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Vintage, Not Rummage

If you were one of the several dozen smart shoppers who visited the Costa Mesa Historical Society on Sunday, February 18, you know the difference between “vintage” and “rummage”. Everything from school yearbooks to picture frames, small furniture pieces to historic bric-a-brac was available at reasonable prices. The sale of these collectible items not only generates cash for your society, but also frees up storage space at the society building. OK, you’re a smart shopper but missed the sale. No worries — get yourself down to the society museum ASAP to see what’s left to buy. Last call!

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Going, Going, Gone!

Changes are coming to the west side of the Costa Mesa Historical Society building. In the middle of February, the west yard was stripped of its trees and turf to make way for a stormwater reservoir and parking lot in connection with the new public library and community center projects at Lions Park.

Although we are sorry to see the trees go, the society still has eleven mature trees on its east and north sides. Another “benefit” of the tree removal is better visibility of our signage from Anaheim Avenue. Stay tuned for further progress reports.

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Historical Society Holds 2018 Installation Dinner

Your historical society held its annual Installation Dinner on January 26. Attended by nearly sixty society members and friends, the evening event was held at a new venue — the famous Newport Rib Company. After President Dave Gardner’s welcome, attendees enjoyed a buffet dinner which included BBQ tri-tip and chicken. Following the meal, speaker David Whiting took the audience on a “Race for the Wall,” a heart-warming tour of Vietnam vets riding motorcycles from Rancho Cucamonga, California, through America’s heartland, and on to the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington, DC. According to Whiting, a columnist for the OC Register, riding with the vets was “the best thing I’ve ever done.”

The final order of business was the installation of society officers and board members for the 2018 term. Experienced “installer” and former mayor Mary Hornbuckle conducted the ceremony with warmth and wit. Not leaving anything to chance, Hornbuckle also “installed” the audience to support the officers and board members throughout their 2018 terms.

After the installation, President Dave Gardner closed the meeting with his humorous monologue honed through decades of experience with Toastmasters International. — ART GODDARD

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Bring a Friend

February 18, 2018, 1-4 p.m.

Join the Costa Mesa Historical Society February 18th for its second annual Bring a Friend event. This free event is being held at the Costa Mesa Historical building at 1870 Anaheim Avenue, Costa Mesa in Lions Park near the Donald Dungan Library. Last year’s offering was well-received and considered a great success. On sale will be rare local history books and other printed materials, framed historical pictures, vintage clothing, and dozens of picture frames of all sizes — including panoramic sizes, most with glass. Locals will love the large collection of yearbooks from the Newport-Mesa intermediate and senior high schools and Orange Coast College. Everyone is welcome to browse and will surely find books and other items of interest at prices from 50 cents to $75.

At the same time, you will be able to present and record stories about Costa Mesa’s unique past. Seating will be provided to those who wish to listen to these interesting tales. As always, everyone is invited to browse the museum, relax, and have refreshments.

There is free parking next to the historical society building. For more information, email us or call 949-631-5918.

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Costa Mesa Sanitary District Commends Historical Society

The Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) recently commended the historical society for 50+ years of preserving and promoting local history.  At their December 12, 2017 board meeting, the CMSD Directors presented a proclamation to historical society representatives Art and Mary Ellen Goddard.  In part, the proclamation noted the society’s years of voluntary community service, our museums and research capabilities, and our partnership with the Sanitary District for wrapping the District’s utility boxes with historical images. Thank you, Costa Mesa Sanitary District!

You can see the Pump Station historical images at: cmsdca.gov/index.php/wastewater/pump-station-art-history

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In Search Of

As the bottom of our newsletter states:

Promoting and preserving Costa Mesa history is our mission

The whole purpose of preserving any history is to inform and educate future generations on things as they were at that point in time.

This is accomplished through such things as photos, stories, records and materials.

We welcome any one of those items to add to our collection to preserve. However, it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words and our search for photos of Costa Mesa is endless. Photos capture a moment in time. Some of those moments represent a slice of history. An example of this was in our December newsletter showing the fire that destroyed the Clark house.

You may have a photo that was taken in Costa Mesa showing a parade, the Fish Fry, the construction of a shopping center or the destruction of an historic building or an important event and so on.

If you have any such photos, but don’t want to part with them, we would be happy to scan them into our system and you can keep the original. Any photos of early Costa Mesa are most desirable, but bring in what you have. Your participation would assist us with our very important mission.

– Bob Palazzola

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Reminder: 2018 Historical Society Installation Dinner

Please join  us January 26 at 6 p.m. at our new location, Newport Rib Company for the society’s annual installation dinner. This year’s speaker is David Whiting, an award-winning Metro columnist from the OC Register. In his talk, ”Faith and Hope: Our American Land,” “we will travel across this great country and visit the towns where volunteering still matters. We will meet people who make a difference and we will do it on motorcycles with thousands of veterans as they make their way to the war memorials in Washington, DC.”

Dinner includes chicken and tri-tip, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, garden salad, corn bread and honey butter, brownies and cookies, and non-alcoholic drinks for only $25. Reservations and payments must be finalized by Friday, January 19.

There’s still time to sign up. Call 949-631-5918 to reserve your place now.

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In Search Of

As the bottom of our newsletter states:

“Promoting and preserving Costa Mesa history is our mission”

The whole purpose of preserving any history is to inform and educate future generations on things as they were at that point in time.

This is accomplished through such things as photos, stories, records and materials.

We welcome any one of those items to add to our collection to preserve. However, it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words and our search for photos of Costa Mesa is endless. Photos capture a moment in time. Some of those moments represent a slice of history. An example of this was in our December newsletter showing the fire that destroyed the Clark house.

You may have a photo that was taken in Costa Mesa showing a parade, the Fish Fry, the construction of a shopping center or the destruction of an historic building or an important event and so on.

If you have any such photos, but don’t want to part with them, we would be happy to scan them into our system and you can keep the original. Any photos of early Costa Mesa are most desirable, but bring in what you have. Your participation would assist us with our very important mission.

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President’s Year in Review 2017

We have had a good year! When we were children, the saying was, “Will Christmas ever get here?” Now we say, “Is Christmas here already?” We had many good things happening in 2017. Our accomplishments include:

  • Contributing SAAAB photo displays and volunteer hours for the grand opening of Heroes Hall at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in February.
  • Hosting successful meetings which attracted new members to the society including January’s installation dinner with speaker Michele Richards and From SAAAB Barracks to Heroes Hall; February’s Bring A Friend event; presenter Bob Minty and Whaling Along the Orange County Coast in March; historian Richard Duvall and Early California Days in May; historian Craig MacDonald and Old West WOW! in September; editors Lisa Alvarez & Andrew Tonkovich and Orange County: A Literary Field Guide in October; and author David K. Heyward and A Young Man in the Wild Blue Yonder in November.
  • Participating in community events and setting up booths at 70th Annual Fish Fry, Concerts in the Park and Uncovering Hidden Histories in OC held at Irvine Ranch Historic Park.

All in all Society volunteers gave more than 6,000 hours of service to the organization and to the community in 2017. Thank you to our dedicated members:

Lead volunteer Art Goddard for all the amazing things he does from producing high-quality prints of old photographs to managing our technology needs. Head archivist Mary Ellen Goddard for everything, including handling the many requests from the public for historical information to organizing the acquisition and preservation of our collections. Tess Bernstein for taking on the role of 2nd VP of Membership, cataloging items, and overseeing Scarecrow Festival in the past. Nancy Pedersen in her role as Secretary while she devotes hours to the upcoming boat building exhibit The Hull Story. Kathy Bequette for managing the newspaper files, scheduling tours of the museums, helping out with refreshments, and overseeing the adobe. Susan Weeks in her role as treasurer – many thanks for an excellent job. Annette Watson who gave us four years of engaging newsletters – we will miss you.

Thanks to 1st VP Terry Shaw for his persistence in organizing our speaker events and excellent programs. Bob Palazzola, past president, SAAAB newsletter editor, and our representative to Heroes Hall – your efforts are appreciated. Dave Rusher for taking on projects involving hours at the computer. Cynthia Humphreys for chairing the adobe event in May and helping out where needed. Karl and Hope Von Herzen for their dedication to helping build a database of local newspaper articles. Sid Hallburn for coming in each week and cleaning up the building.

Thanks to docents Vickie Alcala Kelley and Lynn Alcala who captivate visitors with stories of growing up in the adobe. Sharon Dearing for the many projects you take on. Jean Nomura for cataloging our collection. Jan Rovan, Dolores Minerich and Ursula Hartunian for helping whenever needed. Estelle Hughes for cataloging the clothing and other textiles. Beth Refakes for setting up at the refreshment table during our programs. Alex Golson in your new role as adobe docent and more – thanks for joining us. 

And lastly thank you to Gladys Refakes and your many years of service to the society. You are our ROCK!

Enjoy the holidays and we’ll see you next year!

– Dave Gardner, President, Costa Mesa Historical Society

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