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The Buffalo Soldier

The Costa Mesa Historical Society is pleased to announce that Robert V. "Bobby"McDonald,  a member of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Calvary Association-Buffalo Soldiers, will be our speaker on Sunday April 19, 2015. Bobby McDonald is president and executive director of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, and he is leading the organization into its 30th year. McDonald developed the chamber’s educational outreach programs and has established the chamber’s veteran’s business network programs. Through a partnership with Explorer Studios, two award winning educational films have been produced, “Building the Dream” and “History of the Buffalo Soldiers”. McDonald is now a member of the PBS So Cal Board of Trustees, where he has assisted with historic African American PBS presentations. He is also a U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran and has received many awards for his work in the community.


African Americans have served proudly in every great American war.  Over two hundred thousand African American servicemen fought bravely during the Civil War.  In 1866 through an act of congress, legislation was adopted to create six all African American army units.  The units were identified as the 9th and 10th cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st infantry regiments.  The four infantry units were reorganized in 1868 as the 24th and the 25th infantry.  Black soldiers enlisted for five years and received $13.00 a month, far more than they could have earned in civilian life.

      The troops were led by white officers.  The black regiments could only serve west of the Mississippi River because of the prevailing attitudes following the Civil War.

The Buffalo Soldier’s main charge was to protect settlers as they moved west and to support the westward expansion by building the infrastructure needed for new settlements to flourish. They continued to serve until World War II during which the 9tha and 10th Calvary Regiments were disbanded and the soldiers were moved into service-oriented units.


So come bring a friend and ride along on this exciting trip to the Old West and beyond! 

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

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