Welcome to the Conference of California Historical Societies (CCHS) Website.

Besides our important, informationally detailed, Home page; check out the Events and About drop-down boxes in the above navigation bar for additional CCHS events, activities, and organizational information. Member Event information can also be found using the Events drop-down box. If you are logging into the website as a CCHS member to get access to NationBuilder and/or other general information offered to members-only, click any of the tabs (immediately upon logging-in) located in the above navigation bar (other than Home or Grant Support) to disclose the side navigation bar and its information selections. If not a member, CONSIDER JOINING US for all the benefits offered the CCHS community.


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!



*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 johnshea23@ca.rr.com


Save the Dates
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!


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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commented 2016-07-13 14:28:49 -0700 · Flag
Thank you for your interest in the Fall Symposium. We’re currently working on locking down the specifics of the timeline, but it will be October 20-23 in the East Bay’s Tri-Valley. Events will take place in Dublin, Pleasanton, Danville, and San Ramon. We’re looking to have much more comprehensive information available within the next two weeks. Cheers!
commented 2016-07-13 14:05:16 -0700 · Flag
My organization just joined CCHS and I am trying to figure out how to sign up for the Fall Symposium. Can you direct me to the proper location on the site? I have been unable to find it. Thank you.
commented 2016-07-13 02:50:32 -0700 · Flag
Is the date for next year’s Annual Meeting already known, and where can I find a schedule of events for 2017? Thanks for your help.
Lauren http://somethingblue.xyz/
commented 2016-07-12 08:49:26 -0700 · Flag
Please post the time line for the Oct 21 meeting in San Ramon. Hard to make plans with it. Thanks Sheila
commented 2016-06-27 16:58:41 -0700 · Flag
Kudos to Arrowhead Management staff for delivering an excellent 2016 Annual Meeting. Nice job, I had a great time.
commented 2016-05-23 21:04:14 -0700 · Flag
Please include all of us: Fall Symposium: October 20-23, 2016 @ Danville, Dublin, San Ramon and Pleasanton, CA. Consider attending!
commented 2016-05-08 11:47:48 -0700 · Flag
National History Day 2016 is over. The Home page has been updated to reflect current CCHS information and activities.
commented 2016-04-07 22:41:39 -0700 · Flag
Out of admiration and respect, I am pleased to honor CCHS contributors that most recently passed away by creating the Friends of CCHS Memorial page. Please review the current postings of our friends no longer with us.
commented 2015-12-01 13:07:06 -0800 · Flag
“It is deeply satisfying to win a prize in front of a lot of people.”—E. B. White in Charlotte’s Web
This is something we see every year at the annual CCHS meeting when we pause to honor our hard workers in the history field. Consider this a friendly reminder to nominate those worthy individuals. Now is the time to work on those nominations in order to meet the Feb. 15, 2016, deadline. Details under “awards” in the “About” dropdown box above.
commented 2015-11-28 11:51:01 -0800 · Flag
Based on feedback received since the last HOME page update, I have rearranged the page information and again updated. FYI, “Breaking CCHS News” is now called “CCHS News”. Constructive comments are always appreciated.
commented 2015-11-20 19:06:17 -0800 · Flag
The website HOME page has been updated. Ready, Set, Go, start working on the “Awards of Merit” nominations. Also, see “Save the Dates” for upcoming events.
commented 2015-11-19 02:02:35 -0800 · Flag
I totally agree with Michael Otten.
From: http://b2bmonk.com
commented 2015-11-18 16:24:49 -0800 · Flag
As you read this, I bet you can think of someone or two or group deserving of this prestigious award. Please don’t delay in getting started. Your nominee will appreciate your efforts.—Michael Otten, 2nd Vice President, CCHS
commented 2015-11-04 06:40:44 -0800 · Flag
On this Home page, check out the “Breaking CCHS News” section for the latest information about the events and activities of the Conference.
commented 2015-08-31 18:34:10 -0700 · Flag
Dear members,
The Best Western in Redding is accepting reservations for our Fall Symposium. Please call (530) 241-5500 and use our code: CCHS and the arrival date of October 15th for the discounted rates.

If you still have question please call us (909) 480-3964 or email info@californiahistorian.com for more information.
commented 2015-07-29 14:51:03 -0700 · Flag
Thank you to everyone who has posted in our website’s comments section. Please note the site rules listed on the link above, which states specific policies around the posting of material. Also, note: CCHS reserves the right to remove any content in the comments section that does not honor the posting rules or, at CCHS’s own discretion, is deemed material that is not relevant to our members.
commented 2015-04-28 14:32:30 -0700 · Flag
As a Regional Vice-President (RVP) of CCHS, I recommend that all RVPs click on the e-mail word in the upper right corner of the CCHS Home Page and obtain access to NationBuilder, which is CCHS’s administrative network (software) of choice. If you have registered before and have forgotten your password, contact the CCHS office for assistance in retrieving it. NationBuilder is the administrative link to all CCHS & RVP regional information. Each RVP is a point person to individual and society/museum members. Come to the Burlingame 2015 Annual Meeting for additional CCHS NationBuilder operations information & training. RVPs should use this tool. NationBuilder is useful, available and important in making CCHS successful.
commented 2015-02-20 08:48:40 -0800 · Flag
Thanks to everyone for the great comments and feedback. Please do not post advertisements with your comment – it will be removed.
commented 2015-01-20 10:17:13 -0800 · Flag
I like the new communicative approach from the executive board of representing CCHS as a forward thinking, efficient and effective, must be part of, organization that is dynamic and will make the necessary changes to secure its place in promoting California history.
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