Promoting and Preserving Costa Mesa History since 1966

U.S. Naval Academy Graduate Andrea Marr to Speak at our November 20th Event

After completing qualifications as a nuclear engineer, Andrea served aboard the U.S. Nimitz and led a division of 20 nuclear-trained machinist mates for two years. Join us to hear about...
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Fairview Register September/October 2022

Our September/October 2022 newsletter is now online! This edition includes "Unsung Veterans" by Mari Page, "Changing times – City Directories and Telephone Books" by museum director Mary Ellen Goddard, and...
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Diego Sepulveda Adobe Reopening

The grand reopening of the Diego Sepulveda on October 1st also celebrated this historic structure's 200th birthday. Mayor John Stephens and Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley spoke a few words...
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Interactive Map Featuring Orange County Historic Sites

Last year, Preserve Orange County launched an interactive map featuring historic sites throughout the county. From their website: "What's on the map? The map includes all sites that are designated...
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Peggy Gardner Display

  We have a new display at the museum! Peggy Gardner was a long-time friend of the Historical Society and a wonderful artist. To highlight Peggy's talent and honor her...
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As some of you may have already noticed, we're updating our online gift shop! There are still many more items to be uploaded, so be sure to keep checking back...
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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.

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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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