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:


Grant Application Form 2022 RevC.pdf

Chairman of the Board

Carl Von Bargen