2020 July Preservation ePost
Included in This Issue:
COVID-19 Guidelines from the CDPH
New Programs from Main Street America
California Tribe Assumes THPO Duties
Designating California - Staff Favorites
Learning Opportunities
And more....

News & Updates
Important Guidelines from the CDPH
As we go to press, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an active crisis, challenging each of us to remain safe personally and in the work we all do to preserve California's heritage. With safety in mind, we wanted to pass along the latest guidelines from the California Department of Public Health regarding the use of face coverings. Face coverings and physical distancing (6 feet or more) are proving key to slowing the spread of this disease!

We also wanted to mention again that the Office of Historic Preservation in recognition of the COVID-19 situation is now accepting electronic submissions of Project Review materials. Please visit our Submission Guidance page for details and instructions.
Note: All materials should be submitted only to the calshpo.ohp@parks.ca.gov email address, in the format outlined on the Submission Guidance page.

Wishing the best to all in these unsettling times!
New Program and Resources from Main Street America

Main Street America (MSA) announces the launch of their NPS Main Street Community Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Program . The goal of the program is to better equip downtown district leaders in their disaster response efforts. As outlined on the Main Street America website, the multi-year program will "convene experts and stakeholders, aggregate exisitng resources and research into one easy-to-locate clearinghouse, and create a multi-platform toolkit examining strategies for disaster preparedness and resilience." The program is supported with funding from the National Park Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Emergency Fund .

Additionally, MSA has created an online site of resources to help communities and their downtown districts navigate the challenges of the current COVID-19 crisis. Visit the Main Street Forward site for details and to access resources.
In Anticipation of our Nation's 250th Birthday

In anticipation of the United States 250th anniversary in 2026, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, National Museum of American History, and other institutional partners, are launching a new initiative, Made By Us . As explained on the initiative's website, "we recognize the opportunity presented in this transformative moment for institutions like ours to better serve the public and join the ongoing conversation about the future of our country."

As one of the first efforts of the Made By Us initiative, people are invited to contribute their aspirations and wishes for the country as it approaches the 250th anniversary.

Learn more about Made By Us.

Image courtesy of Made By Us.
Tribe Assumes THPO Duties
The Director of the National Park Service recently approved the Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California to assume Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) duties. THPOs assume many of the responsibilities, on tribal lands, of State Historic Preservation Officers as enumerated in the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Duties include among other things, review of Federal undertakings pursuant to Section 106 of the NHPA. Matthew Hatcher is the THPO for the Tribe, which joins fifty other California tribes with THPO responsibilities. Congratulations!
Designating California!
Education & Events
SF Heritage Offers Free Lecture Series
San Francisco Heritage is putting their 2020 Lecture Series online and making it free to the public. The theme of the series is Women in Preservation, highlighting women past and present who have helped to preserve San Francisco's treasured historic resources. Now is the chance to learn more about this iconic California city! Registration is required. 
California Preservation Foundation Webinar, July 15
ACHP Offers Online Section 106 Training
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is offering online versions of their Section 106 classroom training series. The series includes Section 106 Essentials and Section 106 Agreements Seminar. Course sessions will be offered beginning in August and continuing through the end of the year. Visit the ACHP training page for details and registration information.

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