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Rev. James Caldwell
the Fighting Parson of
the American Revolution

The Costa Mesa Historical Society is pleased to announce that author Craig MacDonald  will be our speaker on Sunday June 28, 2015 . with a presentation on the Reverend James Caldwell, "the Fighting Parson of the American Revolution".


Craig is the great-great-great-great grandson of Rev. Caldwell, whose heroic actions helped America split from England. Both the reverend and his wife, Hannah, were murdered in cold blood in separate incidents in the American Revolution. Learn the background behind his famous statement "Give them Watts boys!". So incredible is this amazing story that famous western writer Bret Harte wrote a poem about their patriotic fervor. It's an unimaginable true story you will won't forget.


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. To learn more about Craig and his books, go to


So come bring a friend and celebrate the Fourth of July early with us!

Seating is limited, for RESERVATIONS call (949) 631-5918.    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. Visit   or go to facebook/costa mesa historical society for more information.


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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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