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November 2015 Meeting
Program: Visiting Orange County's Past
Speakers: Phil Brigandi

Become your own local history tour guide. Author and historian Phil Brigandi will discuss his latest, book, Visiting Orange County’s Past, at the Nov. 12, 2015 meeting of the Orange County Historical Society. The program will begin at 7:30p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in the City of Orange, and is free to the public.

In 1984, the Orange County Historical Commission published Visiting Orange County’s Past, a guide to our local historical sites and landmarks.

Thirty years later the Commission asked Brigandi to update the listings in honor of Orange County’s 125th Anniversary. The result was an almost entirely new book, published earlier this year.

At our November meeting, Brigandi will discuss some of what he found and how he found it, highlighting both well-known and little known historical sites throughout the county. "It was a bit of a challenge," he admits, "but I wanted to give ever community its due. The hope is to get more people out to visit these places and see that history is all around them.

Brigandi has been researching and writing local history for 40 years. He had “just a little” involvement, he says, with the first edition of Visiting Orange County’s Past, which was compiled under the leadership of Elizabeth Shultz of the Anaheim Public Library. His other books include Orange County Place Names A to Z and Orange County Chronicles.

“Local history is all around us,” he says. “Reminders of the past are everywhere. You just have to look.”


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