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25th Artistic License Fair Returns this October

The Artistic License Fair returns to Estancia Park Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m-4 p.m. Browse fine crafts from 50 artisans based in Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside counties. Now in its 25th year, the annual event began as the Denwar Crafts Fair over fifty years ago. The Diego Sepulveda Adobe will be open for visitors on both days. For more information, go to artisticlicensefair.com.

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New Fire Station to Exhibit Historical Society Artifacts

Fireman’s turnout coat dating from the era of Costa Mesa’s Volunteer Fire Department.

Costa Mesa’s newest fire station, the Royal Palm station, will be dedicated Saturday, September 29 at 10 a.m. This modern facility will serve the Mesa Verde area with the finest in first-responder equipment, training, and personnel. Working with Captains Rob Gagne and Fred McDowell, the Society has loaned a fireman’s turnout coat and helmet to be placed on display in the station’s lobby. Opposite the display case is a wall-sized enlargement of a historical photo of the original Royal Palm Station, designed by former Costa Mesa Mayor Willard T. Jordan.

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71st Lions Club Fish Fry a Success!

Thank you to all who visited us at the 71st Annual Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club Fish Fry September 21-3. We hoped you enjoyed watching Echoes from the Fields or purchasing gifts from the booth we shared with the Friends of the Library. 

Most of all, a big THANK YOU to the volunteers who donated their time and made the event such a success. We couldn’t do it without you!

See you again next year!

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A New Look at the Adobe

Thanks to a joint effort of society volunteers, a new mannequin has been added to the Diego Sepulveda Adobe.

It’s hoped the mannequin, representing a young woman from around the 1860s, will illustrate period dress, spark conversation, and add a splash of color, craftsmanship, and beauty to the adobe’s Victorian Room. The mannequin was purchased with the personal funds of Art and Mary Ellen Goddard, who then donated it to the society. It replaces a taller mannequin whose dress could no longer be repaired.

Once acquired, one of our docents reached out to Cynthia Corley, Orange Coast College Theatre Arts Department, who donated her time to create the new mannequin’s outfit and wig. Corley was reimbursed for the cost of materials, but she donated all her labor for the benefit of the historical society. The mannequin now models an attractive blouse and tiered skirt.

The mannequin is a perfect example of how people can help our organization. If you have an idea for helping out, let us know. And don’t forget to stop by the adobe and admire the work that went into the new educational model.

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Archivist Offers Course for Society Volunteers

This September Mary Ellen Goddard, archivist for the historical society, will be offering four free hourlong seminars on archival practice. Topics include ethics, search methods, cataloguing, boxing/storage, preservation, and acquisition criteria. All society volunteers are invited to learn how archivists can help researchers take advantage of our rich collection. To learn more, sign up below or call us at 949-631-5918.


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    Society Welcomes New Intern

    Augustin Espinoza is a history and political science major from Vanguard University who will be interning with the historical society over the fall term. Augustin will work on Mondays and Fridays for the next few months for a total of 90 hours, culminating in a letter grade. His primary work will be to develop a finding aid for Nell Murbarger’s non-local photographs. Next time you see him, be sure to say hello!

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    The 71st Annual Fish Fry

    Stop by our booth at the 71st Annual Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club Fish Fry this September 21-23 in Fairview Park. The popular festival expects an attendance of 15,000, and will feature live music, vendors, and carnival rides, not to mention plenty of fish made with Heinz Kaiser’s secret 70-year-old batter recipe.

    “Even people who don’t like fish like ours,” says Mike Schaefer.

    Costa Mesa Historical Society volunteers will be showing the DVD Echoes from the Fields and selling items from our gift shop. We are sharing the booth with the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries. It’s a nice partnership since we share the parking lot at Lions Park.

    Proceeds from the event are donated to organizations throughout the community. So come on by and show your support!

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