Promoting and Preserving Costa Mesa History since 1966

Chris Epting’s “The Lost Landmarks of Orange County” on July 14th

Dear Costa Mesa community, Join us for a talk by Chris Epting, author of the new book "The Lost Landmarks of Orange County". Please sign-up at the following link: RSVP...
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2024 Speakers Event!

Join us Sunday May 12th 2pm for Costa Mesa Historical Society's 2024 Speakers event. Dick Metz- Growing up in Laguna in the 30's, the first surfboard Dick owned weighed more...
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Costa Mesa Vintage Homes – Spanish Colonial Revival

There's a new addition to the Costa Mesa Vintage Homes video series! Realtor Renee Pina takes us on a tour of 241 Broadway, the featured home for May in the...
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Fairview Register January/February 2023

Our January/February 2023 newsletter is now online! This edition includes "Orange Coast College's 75th Anniversary: Review of Academic Programs", "Newport Pop Festival" by Mari Page, and "Kona Lanes Memories" by...
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3rd Annual Historic Homes Calendar 2024

Renee Pina has produced another Historic Homes calendar, this time featuring some of the city's most historic properties. In fact, most of the properties are eligible for the city's historic...
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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.

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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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