Bi-Weekly Update - September 9

Hello CCPHers,

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

In other news:

  • Registration for the CCPH 2016 Annual Conference at CSU, Sacramento on October 21st and 22nd is now available! Please check our CCPH Events webpage for instructions on how to register. Also take a look at the conference schedule, which includes information about the tours and workshops that will be offered.

  • CCPH is still actively seeking nominations for our 2016 Awards, recognizing those in the Public History field doing extraordinary work. For more information about the awards that we offer and how to submit a nomination, visit our Awards webpage. Award nominations are due by September 15, 2016!

  • CCPH is currently accepting nominations for the CCPH Board of Directors. Elections for the four available seats will be held at the CCPH 2016 Annual Conference luncheon. In your nominations, please include the name of the nominee and his/her interest in serving as a CCPH Board member. Please email all nominations to

Thank you for your continuous support and interest in CCPH!

From: Contra Costa County Historical Society

Saturday, September 24

Author in the Archives – on location in Concord


Willow Pass Community Center

2748 E. Olivera Street

Concord, CA

Join us in Concord, CA as we honor the culture and heritage of Contra Costa County's first human inhabitants. Author Dean McLeod will talk about his research on one of the County's first people - the Chupcan tribe.

Did you know? The land across the street from the Willow Pass Community Center is where the Chupcans built a village and lived for hundreds and possibly thousands of years. The Chupcans, a tribelet of the Bay Miwok Indians, are known to have inhabited Diablo Valley likely from Clayton to Pacheco.

Dean's talk will conclude with a walk across the street from the Community Center to see the tree line that marks the former stream where the village once stood.

WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2016

WHERE: Willow Pass Community Center 2748 E. Olivera Street, Concord, CA

DETAILS: Admission is free.

RSVP is requested. Call 925-229-1042 or email

Free, ample parking is available at the Comm Center.

$10 suggested donation at the door.

For more information, visit


Dean McLeod is a long-standing member of the Contra Costa County Historical Society and served on its Board for 10 years. Dean is current President of the Bay Point Historical Society, and has served on their Board for over 15 years. He is the author of two books, Images of America: Bay Point, California and Images of America: Port Chicago. He has also written numerous articles, including James Ross - the Experiences of a Scottish Immigrant to America, and Sheaves of Wheat: The Heritage of George V. Stevenson and Eliza Maria Smith.

Dean's career spans 41 years in family and local history, including time at Brigham Young University, extensive field research in archives around the United States and Great Britain. He was a founder of the Association of Professional Genealogists (an international organization) and has spent the past 27 years as a forensic genealogist.

From: California Humanities

The Farmworker Movement in California: From Chavez Onwards

Please join us for our 5th stop of the On the Road with California Humanities series, part of a national celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. The Farmworker Movement in California: From Chavez Onwards September 28, 2016 - 7:00pm - Fresno Art Museum

Free and open to the public. Please register HERE.

Noted director and playwright Luis Valdez, founder of El Teatro Campesino will led a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winner Miriam Pawel on how the farmworker movement of the past can help inform the future of agriculture, along with Dawn Mabalon, Associate Professor of History at San Francisco State University and Samuel Orozco, author and National News and Information Director of Radio Bilingüe.

Read this month’s blog: Miriam Pawel Talks About the Farmworker Movement in California

Please forward this invitation to anyone you might think be interested and mark your calendar for our series finale:

In Tune: The Arts and Humanities in the Golden State October 26, 2016 – 6:30pm – Oakland Museum of California

A celebration of California’s rich culture, and a discussion of the importance of arts and humanities education featuring Pulitzer Prize finalist and pioneer in electronic music, Morton Subotnik in conversation with Sarah Crowell from Destiny Arts Center and Marc Bamuthi Joseph from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in partnership with California Arts Council. To register, please click HERE.

Looking forward to seeing you on the road!

From: California Office of Historic Preservation

News and Updates

California Properties Added to the National Register

Four California properties were listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as of August 26, 2016:

Big Creek Hydroelectric System Historic District, Fresno County

John Muir Memorial Shelter, Kings Canyon National Park, Fresno County

Harrison Lyons Homestead Historic District (location restricted), San Benito County

Providence Townsite, San Bernardino County

To see previous and current listings on the National Register, visit the NRHP Weekly List webpage.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15

Explore and celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of Latino Americans. Visit our Hispanic Heritage Month webpage for background on this month long observance, and for links to events taking place nationally, statewide, and locally. Is your community hosting Hispanic Heritage events? Let us know and we'll post it to our page! Contact Diane Barclay, Outreach and Communications Coordinator at 916-445-7026, or

Also, visit our Preserve Latino History page to learn how you can help to preserve sites associated with California's Latino heritage.

Section 304 Guidance Available from the ACHP

A "Frequently Asked Questions" guidance document about Section 304 of the National Historic Preservation Act is now available from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). The document answers questions and provides guidance about the use of Section 304 to protect sensitive information about historic properties.

Got Heritage? Celebrate it!

Preserve America communities are nationally recognized for their commitment to historic preservation and the preservation and promotion of their own unique heritage. If you know of a community deserving of such recognition, Preserve America would like to hear from you! Information and applications can be found on the Preserve America website. Click here to see a list of the more than 900 communities already designated.

For those communities already designated, Preserve America is in the process of updating their database of information about each community. Please contact Judy Rodenstein to make sure your current contact and city government information is on file.

Events and Education

NPS Historic Tax Credit Webinar

The National Park Service is hosting a historic tax credit webinar geared toward first-time applicants.

September 15: Applying for the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit - Introductory Level

ACRA Annual Conference, September 15-18

The American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) is hosting their annual conference in Palm Springs, September 15-18, 2016. This year's theme: "From Midcentury to Modern: 50 Years of CRM." ACRA is the national trade association supporting and promoting cultural resource management firms and historic preservation.

Native American Day at the State Capitol

The 49th annual Native American Day will be celebrated Friday, September 23, 2016, on the grounds of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Native American Day is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Friday in September, and is a chance to learn about the history, crafts, food, dances, and traditions of California's tribal cultures.

Events also will take place on the campus of California State University San Bernardino, from 6-9 p.m., September 23, 2016, and are open to the public.

CPF Awards Presentation, September 29

On the evening of September 29, 2016, the California Preservation Foundation (CPF) will award their 2016 Preservation Design Awards. The annual awards recognize exemplary work in the field of historic preservation. Visit the CPF website for ticket information and a list of this year's awardees.

SCA Data Meetings Set

The Society for California Archaeology (SCA) has set the dates for their annual Data Sharing Meetings. The meetings provide an opportunity for professionals, students, and the public to share and learn about the latest research and information from the field of archaeology.

October 1: Northern Data Sharing Meeting, Amador County Fairgrounds

October 29: Southern Data Sharing Meeting, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Save the Dates!

The OHP will be presenting two more local government workshops in 2016, hosted by the cities of Napa on October 21, and Fresno on November 4. These free workshops cover a variety of preservation related topics and are open to local government staff, planners, commission members, and others interested in preserving the historic and cultural resources of their community. Visit our Preservation Education Workshops webpage for information and to register.

NTHP Annual Conference, November 15-18

Registration is now open for the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) annual PastForward Conference to be held in Houston, November 15-18, 2016. This year's conference will look at the first fifty years of the National Historic Preservation Act and consider the challenges as the Act and preservation head into the next half-century.

From: Maidu Museum & Historic Site


California Council for the Promotion of History

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