Celebrating 60 Years:  Kicking Off a New Chapter 
for CCHS and California's Historical Community

Los Angeles • June 19-21, 2014
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Building a Strong Relationship with Your Municipality
John D. Curtis, The Martinez Museum

Working with your local city or other government agency can reap major benefits for your historical society in the form of donated space, help with repairs and funding. Learn what you need to do before asking for support, how to make a request and the best ways to develop relationships, credibility and good press. Your city can be your greatest ally: don’t miss out on the resources and support that they can provide to your organization!

California’s Aerospace Legacy
Gerald Blackburn, Aerospace Legacy Foundation

No other state in the nation can match the historical heritage of aerospace achievements that belong to California’s aviation and space pioneers. We need to recognize and preserve the treasured sites, artifacts and records of this history for the new pioneers. Discover what we have saved and shared that can become the foundation for a better future.

The Heart of Memory:  Native American Culture Preservation
Michelle Ferry, University of California, Santa Barbara

In the better part of the twentieth century, the national narrative required vanishing Indians. Native American culture bearers, however, refused to become “extinct.” Often, the cultural identity of an entire people rested heavily on the shoulders of a very small and very determined group of individuals. The thin thread of “rememberers” were chosen through generations to become keepers of the past and weavers of the future. Learn about these important culture bearers in local Californian tribes and their influence on present-day tribes.

Hollywood Scandals and the Rise of Censorship
Mary Mallory, Blogger and Author of Hollywoodland

Three sensational Hollywood deaths in the early 1920s caused outrage in the American general public, already hostile toward what they considered increasingly risqué subject matter in films. Hollywood fought back by establishing their own policing group, The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association (MPPDA), to protect against strong censorship. Over the years, film studios learned to play the system: buying off police, strengthening the Production Code, establishing morals clauses, or blacklisting actors to prevent government intervention. The question remains: does the general public scapegoat Hollywood for societal ills?

Prohibition North, Prohibition South
Charles Perry, Culinary Historians of Southern California

In California, we experienced a different Prohibition from the rest of the country. Northern California was proverbially “wet” and many Italian-American winemakers proudly continued to make wine although there was more money to be made legally selling grapes to home winemakers. Meanwhile, Los Angeles, the traditional winemaking capital of the state, was the only big city in the country where majority opinion actually supported Prohibition and speakeasies were often in suburban homes, not back alleys. Learn about this fascinating time in our state’s history and identify its influence on Californian cuisine and culture.

So You Want to Publish a Book?  A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jerry Roberts, The HistoryPress – West

Have an interesting topic that you think would make a great book but not sure where to start? This is your chance to hear from a panel of authors who have recently navigated the writing and publishing “waters” and can help you identify the do’s and don’ts of publishing a book successfully. Moderated by Jerry Roberts of HistoryPress – West, you’ll also have the opportunity to get all your technical questions answered. After this session, all you’ll need to do is start writing!

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