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Future Forward!

You are invited to participate in the upcoming “OC History Exposition”, featuring keynote speakers and exhibitors (local history groups, museums, local history authors and artists, and more).  The event will be held on May 22, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.  The public throughout Orange County will be invited to attend.  It will be held at the Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue, in Costa Mesa.

Speakers for this event will be talking about the future of historical collection.  In a time when the old “tried and true” sources like city directories/telephone books are disappearing as fewer people have “landline” phones, fewer people write letters, but instead use email and twitter, and newspapers are generally going digital – or disappearing altogether, how are we all to research local and family history in the future?   Our speakers will address this question – and more.

Mary Ellen Goddard

50th Anniversary Committee

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


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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