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Revise your calendar. The CCHS 2016 Annual Meeting has been moved to Claremont (June 23-25, 2016). Originally planned for Diamond Bar, it is now Claremont for the same dates. CCHS staff has been very accommodating to bring its members and nonmembers the most enjoyable experience at the least cost, therefore the shift in location. The details of the annual meeting are being developed and will be soon released.  Join us and experience CCHS at its best!

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.

GORDON WILL BE MISSED. Gordon Martin of Stockton, president of the Conference of California Historical Societies 1998-2000, died in Prescott. AZ March 6. Martin and his wife of 57 years, Gracelyn, have long been a regular fixture in CCHS activities in a variety of ways for probably at least 35 years. In fact, they were both actively involved in the Spring Symposium in San Juan Capistrano at the end of February. They were always a joy to talk to as they had a great many stories to share. Gordon is going to be missed by all who got to know him. —Michael Otten *See Friends of CCHS Memorial page for additional information.*

LATE BUT WITH RESPECT FOR CHARLOTTE. Charlotte Price of Redondo Beach, Regional Vice-President, Region 37, died May 4, 2015. Charlotte and her daughter Christine have long been an active participants in CCHS activities. Charlotte is missed by all who knew her. —Kris Payne *See Friends of CCHS Memorial page for additional information.*



Please Note: There is a new "media" category for the 2016 Awards of Merit.

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

Deadline: March 15, 2016  Start now. Give yourself at least six weeks.

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National History Day - California State Finals: May 6-7, 2016, William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA 

Fall Symposium: October 20-23, 2016 @ San Ramon, CA

 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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Out of admiration and respect, I am pleased to honor CCHS contributors that most recently passed away by creating the Friends of CCHS Memorial page. Please review the current postings of our friends no longer with us.
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