About Us

The Historical Preservation Foundation (HPF) of the Native Sons of the Golden West (NSGW) is a 501c(3) established in 2000 for the purposes of education and preservation of California’s unique and colorful history. The HPF board of directors have remained dedicated to this aspect of the NSGW mission by funding, advising, or cooperating with projects under the direction of statewide or local organizations. Our mission is to assist those who have developed a notion to preserve any aspect of California history from any era.  As of April 8, 2022, the HPF has given out more than $1 Million in large and small grants to deserving projects. You can find the grant application here:

HPF Grant Application Form 2023a1.pdf

Chairman of the Board

Carl Von Bargen

Board of Directors 2023-2024

Chair: Carl von Bargen

Vice-Chair: Robert Bruno

Secretary: Jedidiah Watson

Treasurer: Douglas Love

Director: Lee Adams

Director: Alfred Jones

Director: Dan Ryan

Director: Marcia Skelton

Director: Brice Walker       Biography 

Ex officio: George Adams

Gary Padgett

Richard Cortez

Liaison: Ethan Phillips