Spring Symposium 2016





San Juan Capistrano and Surrounding Communities

The Conference of California Historical Societies is headed to the beautiful City of San Juan Capistrano. From its historic Mission and Los Rios Street to its vibrant trails, train depot and quaint downtown, the City of San Juan Capistrano offers a bevy of historic, entertaining and distinctive locales for tourists. We hope that you can join us for an inspiring weekend to kick off 2016. 

The weekend's program is highlighted by a unique tour of Huell Howser Archive and Library, a journey to Los Rios Historic District ,where we will be sure to see the San Juan Capistrano Mission and an unforgettable gathering with Mr. Richard Dureé

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Photo credit: Melanie Kaminski

Huell Howser Archives/Library Exhibits 

Revisit the beauty of the Golden State through the permanent exhibit devoted to late TV legend Huell Howser at Chapman University. The exhibit includes images, text and artifacts, including snippets of his editing notes and a recreation of his office.

Photo Credit: Nathan Nowack Photography

Tour of Downtown Historic Los Rios District

The Los Rios Historic District is the oldest neighborhood in California. Some of the forty homes still present date back to the late 1700s and early 1800s. Come explore the history of the place with an experienced tour guide, while being transported to the tranquil pace of a century long gone.


Photo courtesy of Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano Mission Tour

Known as the “Jewel of the Missions”, Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded by Father Serra in 1776. Join us for a tour of the museum rooms, exhibits, gardens and more with experienced docents, while learning about California’s early history.


Hotel Accommodations Information:

Best Western Capistrano Inn
27174 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Hotel Registration Deadline: February 12, 2016


Thursday, February 25, 2016 (Welcoming Reception - Evening);
Friday, February 26, 2016; and Saturday, February 27, 2016


Member price

All Days: $265
Friday Only: $190
Saturday Only: $200

Non-Member price

All Days: $290
Friday Only: $215
Saturday Only: $225

Early bird registration deadline: January 31, 2016
Final deadline to register: February 18, 2016

***All cancellations after February 18, 2016 will NOT be eligible for a refund. Cancellations received before this date must be made in writing and will be subject to a $25 processing fee.


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commented 2016-01-07 09:50:34 -0800 · Flag
That was one of the options we had looked at. Sadly, because of time constraints and other issues, we were unable to fit it in. I would like to visit it as well.—Michael Otten, 2nd Vice President
commented 2016-01-05 07:42:53 -0800 · Flag
Is a visit (as in 2004) to Nixon’s western White House at Cotton’s Point being considered?
commented 2016-01-04 19:06:17 -0800 · Flag
Thank you Michael!
commented 2016-01-04 18:05:25 -0800 · Flag
Thanks for your inquiry about our symposium. I haven’t seen the final cost packages yet, but there will be a variety of options, one-day participation. All will be posted soon on the CCHS website. Of course, there is a break for members. There is a block of rooms being reserved at the host hotel. I have always felt I have gotten my money’s worth and then some because of the special behind the scenes information and being able to take more in than if trying to do it on my own. —Michael Otten, 2nd Vice President and a regional vice president
commented 2016-01-04 15:57:35 -0800 · Flag
Would love to get more information about this including prices and rough schedule. I just received the email notice and would like to also promote this to my local historical society brethren. But will need to get more information first. When you populate with prices and such, could you send out another link by email so we remember to check? Thanks!
commented 2015-12-30 15:29:07 -0800 · Flag
For those of you that are planning to attend the Spring Symposium, come on Thursday, February 25th and attend the Welcoming Reception.
commented 2015-12-30 09:09:50 -0800 · Flag
Plan attending the Spring Symposium 2016. Place the dates of February 26 & 27 in your calendar. Keep checking for updates. More information on the event will follow.
commented 2015-12-29 17:11:40 -0800 · Flag
Can’t wait for the details!