About CCHS Membership

The Conference of California Historical Societies (CCHS) is a group of history-oriented organizations and individuals who come together to learn from each other and to celebrate the remarkable history of California.

Membership Benefit Highlights

California Historian

Our flagship CCHS publication, issued twice a year, providing book reviews and interesting articles on historical topics, designed to enhance your appreciation and understanding of California history.


Receive discounted rates on CCHS Symposiums, granting you behind the scenes access to some of the most fascinating places in California.  Three Symposiums are offered each year and rotate between Northern and Southern California.  Previous locations include Sacramento, Napa, Santa Barbara, Atascadero, Grass Valley/Nevada City, San Pedro, Sebastopol, and Lompoc.

Professional Development

Received discounted rates for CCHS workshops, webinars and seminars, designed to provide a foundation of proven practices on the nuts and bolts of running a historical society.  Topics from experts in the field include fundraising, legal issues, marketing, membership development and succession planning.


Heighten your knowledge and resources by connecting to others doing the same work. CCHS creates this essential community of historians and historical societies that communicate with each other to promote, and freely share, their love of California history.

E-mail Exchange

Network and share with fellow CCHS members with just the strike of your keyboard: get feedback from others in the field on your burning questions and reach out to the community to find collaborators on the development of your special projects.

CCHS Network

CCHS has a network of more than three dozen Regional Vice Presidents who serve as point persons (links) to members in their respective areas.  Regional VPs provide communication, facilitate sharing and exchange, and promote the activities of CCHS throughout the year in their local area.

CCHS Builder

CCHS NationBuilder is a membership organizing platform. It allows its users to administratively build and manage websites, and offers tools for the CCHS Executive Board and Regional Vice Presidents to communicate with members.  

Discount Insurance Program

 For several years, Dohrmann Insurance Agency has offered a group insurance program to the members of the Conference of California Historical Societies (CCHS). This group program has helped keep the cost of insurance down while providing comprehensive insurance coverage to historical societies, museums and other CCHS member organizations.

Membership Fee renewal is due prior to January 1st of each year.

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Conference of California Historical Societies
Bringing together California's historical community to share California's heritage, learn from one another and strengthen our communities.