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Promoting and Preserving Costa Mesa History since 1966

How the Costa Mesa Playhouse Got its Start

How the Costa Mesa Playhouse Got its Start

The Costa Mesa Playhouse has been entertaining audiences since 1965. But how did it get started? We look at the fascinating origins of this local institution and the extraordinary women who made it possible.
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Fairview Register August 2019

In the August 2019 Fairview Register, we learn about the founding of the Costa Mesa (Civic) Playhouse, turn the spotlight onto our SAAAB class photo project, thank Kathy Bequette for her many years of service, and remember Ruth Levin and Cesar Pelli.
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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.

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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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