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 2017 Meeting Program: 

Newport Beach Historical Treasures at the Sherman Library

7:30 pm on Friday, September 15th - Sherman Library and Gardens

 

 

The Sherman Library director Paul Wormser will present “Newport Beach Historical Treasures at the Sherman Library,” at the Orange County Historical Society’s season kick-off program, Friday September 15th at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Hwy, in Corona del Mar. (Note that due to calendar conflicts, the meeting day is Friday and not our normal Thursday.)  

A social hour and optional potluck of appetizers and desserts will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by the program at 7:30 pm.  Members are especially invited to this annual OCHS gathering.  The event is also open to the public.  (Potluck food items are encouraged but not required.)  

For more than fifty years, Sherman Library has sought to preserve the history of Newport Beach, a community that has gone from a sparsely populated beach town to a commercial center. The documentary history of the city is a testament to this transition.  Drawing upon Sherman Library’s extensive collections, of photographs, maps, postcards, documents and publications, Paul Wormser will share examples of items from Sherman Library’s collections to illustrate episodes in the history of Newport Beach.  

Paul Wormser is the Library Director at Sherman Library & Gardens.  The Sherman Library is a non-profit research library, which holds an extensive collection of books and manuscripts related to the history of the Pacific Southwest.  Prior to working at Sherman Library, he worked for the National Archives for more than twenty years in a number of positions, including Archives Director for the National Archives – Pacific Region, and Deputy Director of the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from the University of California, Riverside.  He has been active in professional organizations, especially the Society of California Archivists, in which he has held a number of leadership positions, including President. He is currently a member of the California Historical Records Advisory Board, which acts as coordinating body for historical record activities statewide.

 

Upcoming OCHS Office Hours!

 

The OCS office and archives are open on the last Saturday of every month, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Board members and/or volunteers will be available to assist you with your research questions and help you discover what materials we have.

Upcoming scheduled dates include Saturday, August 26, September 30, October 28, and Novemebr 25. We hope to soon be open by appointment as well but that’s dependent on volunteer availability.

We’re located next to the blacksmith shop on the grounds of the Heritage Museum of Orange County, 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. Click here for a map of the Heritage Museum’s location. Click here for a pdf showing the location of the office/archive. If you are interested in volunteering on any of those days, please contact us.

We hope to see you there!   


 

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

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Orange Countiana I - XI

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