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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