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2024 July Preservation ePost

Pictures of historic sites throughout California

Making History a Summer Destination

Summer offers a chance to not only experience California’s natural landscapes but also its rich cultural heritage and history. Housed administratively within the California State Parks since 1975, the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) has worked across the State to identify, evaluate, register, and protect diverse historical sites. The OHP is proud to work with individuals, communities, non-profits, and local governments throughout the State to preserve historic landmarks, buildings, neighborhoods, and even ships!

With a diverse landscape and history, California provides opportunities to learn and explore in every county. Experience the intersection of the State’s natural and cultural history at the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park in Amador County. Visit lively historic neighborhoods with a stroll through one of the State’s many historic districts. Or take a step back in time and tour the only surviving pre-Sacramento state capitol at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. With such a rich history to preserve, there is likely a site or park of interest for everyone.


We invite you to learn about many of California’s historic sites and designated properties through the OHP’s California Historical Resources page and the State Parks website.

State Historic Tax Credit Updates!

The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) will start a 15-day Public Review and Comments period starting midnight on July 10th for the proposed changes to the regulation text for the State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program. The public comment period closes at midnight on July 25, 2024.

The California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with proposed regulation text for the regular rulemaking process for the State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program. The public comment period closes on July 22, 2024.


The Eastern Information Center (EIC) of the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS), located at UC Riverside, ceased operations on Friday, June 28, 2024. The EIC held cultural resources records for Inyo, Mono, and Riverside counties. 

The University of California, Riverside, and the State Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) are working collaboratively to ensure that the transfer of records to existing Information Centers is done as efficiently and quickly as possible. Once more information is available, including a tentative schedule, information will be posted to the OHP CHRIS webpage at: California Historical Resources Information System.

OHP realizes the inconvenience that the closure may present to customers and is working diligently to restore access to the cultural resources records as soon as possible. OHP appreciates your understanding and patience.

Summer Grant Opportunities

History of Equal Rights Grant Program (National Park Service) supports efforts to document, interpret, and preserve sites associated with the struggles for equal rights in America.

Application Deadline: August 20, 2024.

California Humanities Grant Programs (California Humanities) support a variety of efforts by nonprofits and public agencies to preserve and educate about California's richly diverse heritage.

Upcoming deadlines from July 2024 through February 2025 for a variety of grant programs.

African American Civil Rights Grants (National Park Service) support the documentation, interpretation, and preservation of sites associated with the struggle for African American civil rights from the transatlantic slave trade onward.

Application Deadline: September 5, 2024. 

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Designating California!

Petaluma Woman's Club

Founded in 1895, the Petaluma Woman's Club soon found itself in need of a meeting place to accommodate its growing member base. Purchasing a lot on B Street for $3,000, the women's club commissioned renowned architect Brainerd Jones and contractor M.H. Fredericks. The clubhouse was built in the Craftsman style with tall windows, a wide, welcoming front porch, and dramatic gables. An extension was added in 1928 to accommodate the increase in members, and the building retains all aspects of integrity.

From the open house on July 4, 1914, the Petaluma Woman’s Club was a success, regularly hosting dinners, poetry readings, performances, and lectures on a variety of topics. Still active today, the club's members are dedicated to civic, political, and national causes and work to improve the community at large.

The clubhouse has become an important part of the club and the town's history. The Petaluma Woman's Club has served the community for over a century, and the continued maintenance of its building as a center for events supporting women is important to the town's heritage.

The Petaluma Woman's Club was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 11, 2024.

Image courtesy of Colleen Mahoney

State Historical Resources Commission

SAVE THE DATES! The next State Historical Resources Commission workshop and meeting are coming! 11 nominations will be considered for the National Register of Historic Places, including Capitol Tower, the HQ built for Capitol Records. Details are at

August Commission Workshop and Meeting flyer

The State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) meets quarterly each year. Commission meetings are open to the public and live-streamed through the Cal-Span network. Meeting dates, times, and agendas are posted on the SHRC Meeting Schedule and Notices page of the OHP website.


For upcoming nominations, visit the Pending Nominations page. Nominations already heard by the Commission are listed on the Actions Taken page, and video recordings of SHRC meetings are posted to Meeting Recordings & Summaries.

News, Education, and More

NAPC Annual Conference

The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) holds their annual FORUM conference from July 31 through August 4, 2024, in West Palm Beach, Florida. The conference provides an opportunity to share and learn the latest information and best practices related to the work of preservation commissions and their staff. Registration is now open.

NTHP Annual Conference

Registration is open for the 2024 PastForward Conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). The conference takes place in New Orleans, October 28-30, 2024, and offers an opportunity to share and learn about the latest news and trends in historic preservation.

Learning Opportunities from the TPS

Summer is a good time to brush up on your preservation knowledge! The Technical Preservation Services (TPS) division of the National Park Service offers a series of free, online trainings on a variety of topics including Sustainability Guidelines, Rehabilitation Guidelines, Incentives, Local Historic Districts, and more. TPS also offers an extensive series of publications offering guidance and how-to knowledge on a broad range of preservation topics and applications.

HistoriCorps Projects in California

HistoriCorps is now accepting registrations for their 2024 season of volunteer preservation projects. Project participants work on public lands, learning the hands-on skills of repairing, restoring, and preserving historic resources. HistoriCorps provides the training, tools, and meals. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. There are California projects available from July through September:

Prairie Creek Fish Hatchery

Camp Rabideau Pavilion and Barrack

Bunker Hill Lookout

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