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The Costa Mesa Historical Society is pleased to announce that local author and historian Charles Epting will be our speaker on Sunday September 21, 2014 presenting his book "The New Deal in Orange County".
Born in Santa Monica and raised in Huntington Beach, California, Charles Epting is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California. He is studying history, geology and environmental studies and for several years has been a volunteer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, where he studies paleontology. He is also the author of University Park, Los Angeles. Charles' books may be found on Amazon.com
Unpredictably harsh elements wreaked havoc in Orange County during the Great Depression. The 1933 Long Beach earthquake claimed 115 lives, shattering lands eastward across the Los Angeles County line into the Orange County cities. Then 60 people perished in the devastating 1938 Santa Ana River flood, which washed out roads and buildings and much of the county's namesake citrus industry. Orange County's 130,000 people received a greater density of federal public aid than LA County's 2.2 million and San Diego County's 210,000. Join Charles Epting on this tour of the buildings, bridges, harbors, trails, libraries, highways and other infrastructure gains-many still in use-that were revitalized by the Works Progress Administration, Civilian Conservation Corps and other agencies of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal.
So bring a friend and come learn how the WPA and other projects shaped Orange County for decades to come!
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. For further information call (949) 631-5918, visit www.costamesahistory.org or go to facebook/costa mesa historical society
This ship was build by Dennis Holland in Costa Mesa!
Come see it in person!
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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