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CCHS and Its future:
The CCHS Strategic Plan and Initiatives are being developed. The Strategic Planning Committee chaired by Ralph Thomas includes: Cim Castellon (RVP Program), Andrea Blachman (Audience Development), Todd Shulman (Knowledge Base), Allison Bruesehoff (Leadership Development), and John Lenau (Fund Development). Place your cursor on Resources in the above navigation bar for additional information.
We all at CCHS look forward to the continued progress of the Strategic Planning Committee and the completed development of the Strategic Plan and Initiatives. Stand by for future updates.
The 2016 Annual Meeting is over (June 23-25, 2016). For those of you that didn't attend, you missed an opportunity to network with some of the most dedicated individuals in California, all with the common interest of sharing their passion for California history. CCHS and its Arrowhead Management staff put together another great event with plenty of variety to satisfy the most discriminating attendee. CCHS performed at its best, giving all that participated an excellent experience, and with plenty to take back to their respected organizations.
Whether it was the workshop topics, the CCHS business, the history fair, the local tour opportunities, or a little bit of all, everyone found something substantive to leave with. Oh lets not forget, there is always the socializing and sharing among the participants to give the event enough seasoning to deliver the most positive outcome. Such was this case. Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to see a variety of pictures that give you a feeling of the event, its participants and the social comradery affected on us by its activities. Everyone, the attendees and the those who didn't attend, should definitely look forward and plan for another wonderful symposium opportunity this Fall.
Thanks to the 2015-2015 Awards Committee: John Shea, Chair; Irene Almeida, Barbara Kimball, and Daniel Mundoz for their very much appreciated effort in reviewing the nominations and selecting the recipients.
2015-2016 AWARDS OF MERIT RECIPIENTS (Click the "62nd Annual Meeting" tab above on upper navigation bar for awardees complete bios):
Individual Award – Anna Sklar, nominated by Diane Kanner: Los Angeles City Historical Society invaluable resource - website and public relations administration
Individual Award – Paul R. Spitzzeri, nominated by Victoria Torres: Boyle Heights Historical Society invaluable resource - blog, exhibits, and collection administration
Scholar/Authorship – Naomi Hirahara: Co-author of Terminal Island, Lost Communities of the Los Angeles Harbor
Scholar/Authorship – Geraldine Knatz: Co-author of Terminal Island, Lost Communities of the Los Angeles Harbor
Waddingham/Doctor – Betty R. Samson, nominated by the Placer County Historical Society invaluable resource - key contact person, Oral History Committee, and fund raising
Waddingham/Doctor – Scott Sedgley, nominated by the Napa County Historical Society invaluable resource - historical docent, boards member, and preservationist
Outstanding Regional Vice President for 2016 - Ralph Thomas, Region 29
President's Special Award - Ralph Thomas, Region 29
Ralph contributed in an exemplary way towards the future of CCHS by Chairing the Strategic Planning Committee providing the needed leadership and technical expertise for this critical organizational effort. Also, much thanks go to the rest of the Strategic Planning Committee for their individual efforts: Cim Castellon (RVP Program), Andrea Blachman (Audience Development), Todd Shulman (Knowledge Base), Allison Bruesehoff (Leadership Development), and John Lenau (Fund Development).
Historical Connections (California Route 21) - The 2016 CCHS Fall Symposium in coming to Dublin*, October 20-23, 2016 - You won't want to miss it!
Come to the Bay Area's Tri-Valley to visit four historical sites and museums; attend workshops; enjoy talks and history-related activities; and join some great pre- and post- symposium field trips, all along historic State Route 21. You have a chance to visit and learn about the history of California through the lens of four outstanding museums: The Museum of the San Ramon Valley in Danville (Contra Costa County, CCHS Region 11); San Ramon's Forest Home Farms Historic Park (Contra Costa County. CCHS Region 11); Dublin's Heritage Park and Museum (Alameda County, CCHS Region 13); and Pleasanton's Alviso Adobe Community Park (Alameda County, CCHS Region 13).
Historic State Route 21 was the former surface street routing that became the new I-680. Part of Route 21 used Pacheco Boulevard, Contra Costa Boulevard in the Concord/Pleasant Hill area and Main Street in Walnut Creek. The next street south is Danville Boulevard, through Walnut Creek, Alamo and Danville; it becomes Hartz Avenue in Danville before becoming San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Other former routings include San Ramon Valley Boulevard between Danville and Dublin, San Ramon Road in Dublin, and Foothill Road from I-580 south to Sunol. For a while, Route 21 and I-680 were cosigned.
*Sponsors for this outstanding event include: Friends of the Alviso Adobe, Dublin Historical Preservation Association, Museum of the San Ramon Valley, San Ramon Valley Historical Society, San Ramon Historical Foundation, and the cities of Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and the Town of Danville, and of course, CCHS.
The Finals have concluded>>>>>>National History Day - California State Finals: May 6-7, 2016 @ William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA was another great success. The winners have been posted. Click on National History Day to visit the NHD/California website and to find more information. Check out the latest postings on Facebook and Twitter.
"National History Day, is a year-long educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history."
The Spring Symposium @ San Juan Capistrano (February 25-27, 2016) was such an amazing event. Each day was unique and overall represented a collage of experiences that we will long remember. Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to see a variety of pictures that give you a feeling of the event, its participants and the social comradery affected on us by its activities. The Fall Symposium: October 20-23, 2016 will be in Dublin, CA. The details are being developed. With the Spring Symposium such a great time, consider joining us for the Fall Symposium in Dublin. You won't regret it!
CCHS CALL FOR AWARDS OF MERIT
*It's too late for 2016, so get started on 2016-2017 entries!* *See 2015-2016 Awards of Merit Winners listed in "CCHS News" above*
Please Note: There is a new "media" category for the Awards of Merit.
Reminder: Don’t wait until the last minute to start work on the entries.
Deadline: February 15, 2017 - Start now. Give yourself at least six weeks to develop your entry.
Check Rules and Categories: http://www.californiahistorian.com/awards-of-merit
Question(s): Ask Committee Chair John Shea at email@example.com
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Join/Renew Membership for 2016: NOW
Fall Symposium: October 20-23, 2016 @ Dublin, CA. See above in "CCHS News". Consider attending!
Calendar 2017 –Suggested sites for the Spring and Fall Symposiums are Manzanar, Bodie, Mariposa, and El Centro, with the Annual meeting in Sacramento. Dates are being determined. The exact locations are under review, express your preference by contacting your RVPs or by contacting the CCHS office. All these sites have historical significance so it will be hard to pick which one.
If you would like to host a 3-day Symposium or Annual Meeting, or possibly a 1-day workshop, please contact the CCHS office or one of the our RVPs, or CCHS Officers to let them know your interest. These meetings are a great way to showcase your unique community in California and share its historical significance. Discussions are currently occurring about the Calendars of 2017, 2018 and beyond, so don't miss this opportunity!