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Promoting and Preserving Costa Mesa History since 1966

The 71st Annual Fish Fry

The 71st Annual Fish Fry

Stop by our booth this September 21-23 at the 71st Annual Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club Fish Fry in Fairview Park!
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Living Memorial Nominations – August 2018

Living Memorial Nominations – August 2018

The Costa Mesa Historical Society is currently accepting nominations for its Living Memorial Award.
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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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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 Park Avenue and follow the signs to the library until further notice.
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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.

Learn more about upcoming talks 

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

Coming Soon!

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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