California Office of Historic Preservation
Besides being the month in which we celebrate the anniversary of our country's independence, July is also National Ice Cream Month! Our banner image is of  Gunther's Ice Cream  shop, which has been serving ice cream of every flavor to residents of Sacramento, California, since 1940 (1949 in its current location). The neon sign of  Jugglin' Joe  was created in 1949 by the shop's original owner, Herman Gunther, who promised that if Joe ever dropped a scoop, the ice cream was free. 
(photo courtesy of Jose Luis Villegas, Sacramento Bee).
I n This Issue

Out and About on Behalf of Historic Preservation

In early June, State Historic Preservation Officer Julianne Polanco, members of our staff, and staff of the Gold Fields District of California State Parks, had the pleasure of hosting U.S. Congressman Ami Bera at Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park. Folsom Powerhouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and is California Historical Landmark No. 633. Congressman Bera was interested to learn about the mission and work of the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), and greatly appreciated learning about the history of the Powerhouse (one of the historic resources in Congressman Bera's district). 

Also in June, Ron Parsons of our Local Government Unit represented our office at the Conference of California Historical Societies' annual conference in Lincoln, California. The conference provided a chance to share about the work of the OHP, and learn about other attendees' work in researching, promoting, and preserving California history. 

Powerhouse image L. to R: Jay Correia, Registration Unit Supervisor, OHP; Jenan Saunders, Deputy SHPO; Tim Brandt, Sr. Restoration Architect, OHP; Congressman Ami Bera; SHPO Julianne Polanco; Rich Preston, Folsom Sector Superintendent; Terri Lopez, District Coordinator, Gold Fields District; Richard Overman, docent, Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park.

City of Arcata Establishes a Mills Act Program

Congratulations to the City of Arcata on becoming the most recent city to launch a Mills Act Program!
Arcata joins seventy-seven other cities, and ten counties in California participating in the program. The Mills Act provides tax relief to private property owners who rehabilitate and maintain the character and integrity of their historic buildings.

The City of Arcata is actively committed to preserving and celebrating the community's historic resources and heritage. In addition to the Mills Act, the City's preservation efforts include among other things, a preservation element, citywide historic context statement, documentation on the architectural styles and eras of city resources, and a historic landmarks committee. 

Image: City of Arcata's historic downtown and plaza. Courtesy of the Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau)
News and Updates

California Properties Added to the National Register
As of June 30, 2017, the following California properties were added to the National Register of Historic Places:

Federal Office Building, aka 50 United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, San Francisco County (the building is also a Section 106 Success Story)
Mount Harkness Fire Lookout, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Plumas County (also listed on the National Historic Lookout Register)

Visit the  Weekly List webpage of the National Park Service to see past and recent California listings on the National Register.

ACHP Fellowship Deadline Approaching!
There is still time to apply for the ACHP and the Smithsonian Institute Cultural Heritage Fellowship. The fellowship, scheduled to begin in Fall 2017, will focus on Latino culture, heritage, sites, and artifacts. The  deadline to apply is July 15, 2017 Click here  for details and application instructions.   

Alice Ross Carey Fund Now Accepting Applications
San Francisco Heritage is now accepting grant applications for the Alice Ross Carey Preservation Fund. Established to honor the life of pioneering and ardent preservationist Alice Ross Carey, the fund provides support to small-scale, community-based preservation projects in San Francisco that preserve and promote the city's heritage. The application deadline is August 1, 2017

National Register Seeks 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

SHRC Meeting Heads to the SF Bay Area
The next meeting of the State Historical Resources Commission is scheduled for July 28, 2017, in San Rafael, California. The Commission will hear and vote on a number of nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. To review a list of the nominated properties, visit our Pending Nominations page. Meeting notices and agendas are posted to our Meeting Schedule and Notices page ten days prior to the meeting date. SHRC meetings are now live-streamed on the CAL-SPAN network.

California Preservation Foundation Workshops & Webinars

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

SCA Data Sharing Meetings Set for 2017
The Society for California Archaeology (SCA) has announced the dates for their annual Data Sharing Meetings. The meetings provide a chance to learn, share, and discuss the latest in archaeological research, work, and approaches. 

September 30: Northern Data Sharing Meeting, Vallejo
October 21: Southern Data Sharing Meeting, Camp San Luis Obispo

Visit the SCA Data Sharing Meetings webpage for details and registration information. 

Did You Know....

....the OHP offers a user-friendly guidance document for anyone considering applying for the Federal Historic Preservation Tax credit. Completing a Successful Tax Credit Project Application provides information, tips, and checklists to ensure a smooth and potentially error-free application process. Visit our Architectural Review webpage to learn more.

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.