Bi-Weekly Update - April 16

Hello CCPHers,

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

In other news:

  • 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 California History Action web page. Any Public History articles, book reviews, events and/or projects are welcomed as submissions to help us promote history. Email any of your submissions to

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From: California Office of Historic Preservation

News and Updates

SHRC Meeting to Include National Register Nominations

Pasadena will be the location of the next meeting of the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). The meeting will be on May 10, 2017, in conjunction with the California Preservation Foundation Annual Conference, and is open to the public. Among agenda items to be addressed by the SHRC are fourteen nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, and one nomination for the California Register of Historical Resources. Visit our Pending Nominations webpage to learn about the nominated properties.

Preservation, Local Governments, and Archaeology

A paper out of Portland State University addresses the role of archaeology in local government historic preservation planning. Incorporating Archaeology Into Local Government Historic Preservation and Planning: A Review of Current Practice, initially was published last year in the Journal of the American Planning Association, and is now available for free and open public access.

Public Meetings Regarding Asian American History Survey

The City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources (OHR) is holding a series of public meetings to encourage public participation in identifying and documenting places associated with the life and history of Los Angeles' Asian American communities. The survey project is supported by a grant from the National Park Service. Meetings will be held in April and May. Visit the SurveyLA website for dates and registration information.

Preservation Month is Approaching - Let Us Know What You Have Planned

May is Preservation Month! The month-long observance provides an opportunity to celebrate and educate about the value and many successes of historic preservation. Is your community, organization, tribe, or neighborhood planning Preservation Month activities? Let us know and we will post a link to your event on our California Preservation Month webpage!

2017-2018 CLG Grants Now Accepting Applications

Our Local Government and Environmental Compliance Unit is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Certified Local Government Grants. Grants are awarded to qualifying local governments to assist with a variety of historic preservation projects and programs. Visit our Certified Local Government Program webpage to learn more about the program, and past and present grant recipients. Applications are due May 1, 2017.

Governor's Historic Preservation Awards-Still Time to Submit Nominations!

Do you know of a project, organization, agency, or individual whose work exemplifies the best in historic preservation? We encourage you to submit a nomination for the 2017 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards. Application forms and criteria for the 2017 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards are available through the OHP website. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2017.

Nominations Also Being Accepted for CPF Awards

The California Preservation Foundation is accepting nominations for the 34th Annual Preservation Design Awards, recognizing preservation efforts large and small. An awards ceremony will be held in October in San Francisco. The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2017.

Two Fellowship Opportunities from the ACHP

For Fall Semester 2017, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is offering two learning opportunities for college and university students.

The ACHP Alumni Foundation is sponsoring a 10-12 week scholar position with the ACHP Office of Native American Affairs. The position is available to American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander students. The deadline to apply is May 30, 2017. Click here for details and the application form.

The ACHP and the Smithsonian Institute have partnered to offer a fellowship focused on Latino culture, heritage, sites, and artifacts. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2017. Click here for details and application instructions.

Events and Education

Preservation Month Symposium, April 23

The City of Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board will host their annual Preservation Month Symposium on April 23, 2017. The symposium is a free public event that highlights and celebrates the City's historic resources and the efforts to preserve them.

Free Webinar from the NTHP, April 27

The National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with NeighborWorks America, is offering a free webinar exploring the importance local, small businesses have in helping to preserve historic neighborhoods and downtown districts.

Main Street Now Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 1-3

The 2017 Main Street Now Conference, is being held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference provides an opportunity for attendees to share and learn about the latest challenges, successes, and best practices related to preserving and revitalizing historic downtowns.

LA Conservancy Preservation Awards, May 3

Awards for excellence in historic preservation will be awarded at the Los Angeles Conservancy's 36th Annual Preservation Awards Luncheon on May 3, 2017. The awards recognize a variety of successful efforts to preserve the historic buildings and sites of the Los Angeles region.

California Preservation Foundation Webinar, May 11

The webinar "Going on the Offensive: Telling the True Story of Preservation Impact on Affordability" looks at recent challenges faced by some of California's popular preservation programs.

CPF 2017 Annual Conference, May 10-13

The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) is marking its 40th year in 2017! This year's annual conference takes place in Pasadena, in partnership with Pasadena Heritage. Conference sessions will provide an opportunity to look at historic preservation work and successes of the past, and consider directions for the future. Visit the CPF website for registration and conference details.

State Historical Resources Commission Meetings for 2017

May 10 - Pasadena

July 28 - TBD

October 27 - TBD

Learn More about Commission meetings, actions, and responsibilities

From: California Historical Society

Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss, and Luck

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 6:00 PM California Historical Society, San Francisco Learn More

The Gold Rush altered the course of world history and transformed the social and cultural landscapes of the American West. Hundreds of thousands of eager migrants rushed to California seeking instant wealth and memorable adventures. But the gold seekers often experienced unexpectedly hard work and disappointment, along with powerful forces of nature – fire and flood. Gold Rush California was frequently swept by massive conflagrations and some of the worst floods in our history. For example, during an 18-month period from 1849 to 1851, San Francisco suffered from seven enormous fires. Historian Gary Noy will present an illustrated lecture on these “Gods of Destruction,” drawing upon material from his book Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck. He will detail the impact and aftermath of many Gold Rush fires. He will also describe the mammoth floods from 1850 to 1862 and their continuing influence on today’s flood prevention measures.

Rosie McGee - The Grateful Dead: Before, During, & After the "Summer of Love"

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:00 PM California Historical Society, San Francisco Learn More

Author and Photographer Rosie McGee’s talk, The Grateful Dead: Before, During & After the Summer of Love", will be illustrated with her intimate photos of the band, taken when she lived, traveled and worked with them during their first decade as a band. Her lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. She will have copies of her book and selected photo prints available for purchase.

From: American Association for State and Local History

Upcoming Continuing Education

Project Management for History Professionals Apr 10 - May 5 Online course Cost: $350 AASLH Members/ $425 Nonmembers Collections Camp: Textiles Apr 24 - 25 Onsite workshop in Indianapolis, IN Cost: $300 AASLH Members/ $425 Nonmembers Developing Exhibitions May 15 - July 7 Online course $195 AASLH members/ $295 Nonmembers NARA Rethinks How to Store Presidential Records

The National Archives and Records Administration is currently processing and archiving over 500 million files, digital records created by the Obama administration that represent the largest transfer in NARA's history. The organization is grappling with how best to store the wealth of digital content created by presidential administrations, including social media posts, emails, and documents, that will increase exponentially each year. Read more here.

2017 Developing History Leaders @SHA Applications Due May 15

For three weeks in November, Developing History Leaders @SHA brings together dozens of leaders from the history field to Indianapolis to explore best and future practices for executive management and leadership at museums, archives, historical societies, preservation organizations, historic sites, and heritage areas. Applications are due May 15. To learn more and apply, visit

Live Civil War Cannon Balls Found in Museum

Staff at Petersburg, Virginia's Siege Museum were surprised to learn that several Civil War-era cannon balls in their collections were still live and dangerous. State police were called in to do x-rays, and an explosive ordnance disposal team is scheduled to remove the artifacts for safety. Read more in the Washington Times.


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