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Costa Mesa's 60th Anniversary Celebration

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The Costa Mesa Historical Society is pleased to announce that local author and historian Mary Adams Urashima will be our speaker on Sunday October 19, 2014 presenting her book "Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach", a pioneer Japanese community.

 Mary Adams Urashima is a former journalist, with thirty years' experience in media and public affairs. She has been involved in local and regional governmental issues, environmental and land use projects and major infrastructure projects. She authors two local history blogs, Historic Wintersburg and Historic Huntington Beach, and chairs the community effort to preserve the property known as "Historic Wintersburg." She has served as a political appointee and chamber of commerce president.

Wintersburg Village’s unique history is representative of the Japanese pioneer experience on the West Coast. Japan’s post-Meiji period ended the feudal system, creating in the late 1800s social changes that prompted Japanese immigration to America. Many who settled in the Wintersburg countryside were of samurai ancestry, bringing an enterprising spirit to Orange County’s businesses and farms. The village’s history encompasses early aviation, archaeological discoveries, the county’s oldest Japanese church, goldfish farming and overcoming discrimination to achieve civil liberties. Forcibly evacuated and confined during World War II, Japanese pioneers left an indelible mark on Southern California. Absorbed by the City of Huntington Beach, Wintersburg remains mostly a memory. Join historian Mary F. Adams Urashima as she resurrects a vanishing chapter of Orange County. For more about Wintersburg go here: http://www.historicwintersburg.blogspot.com/

So bring a friend and come learn about this pioneering community next door!

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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 www.costamesahistory.org   or go to facebook/costa mesa historical society  

 

 

Come enjoy the Denwar Exhibit and also check out our gift shop for Denwar and other Costa Mesa related items!

Give the gift of history and help support the CMHS at the same time!

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 choose from for your home, office or gift!

 

 

"Costa Mesa My Sweet Home" video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luwNEsM94FU&feature=youtu.be

 

Order form for the book Early Costa Mesa: more info


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