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Santa Clara County Preservation Alliance

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National Preservation Month

Preservation Month began as National Preservation Week in 1973. In 2005, the National Trust extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even greater opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states.

In recognition of this year’s National Preservation Month, the Santa Clara County Preservation Alliance will host a Preservation Awards Night to bring the public and local preservation groups together for a celebratory event.


Santa Clara County Preservation Alliance (SCCPA)

Who is the Santa Clara County Preservation Alliance? In recognition of 2024 National Preservation Month, the Santa Clara County Historic Heritage Commission, the San Jose Historic Landmarks Commission, the Preservation Action Council of San Jose, the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County, History San Jose, and Campbell Historical Museum have joined together to host our 3rd consecutive Awards Night honoring individuals and organizations who have made significant historical and cultural preservation contributions throughout Santa Clara County.

SCCPA Preservation Awards Night – Friday, May 17th, 7:00 pm (Gates open 6:45 pm) 
$20 General Admission, Under 18 Free


The intent of the SCCPA Awards Night is:

  • To recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations in the community who have made outstanding contributions to historic preservation.

  • To showcase exemplary preservation throughout the community that may serve as inspiration for future preservation.

  • To encourage preservation of historic homes or buildings that may prevent future demolition of historic properties.

  • To educate the community on the merits of historic architecture and preservation.

  • To share ideas and projects various preservation groups throughout the county.


  • The San Jose Fire Museum Team for preserving, adapting, and transforming the former San Jose Fire Station One into the San Jose Fire Museum.

  • Ocie Tinsley for outstanding support of the African American Heritage House at History Park, San José.

  • Sue Cucuzza for preserving, managing, and advancing awareness of the Ashworth/Remillard House and its history.

  • Sally Zarnowitz and Peter Hurd for leading a collaborative effort to add the Eichler Tract homes of Fairglen Additions to the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Bill Mabry and John Tabuena-Frolli for carrying through to completion the restoration of the Smith House to be used for commercial purposes.

  • The Moffet Field Historical Society for outstanding preservation and educational programs of Moffet Field's rich aviation and military history in Santa Clara County.

  • Eddie Bowers for sustained cultural leadership in coordinating Morgan Hill's annual Veteran's Day commemoration since 1991.

  • Lucy Solorzano for establishing the Native American Traveling Trunks Program at Gilroy Museum to instill awareness, education, and interest of Amah Mutson Tribal history.

  • Dr. Gregorio Mora-Torres for tirelessly sharing the history of the Chicano Movement in Santa Clara County through extraordinary documentation and educational programs.

  • Dr. Yvonne Kwan for extraordinary work in collecting and protecting Asian American and Pacific Islander oral history and stories for future generations.

  • Michael and Doreen Boulland for decades of untiring dedication to south Santa Clara County historic education and preservation.

  • Jim Zetterquist: Lifetime Preservation Achievement Award for over three decades of outstanding historic preservation advancement, service, and promotion of  San Jose history/preservation organizations.


Q:  Why was the SCCPA formed?

A:  In a spirit of collaboration, the SCCPA was formed in 2022 to bring preservation groups throughout Santa Clara County together to celebrate National Preservation Month as well as promote and enhance knowledge of the county’s heritage. 

Q:  What is the purpose of the Preservation Awards Night?

A:  The purpose of the Preservation Awards Night is to bring Santa Clara County preservation groups, historical societies, and museums together to meet, share and honor individuals and organizations who have made significant historical and cultural preservation contributions throughout Santa Clara County.

Q:  How were preservation award recipients selected?

A:  The SCCPA reached out to over 40 preservation groups, historical societies and museums throughout the county and asked them to consider nominating a candidate or group who has made a significant preservation contribution.

Q: What can I expect at the Preservation Awards Night?

A: The first half hour of the evening will give guests and preservation enthusiasts an opportunity to meet, share information, exchange ideas, and get to know the ‘Who’s Who’ of Santa Clara County’s historical preservationists. Tables will be available for groups to display and share information. The remaining 90 minutes will be a fun, celebratory time, hosted by a professional MC, of award presentations. 


Q:  Will parking be available?

A:  Yes, free parking is available in History San Jose Park’s parking lot off Phelan Road for the first 100 cars.  There is plenty of additional paid parking less than a half block from History Park at the end of Phelan Road.

Q:  Will food and beverages be available?

A:  Beer, wine, water, and light finger foods will be available for sale.

Q:  How much is admission and how can I purchase tickets?

A:  Admission is $20 for adults (under 18 are free) and tickets can be purchased on this website (click on the ‘Purchase Tickets Here’ button above). Guests will be checked in upon arrival.


Q:  Are sponsorship opportunities available?

A: Sponsors will be recognized in our event program, from the podium by our MC, and in press releases and follow up communications. Tickets will be provided per sponsorship level: $100/3 tickets, $250/6 tickets, $500/9 tickets. Refreshment donors will receive 3 tickets. (Click on the ‘Sponsor the Event’ button above).

Q:  Is there someone I can speak with to learn more or ask questions?

A:  Yes, you can call Tere Johnson at 408-406-3001.

In summary, the Preservation Awards Night is an opportunity to recognize this year’s National Preservation Month by celebrating local preservation achievements, meeting new preservation minded friends, and raising preservation public awareness in Santa Clara County. We would love to see you on May 17th!




History San José

Preservation Action Council of San Jose

La Raza Historical Society of Santa Clara County


Bill Hare Productions

Milpitas Historical Society
Santa Clara County Horsemen's Association


kcdigitalstoryteller LLC

Morgan Hill Historical Society

Mountain View Historical Association



Campbell Historical Museum

Gordon Biersch Brew Co.

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