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The Costa Mesa Historical Society is pleased to announce that author David Boulé  will be our speaker on Sunday September 18, 2016 . with a presentation on the orange and the dream of California.  

A hundred years ago, the orange was the second largest revenue producer in California, behind only oil. California citrus growers earned four times the per-capita income of the average American.

David Boulé, in his presentation “The Orange and the Dream of California,” explores the fascinating two hundred and fifty year history of the golden orange and the Golden State, the phenomenal impact the orange had on the development and image of California, and how these two entities created a compelling fantasy and a fantastic reality. 

David, a third-generation Californian, has one of the largest private collections of objects and materials relating to the California citrus industry. His career in corporate marketing has given him a particularly insightful perspective on how the orange became a symbol of California’s enduring promise. David has been profiled on public television, and items from his collection have been included in a number of museum and library exhibits.  His book, The Orange and the Dream of California, which will be available for sale, was published in 2014. To learn more about the book and the author go to:


So come bring a friend as we learn about the relationship between the Golden State and its “golden apple.”! 

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.



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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