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CCHS Presents: Spring 2017 Skills Development Workshop; March 18, 2017, 9am - 4pm; Homestead Museum, City of Industry

Come join us for an informative day of practical information made available to expand your knowledge base. Click on the Spring Workshop tab on the upper navigation bar (above right) for the workshop topics, presenters and reservation link or the link in this notice.


Regional Vice Presidents Meet in Southern California (Claremont) and Northern California (Sacramento) to Discuss the Future of the RVP Program

It's happened! Two groups of Regional Vice Presidents met on January 14th and 25th to discuss the future of the CCHS RVP Program. The meetings were led by Ralph Thomas, CCHS Strategic Planning Committee Chair and Cim Castellon, RVP Program Sub-Committee Chair. Thanks to Ralph (RVP Region 29 - East San Gabriel Valley) and Cim (RVP Region 20 - Riverside County) for making the drive to Sacramento. The attendees for the Claremont meeting were Therese Melbar (RVP Region 22 - Kern, Kings, and Tulare Counties), Gary Bancroft (RVP Region 19 - Southern San Bernardino County), John Shea (RVP Region 30 - San Gabriel River) , and Alison Bruesehoff (RVP Region 39 - Long Beach). The attendees for the Sacramento meeting, besides Ralph and Cim, were Michael Otten (RVP Region 8 - Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sutter, and Yuba Counties), Maryellen Burns-Dabaghian (RVP Region 7 - Sacramento and Yolo Counties), Mary-Ellen Jones (RVP Region 11 - Contra Costa County), Al Minard (RVP Region 13 - South Alameda County), Kris Payne (RVP Regions 38 - El Dorado County and 16- Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne Counties) and by telephone, Arlene Hartin (RVP Region 1 - Del Norte and Humboldt Counties). An additional, special attendee was Andrea Blachman (CCHS President - Martinez).

Structured similarly, the two meetings included PowerPoint presentations and question/answer discussions about being a CCHS Regional Vice President and the representation of the RVPs in the business of California history throughout the State. Special emphasis was placed on honoring the new vision for CCHS and collectively being consistent in the "join us" message. Any questions? Take a look at our website tabs - About and Resources above.


JOIN/RENEW CCHS Membership for 2017:  It is time NOW to make your commitment to CCHS!

"I invite you to be part of the conversation in enhancing and enjoying California’s rich and diverse history. Take an active role through your membership individually and through your organizations.—Michael Otten, 2nd [Now 1st] vice president, Conference of California Historical Societies [2015 Membership Comment.]" Michael articulated the importance of a CCHS membership perfectly. 2017 is just a month away! Join/Renew Now.


Mary Lou Lyon, CCHS Past President (1983 - 1984), and devoted member, passed away on November 8th. "Rest in Peace Mary Lou. We will miss you." [For additional information about Mary Lou, Click the About tab in the upper navigation bar (Select In the News).]


Important, Little Used Feature of the Website: Click on the Events tab above (located on the upper navigation bar.) A drop down menu will appear. Note two listings: Events and Member Events. This addition provides an event advertisement and management option for CCHS members. A few members have already participated, so see what is going on. Check out what's happening in the CCHS community and at the same time post your event and it's details. Events show the various calendared events and Member Events show the latest posted event. "Post your local event here" and "Host your own event" tabs are provided on the respective pages. Either of these tabs are where your event hosting information can be imputed and if you're satisfied, posted. Your event will be confirmed by email and an editing link is provided for any necessary changes. An RSVP option is available. Take a look at what other members are doing and share your organizational activities. Webmaster




Get started now on 2016-2017 entries! *See 2015-2016 Awards of Merit Winners listed in "CCHS News" below*

Please Note: The new "media" category for the Awards of Merit which began last year includes Best Newsletter, Website, etc.

******Reminder: Don’t wait until the last minute to start work on the entries.******

Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Give yourself at least six weeks to develop your entry.

Check Rules and Categories:

Question(s): Ask Committee Chair John Shea at




Great Time in the San Francisco East Bay area's Tri-Valley: Amador Valley, Livermore Valley, and San Ramon Valley

Thanks to our wonderful California State Route 21 Historical Connections hosts, the Conference of California Historical Societies' Fall Symposium was held in the Tri-Valley on October 20-22, 2016. Four outstanding museums in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties were attended including a fantastic weekend of tours, workshops, activities, and more! Additionally, the business of the Conference was conducted including the Regional Vice Presidents and Board of Directors meetings. The museum variety included: 

Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Contra Costa County: This history museum in Danville (former Danville railroad depot) included the special California Indian and National Park Centennial exhibits, special exhibit of Eugene O'Neill, American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature, and a walking tour of the Old Town of Danville.

Forest Home Farms Historic Park, Contra Costa County: San Ramon's museum featured a tour of the restored 1877 David and Eliza Glass House, and farm tractor exhibits. 

Alviso Adobe Community Park, Alameda County: Pleasanton's Alviso Adobe included bedrock mortars, the reconstructed Meadowlark Dairy and Taken family oral history presentation, and an opportunity to make your own adobe brick.

Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, Alameda County: Dublin's facility featured a workshop on cemetery stone care and restoration, as well as seeing the oldest wooden church in the Bay Area.


National History Day

California State Finals: May 6-7, 2017 @ William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA. Volunteers are needed. 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.                      

"National History Day, is a year-long educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history."



"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 17, 2016 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).


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.


Save the Dates

Attention: No 2017 Spring Symposium is scheduled! Get ready for the 2017 Annual meeting in Sacramento, June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.

Calendar 2017 –Suggested site for the 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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