California Office of Historic Preservation
July is here, summer is in full swing, and many Californians are heading to the beach. In honor of the summer season, our banner image is of the Giant Dipper roller coaster in Santa Cruz. The Frederick Church designed roller coaster was built by Alfred Looff in 1924, and quickly became the main attraction of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (itself historic and designated as California Historical Landmark No. 983). In 2012, the popular roller coaster reached the 60 million riders mark and continues to build ridership every year. The Giant Dipper is an American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) Coaster Landmark and Golden Age Coaster, and along with the Santa Cruz Looff Carousel, is a National Historic Landmark.  (Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk)
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New Commissioners Appointed to the SHRC
On July 2, 2018, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed three new commissioners to the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). He also reappointed one current commissioner. The nine member commission is responsible for the identification, registration, promotion and preservation of California's cultural heritage. Commissioners serve in their positions until such time as they resign, retire, or are replaced.  The Office of Historic Preservation looks forward to working with the new appointees and current commissioners in preserving and celebrating California's heritage!

New Appointees:
Leland Adams, Downieville, CA
Alan Hess, Irvine, CA
RenĂ©  Vellanoweth, Sierra Madre, CA

Bryan K. Brandes, Temple City, CA

Visit our SHRC Commissioner Bios page to learn about all of the esteemed individuals serving on the Commission.  

Tribal Directory Assistance Tool Now Available
From the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), comes news of a free, online database to assist with the consultation process for projects involving tribal lands and resources. Developed by HUD's Office of Environment and Energy, the Tribal Directory Assistance Tool (TDAT)  "is one more tool to help ensure Indian tribes have a voice early in a project's development that might impact their sacred sites," says ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson.

Visit the ACHP website to learn more about this important tool.

News and Updates

Next Meeting of the SHRC Set for August 3 in Sacramento
The State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) holds their next quarterly meeting in Sacramento on August 3, 2018. Agenda items include voting on nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. To view a list and descriptions of the nominated properties, visit our Pending Nominations page. SHRC meetings are live-streamed on the Cal-Span network. Indexed videos of past meetings can be accessed through our SHRC Meeting Recordings and Summaries page.

Since our last ePost, the Napa County Infirmary, and the Point Reyes Naval Radio Compass Station, Marin County, achieved listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Congratulations! To see recent and past California listings, visit the National Register's Weekly List page.    

New Keeper of the National Register Appointed
Joy Beasley of the National Park Service (NPS) has been appointed to the position of Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places. Ms. Beasley succeeds Paul Loether who served as Keeper since June 2017, and recently retired. Among the Keeper's responsibilities are reviewing submitted nominations and determining eligibility for listing on the National Register. Serving with Ms. Beasley will be Dr. Julie Ernstein as Deputy Keeper and Acting Chief of the National Register and National Historic Landmarks programs, and Dr. Turkiya Lowe as Acting NPS Federal Historic Preservation Officer. 

NTHP Releases List of Endangered Historic Places
The  National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP)  released their 2018 list of  America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places . The list provides an opportunity to spotlight historic sites nationwide that are facing challenges to their integrity and survival from deferred maintenance issues, inappropriate development, natural disaster devastation, or other threats. Over the thirty-one years that the NTHP has issued their annual lists, public response has helped to save the majority of highlighted sites.  

Alice Ross Carey Preservation Fund Accepting Applications
San Francisco Heritage (SF Heritage) is accepting applications for their next round of grants from the Alice Ross Carey Preservation Fund. The fund is named in memory of Alice Ross Carey, a pioneering woman in the fields of architecture and historic preservation, whose work preserved many of San Francisco's treasured historic properties. The grants help to support efforts to document, preserve, and celebrate the historic and cultural resources of San Francisco. Grant applications are due on August 1, 2018. 

California Opportunities with HistoriCorps 
A reminder that HistoriCorps is offering volunteer opportunities on California projects this month and in September and October.  HistoriCorps is a non-profit organization that engages volunteers to learn and apply skills to repair and restore a variety of historic structures, most often on public lands in partnership with public land agencies. Gain valuable skills and help preserve a bit of California's heritage at the same time! 
Swiss Cabin, Plumas National Forest
Swayne Logging Cars, Plumas National Forest
Hirz Lookout, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
North Bloomfield School and Carter Residence, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

Events and Education

California Preservation Foundation Workshops & Webinars



Visit the CPF website for a full list of educational offerings.

Student Scholarships from the CPF
The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) is pleased to announce the launch of a student scholarship program for those interested in a career in historic preservation. With support from Liz's Antique Hardware, Los Angeles, two scholarships will be awarded for 2018. Awardees will receive $500 and the opportunity to be matched with a professional mentor. Students in trade schools and job training programs are strongly encouraged to apply, as are college and graduate school students. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2018.

Did You Know....

....already this year, wildfires are impacting communities and their resources, including historic properties. You can find the latest state and federal declarations regarding California fires on our Active Disasters: Immediate Response page. Also on this page are links to important disaster information from state and local agencies, as well as additional information on our Disasters and Historical Resources pages. Our thoughts are with all those in the affected areas. Stay safe everyone!

State Historical Resources Commission Meetings
Scheduled for 2018:

February 2 - Sacramento
May 17 - Palo Alto 
August 3 - Sacramento
October 26 - (Location to be Determined)

Learn More about Commission meetings,  actions, and responsibilities.