Welcome to the Orange County Historical Society
The Orange County Historical Society (OCHS) is a non-profit group which collects, preserves and shares the history of Orange County, California for the benefit of its members and the general public. To navigate the OCHS Website, use the menus and links in the top and left panels, or click Site Map. Check back often to find the latest Society news.


September 2016 Meeting Program:  Wine in Orange County

Speakers: Sue McIntire and Don Dobmeier


7:30 pm on Thursday, September 8th, Sherman Library and Gardens

 Social Hour and Potluck at 6:30 pm

Wine’s storied path from the Old World to California and the historic and modern wine industries in Orange County will be the subject of the Orange County Historical Society’s season kick-off program, Sept. 8, 2016, at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, in Corona del Mar. OC Parks Historical Parks Manager Sue McIntire and longtime OCHS board member Don Dobmeier and will regale us with tales of the grape and vine. A social hour and optional potluck of appetizers and desserts will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.



We’re proud to announce that the society has a new office/archive/research center on the grounds of the historic Heritage Museum of OC in Santa Ana.  The photo above shows the full two-story building.  (We’re currently only in the first floor space.)

The office will serve as our new headquarters and safely store all our various Orange County books, historical papers, images, and artifacts. Once we establish a trained volunteer staff for the office, the facility will enable members and historians to view and research our collection.

General and board meetings will continue to be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church on Canal Street in Orange.

If you need more information or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us at info@orangecountyhistory.org.


Past Meetings & Events

List of Past Meetings and Events
from 1919 to 2015


Followup on
Recent OCHS Activities

Calico Trip photos and videos

Blue Light Mine History Hike photos


Orange Countiana I - XI


Jim Sleeper's
Orange County Almanac of Historical Oddities

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