California Office of Historic Preservation
September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month! Our banner image is of the Petaluma Adobe in Sonoma, California. The two-story adobe served as headquarters of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo's Rancho de Petaluma, 1836-1846, the largest privately owned rancho in Mexican northern California. Now part of Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, the restored adobe is California Historical Landmark No. 18, and a National Historic Landmark. September is also National Preparedness Month. We invite you to visit our Disasters and Historic Resources webpage for information and resources to help in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters.
(Photo courtesy of California State Parks).  
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Protecting Heritage in the Face of Disaster
In light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, we wanted to highlight some resources and information specific to the protection of historic, cultural, and archaeological resources in the face of disasters.

On our office website, the Disasters and Historic Resources webpage offers a broad scope of information and materials to help prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. 

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) website lists a number of valuable articles and publications to inform and guide those who are responsible for the protection of treasured resources. Included among the NCPTT offerings is the timely publication, Resilient Heritage: Protecting Your Historic Home from Natural Disasters 

A series of articles from the National Trust for Historic Preservation provide another source of good information and advice for dealing with the impacts of disasters: 

These are just some of the many resources available to help ensure as safe and successful an outcome as possible when dealing with worst case situations. 

(Images, top to bottom: Hurricane Harvey, courtesy of ABC News; Resilient Heritage, courtesy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation)

NAGPRA Grants Awarded to California Tribes

The National Park Service (NPS) recently awarded $1.6 million in grants to Indian tribes and museums to assist in consultation, documentation, and repatriation of Native American remains and cultural items. 

Of the sixteen tribes and fifteen museums awarded grants nationwide, four California Indian tribes and one California museum are among the recipients:

Wiyot Tribe, Loleta 

Our congratulations to all for receiving this important funding! Visit the NPS website to see the full list of recipients and learn more about NAGPRA and the grant program.
Remembering World War I 100 Years Later

California's commemoration of the World War I (WWI) Centennial continues throughout this year and the next. A number of cities and counties have issued proclamations honoring the historic anniversary. The State Historical Resources Commission issued a resolution at their May 10, 2017 meeting, recognizing the centennial and the work of the California World War I Centennial Task Force. Most recently, the California State Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs approved a bill to go forward to the California legislature to formally commemorate the centennial statewide.  

Besides recognition by governmental bodies, citizens are honoring the centennial with efforts of their own. One such undertaking involved the rediscovery and restoration of an almost forgotten World War I memorial in Los Angeles. We share here Part 1 & Part 2 of this story as shared on the site "Roads to the Great War." Have you been involved with efforts to preserve WWI memorials? Is there a WWI memorial in your community? Email us a photo along with a brief story about the memorial, and we will include it here in the pages of our ePost. 

For more about the 100th anniversary of World War I, visit the websites of the California WWI Centennial Task Force, and the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission

(Image: Re-dedication of WWI memorial, Victory Memorial Grove, Los Angeles. Courtesy of Courtland Jindra)

News and Updates

Presidential Order Regarding Infrastructure Projects
On August 15, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order on Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure. Among other things, the order directs federal agencies to complete their environmental reviews of "major infrastructure projects" within an average of two years, guided by a lead agency that coordinates all required federal environmental reviews to result in "one federal decision." Visit the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's (ACHP) website for the ACHP assessment of the executive order. 

US Army Corps of Engineers Seeks Public Input
Also per a recent Executive Order, federal agencies are tasked with reviewing their regulations. As part of their compliance with the order, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on their existing regulations, which include Appendix C. The deadline for comments is September 18, 2017.  

ACHP Guidance Regarding Non-Federally Recognized Tribes
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) recently published the  Guide to Working with Non-Federally Recognized Tribes in the Section 106 Process. The guidance encourages federal agencies to include non-federally recognized tribes in Section 106 consultations when resources of significance to tribes may be affected by an undertaking. 

Governor's Awards Event Sponsors Welcome!
We once again welcome sponsors for the annual Governor's Historic Preservation Awards ceremony and reception. The 2017 awards ceremony will take place in November. Donations from sponsors provide frames for the award certificates and refreshments at the award ceremony, and help cover other event costs. Plus, sponsors have the honor and satisfaction of supporting a program that celebrates the best in historic preservation and is California's only state-run awards program! Visit our Sponsors webpage for details, and contact Deputy SHPO Jenan Saunders if interested in becoming a sponsor. Your support is very much appreciated!

NAPC Accepting Session Proposals
The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) is accepting session proposals for their annual conference. FORUM 2018 will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, and will focus on a variety of topics of value and importance to local historic preservation boards and commissions. The deadline for proposals is September 29, 2017.

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.   
Events and Education

California Preservation Foundation Workshops

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

Section 106 Trainings Available Online from the ACHP
A series of new Section 106 courses is now available online through the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) website. The courses cover everything from Section 106 basics to integration of Section 106 reviews with the National Environmental Policy Act review process. 

SCA Data Sharing Meetings for 2017
The Society for California Archaeology's (SCA) annual Data Sharing Meetings provide an opportunity 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.

Registration Open for CPF Annual Design Awards
The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) is accepting registrations for their annual Preservation Design Awards & President's Awards. The awards ceremony takes place Friday, October 13, 2017, in San Francisco. Event details and a list of this year's awardees are available on the CPF website.

NTHP Accepting Registrations for 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 website provides a variety of information related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Visit our CEQA webpage to find a list of frequently asked questions, case studies, links to CEQA guidelines and flowchart, information about AB52, and much more. Check it out and discover the many ways that CEQA works!  

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.