Share Your Message with Preservationists Across the State and Country

by Christine French  on November 1, 2018 | Uncategorized | No comments

As a statewide organization, the California Preservation Foundation is uniquely positioned to connect people and organizations from across the state. Our monthly newsletter lands in 12,000 inboxes and is seen by our 4,000+ followers on social media. We aim to include updates from around California, but there are many stories that we miss. So now, we are asking you for help.

We want to hear about the preservation action happening in your neighborhood! We want to hear about success stories and tales from the trenches. We want to hear about the important places in your back yard, and the work you are doing to save them. We want to hear from local organizations and individuals about the battles you are fighting – and what people from around the state can do to help.

We want to help connect California’s preservation community, building bridges across state.

Submitted stories should be:

  • Focused on a preservation issue or historic place in California, or have a strong California connection.
  • About a single place or organization, or an interview with an interesting individual.
  • Your own work or include permission to republish from the original author and/or publisher.
  • Between approximately 500-800 words long, and include a summary of no more than 100 words

To pitch a story, use the form below. You can also email links to events or already published stories of interest that you would like to be considered for inclusion in the newsletter or on CPF’s social media platforms to

Click here to submit an Advocacy Alert, requesting specific action or to raise awareness about an urgent preservation issue.

Newsletter Story Submission
Aim for between 500-800 words. We will work with you to edit and revise your submission, but proofreading and preliminary edits are appreciated.
Does this story need to come out by a particular date?
Is there any additional context or information you would like to provide, or links for additional reading or background information?
Maximum upload size: 26.21MB
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About the Author

I grew up in Southern California in a distinctly unique architectural period--Modernism. My father is old-style East LA from Boyle Heights and drove our Rambler (later replaced by a Ford Pinto) everywhere, using back roads, shortcuts, and "surface streets." He took my sister and I on adventures all through downtown and into the surrounding deserts. Along the way I absorbed and embraced the colorful landscapes of greater LA, from the Golden-era Hollywood exoticism of Grauman's Chinese Theatre to the minimalist designs of architects such as Richard Neutra. But, modernism structured my daily life in every way--I kept my childhood savings at a bank building by W.A. Sarmiento, attended concerts at the white-concrete arenas of Charles Luckman and Welton Becket, and ate apple pie or Monte Cristo sandwiches at exuberant Googie coffee shops all over the valley. I still have that sense of adventure, and am always eager to explore new ways of interpreting architecture and telling the stories of buildings and people that inspire me, in all mediums including films, books, and scholarly journals. I have lived in California, Utah, Florida, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. My degrees include a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Utah and a masters in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. I am an Expert Member of the Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage for the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and I specialize in the study, preservation, and rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures. ​