Congratulations 2017 Award of Merit Recipients

[From left to right, the recipients or their representative: Larry Swindell (Rep), Tom Zamaria, Lori Wear, Deborah Zamaria, Patricia Riley Williams (Rep), Marguerite Harrell (Rep), Rodi Lee, John Shea (Awards of Merit Committee Chair - Rep for Tustin Historical Society and Dr. Abraham Hoffman), Elrond Lawrence, and Assemblyman Kevin Kiley; Attending event, but not in picture: Susan Swindell. Thanks to Colleen Lund, Susan Sperry, and Elsie Mastick for representing Award of Merit recipients not able to attend]


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New CCHS Members for the Month of July:  Concord Historical Society (Region 11) and Lee Halverson (Region 11). Thank you for your support!

Website Feature of the Month: We picked Knowledge Base.  Click on the  Resources tab above (located on the upper navigation bar.) A drop down menu will appear. Among various topics see "Knowledge Base." This communication is self-posted. This information keeps us informed of the latest CCHS effort to communicate thoughts and ideas to help us be successful and feel connected. See what is going on. Updated: 8/1/2017 Webmaster (WM) 


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Oh my, we pulled it off again! The 63rd Annual CCHS Meeting is over. It is rewarding to participate in activities that bring so much enjoyment to such a diverse group – members and visitors. Highlights abound so here is the summary:

  • Thursday, June 22nd – Late morning we arrived at Best Western Plus (BWP) Orchid Hotel & Suites (Roseville CA). In order of activities, we attended the Noon Regional Vice Presidents meeting lead by Michael Otten, CCHS 1st VP. Then, Joint Executive Committee/Board of Directors meeting lead by Andrea Blachman, CCHS President. In later afternoon, we toured the Carnegie Library Museum hosted by Christina Richter, Roseville Historical Society President. In the evening, we held the Reception/BWP Happy Hour hosted by Michael Otten (so much food that most didn’t have to go to dinner.)
  • Friday, June 23rd – We began with a morning BWP Complimentary Breakfast/Social Time. Then Two Sessions/Two Tracks of Workshops - Marketing & Social Media presented by Christina Richter, Roseville Historical Society President;...

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We had a question the other day from one of our members about "What is CCHS?" I am sure that at the bottom of this Home page you have read the few paragraphs answering this important question. But you may not be aware of the our relatively new CCHS Expanded 3-Year Vision statement. So here it is: "CCHS will be the recognized leader (by providing differential value & high professional standards) in  empowering historical societies (their staffs and volunteers) in their mission to preserve California history by making them  stronger and more responsive to their communities (protecting & preserving the historical record & interpreting the past to the public) through organizational development  (symposiums, workshops, webinars, electronic publications) and the sharing of successful strategies (networking)."

There is no other administratively important historical organization in California that is doing or attempting to do what CCHS has chosen to do. There are a great many important historical organizations (large and small) in California and many are CCHS members. There are many that we pursue that choose not to join CCHS. But regardless of affiliation or not, we continue and will continue to promote all that believe in the importance of preserving California history. To that end in response to that member's question, you can depend!



Another successful NHD California State Finals were held on May 6-7, 2017 @ William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA. For information, visit the NHD/California website and to find more information, visit the National website. Also, check out the latest postings on Facebook and Twitter.                      

"NHD is a year-long educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history." *Engaging students and teachers in historical research & skills development* Remember Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. So get involved!



Save the Dates

Attention: Get ready for the 2017 Annual meeting in Sacramento, June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.

Calendar 2017 –Additional future sites are Bodie, Mariposa, and El Centro. 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 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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