Events (CCHS' and CCHS Members')

CCHS hosts a number of special events including Annual meetings, Symposiums and workshops throughout California. But CCHS members are also having regional events hosted and important to them and their communities. Click below to learn more details about participating in these upcoming events.

What's going on in your local area? CCHS welcomes you to post your local events here!

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A Historical Excursion: Early Days of California in Capistrano

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 09:00 AM · $45.00 USD
San Juan Capistrano in Santa Ana, CA

Join us for a fun day in San Juan Capistrano, learning about early California.

This excursion includes a walking tour of downtown Capistrano and parts of the Los Rios District, a historic reenactment at Los Rios Park, a tour of the newly renovated Blas Aguilar Adobe and its wonderful California Indian artifacts, Ballet Folkloric dancers and music, and a traditional homemade Capistrano pork guisada lunch at the adobe.

Lunch includes pork quisada (stewed/marinated), rice, beans, tortillas, fruit and beverage. (Last year’s tour attendees may remember Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee president Jerry Nieblas inviting us back for this traditional meal.) Sign-ups limited to 45, so register today!

EXCURSION INFORMATION

  • Transportation, all activities, traditional guisada lunch, and gratuities are included
  • Bus leaves at 9:00 a.m. and returns around 4:00 p.m. at the Heritage Museum of Orange County, in Santa Ana.
  • Outdoor excursion, so dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • You may bring your own snacks and beverages.
  • Download the registration form at www.OrangeCountyHistory.org. Registrations must be postmarked on or before April 25th deadline.  (But this event may sell-out earlier.)
  • Alternately, you may also pay online at www.OrangeCountyHistory.org.  No refunds and/or registrations accepted after the deadline. You’ll receive confirmation and more information via email after April 25th.
  • Questions? Contact Monica Ortez: 714-707-7425.

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: A history talk and book signing with author Richard Schwartz

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Shell Clubhouse in Martinez, CA

The Martinez and Contra Costa County Historical Societies invite you to be the first to hear author & historian Richard Schwartz talk about his new book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis.   

Richard’s presentation will reveal the life of this incredibly influential immigrant actor of the late nineteenth century. As the first Jewish male actor allowed to portray a Jewish male on stage in America, Curtis’ story is one of immigration, assimilation, theatre history and how the invisible wings of comedy can affect the nation’s direction.   Focusing on the actor’s early days in San Francisco’s theatrical history and his overnight rise to stardom, Schwartz’s talk will reveal how San Francisco became the actor’s home base from the 1870s through the 1906 Earthquake as he toured the country and how it almost ended his life.

Richard’s talk begins at 1:00 p.m.  A wine & cheese reception and book signing with the author will follow at 2:30 p.m.     

Hosted by the Martinez Historical Society and the Contra Costa County Historical Society.

Free Admission and Free Parking.  Refreshments will be served.

RSVP is requested.  Email: mkting@cocohistory.org or Call: (925) 229-1042

For more information, visit www.cocohistory.com

A $10 donation is suggested at the door.  All proceeds benefit the preservation work of the Martinez & CoCo County archives.


Architectural Designs of Disneyland, OCHS Annual Dinner

Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 05:30 PM · $65.00 USD
The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA

Allen Hess will be the guest speaker at the Orange County Historical Society's 2017 annual dinner.  His topic will be the Architectural Designs of Disneyland. Tickets must be purchased in advance by May 26th.  Tickets are $65 for non-members and $60 for members.  For more information, visit our website.


Jedediah Smith Society Summer 2017 Rendezvous

Thursday, July 06, 2017 at 08:00 AM

The Jedediah Smith Society, in cooperation with Green River Rendezvous & Museum of the Mountain Man, will be holding their Summer 2017 Rendezvous in Pinedale, Wyoming from Thursday, July 6, through Sunday, July 9.  There will be displays, a rodeo, presentations, and other activities.  See www.Museumofthemountainman.com for schedule information.  The Jedediah Smith Society will hold their meeting at Hampton Inn, Pinedale, WY, on Friday, July 7th from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.  It is recommended that you RSVP no later than April 1st, as spots and lodgings will fill up early. For more information, see www.jedediahsmithsociety.org, or contact Jim Smith jim@smithandmcgowan.com 


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A Historical Excursion: Early Days of California in Capistrano

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 09:00 AM · $45.00 USD
San Juan Capistrano in Santa Ana, CA

Join us for a fun day in San Juan Capistrano, learning about early California.

This excursion includes a walking tour of downtown Capistrano and parts of the Los Rios District, a historic reenactment at Los Rios Park, a tour of the newly renovated Blas Aguilar Adobe and its wonderful California Indian artifacts, Ballet Folkloric dancers and music, and a traditional homemade Capistrano pork guisada lunch at the adobe.

Lunch includes pork quisada (stewed/marinated), rice, beans, tortillas, fruit and beverage. (Last year’s tour attendees may remember Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee president Jerry Nieblas inviting us back for this traditional meal.) Sign-ups limited to 45, so register today!

EXCURSION INFORMATION

  • Transportation, all activities, traditional guisada lunch, and gratuities are included
  • Bus leaves at 9:00 a.m. and returns around 4:00 p.m. at the Heritage Museum of Orange County, in Santa Ana.
  • Outdoor excursion, so dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • You may bring your own snacks and beverages.
  • Download the registration form at www.OrangeCountyHistory.org. Registrations must be postmarked on or before April 25th deadline.  (But this event may sell-out earlier.)
  • Alternately, you may also pay online at www.OrangeCountyHistory.org.  No refunds and/or registrations accepted after the deadline. You’ll receive confirmation and more information via email after April 25th.
  • Questions? Contact Monica Ortez: 714-707-7425.

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: A history talk and book signing with author Richard Schwartz

Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Shell Clubhouse in Martinez, CA

The Martinez and Contra Costa County Historical Societies invite you to be the first to hear author & historian Richard Schwartz talk about his new book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis.   

Richard’s presentation will reveal the life of this incredibly influential immigrant actor of the late nineteenth century. As the first Jewish male actor allowed to portray a Jewish male on stage in America, Curtis’ story is one of immigration, assimilation, theatre history and how the invisible wings of comedy can affect the nation’s direction.   Focusing on the actor’s early days in San Francisco’s theatrical history and his overnight rise to stardom, Schwartz’s talk will reveal how San Francisco became the actor’s home base from the 1870s through the 1906 Earthquake as he toured the country and how it almost ended his life.

Richard’s talk begins at 1:00 p.m.  A wine & cheese reception and book signing with the author will follow at 2:30 p.m.     

Hosted by the Martinez Historical Society and the Contra Costa County Historical Society.

Free Admission and Free Parking.  Refreshments will be served.

RSVP is requested.  Email: mkting@cocohistory.org or Call: (925) 229-1042

For more information, visit www.cocohistory.com

A $10 donation is suggested at the door.  All proceeds benefit the preservation work of the Martinez & CoCo County archives.

Architectural Designs of Disneyland, OCHS Annual Dinner

Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 05:30 PM · $65.00 USD
The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA

Allen Hess will be the guest speaker at the Orange County Historical Society's 2017 annual dinner.  His topic will be the Architectural Designs of Disneyland. Tickets must be purchased in advance by May 26th.  Tickets are $65 for non-members and $60 for members.  For more information, visit our website.

Jedediah Smith Society Summer 2017 Rendezvous

Thursday, July 06, 2017 at 08:00 AM

The Jedediah Smith Society, in cooperation with Green River Rendezvous & Museum of the Mountain Man, will be holding their Summer 2017 Rendezvous in Pinedale, Wyoming from Thursday, July 6, through Sunday, July 9.  There will be displays, a rodeo, presentations, and other activities.  See www.Museumofthemountainman.com for schedule information.  The Jedediah Smith Society will hold their meeting at Hampton Inn, Pinedale, WY, on Friday, July 7th from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.  It is recommended that you RSVP no later than April 1st, as spots and lodgings will fill up early. For more information, see www.jedediahsmithsociety.org, or contact Jim Smith jim@smithandmcgowan.com 

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