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About The Costa Mesa Historical Society
The Costa Mesa Historical Society was formed in 1966 as
a support group for the newly restored Diego Sepulveda Adobe. The stated
purpose of the new organization was "to promote and preserve the natural,
civil, literal and ecclesiastical history of the Harbor area in general and
the City of Costa Mesa in particular." Society members collected period
furnishings for the Adobe and served as tour guides. Soon other projects
were added -
Today, the Society holds a collection of 70,000 items ranging in age from
through current times. The collection is in the process
of being catalogued in a computer database. Monthly meetings are held
featuring speakers on topics of interest. Society docents lead tours of our
Museum and the Diego Sepulveda Adobe. Our library and archive materials are
available to researchers, local organizations and people curious about any
aspect of local history. The Society collaborates with local government and
other groups to produce children's and other historical books and
pamphlets. And fine art prints of our historic photographs adorn area
homes, offices and retail businesses.
Behind the Scenes
On a typical day, our museum at 1870 Anaheim Avenue buzzes with activities from managing a small business office, to clipping newspapers for our local history subjects file, to identifying people and places in photographs, to keeping membership information up to date, to producing two newsletters (the Cadet and the Fairview Register) to cleaning and preserving objects in the collection, to researching and answering patron questions that come by mail, e-mail, phone and in person, to transcribing oral history interviews, to dusting the exhibits, to cataloging library books, to conducting tours of the museum, to inputting information into our museum database, to keeping records of donated historical items, to preserving, boxing and shelving historic items, to planning and creating new exhibits, to finding speakers for public meetings, and more.
Members of our organization may become officers or board members, attend board meetings and decide on the policy and activities of the Society. But in addition to the "work", there is a great deal of fun. Volunteers brown-bag and gather in the kitchen for conversation at lunchtimes. One or twice a year we have a volunteer potluck dinner. There is also satisfaction as volunteers assist visitors, learn new skills, or teach a skill to someone else. And there is the excitement of discovering new facts about our city.
A lot goes on in the Costa Mesa Historical Society. Please visit our Member-Volunteer page to join the Society and perhaps join our volunteer team.
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