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Costa Mesa's 60th Anniversary Celebration

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The Costa Mesa Historical Society is pleased to have with us author Craig MacDonald on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Craig will speak on "Gold Rush Glimpses-Back to the Future," how the California Gold Rush is still very much with us today in our language, our food & drink, our clothes, our relatives, in our businesses and diversity. Much of what California is today is because of the Gold Rush.

Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig MacDonald, a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, is the author of 18 books on the West. The historian speaks at national conferences and universities. His relatives came to California in the Gold Rush.

So bring a friend and learn more about our Golden State, then and now!


gold rush miners

To learn more about Craig and his books, go to

Doors open at 2:00, program at 2:30. Free admission and refreshments. We are located at 1870 Anaheim Ave. northwest corner of the Lions Park complex. For further information call (949) 631-5918, visit   or go to facebook/costa mesa historical society  

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Do your holiday shopping here.

come enjoy the Denwar Exhibit and also check out our gift shop!

Help support the CMHS, do your holiday shopping here and give the gift of history!

Lots of books and memorabilia to select from including commemorative plates, paperweights and SAAAB items, note paper, postcards and out of print items.

And we have many historic photos to chose from for your home, office or gift!



"Costa Mesa My Sweet Home" video


Order form for the book Early Costa Mesa: more info

The Costa Mesa Historical Society welcomes you to its online home.  The Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit group whose mission is to collect, preserve and promote the history of the Costa Mesa area.

We encourage anyone interested in Costa Mesa history to explore our website.  Also, we extend an open invitation to interested individuals, families, students, professionals, businesses and organizations to become members of the Society.

This website contains but a tiny sampling of the many resources available to you.  Please contact us should you need more information.



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