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2018 Year in Review
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2018 Year in Review

Wow, hard to believe, but yes, another year just flew by! And what a year it was!

Our accomplishments include:

  • The opening of The Hull Story. Curated by society volunteer Nancy Pedersen, this exhibit honors the wood and fiberglass boat builders and manufacturers that transformed Costa Mesa from an agricultural-based town into “the Hub of the Harbor” from the 1950s-80s.
  • Applying through the Orange County Historical Commission’s historic plaque program to receive county recognition for the Diego Sepulveda Adobe and surrounding Native American site.
  • Debut of the society’s enhanced website with expanded features. To go with this new look, we are re-designing our logo, letterhead and brochures.
  • Participating in community events including booths at the 71st Annual Fish Fry, Concerts in the Park, and Orange County Archives in Action.
  • Hosting successful speaker events which attracted new members to the Society including January’s installation dinner with Orange County Register columnist David Whiting; February’s Bring A Friend event; author Craig MacDonald and the amazing story of Charley in March; journalist Chris Epting and the “Camping Trip that changed America” in April; our annual Early California Days in May at Estancia Park featuring cultural anthropologist Stephen O’Neil; Jeff Rountree and the History of John Wayne Airport in June; author Tony Burica and his story Seeking Freedom: A Five Year Odyssey in October; and Fred MacDowell and A Salute to Veterans program in November.

In 2018, society volunteers surpassed 6,000 hours of service. Thank you to our dedicated members including:

  • Board officers & directors: 1st VP Terry Shaw, 2nd VP Tess Bernstein, recording secretary Estelle Hughes, treasurer Susan Weeks, head archivist Mary Ellen Goddard, Dave Rusher, Bob Palazzola, Cynthia Humphreys;
  • Lead volunteer Art Goddard;
  • Docents Kathy Bequette, Alex Golson, Vicki Alcala Kelley, Lynn Alcala;
  • Volunteers Nancy Pedersen, Karl VonHerzen, Hope VonHerzen, Sid Hallburn, Jean & Craig Nomura, Sharon & Dan Dearing, Jan Rovan, Dolores Minerich, Ursula Hartunian, Beth Refakes, Mona & George Hill, Rob Braun, Wanda Garro, Helen Humphreys, costume designer Cynthia Corley, and intern Agustin Espinoza.

Lastly, thank you to centenarian Gladys Refakes for her 38 years of very active service to the society. 

Best wishes and enjoy the holidays. We’ll see you next year!

Dave Gardner
President, Costa Mesa Historical Society

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