Registration and detailed information will be posted in January.


CCHS will be holding two workshops in 2018.  The first will be held in the Spring of 2018 in Martinez CA (more info to come) and the second will be held in the Fall of 2018 (date and location TBA). 

2017 Skills Development (SpringWorkshop 

March 18, 2017, 9am - 4pm

Homestead Museum, City of Industry

Click on "Spring Workshop" to link to the information page.


Conference of California Historical Societies Skills Development Workshop a Huge Success by Ralph Thomas, RVP Group Leader and RVP Region 29

Over 50 people attended the Conference of California Historical Societies (CCHS) Spring Workshop held on March 17, 2017 at the Homestead Museum located in the City of Industry, California.  The workshop was designed to support the CCHS vision of being the recognized leader in empowering historical societies in their mission to preserve California history by making them stronger and more responsive to their communities though organizational development and the sharing of successful strategies.

Topics discussed that are important to all historical societies included:

§  Volunteer Recruitment

§  Embracing Millennials

§  How to Write an Effective Newsletter

§  Keeping Relevant

§  Audience Development

§  Developing Community Partnerships

The workshop also gave all attendees the opportunity to hear and discuss with other historical societies things they did that were successful.  Included were approaches to get more millennials involved, successes in volunteer recruitment and retention and ideas for developing community partnerships.

If you missed this workshop you can find the presentations that were given on the CCHS Knowledge Base section of our web site.


>Therese Melbar, RVP Region 22, provided the following comments: "Since attending the CCHS Spring Developmental Workshop at the Homestead Museum in Southern California, I feel completely empowered by the topics that were presented.   The information presented is something I will take back to my local historical society; which will definitely aid us in the business of bringing our history to the community.  

We learned through targeted communications, how to attract new members, involve current members, and develop engaged members to successfully advance into our board of directors.  The graph about member numbers, versus member value to historical societies, was a key piece that I took away.  This demonstrated to me the critical need in the way we must operate to accomplish our mission.  The segment about newsletters also gave me a greater understanding on how important of a tool this form of communication is. 

Millennials are our future, and this workshop gave us the strategies on how to court this group, who have vial skills for increasing engagement.  Their methods will aid us in being more responsive to our communities. 

The Workman Family Homestead Museum tour demonstrated how museums can be innovative.  We were given a number of best practices for the visitor experience.  How to set the stage, how to help visitors relate, and giving them a perspective, were all useful points in helping local communities learn about and embrace their unique history.

It was encouraging to discuss some of the issues from my local historical society with others at the workshop, and have those individuals sitting near me share their own experiences and offer solutions to problems.  I heard anecdotes on what others have tried and the successful strategies they have used. "


>Orange County Breeze - -

Thank you to the Conference of California Historical Societies

Posted By shelley [henderson] On March 19, 2017 @ 5:05 pm In History

“I would like to thank the Conference of California Historical Societies (CCHS) for welcoming me as a speaker at their Spring Workshop, held on Saturday, March 18, at the Homestead Museum in the City of Industry.

Although I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley not far from the Homestead Museum, I didn’t know that it existed until I received the invitation to speak there.

For a group representing organizations passionately interested in the past, everyone attending the Workshop was up-to-date on the challenges faced by non-profits these days, from recruiting volunteers to embracing younger generations to updating newsletters and getting information out in an Age of Fractured Information Channels.

They’re doing great work, and deserve support.” [Shelly Henderson, Editor and Publisher of the Orange County Breeze posted this Thank You on the CCHS Facebook page. Shelly's kind words are very much appreciated by CCHS.]



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commented 2017-03-28 16:38:55 -0700 · Flag
CCHS events are always worthwhile to attend. The subjects covered were areas that will benefit historical societies and museums. Thank you to the speakers for sharing your knowledge and answering questions. I learned something from each one of you that will be useful for our groups. I’m already making plans to meet up at the Annual Meeting in June!
commented 2017-02-16 17:40:59 -0800 · Flag
Another great CCHS Workshop is planned!
commented 2016-01-15 16:57:01 -0800 · Flag
Come to the Martinez Workshop on Thursday, January, 28, 2016 . Two great topics to be presented: Oral History and Who is your Audience? Register Now!
commented 2015-08-29 09:30:58 -0700 · Flag
Thanks to Ralph Thomas, RVP Region 29 for creating and sponsoring the Regional Membership and Skills Development Workshop. Focused topics to be presented about membership development with guest speakers. Support Ralph’s effort with a large attendance. Register today.
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