring, and interpreting the nation's architectural and cultural heritage.

The ACHP recently announced their adoption of a Policy Statement on Housing and Historic Preservation. As noted in their announcement, the statement "advances a multi-pronged strategy to encourage rehabilitation of historic buildings for housing."

From the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Commission Excellence Awards of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC). The awards recognize outstanding efforts and achievements by local preservation, historic district, and landmark commissions, and boards of architectural review. Also recognized are individuals doing exemplary preservation work at the federal, state, and municipal levels.

Nomination Deadline: March 22, 2024.

The NAPC is also accepting applications for the FORUM Scholars Program. The scholarship offers support to qualified current students and recent graduates of undergraduate and graduate-level preservation, architecture, history, planning and other related programs to attend and participate in the FORUM 2024 conference. The conference takes place July 31 through August 4 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Application Deadline: March 22, 2024.

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