Hello all,

Happy Wiki Loves Monuments month! 

You may have already heard the exciting news that the US is participating in WLM this year, for the first time in 3 years! https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2016_in_the_United_States

The US campaign is organized around NRHP sites and National Monuments, with sub-campaigns for individual states, which include state and other local monuments, and are organized as state guides on Commons under the main US WLM campaign. 

I have started putting together a guide for California: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2016_in_the_United_States/California

We have many NRHP sites here in the Bay Area, as well as a number of SF designated landmarks and monuments. And we also have a rich and fascinating history in the Bay Area and CA overall involving the use of photography for protection of our cultural heritage and natural wonders [1]. So I am proposing that in addition to participating in the photo contest we also work to improve Wikipedia's coverage of the monuments we have here and the history of photography in documenting/protecting them. 

Want to help/participate? Here are some possible ways:
Please let me know if you are interested in helping to organize anything, or if you have any questions, or have any other ideas/pointers regarding WLM (this is my first time even participating in it). 

And stay tuned for updates regarding a Bay Area WLM-related event that will hopefully materialize this month!


[1] For example, Ansel Adams and the influence of his photographs of Kings Canyon, CA in having the site designated as a National Park (as well as other parks: http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/people/artists/#adamshttp://www.csmonitor.com/1981/0806/080660.htmlhttp://anseladams.com/ansel-adams-the-role-of-the-artist-in-the-environmental-movement/)

Of course, one could argue that a national (or state) park is not a monument (which is a discussion worth having this month), but the notion of photographs influencing legislation that designates a site as culturally and socially significant enough to warrant protection is certainly relevant here.