California Office of Historic Preservation
September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month!
Our banner image is of the Pan American National Bank building in East Los Angeles. The Pan American National Bank is the oldest Latino-owned bank in California. The building's five-panel mosaic tile mural, by Mexican artist Jose Reyes Meza, is one of the earliest examples of the art form in East Los Angeles, and influenced the rise of the Chicano mural movement in the 1960s and 1970s. The bank's co-founder Romana Acosta
later became the first Latina Treasurer of the United States. The
Pan American National Bank building
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mobilizing for Heritage and the Future
Please join the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), and other preservation and climate partners, September 12-13, 2018, for the
Cultural Heritage Mobilization
event. Taking place in San Francisco in conjunction with the
Global Climate Action Summit
, the Mobilization event will highlight key ways that cultural heritage--tangible and intangible--can help communities achieve their climate targets. This includes heritage based carbon mitigation strategies like promoting the reuse of existing buildings and the sensitive retrofitting of older and historic buildings for energy efficiency.
Also addressed will be the important role heritage plays in enhancing adaptive capacity and reducing the vulnerabilities of communities, from building social cohesion to guiding resilience plan
Additionally, the Mobilization event will support and inform California's new
Cultural Resources Climate Change Task Force
, and will witness the launch of an international
Climate Heritage Network
comprised of city, state/provincial, regional, and tribal historic preservation offices along with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities, and other organizations.
California Historical Society
is hosting the event. Seating is limited, however, the event will be
beginning at 9:00 a.m. on September 12. So gather together with fellow preservationists and tune in to Climate Action!
News and Updates
September is National Preparedness Month
Every year, the month of September is dedicated to National Preparedness, focusing on planning and preparing for potential impacts from disasters. For those responsible for historic structures, sites, collections, and artifacts, safeguarding those historic resources can add extra challenges to disaster planning. We invite you to become familiar with our webpages dedicated to disaster planning, response, and recovery as it pertains to historic resources. Having a disaster plan already in place is one of the critical first steps to take in anticipation of future crisis.
Apply Now for NTHP Grants
Applications are now being accepted for the next round of grants from the
National Trust Preservation Funds Grant Program
. Funding ranges from $2,500 to $10,000 and supports preservation planning and educational projects.
: October 1, 2018.
Important Funding Opportunities from the NPS
The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division of the National Park Service (NPS) is accepting applications for two of its grant programs:
African American Civil Rights Grant Program
supports projects that identify, document, interpret, and preserve sites associated with the African American struggle to gain equal rights in the 20th century.
Application deadline: October 8, 2018.
New Grant Program from California Humanities
California Humanities (CalHum)
announces a new grant program,
Humanities for All
. Grants support projects that are grounded in the humanities and promote social and cultural understanding. Projects can be oral histories, reading or film discussion groups, community forums, exhibits, and other activities.
Application deadline: October 15, 2018.
2018-2019 CLG Grants Awarded
Staff of the OHP Local Government Unit are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 Certified Local Government Grants. The grants support local historic preservation programs and efforts. We received ten applications and awarded six grants to the following qualified municipalities. Congratulations!
Elevated to National Significance
On August 13, 2018,
Coit Memorial Tower
, San Francisco, achieved listing on the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of Art. The Keeper of the Register accepted additional documentation to amend an earlier listing at the state level of significance. Coit Tower rises to national significance because it is intrinsically associated with the extraordinary permanent exhibition of federally funded art created through the
Public Works of Art Project (PWAP)
Coit Tower mural project
was the single largest PWAP venture in the country. Congratulations to all who helped secure this well-deserved national recognition!
Program Comment Issued by the ACHP
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has issued a
Program Comment to Exempt Consideration of Effects to Rail Properties within Rail Rights-of-Way
. The agreement exempts undertakings that might affect historic rail properties within rail rights-of-way from Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. In a statement posted to the ACHP website, ACHP Executive Director John M. Fowler said "This is an important initiative that will bring significant efficiencies to rail and transit infrastructure projects that involve federal assistance or permits. Through these efforts, we are balancing the need to preserve historic properties while ensuring a sound and reliable national transportation system."
Federal Preservation Law Publication Updated
The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the publication of the fifth edition of
Federal Historic Preservation Laws
, an anthology of Federal laws and portions of laws related to the preservation of the nation's cultural heritage.
Online Job Posting Site from the CPF
California Preservation Foundation (CPF) is pleased to announce the launch of a
for listing and viewing job opportunities in preservation and related fields. The site is accessed through the CPF website - take a look!
WWI Centennial Commemoration
November 11, 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. Commemorative events have been taking place all year at the local, state, and national level. On November 11 at 11:00 a.m., local time, all across the nation, communities are invited to participate in the
Bells of Peace
, by tolling bells in schools, churches, town halls, fire stations and other community sites. Visit the
WWI Centennial Commission
website for information on how to participate in Bells of Peace and other commemorative events.
Events and Education
CPF Workshop, Los Angeles, September 6
for a full list of educational offerings.
CPF Announces Preservation Design Awards
Also from the California Preservation Foundation comes announcement of their Preservation Design Award recipients for 2018. Presentation of the awards will take place at a ceremony on Friday, October 19, 2018. Visit the
CPF Awards page
for details about awardees and the ceremony.
NPI Seminars Coming to California
for a full calendar of seminar offerings.
ACHP Training Coming to San Francisco, November 14
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is bringing their
Section 106 Basics
course to San Francisco, November 14, 2018. Attendees of the one-day course will learn and actively practice applying the four-step Section 106 review process.
PRP3 2019 Conference Accepting Session Proposals
There is still time to submit a session proposal for the
Preserving the Recent Past 3 Conference (PRP3)
, to be held March 13-16, 2019, in Los Angeles. The conference provides a forum for sharing the latest strategies for identifying, protecting, and preserving significant structures and sites from the post-World War II era.
Proposal deadline: September 15, 2018.
SCA 2018 Data Sharing Meetings
October is Archaeology Month and also the month the
Society for California Archaeology (SCA)
is holding their annual Data Sharing Meetings. The
Southern Data Sharing Meeting is set for October 6
, at California State University Channel Islands. California State University Chico will host the
Northern Data Sharing Meeting on October 20, 2018.
NTHP Annual Conference Accepting Registrations
Did You Know....
....PRC 5024 and 5024.5 are sections of the California Public Resources Code (PRC) that address the preservation of historic resources. These sections of the code require state agencies to take a number of actions to ensure preservation of state-owned historical resources under their jurisdictions. Section 5024 also requires consultation with the OHP when a project may impact historical resources located on state-owned lands. Visit our PRC 5024 & 5024.5 - State Agency Compliance webpage to learn more about these key sections of the PRC.
State Historical Resources Commission Meetings
Scheduled for 2018:
February 2 - Sacramento
May 17 - Palo Alto
August 3 - Sacramento
October 26 - Los Angeles
about Commission meetings,
actions, and responsibilities.
News from California State Parks
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