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Promoting and Preserving Costa Mesa History since 1966

Our Past Deserves a Future

Our Past Deserves a Future

This fall, society archivist Mary Ellen Goddard led a four-part seminar on archival practices. In addition to its wealth of practical information, the seminar helped answer the question, “What does the society do?”
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Jim Kubalik on Richard Nixon

Jim Kubalik on Richard Nixon

Join us for a delicious meal and a lively talk at 6 p.m. Friday, January 25, as docent Jim Kubalik of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum traces Nixon's Orange County roots, meteoric rise in politics, and presidency.
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Parking Affected by Library Construction

Parking Affected by Library Construction

Access to the Costa Mesa Historical Society Museum may be impacted by construction of the new downtown library. Please use Anaheim Avenue and follow the signs to the library until further notice.
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Shop with us on Amazon

Shop with us on Amazon

Every time you start your order with Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate to the Costa Mesa Historical Society.
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New Exhibit Explores Costa Mesa Boatbuilding

New Exhibit Explores Costa Mesa Boatbuilding

Although boatbuilding has played a critical part in Costa Mesa’s economic history, it’s a chapter that’s largely been overlooked. Until now.
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Learn about 5,000 years of history –from the first peoples to the City of the Arts – at our two museums in Costa Mesa.

Learn more about museums

Explore our vast collection of photographs, periodicals, maps, and more at the society’s museum and headquarters.

Explore historical resources

Discover the many ways you can do your part to preserve and promote Costa Mesa history.

Make your contribution

Learn about a wide variety of historical topics at our free talks throughout the year.

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Purchase books, memorabilia, and more at our online store.

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Did you know that nearly one-fifth of Costa Mesa’s land area was once an important training center for our nation’s effort during World War II?

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