Annual Meetings


JUNE 21-23, 2018



Historical societies play a vital role in preserving the records of the past. Through limited funding and the tireless efforts of volunteers, they keep the story of the surrounding communities alive. CCHS helps connect 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. Whether you're interested in celebrating California's history or strengthening your ability to preserve it, our Annual Meeting is for you.

The CCHS 2018 Annual Meeting will take place June 21-23rd in the San Fernando Valley near the Burbank/Chatsworth area.  We are confirming the details and will send more information as it becomes available.  Please continue to check back on our Annual Meeting page for updates and registration information.  

Annual Meeting 2018 Highlights:

Grant Writing and Fundraising for your Organization Workshop

Recruitment, Training and Maintaining Volunteers Workshop

Day trips to a local Museum and Mission

Awards & Installation Luncheon-NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS! 

Nomination forms and information can be found here

Networking with Historical Societies, Organizations and Museums from all over California

2017 Annual Meeting, Roseville, CA (June 22-24, 2017)

Thursday, June 22 guests arrived at Best Western Plus (BWP) Orchid Hotel & Suites (Roseville CA). In order of activities, we attended the Noon Regional Vice Presidents meeting lead by Michael Otten, CCHS 1st VP. Then, Joint Executive Committee/Board of Directors meeting lead by Andrea Blachman, CCHS President. In later afternoon, we toured the Carnegie Library Museum hosted by Christina Richter, Roseville Historical Society President. In the evening, we held the Reception/BWP Happy Hour hosted by Michael Otten (so much food that most didn’t have to go to dinner.) 

On Friday, June 23rd we began with a morning BWP Complimentary Breakfast/Social Time followed by Two Sessions/Two Tracks of Workshops - Marketing & Social Media presented by Christina Richter, Roseville Historical Society President. 

Saturday, June 24th was our last day and began with the Morning BWP Complimentary Breakfast/Social Time. Then we drove to Lincoln and held co-activities which included the CCHS’ Book Fest on the Plaza (Beermann’s Plaza) and the Placer County Museums’ Heritage Trail at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum. And finally, an afternoon Panel Discussion (Buonarroti Ristorante Cino Vino Room) “The Future of History in the State of Californiamoderated by Christina Richter, Roseville Historical Society; State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (District 6); Gregg Lukenbill, Sacramento County Historical Society; and Ralph Thomas, CCHS 2nd VP.  This was followed by a wonderful concluding activity: The Awards of Merit Luncheon at the Buonarroti Ristorante hosted by CCHS President Andrea Blachman, 1st VP Michael Otten, Treasurer John Shea, and Secretary Barbara Kimball with guest host State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley.



2016 Annual Meeting in Claremont (June 23-25, 2016)

For those of you that didn't attend, you missed an opportunity to network with some of the most dedicated individuals in California, all with the common interest of sharing their passion for California history. CCHS and its Arrowhead Management staff put together another great event with plenty of variety to satisfy the most discriminating attendee. CCHS performed at its best, giving all that participated an excellent experience, and with plenty to take back to their respected organizations.

Whether it was the workshop topics (6 sessions/3 tracks each session), the CCHS business (Board of Directors, RVP, and General meetings), the history fair, the local tour opportunity (Walker House), or a little bit of all, everyone found something substantive to leave with. Oh lets not forget, there is always the socializing and sharing among the participants to give the event enough seasoning to deliver the most positive outcome. Such was this case. 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. Everyone, the attendees and the those who didn't attend, should definitely look forward and plan for another wonderful symposium opportunity this Fall.

Thanks to the 2015-2016 Awards Committee: John Shea, Chair; Irene Almeida, Barbara Kimball, and Daniel Mundoz for their very much appreciated effort in reviewing the nominations and selecting the recipients.


2015 Annual Meeting in Burlingame (June 23-25, 2016) 

What a great time we all had. We networked with the greatest individuals in California. Our common connection is our love of California history. CCHS and its Arrowhead Management staff put together a great event with plenty of variety. CCHS performed at its best, giving all that participated an excellent experience, and with plenty to take back to our respective historical societies, museums, and organizations.

Annual Meeting content included workshop topics, the CCHS business, the history fair, the local tour opportunities (the Presidio of San Francisco (Officer's Club (History of the Presidio) and Parade Ground (Archeological Dig) and California Historical Society (Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915)), or collectively we all found something important to leave with. We socialized and shared our experiences among the participants. Such was this case. Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to see a variety of pictures that give you a feeling of the event.

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commented 2018-02-21 10:50:02 -0800 · Flag
Thanks Therese we look forward to having you join us once again!
commented 2018-02-20 14:21:44 -0800 · Flag
Every workshop I have attended through CCHS has given me valuable training for running local historical societies and small museums. By learning how to engage the public in our operations, we can grow attract new members. It is so energizing to meet members from other historical societies, and be inspired! I am looking forward to attending the Annual Meeting.
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Bringing together California's historical community to share California's heritage, learn from one another and strengthen our communities.