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

Chris is a prolific writer and historian with a passion for preserving the rich heritage of Orange County, California. With a diverse body of work that spans 45 books, Epting is renowned for his in-depth exploration of the region’s history and cultural landmarks.

Specializing in Orange County history, Epting’s latest book delves into the vanished treasures that once defined the landscape of the area. From iconic music venues to beloved theme parks and nostalgic restaurants, Epting’s meticulous research brings to life the stories behind these long-gone landmarks that have played a significant role in shaping Orange County’s vibrant history.

Signed copies of Chris’ book will be available for purchase at this event. You can also purchase his book (rated at 4.5/5 stars) and see further reviews at Amazon.


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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 than 100 pounds and was made out of solid redwood.

Join us as Dick Metz takes us on his journey around the globe inspiring the movie “The Endless Summer”.

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

Important! Admission is FREE! However due to limited seating, RSVP is required. Call to reserve seat 949-631-5918. Please leave name, how many are attending, and phone number.

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2024 Speakers Event! A Review of Tustin’s Wooden Hangars

Join us for a presentation by Tustin Historical Society’s former President Steve Sauers. He will take us on a journey reviewing the history of these giant historical structures. The old wooden hangars at the former Tustin Marine Corps Air Station have been part of Naval and Marine history for more than 80 years.

Admission is free but RSVP is required due to limited seating. Call to reserve your seat 949-631-5918 with your name, how many are attending, and your phone number. Due to the recent events at the Tustin hangars, we expect a large turnout.


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January Event: The LAB and Other Unique Places created by Linda Sadeghi

The LAB stands for “Little American Business” and that’s exactly who Linda Sadeghi strives to support. The LAB began its journey to combat retail monotony in 1993 when it was recycled from a night-vision goggle factory located in Costa Mesa by The LAB Team, with Linda Sadeghi as the current steward.

As owner/operator/designer, Linda is celebrating The LAB’s 30 years as a successful retail, restaurant, art, and entertainment venue for the “young at heart”. At the core of her efforts is her mission to renovate historic buildings and repurpose them.

The Costa Mesa Historical Society is pleased to have her as guest speaker at our January 14th event. It will take place in the Adams Room at the Donald Dungan Library.
The event begins at 2 pm.
Light refreshments will be served.
Admission is free but R.S.V.P. is required. Please call (949) 631-5918 by January 10th.

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Fairview Register November/December 2022

Our November/December 2022 newsletter is now online! This edition includes “Movie Memories From the Past” by Mari Page, an excerpt from the January 1983 Costa Mesa Historical Society Quarterly, as well as information about our upcoming January event.

Fairview Register November/December 2022

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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 register. Each month features an image of the property as well as a little history from its owners, making it a community-driven project. Help us to raise awareness about the value of these homes to Costa Mesa and that they are vital to protecting the charm and nostalgia of our neighborhoods!

Now available for sale in person at the Historical Society Museum.

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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 her fascinating naval career and how her professional life has benefitted from Admiral Hyman Rickover’s (considered the Father of the Nuclear Navy) unique approach to leadership.

Reception is at 2:00 pm at the museum building, 1870 Anaheim Avenue, Costa Mesa. The program begins at 2:30 pm. Andrea will share her exciting and career-making journey. Space is limited so please RSVP by November 11th to

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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 information about our upcoming November program.

Fairview Register September/October 2022

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