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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New Historic Homes Calendar

Renee Pina has produced another Historic Homes calendar, this time featuring 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 here in our online shop, as well as in person at the Historical Society Museum.

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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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Interactive Map Featuring Orange County Historic Sites

Last year, Preserve Orange County launched an interactive map featuring historic sites throughout the county. From their website:

What’s on the map?

  • The map includes all sites that are designated historic at county, state and national levels, under these programs:
    • National Register of Historic Places
    • National Historic Landmarks
    • California Register of Historical Resources
    • California Historical Landmarks
    • California Points of Historical Interest
    • Orange County Historic Sites
    • Orange County Historical Site Plaques
  • It also includes undesignated sites — places that have historic significance but have not yet been officially recognized.
  • Not included at this time are places that are listed on local historic registers.
  • The map indicates if a site is open to the public. If it is not, it may be viewed from the public right-of-way only.”

Phase 2 of the map, with more sites added, is due to launch this year.

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Peggy Gardner Display

 

We have a new display at the museum! Peggy Gardner was a long-time friend of the Historical Society and a wonderful artist. To highlight Peggy’s talent and honor her legacy, we’ve set up a display at the entry of the museum containing just a few of the many beautiful pieces that Peggy created.

These limited edition pieces will be for sale, and all proceeds will go to the museum. As of now, the pieces are only for sale on-site, but keep an eye out in the coming weeks, as we work to upload them to our online shop.

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As some of you may have already noticed, we’re updating our online gift shop! There are still many more items to be uploaded, so be sure to keep checking back in here.

If you don’t see something on the online shop that you’re sure we sell, please give us a call! It’s likely that it’s still in the queue to be uploaded.

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