The History of the Conference of California Historical Societies

The Conference of California Historical Societies (CCHS) was founded in 1954 as a federation of historical societies, museums, libraries, and other history-oriented groups and individuals.

CCHS helps historians, and others who are interested in California history, to connect and share information -- joining efforts to preserve records, artifacts, sites and buildings, throughout the State. CCHS also helps local societies and small museums learn about and put into practice the most effective  management, acquisition, preservation and restoration techniques.

If you are an individual that loves history or a member of a historical group, please consider joining the CCHS effort. Your membership will help us preserve California’s rich history. Your favorable decision to join us will result in you acquiring the numerous benefits available only to members.

The Future of the Conference of California Historical Societies

See: Every community has a history, a story that makes that community unique. CCHS visits communities and experiences the history that makes these communities exceptional.

Learn: CCHS provides numerous training opportunities throughout the year and throughout the state in addition to our educational Annual Meeting and our entertaining meet-ups.

Share: Local historians learn from each other.  When you participate with CCHS, we offer you the opportunity to share your expertise on what makes your historical society and your community unique.

Honoring Our Past: CCHS Past Presidents

We proudly recognize our past volunteers that have dedicated themselves to the highest level of service to the
Conference of California Historical Societies.

Andrea Blachman 2016 - 2018 +H. Lee McCumber 1978 - 1979
John Lenau 2014 - 2016 +Herbert Garcia 1977 - 1978
Ann Shea 2012 - 2014 +Elva Medline 1976 - 1977
+Baron Smith 2010 - 2012 +R. Coke Wood, Ph.D. 1975 - 1976
+Richard Kimball 2008 - 2010 +Gerald A. Smith, Ph.D. 1974 - 1975
Al Minard 2006 - 2008 +Hal E. Goodyear 1973 - 1974
Richard J. Proctor 2004 - 2006 +Thomas W. Patterson 1972 - 1973
Rick Wilkerson 2002 - 2004 Leslie O. Merrill 1971 - 1972
+Marje Rump 2000 - 2002 +Earl W. Calvert 1970 - 1971
+Gordon Martin 1998 - 2000 +Richard T. Harville 1969 - 1970
Arthur A. Almeida 1996 - 1998 +Ruth I. Mahood 1968 - 1969
+Archie McDonald, Ph.D. 1994 - 1996 +Albert Shumate, Ph.D. 1967 - 1968
John Shea 1992 - 1994 +W. Edwin Gledhill 1966 - 1967
+James C. Voss 1990 - 1992 +Walter C. Frame 1965 - 1966
+Norma McCumber 1988 - 1990 +Richard C. Bailey 1964 - 1965
+Fred C. Becker 1987 - 1988 +Irene Simpson (Neasham) 1963 - 1964
Ann Shea 1986 - 1987 +Jerry McMullen 1962 - 1963
Barbara Burkhart 1985 - 1986 +Clarence McIntosh, Ph.D. 1961 - 1962
+Joseph M. Northrop 1984 - 1985 +L. Burr Belden 1960 - 1961
+Mary Lou Lyon 1983 - 1984 +Frank M. Stranger, Ph.D. 1959 - 1960
+Walter Haskell 1982 - 1983 +Clyde Arbuckle 1958 - 1959
+Elroy Nathan 1981 - 1982 +Harold G. Schutt 1956 - 1957
+William J. Burkhart 1980 - 1981 +Rockwell D. Hunt 1954 - 1956
Ruth E. Marra 1979 - 1980    

+Deceased

 

 

 

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