Bi-Weekly Update - Jan. 15

Hello CCPHers,

Here are some interesting history events happening soon in California as well as articles pertaining to history. Thank you for your support.

CCPH invites any announcements or articles relating to history from our members and mailing list to include in our updates. Please email your submissions to

From: 2016 Western Archives Institute

The 30th annual Western Archives Institute will be held at Santa Clara University from July 10 – 22, 2016. The Western Archives Institute is an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but who have little or no previous archives education; those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials; those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.

The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.

Thomas Wilsted has agreed to serve as the 2016 Principal Faculty Member. During his career, he has worked at the Illinois State Historical Library, the National Library of New Zealand, The Salvation Army Archives and Research Center, and the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. He is currently the principal at Wilsted Consulting. He is the author of Managing Archival and Manuscript Repositories (SAA, 1991), Planning New and Remodeled Archival Facilities (SAA, 2007) and co-editor of Archival and Special Collections Facilities: Guidelines for Archivists, Librarians, Architects, and Engineers (SAA, 2010).

Wilsted taught archives administration at the University of Wyoming and the University of Connecticut, as well as numerous workshops for the Society of American Archivists. Most recently, he developed and taught workshops and webinars on fundraising and archival management for the California State Historical Records Advisory Board. Mr. Wilsted is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Tuition for the Institute is $700 and includes a selection of archival publications. Other non-negotiable fees including program transportation, facility fees, opening dinner, and luncheon at the closing program will be available in early February. Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost.

The application deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016. For additional program information, see, or contact:


Western Archives Institute

1020 O Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 653–7715

Fax: (916) 653–7134


The Western Archives Institute is co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists and the California State Archives.

The application package is available on the California State Archives web site at, and on the Society of California Archivists web site at

From: Conference of California Historical Societies

Spring Symposium 2016

San Juan Capistrano and Surrounding Communities


Thursday, February 25, 2016--Saturday, February 27, 2016

Check out our Program

The Conference of California Historical Societies is headed to the beautiful City of San Juan Capistrano. From its historic Mission and Los Rios Street to its vibrant trails, train depot and quaint downtown, the City of San Juan Capistrano offers a bevy of historic, entertaining and distinctive locales for tourists. We hope that you can join us for an inspiring weekend to kick off 2016.

Friday, February 24, 2016

Huell Howser Archives/Library Exhibits

Revisit the beauty of the Golden State through the permanent exhibit devoted to late TV legend Huell Howser at Chapman University. The exhibit includes images, text and artifacts, including snippets of his editing notes and a recreation of his office.

Dinner with the Living History Group

The local Living History Group wants to transport you back to the past. Who will be there to greet you? The ladies of the 1880s? Gun spinners and whip crackers? The pirates that plundered the Mission? Join us to find out!

Saturday, February 26, 2016

Tour of Downtown Historic Los Rios District

The Los Rios Historic District is the oldest neighborhood in California. Some of the forty homes still present date back to the late 1700s and early 1800s. Come explore the history of the place with an experienced tour guide, while being transported to the tranquil pace of a century long gone.

San Juan Capistrano Mission Tour

Known as the “Jewel of the Missions”, Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded by Father Serra in 1776. Join us for a tour of the museum rooms, exhibits, gardens and more with experienced docents, while learning about California’s early history.

Dinner with Richard Duree

Tiburcio Vasquez was a famed California bandito during the latter half of the 1800s. Mr. Duree, dressed as Vasquez would have been, will bring life to his misdeeds and travels.

For more information visit our website:

Conference of California Historical Societies

From: The Center for Sacramento History

The Center for Sacramento History, in partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education, will host Sacramento County History Day (SCHD) on Saturday, March 5th at Inderkum High School in Natomas. This year, young scholars in 4th-12th grade from around the county will gather to present their original projects in one of six categories based on the theme, “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.”

Friendly, service-oriented community members with an interest in history are invited to serve as judges at the competition. Judges evaluate student entries, providing positive feedback and constructive criticism to help them advance to the state competition in early May. Judge training takes place that morning, and breakfast and lunch are provided. It’s a fun day for all, and one that allows some of the best and brightest in our community to shine!

If you’re interested in being a judge, please visit!j-registration/c7t3 and select the “Complete a Judge Registration” tab on the right side of the screen. This will open a new registration page. Please make sure you select the link for “Volunteer for Sac County History” at the bottom of this page. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of completing the registration process.

If you’re not interested in judging but would still like to volunteer, there are many other opportunities to assist that day. Please use the same link as above only select the “Help out as a Volunteer,” and view the

What: Sacramento County History Day

Where: Inderkum High School, 2500 New Market Drive, Sacramento, CA 95835

When: March 5th, 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For more information please visit, or call (916) 808-7072.

From: California Office of Historic Preservation

News and Updates

New Action Plan for the CHRIS

The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), in cooperation with the regional Information Centers and the State Historical Resources Commission, has produced a new Maintenance and Operations Action Plan for the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS) for the time period November 1, 2015, through April 30, 2017. This plan includes a status update on the tasks identified in the 2013-2015 Action Plan, along with a new set of tasks to be completed by April 30, 2017. The plan furthers the progress being made on achieving modernization and sustainability of the CHRIS. To learn more about this effort, visit our Digitizing the CHRIS webpage.

SHRC to Hear National Register Nominations

The State Historical Resources Commission's (SHRC) first meeting of 2016 will be on January 29, in Sacramento. The Commissioners will hear and vote on seventeen nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Six of the properties are submitted in association with the John Lautner in Southern California Multiple Property Submission (MPS), which is concurrently submitted for the Commissioners' approval. Visit the Pending Nominations webpage for details about each nomination and to access copies of the meeting schedule and agenda.

NSF Grant to Help Preserve Hupa Language

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Documenting Endgangered Languages Program recently awarded a $245,000 grant to Justin Spence, associate professor at University of California, Davis (UCD), to research, document, and preserve the language of the Hoopa Valley Tribe of northern California. Spence, who also is

Director of the UCD Native American Language Center, will work with Hupa tribal members to preserve, digitize, and transcribe audio and video archives. The archives will be available to scholars, and to Hupa tribal members as they work to bring the Hupa language back into use. Click here to read more about this important project.

Events and Education

California Preservation Foundation (CPF) Upcoming Webinars

February 17, 2016: The California Historical Building Code: Empowering Design Professionals to Save Historic Buildings

February 24, 2016: The California Historical Building Code: Learning from the Los Angeles Broadway Corridor Reuse Guidelines

Registration information, and a complete listing of education offerings, is available on the CPF website.

Free Webinars from the OHP

We are once again partnering with CPF to offer a series of free webinars for the 2015-2016 education cycle. Webinar topics include:

Preparing a Successful Section 106 Consultation Packet

Incentives for Local Governments

Historic Tax Credits and the OHP

Visit our Training and Workshops webpage for full details and registration information.

Iconic Houses Conference, February 17-19, 2016

A chance to explore the architecture, purpose, and conservation of house museums is being offered at the 4th International Iconic Houses Conference in Los Angeles, February 17-19, 2016. The conference is hosted by the Getty Center in partnership with Pasadena Heritage and other sponsors. This year's theme focuses on Mid-Century Modern houses. Visit the Iconic Houses website for details and registration information.

From: CSU, Sacramento - Center for California Studies

The Center administers four fellowship programs. For a description of each program and application materials, please click on the links below:

These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. The 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California. The ranks of former fellows include a Justice of the California Supreme Court, members of the United States Congress and the State Legislature, a deputy director of the Peace Corps, state and local government officials, corporate executives and community leaders.

2016-17 fellowship year applications are due Monday, February 8th, 2016 by 5:00 PM Pacific Time.


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