California Office of Historic Preservation
October is Archaeology Month!  Our banner images are of the Woolen Mills Chinatown excavation in San Jose, California. Archaeology sifts through the layers of history, revealing objects and sites, and, most importantly, helping to shed light on the people, places, and stories associated with those remnants of the past.  (Photos courtesy of the California Office of Historic Preservation).  
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From the NTHP: Vote Your Main Street!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), in partnership with American Express, National Geographic, and Main Street America, has launched Partners in Preservation: Main Streets. Determined by votes cast by the public, $2 million in American Express-funded grants will be awarded to support the preservation of designated Main Street districts nationwide. The campaign is intended to help create awareness of the significance and value of historic downtowns, while preserving the places that make each downtown unique. 

From September 25 through October 31, 2017, individuals can cast up to five votes per day for the Main Street(s) of their choice. Included on the nationwide list of candidates are the California Main Streets of Richmond, West Hollywood, and North Park.  

Visit the Preservation Partners website to cast your votes!

WWI Centennial Initiative: 100 Cities/100 Memorials

The World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, in partnership with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, are sponsoring the 100 Cities/100 Memorials initiative in recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War I. The initiative provides matching grant funds to projects nationwide that restore, repair, and preserve World War I memorials.  

Recently, the first fifty awarded memorials were announced. Included among the fifty are four California memorials located in Berkeley, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Visit the 100 Cities/100 Memorials website to see the list and description of the first 50 designated memorials. Applications are now being accepted for the next round of grant awards, with a submission deadline of January 15, 2018.
News and Updates

OHP Active Disasters Webpage
In light of the active fires taking place in multiple counties of California, we wanted to encourage all who may be dealing with historic resources in the fire areas to please make use of our Active Disasters: Immediate Response webpage. On this page you will find links to current State Emergency Proclamations as well as Federal Disaster Proclamations as they become available. Also on the page are links to Calfire, resource information for specific counties, FEMA, CalOES, emergency response advice, and other resources. The Active Disasters page can be accessed from the home page of our website and from our Disasters and Historic Resources page. 

Commissioner Reappointed to the SHRC
We are pleased to announce that Governor Brown reappointed Marshall McKay to the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). Commissioner McKay has served on the Commission since 2013, most recently as Chair. He has been director of community enrichment for the California Tribal College since 2017, and tribal elder ambassador for the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation since 2015. Read the official appointment announcement  here. Congratulations, Commissioner McKay!

California Tribe Assumes THPO Responsibilities
Congratulations are also in order for the Wilton Rancheria, Elk Grove, California. The National Park Service formally approved the Wilton Rancheria to assume Historic Preservation Officer duties within the Tribe's trust lands. Antonio Ruiz, Jr. is the tribe's Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO). The Wilton Rancheria is one of forty California tribes that have assumed THPO responsibilities. Visit our Tribal Historic Preservation Programs webpage to learn more.

NAPC Forum 2018 Seeking Keynote Speaker
The National Association of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) is inviting suggestions for a keynote speaker for their Forum 2018 national preservation conference. Conference organizers are looking for a keynote speaker who can speak on topics related to historic preservation and local historic preservation programs and efforts. Know of someone you think would be a great speaker? Send your suggestion (with the proposed speaker's contact information, if available) to The submission deadline is October 13, 2017.

Grant Opportunities from California Humanities
California Humanities is accepting applications for their Humanities for All grant program. The grants support locally initiated public humanities projects with a focus on underrepresented populations. Project Grant deadlines are February 1 and August 1, 2018. For smaller Quick Grants, the next deadline is October 16, 2017

Free Preservation Assessments from the CPP
The California Preservation Program (CPP) is offering free library and archives collection assessments through the California Preservation Assessment Project (CPAP). The assessment is a first step in helping small and mid-sized libraries and archives improve the care and preservation of permanent and historical collections. Nonprofit institutions and organizations, and public libraries, are invited to apply. The application deadline is December 15, 2017
Events and Education

CPF Design Awards, October 13
The California Preservation Foundation will present their 2017 Design Awards October 13, 2017, in San Francisco. The awards recognize excellence in all aspects of historic preservation.  Visit the CPF website for event details and a list of this year's awardees. 

Heritage Conservation Symposium, October 21
The University of Southern California School of Architecture is celebrating the 25/20/15 anniversaries of their heritage conservation programs by hosting a day-long symposium on the campus of USC. The symposium will "explore the nexus between heritage conservation and social justice," and will include speakers from a range of preservation, architectural, and cultural disciplines. Details can be found on the USC website. RSVP attendance by October 19, 2017.

SCA Data Sharing Meeting, October 21
The Society for California Archaeology (SCA) annual Data Sharing Meeting for Southern California will take place October 21, 2017, at Camp San Luis Obispo. The meeting provides an opportunity to learn, share, and discuss the latest in archaeological research, work, and approaches.  Visit the SCA Data Sharing Meetings webpage for details.

SHRC Meeting in Sacramento, October 27
Sacramento will be the setting for the final 2017 meeting of the State Historical Resources Commission. Agenda items include presenting resolutions from the Commission to the student recipients of National History Day in California Historic Places awards and special commendations. The Commission also will hear nominations for the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources. A list of the nominated properties can be viewed on our Pending Nominations page. Meeting time and location is listed on our SHRC Meeting Schedule and Notices page. The SHRC meeting will be live-streamed in its entirety on the Cal-Span network.

NTHP Annual Conference, November 14-17
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) is still 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 priorities.

Did You Know....

....the OHP partners with California tribes, supporting efforts to preserve places, lands, and traditions significant to tribal communities and heritage. On our Tribal Historic Preservation Programs webpage, we offer information and resources on preservation guidance for tribes, developing a tribal historic preservation plan, Section 106 and AB52, THPOs, and much 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.