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 Costa Mesa Historical Society
Annual Installation Dinner

6:00 pm—Friday, January 20, 2017
Captain’s Table, Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa


Join us for the Costa Mesa Historical Society’s Annual Installation Dinner of Officers and Board Members to be held Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Captain’s Table, Orange Coast College.  This year’s featured speaker will be Michele Richards. Her presentation will be on the 75 year history of the barracks building now known as Heroes hall. Michele is the OC Fair & Event Center's Vice President of Business Development, leading the Sales, Marketing, Communications, Events,

Exhibits & Education and Creative Services teams. Michele has more than 30 years of leadership experience in a variety of fields including advertising/marketing, organizational development, sales and human resources, including over 15 years managing her own consulting practice.

She lives in Laguna Niguel with her husband and two daughters

Join us for this cheerful and informative evening!         

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Reservations AND Payment for the Jan. 20th Dinner must be received by Friday. January 13, 2017


Please note, we will not be able to accommodate walk in's at the dinner. Thank you.

Make your check payable to Costa Mesa Historical Society.
Send to Costa Mesa Historical Society, P.O. Box 1764, Costa Mesa, CA 92628.
Questions? Contact us at 949-631-5918.  All tickets will be held in Will Call night of event.


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¨ Address:  ______________________________                Chicken dinner with salad, vegetable, roll and pie


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We wanted you to be among the first to be aware that the Historical Society has just released its second book on Costa Mesa History, covering the years 1940-2003.  The book tells the story of Costa Mesa’s growth from infancy to its coming of age.
The book is available at the Costa Mesa Historical Society, 1870 Anaheim Ave, 949-631-5918,
From the back Cover: Perhaps no one could have foreseen the amazing transformation of Costa Mesa from a sleepy rancho to today’s bustling “City of the Arts.”  Along with other Orange County cities, Costa Mesa experienced explosive growth, redevelopment, county bankruptcy, traffic, and environmental issues.  While navigating these events, Costa Mesa emerged with its own brand of Southern California cityhood

Richard Bagley is a life member of the historical society and has been receiving medical treatment as a result of the removal of a tumor, kidney and part of the small intestine -



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


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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