Welcome to the Conference of California Historical Societies*!

*Established at the College of the Pacific (Stockton, CA) in 1954, this year (2024) is the 70th Anniversary of CCHS. Click on the ABOUT tab above for further information.


Preserving California History by unifying and strengthening Historical Organizations throughout the State.


Join the Sacramento History Museum and CCHS Region 7 Regional Vice President & Historian Maryellen Burns for a 4-part workshop series to help you find and tell your story!


The CCHS office is located in the El Dorado Gold 1848 building at the corner of Bedford Ave. and Main St. in Placerville CA 95667. Office hours are by reservation. See below in the Home page footer for contact information.



National History Day - CA State Finals 2024

Theme - Turning Points in History


National History Day in California is a co-curricular program for students in grades 4 - 12 in all educational settings. Students engage in historical inquiry and analysis on a topic of their choice. Categories: Documentary, Exhibit, Historical Paper, Performance, Podcast, Poster, and Website. Divisions: Elementary (4th-5th grades), Junior (6th-8th grades), and Senior (9th-12th grades). Individuals and Groups (2-5 students).




Friday, April 19- Sunday, April 21, 2024 
CSU Sacramento
6000 Jed Smith Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826


November 15, 2022 - In an effort to enhance historical education and expand opportunities for California’s students, National History Day California (NHD-CA) has announced a new partnership with California State University Sacramento (Sac State).


Thanks to Barbara Kimbell, Al Minard and David Ballard for representing CCHS and for judging the 2022-2023 California National History Day Competition. CCHS provided 4 - $100 Special Awards for the State winners.


Please visit our City-County Highlights page to take a virtual tour of California, with a different city highlighted each month!

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The Conference of California Historical Societies was formed in 1954 as a means to bring together the many historical societies and museums throughout the State to share their common needs and expertise, and to bind them together in the interest of history in California.  Members have endeavored to find the ways of helping and informing each other of the problems that often can be better solved by group efforts - we learn from each other! Click the ABOUT tab on the upper navigation bar for additional information about CCHS.


  • We are always looking for website content. Self-post your member EVENTS on the CCHS EVENTS page (Click Events tab on the upper navigation bar). Submit member CITY-COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS (note the format) to CCHS for website posting to inform other members about your State of California area and history.          


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