"New Officers Meet in Sacramento to Discuss Strategic Plan and Initiatives" - Our new President - Andrea Blachman, 1st Vice President - Michael Otten, and 2nd Vice President - Ralph Thomas, met in Sacramento last Wednesday, August 17th to discuss progress and efforts currently on-going in the development of the CCHS Strategic Plan and Initiatives. All taking this matter seriously at the highest level, Ralph (Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee) flew up from Southern California for the day and lead 6 hours of in depth discussion with Andrea from the Bay Area, and Michael from the Sacramento Metropolitan Area to make sure all were in concert with the Plan development and to answer any questions that they might have in regards to moving forward. Each gave their day to meet face to face and to show that CCHS leadership represents the entire State of California and to show the importance of this matter. (See additional information about the CCHS Strategic Plan below.)  


CCHS and Its future:

The CCHS Strategic Plan and Initiatives are currently 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 is coming to Dublin*, October 20-23, 2016 - REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. 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!



*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:

Question(s): Ask Committee Chair John Shea at


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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!


WHAT IS CCHS? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

>CCHS was founded in 1954 as a federation of historical societies, museums, libraries, and other history-oriented groups and individuals with a common appreciation and love of history. 

> CCHS helps historians, and others who are interested in history, to connect and share information -- joining efforts to preserve records, artifacts, sites, and buildings. This website is the gateway into joining this unique endeavor with other passionate individuals and groups throughout California. The network of sharing is in place and ready for your involvement. 

> CCHS also helps local societies and small museums with skills in management, acquisition, preservation, and restoration techniques. Through its extensive series of workshops, symposiums, and annual meetings, CCHS is delivering what you need to be successful.  

This website is an extension of the CCHS effort. It is your opportunity to join us and learn what others are doing with similar expectations.  We hope you take advantage of what is offered and enjoy our resources. If you are not yet a CCHS member, please join us. Your involvement will make us collectively stronger. You will gain the various benefits available only to members. Our variable membership fee schedule makes a membership affordable and accessible to everyone.

If still not certain that CCHS is right for you, at least consider our mailing list for access to helpful information and to let us know your particular needs. Sign up today for our mailing list by clicking here. We appreciate your consideration in what CCHS offers and thank you for spending time on our website.



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