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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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 cmhistory@sbcglobal.net.

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Diego Sepulveda Adobe Reopening

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The grand reopening of the Diego Sepulveda on October 1st also celebrated this historic structure’s 200th birthday. Mayor John Stephens and Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley spoke a few words and each presented the Historical Society’s president Barbra Steck with framed certificates honoring the occasion.

Head Docent Cindy Humphreys gave special recognition to Jason Minter and Daniel Jojola of the City of Costa Mesa and Mark Sauer of Sauer Construction for their dedicated efforts in renovating the Adobe. Cultural Anthropologist Stephen O’Neil spoke on local history. Then guests were treated to refreshments provided by Grocery Outlet. There were several crafts for the children. The group Sweetwater Creek played some bluegrass to the delight of all.

Special guests for the day were Lynn and Vicki Alcala whose family were the last to live in the Adobe. They are the living history of Costa Mesa, and we were so pleased to have them join us.

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OCC Planetarium Event

We have a very exciting event coming up on August 13th! We’ve connected with the Orange Coast College Planetarium to give our Historical Society members their very own exclusive showing.

The sky has been an object of fascination for as long as humans have walked the earth. The movements of the spheres are ingrained in every culture on earth and have created mythologies, superstitions, and legends many people still recognize. Today, we turn our scientific tools toward the heavens to get a new perspective of the universe and our place in it. Take a journey through time, from the most ancient astrologers, to the future of manned exploration of the solar system, and see how our view of the cosmos has grown and evolved.

Planetarium Director, Scott Mitchell, will open the program and guide us through the wonders of the sky above us.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, August 13th

Time: 1:30 (please plan to arrive no later than this time, as no one will be allowed to enter after)

Where: Orange Coast College Planetarium (Parking is located in the E lot off of Merrimac Way)

 

You can purchase tickets here.

OR

You can call the Historical Society at (949) 631-5918 to reserve tickets. Please leave your name, phone number, and quantity of tickets you wish to reserve. You can pick up and pay for tickets at the Historical Society the Thursday or Friday before the event.

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Fish Fry Coloring Contest Winners

For the 75th Annual Fish Fry, the Costa Mesa Historical Society hosted a children’s coloring contest to reach out and hopefully spark an interest in local history. We received over 100 entries!

While we had originally only planned on a single winner, we were blown away by the creativity and number of entries we received, so we decided to add a second and third place as well. Our three winners came by the Historical Society Museum today to pick up their prizes and to learn a bit about the city they call home.

Congrats to Abigail, Mira, and Scarlett!

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2022 Fish Fry and Carnival

The 75th Annual Fish Fry is back at its original location in Lions Park! The Fish Fry will take place June 3 – 5. Admission is free. Fish dinners are $15, and tickets for carnival rides are currently on sale for a discounted price. Get your ride tickets here.

The Costa Mesa Historical Society will have a booth for all three days and we’ll be selling books, postcards, and other goods! We also have something fun planned for the young-ins, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

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