Ask not what your history can do for you, ask what you can do for your history.
The city of Davis is mobilizing a group of volunteers to perform a historical survey of the city, which will both quantify what historical resources Davis has and provide a welcome break in costs for homeowners who want to remodel old structures — meaning those built before 1976.
The city is looking for residents with an interest in historic preservation, a knowledge of Davis history, any experience with historic preservation or a simple desire to help out with the survey.
Survey leaders and interested local residents will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Hattie Weber Museum, 445 C St.
At the meeting, the city will discuss some of the duties associated with volunteering for the survey: photographing buildings, helping with general research and preparing report forms.
All of the volunteers will work under the supervision of a consultant selected by the city and the Historical Resources Management Commission. The commission is particularly interested in people who have a long memory or special knowledge of the city or their neighborhood.
The whole survey is made possible by a $40,000 grant from the state Office of Historic Preservation to prepare a survey of all buildings in Davis that were constructed before 1975.
The results of this survey will give owners of structures built before 1976 historical information on the status of their properties. Right now, if an owner of an old property wants to make major renovations, they’re required to pay sometimes thousands of dollars for a private historical survey of their building.
Once the city completes this survey, the status of every older property will be known, and owners will not have to pay for private surveys or wait days for the information.
According to the city, this type of survey is common throughout California.
It also updates and consolidates information from three previous surveys, accounts for changes to existing historic buildings and provides an efficient way for the city and public to speedily figure out the status of any of their properties prior to a remodel or other major alteration.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Ike Njoku, Davis historical resources manager, at 530-757-5610, ext. 7230, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Reach Dave Ryan at email@example.com or 530-747-8057. Follow him on Twitter at @davewritesnews