Annual Meetings


With COVID-19 still somewhat controlling our lives, we are cautiously discussing our options for the 67th Annual Meeting. Any ideas about when and where to hold it? Based on convention, It should be held in June in the northern half of the state.


We are excited to announce the rescheduled dates for the 66th Annual Meeting along Historic Route 66 in San Bernardino, Ca!  The 66th Annual Meeting will take place in person September 10-11, 2021.  This year's Annual Meeting will focus on fundraising, technology, and improving your organization's publication in the post-pandemic era.  We will also learn more about the Camp Cajon Monument and the importance of Route 66 in California history.  Register Now!

The CCHS 2019 65th Annual Meeting was held in Placerville, CA on June 20-22, 2019.  Attendees enjoyed an opening reception and networking at Lava Cap Winery followed by a weekend of historic tours and educational workshops.  Our host hotel was The Historic Cary House Hotel, which was full of old west charm and a few ghost stories too!  Our workshops included information on social media practices for historical organizations and where to start in publishing a book.  We visited sites such as Boeger Winery, Gold Bug Park, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, and Union Cemetery (complete with costume docents)! To wrap up our weekend, we honored our deserving awardees at the Sequoia Mansion.


The CCHS 2018 64th Annual Meeting was held in the Chatsworth/Burbank area (Southern California) on June 21-23, 2018.  There was plenty of activities to take advantage of: Annual Meeting Reception; Special Speaker Luncheon: Brian Dervin Dillon (author/ historian/lecturer), the Irish Paradise; Workshops on Volunteer Recruitment - Allison Bruesehoff (Executive Director of Rancho Los Cerritos Historical Site) and Fundraising and Grant Writing - Julie Dobrick (Senior Grant Writer of AltaMed Health Service Corporation); Tours to the Mission San Fernando de Espana, Nethercutt Museum and Valley Relics; History Fair; and time to network and share history with other from all over California. The business of CCHS was conducted with the Regional Vice President's, Board of Director's, and General Membership Meetings. Special thanks to our event sponsors: Chatsworth Historical Society and Dan Rael of CatalogIt (CatalogIt is a modern, multi-user application for cataloging, managing and engaging with your museum collections on mobile and desktop devices and computers.)

[Group photo in front of the Nethercutt Museum]


As usual, the Awards Luncheon was the concluding activity and definitely a highlight. CCHS was honored to present awards to 11 Awardees: Individual Awards: Donna Howell (Placer County Historical Society/Placer County Historical Foundation), Gretchen Winfrey (Kern-Antelope Historical Society), William Horst (Porterville Historical Society), Joe Molter (Jedidiah Smith Society), Rosemarie Lippman (Covina Valley Historical Society); Preservation Awards: Dr. Don Stover (Porterville Historical Museum) and the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR); Scholarship Award: John P. Schmal (author/lecturer); Special Award: Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation (Kern County); Waddingham/Doctor Awards: Bonnie Ketterl Kane (Ridge Route Communities Museum and Historical Society) and Sergeant Trooper Charlie Brown (New Buffalo Soldiers). Thanks to the CCHS 2017-2018 Awards Committee: John Shea (Chair), Irene Almeida, Barbara Kimball, and Daniel Munoz for their efforts. "We encourage CCHS members to nominate worthy people in their respective societies." 2018-2019 Awards information will be available in the Fall 2018. 

The new roster of elected CCHS officers include Therese Melbar - President, Allison Bruesehoff - 1st Vice President, Ann Shea - 2nd Vice President (special appointment), John Shea - Treasurer, Barbara Kimball - Secretary, and Andrea Blachman - Past President.

[Swearing-In photo: Presided by Past President Ann Shea, Lt to Rt: Allison Bruesehoff, Therese Melbar and Andrea Blachman, including John Shea (not in picture)]


For those of you who couldn't attend, we missed you and would like for you to get ready for its return in June 2019 (Northern California). It is definitely worth it!  CLICK HERE for a revisit of the 2018 information.  THANK YOU for your continued support and whether it is our Annual Meeting or one of our workshops, we hope to see you at one of our events this year!



Donna Howell was honored by a Placer County Board of Supervisors Commendation on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 for her many years of public service in behalf of Placer County history (over 15,000 hours.) The initiating statement in the Commendation referenced CCHS by the following words "... In the Matter of a Commendation Recognizing Donna Howell As the Recipient of the Conference of California Historical Societies Individual Award for Outstanding Generosity and Dedication to California History..."

Kris Payne, represented CCHS at the ceremony, approaching the BOS podium to express his pleasure at being present at the BOS item of honor and how important Donna's contribution was to CCHS and her community. Kris had received the Award of Merit in behalf of Donna at the CCHS Awards Luncheon as she could not attend.




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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