Bi-Weekly Update - Feb. 26

Hello CCPHers,

Here are some interesting history events happening soon in California as well as articles pertaining to history.

CCPH invites any announcements or articles relating to history from our members and mailing list to include in our updates. CCPH is also accepting submissions for our new and upcoming California History Action webpage, which will be updated very soon and posted onto our website. Any public history articles, book reviews, events and/or projects are welcomed as submissions to help us promote history on this new webpage.

Please email your submissions to Thank you for your continuous support and interest in CCPH.

From: City of San Francisco Mayor’s Office

San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint 2016

On the weekend of March 5 & 6, 2016, the City of San Francisco Mayor’s Office opens the Old Mint to the public for a free community open house, the San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint. Used only occasionally for special private events, “The Granite Lady” will come alive with stories of the City’s unique past as over 75 organizations offer pop-up museums throughout the building and vaults from 11 AM–5 PM on Saturday, March 5, and from 11 AM–4 PM on Sunday, March 6. Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors, authors of history, filmmakers, and other history enthusiasts for this weekend showcase.

Highlights of the weekend include presentations by local historians, mini-theaters set up in the ground floor vaults of the Old Mint, dozens of authors on hand to discuss and sell their books, special meet up tables for social media history geeks as well as for alumni of San Francisco high schools, and guided tours of the building.

This weekend event is hosted by the City of San Francisco Office of the Mayor in partnership with NonPlusUltra Inc.

To volunteer, write us at

For general information on the event or to see a list of participating organizations, visit or write to

From: California Office of Historic Preservation

California Office of Historic Preservation Local Government Training Workshop March 18, 2016


Benicia State Capitol Historic Park 115 W. G Street Benicia, CA 94510


Friday, March 18, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The City of Benicia will host a California Office of Historic Preservation's (OHP) Local Government Training Workshop on Friday, March 18, 2016. The OHP is committed to providing educational opportunities to local communities throughout the state. You can view the complete 2016 training schedule on the OHP Local Government Workshops Page.

Trainers at this workshop include Lucinda Woodward, Amanda Blosser, Shannon Lauchner, and Sean de Courcy, of the Office of Historic Preservation.

This event is free but seating is limited and advanced registration is required. We have already received several registrations, so if you filled out the form, you're all signed up!

Register now here!

From: American Association for State and Local History

Upcoming Continuing Education

February 22- March 21, 2016

Basics of Archives (Online Course)

Cost: $85 AASLH Members/ $160 Nonmembers


March 2, 2016, 3-4:15 EST

Getting Ready for Grants (Webinar)

Cost: $40 AASLH Members/ $115 Nonmembers


March 9, 2016, 3-4:15 EST

Writing the Grant- What’s the Process Like? (Webinar)

Cost: $40 AASLH Members/ $115 Nonmembers


March 14-15, 2016

Project Management for History Professionals (Onsite Workshop)

Cost: $475 AASLH Members/$550 Nonmembers

Location: Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, City of Industry, CA


History News

Can Women Educators Have it All?

History vs. Heritage – What stories are museums sharing? URL:

New Museum Dedicated to “Unsung Heroes” to Open in Kansas in May 2016


American History Lives: A Story Of The People, By The People, For The People


From: National Council on Public History


· Historic site visitation decreasing with each generation. The American Academy of Arts & Sciences’ Humanities Indicators project reports that historic site visitation is down across the board and decreasing with each generation. For full details, see

· Giving your internship an ethical makeover. Emily Turner discusses strategies for dropping unpaid internships and remolding your institution’s internship program along ethical guidelines. She includes a valuable list of concrete ways to improve internship programs for both institutions and interns.

· Mapping the sound of the past. A team of art historians and audio engineers has mapped the acoustic fingerprints of several Byzantine churches. Another has mapped the sounds of 1920s New York. The Atlantic explores how these historians combat our traditional view of a “silent” past.

· Memorial plaques installed in Moscow. The Last Address project places memorial plaques on buildings that once housed victims of Stalin’s purges. This has attracted controversy in a community often willing to forget a difficult past.

· Did you or your organization do something amazing this year? If you think your work deserves recognition, consider applying to the AASLH 2016 Leadership in History Awards program. Applications are due March 1.


· Who tells your story? – by Ellen Noonan at

· Public history on Broadway (Part 1) – by Adina Langer at

· Photography and Civil War memory (Part 1) – by Kristen Treen at

· Memory, ideology, practice & place: History at the edges – by James Brooks at


· 30 jobs posted 2/22, including museum director in Alaska, guest curator in Virginia, public programs manager in California, executive director in Iowa, and more. If you’re an employer and would like to post a job announcement with us, please use the submission form on our website:

From: California Historical Society


Peoples Park: A Discussion Tuesday, March 22, 6:00 PM Attend

With public participation and public use at its core, Peoples Park represents the tumultuous and inspiring era of the 1960s and asks all of us to pose deep questions around the reclamation of public places and its use over time.

Join us for a stirring discussion between two historians around the creation of Berkeley's Peoples Park. We will start with a presentation on Berkeley in the 1960s and the environment that produced the park and then dive into a discussion around the park itself.

Panelists: Jon David Cash, author of the California History journal article "Peoples Park: Birth and Survival," and William Rorabaugh, Dio Richardson Endowed Professor History at University of Washington and author of The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition, The Craft Apprentice: From Franklin to the Machine Age, and Berkeley at War: The 1960s.

Exhibition Highlights

Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971 On view through May 1 In the summer of 1966, renowned American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916–2009) and his wife, dance pioneer Anna Halprin (born 1920), began a series of experimental, cross-disciplinary workshops in northern California that offered a new approach to environmental awareness. Drawn from architecture, ecology, music, cinematography, graphics, choreography, and lighting, Experiments in Environment brought together artists, dancers, architects, and environmental designers in avant-garde environmental arts experiences. From June 27 to July 22 that summer, they engaged multi-sensory activities in alternating environments according to loosely structured, written guidelines—from movement sessions, to blindfolded awareness walks, to collective building projects, to choreographed journeys in urban plazas, parks, and rail cars. Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971 is organized by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Architectural Archives at the University of Pennsylvania. This exhibition is generously sponsored by: George Lucas Family Foundation, Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund, John & Marcia Goldman Foundation, Gerson Bakar, Levi's Plaza, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, John and Lisa Pritzker Family Fund, Diane Wilsey, CAW Architects, TMG Partners, Flora L. Thornton Foundation, Barbara and Ron Kaufman, William A. Witte, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, EHDD, Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, Fred M. Levin & Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation. Learn more.


California Council for the Promotion of History

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