California Office of Historic Preservation
National Lighthouse Day is recognized this month (August 7), providing an opportunity to honor the beacons of light that have guided generations of wayfarers to safe harbor. Our banner image is of Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pescadero, California. Constructed in 1871, the lighthouse is now part of Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, and is on the National Register of Historic Places, and designated as California Historical Landmark No. 930. A major effort is underway to secure much needed funds for the repair and restoration of the lighthouse so it will continue to grace California's coast for years to come.  (Photo courtesy of Frank Schulenburg/Creative Commons).
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OHP Presents Awards at California History Day

The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) was honored to once again participate in the annual National History Day-California event, held this year on May 6, 2017, at William Jessup University, Rocklin, California.

Deputy SHPO Jenan Saunders, and OHP staff members Ron Parsons, Amy Crain, Jeff Brooke, and  Koren Tippett, reviewed the many eligible projects and selected the recipients for this year's California Historic Places Awards and Special Commendations.  The awards are given in partnership with the California Historical Society, and the State Historical Resources Commission. 

Award Recipients receive a resolution from the SHRC, a $100 check and one-year membership (for each awarded student and their school) from the California Historical Society, and a copy of the book The Historic Preservation Movement in California,  from the OHP for the students' school libraries:
Jada Ramsey, Junior Individual Performance: "UCLA vs. Angela Davis: Taking a Stand for Academic Freedom"
Kaitlyn Moss and Caitlyn Richter, Senior Group Exhibit: "Standing Up for Equal Education: How a Father's Courageous Fight Led to the Desegregation of California's Schools"

Special Commendation recipients receive a resolution from the State Historical Resources Commission:

Stacey Chen, Senior Individual Documentary: "We Hold the Rock: Red Power Taking a Stand"
Kaitlyn Arst, Senior Individual Exhibit: "Winema Riddle: Taking a Stand for Peace as the Treaty of 1864 Transformed the Klamath Basin"
Luke Winzenread, Elementary Individual Poster: "John Muir: Yosemite's Founding Father"

Congratulations to all of these deserving young historians!

(Images, top to bottom: Standing up for Equal Education; Winema Riddle; John Muir)

New and Updated Resources from the NPS

The National Park Service (NPS) recently released new and updated publications of benefit and interest to all involved in the work and mission of historic preservation.

The Directory of NPS Community Assistance Programs provides information about 54 programs that provide funding, technical assistance, and other resources to community groups to "advance historic preservation and conservation work in rural and urban communities across the United States." Additional information can be found on the NPS Community Assistance Programs website.

 Also  released by the NPS is the updated version of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring and Reconstructing Historic Buildings . The Guidelines were updated to include 20th century building types, materials, and systems now considered historic, as well as modern methods and technologies. For more information about the updates and the Standards, visit the NPS Technical Preservation Services website. 
Historic Preservation is for the Ages - Millennials Included

Earlier this year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) in partnership with American Express, conducted a survey of Millennials (born in the years 1981 to 1998), asking about their understanding of and involvement with historic preservation. The results of that survey are now available in a report,  Millennials and Historic Preservation: A Deep Dive Into Attitudes and Values. As noted in the survey report, Millennials have a healthy interest in the buildings and sites of the past, and in preserving them. "More than half of Millennials prefer to shop or dine in unique or historic downtowns vs. chain restaurants or shopping malls. They will do business with those that support historic preservation (80% prefer) over those that do not." We encourage you to read this informative report. For additional background on the survey and how it was conducted, visit the NTHP website.  

News and Updates

California Properties Nominated to the National Register
At their July 28, 2017, meeting in San Rafael, California, the State Historical Resources Commission approved eleven property nominations for forwarding to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places. Visit our Actions Taken webpage for details about each of the nominated properties. The entire SHRC meeting was recorded and can be viewed on the Cal-Span website. 

SHRC Chair Marshall McKay also reported that a number of previously nominated California properties had received official listing on the National Register since the Commission's last meeting. Visit the  Weekly List webpage of the National Park Service to see past and recent California listings on the National Register of Historic Places.

Updated Fee Schedule for the CHRIS
The State Historical Resources Commission at their July 28 meeting also approved a new fee structure for the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS). The new CHRIS IC Fee Structure combines and replaces the previous CHRIS Service Fee Schedule and CHRIS IC Electronic Fee Structure. The new fee structure will remain in place until the third SHRC meeting of 2018 (approximately one year), at which time the fee structure will be reassessed to determine if any additional revisions are needed or if the structure should be retained as-is. Additional information about the CHRIS IC Fee Structure can be found on our Accessing the CHRIS Inventory webpage.   

California Tribe Assumes THPO Duties
Congratulations to the federally recognized  Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Banning, California, for being the latest tribe to assume the responsibilities of a Tribal Historic Preservation Office/Officer (THPO)! Currently there are thirty-nine tribes in California with THPO designation. THPOs assume some or all of the functions of State Historic Preservation Officers on tribal lands. Learn more about this important program on our Tribal Historic Preservation Officers webpage.

New Section 106 Webpage From the ACHP
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has launched a new webpage focused specifically on Section 106 and Infrastructure Projects. With the increased focus of policy makers on infrastructure issues, the ACHP decided to create a site where news, information, case studies, and other resources related to infrastructure projects and Section 106 can be quickly and easily accessed.

Final Deadline Approaching for NTHP Grants
Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds are in the final round for this current grant cycle. October 1, 2017 is the deadline to apply for a grant to support preservation projects at the local level. Visit the NTHP website for program and application details.

HPEF Accepting Proposals for Fall 2017
The Historic Preservation Education Foundation (HPEF) is accepting training proposals for its Fall 2017 round of grant awards for the Partners in Training initiative. HPEF established Partners in Training in 2014 to provide training opportunities on topics associated with preservation technology. The submission deadline is October 3, 2017. Grant recipients will be announced in December. 

National Register Seeking Public Input
The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) has initiated a project to update and revise National Register Bulletin 16: How to Complete the National Register Registration Form. The NRHP very much welcomes comments and recommendations for revision of the bulletin. Visit the NRHP website for details and submission instructions. Feedback will be accepted now through December 31, 2017. 
Events and Education

California Preservation Foundation Webinars

Visit the CPF website for their complete offering of workshops, webinars, and tours.

National Tribal Preservation Conference, August 7-11
The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO) is holding the 19th National Tribal Preservation Conference in California the week of August 7 through 11, 2017. The Pala Band of Mission Indians will host the conference at their Pala Casino Spa Resort in Pala, California.

NTHP Training in San Francisco, August 28-September 1
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Development Council are offering an interactive workshop, Historic Real Estate Finance Training Program, August 28-September 1, 2017, at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. The program is specifically tailored to address the needs of preservation professionals, advocates, and others working on historic real estate projects. Partial scholarships are available to all attendees.

Registration Now Open for NTHP Annual Conference
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) is now accepting registration for their annual PastForward Conference. This year the conference is in Chicago, November 14-17, 2017. Conference sessions will explore the next generation of preservation practices, tools, and techniques.

Did You Know....

....the OHP Registration Programs webpage offers a wealth of important and useful information about California Historical Landmarks, California Points of Interest, the California Register of Historical Resources, and the National Register of Historic Places. Considering historic designation for a property? Visit our Registration Programs page to get your effort off to the right start!

State Historical Resources Commission Meetings for 2017

February 3 - Sacramento
May 10 - Pasadena
July 28 - San Rafael
October 27 - Sacramento

Learn More about Commission meetings,  actions, and responsibilities.