NO June Monthly meeting or Annual Dinner

The Orange County Historical Society regrets to let you know that our 2022 June Annual Dinner has been cancelled. If you’re already registered, you will be reimbursed.
We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at our September 8th meeting at Sherman Gardens. More information will be shared later, but our speaker will be Riverside County Historian Steve Lech, speaking about the history of the Ortega Highway.

2022 Annual Dinner Cancelled

The Orange County Historical Society regrets to let you know that our 2022 June Annual Dinner has been cancelled. If you’re already registered, you will be reimbursed.


We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at our September 8th meeting at Sherman Gardens. More information will be shared later, but our speaker will be Riverside County Historian Steve Lech, speaking about the history of the Ortega Highway.

History Hike: Weir Canyon – From Indians to Missions, from Rancheros to Bandits

Join Orange County Historian Eric Plunkett on a hike that explores several sites in Weir Canyon — in the hills above Anaheim and Orange. Once home to an Indian village, traveled by vaqueros from the Yorba and Peralta family ranchos, and perhaps used as a hideout by bandits, Eric will offer interpretations of the former Indian village and archaeological site, the missionization of the Indians in the village and the rise of the rancho era, and the American Era and the rise of bandit gangs – the story of Juan Flores being captured at the mouth of the canyon.

The route is 2.5 miles in length with an elevation gain of 600’ and considered a moderate climb. The trail is clearly marked; in addition, there are some steep sections with loose dirt. The entire loop should take about 1.5-2 hours.

You’ll need to complete and submit a liability waiver (sent with your confirmation) in order to participate.

**There are no restrooms on this route.**

Date: April 23, 2022

Meet at 8:45 a.m. Hike leaves promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Additional information (directions, parking meeting location, liability waiver) will be provided as part of your email confirmation.

This hike is recommended for ages 13+.

Priority will be given to OCHS members. To register for this hike, please follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/OCHSWeir.

Any other questions, please contact: hikes@orangecountyhistory.org

Orange County History Roundup

The Orange County Historical Society, in cooperation with
Heritage Museum of Orange County presents:

Orange County History Roundup

Saturday, June 8, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Heritage Museum of Orange County

  • A chance to interact with costumed interpreters, reenactors, historical societies, and genealogical societies.

  • Tours of the H. Clay Kellogg House
  • Orange County History Talks
  • Storyteller Corners (hear about OC history in their own words)
  • Live music, presented by Lilies of the West string band. 
  • Open House at the OCHS Archives
  • Artist on the Go, silhouette artist Leslie Stone
  • Nature Tours by Orange County naturalists
  • Food Trucks
  • Fruit and vegetables from the Museum’s Farm

                            

For additional information, email roundup@orangecountyhistory.org   Download the Flyer! OC Roundup Flyer

This is a free event open to the public, part of the Centennial Celebration of the Orange County Historical Society (1919-2019).

250th Anniversary Portolá Trek

THIS TOUR IS FULL! If you’d like to be put on a waiting list, please let us know via email.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

In 1769, Captain Gaspar de Portolá led the first Spanish overland expedition through what is now Orange County. In honor of this important anniversary, the Orange County Historical Society will present a guided bus tour along the Portolá route featuring stops at points along the trail and talks by local historians. The cost for the tour (including lunch—options are available—and a souvenir booklet) will be $80 for Orange County Historical Society members and $90 for non-members.

The tour starts in Tustin at 9:00 a.m. and will return to the same location about 3:30 p.m. Expect some walking and standing (30 minutes). Sign up by completing the form found here , or you can sign up and pay via Paypal below.  (You do NOT need to have a PayPal account to use this option!)

You will receive an email confirming your reservation and all additional information regarding where to meet and park.  No refunds will be available after May 1, 2019. For more information, please email us at 2019Portola@gmail.com.

To purchase tickets for multiple people, first add the ticket for your Primary Registrant to the cart, then return to this page before completing your purchase and add additional tickets for the remainder of your party.

THIS TOUR IS FULL. If you’d like to be put on a waiting list, please email us at the address above.

Cheers to 100 Years: 1919-2019

Orange County Historical Society Centennial Gala Dinner

An evening celebrating the Orange County Historical Society’s first century!
OCHS Picnic. Date unknown.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
Fullerton Elk’s Lodge

  • 5:30 p.m. Social hour with hors d’oeurves and cash bar
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner service of three-entrée buffet
  • Period musical entertainment by Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys
  • A Century of History.  A look at one hundred years of OCHS historians presented by Phil Brigandi.
  • Exhibit of photographs and items from our archives
  • Silent Auction
  • Personalized caricature art souvenirs
  • A special evening of fun and fellowship

Historical attire from any from any era from 1919 onward is welcomed but not mandatory.

This dinner event is open to OCHS members and non-members alike, so bring your friends. Registration due no later than Monday, August 26, 2019. Confirmations will made by via email.

For more info: Gala@OrangeCountyHistory.org or (714) 707-7425

THE EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT

Join us for the Orange County Historical Society’s Annual Dinner – Neon History with J. Eric Lynxwiler – Thursday, June 14th – The Pheonix Club, Anaheim

  • Social hour (w/ cash bar) & Silent Auction: 5:30 p.m.

  • German & American Buffet Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

  • Program: 7:30 p.m.

See local history in a new light, as historian J. Eric Lynxwiler shares “How to Read a Neon Sign: Notes from the Museum of Neon Art.”  As our classic businesses disappear – from Macres Florist to drive-in theaters – their beautifully hand-crafted neon signs disappear as well. The Museum of Neon Art (MONA) was founded in 1981 to celebrate the art, craft, and history behind these signs. Lynxwiler will illuminate the good and bad of these icons of the highway.  Learn what it takes to get a sign into MONA, then take a visual journey through our streets to see the remarkable neon that remains. Lynxwiler is a long-time docent for the L.A. Conservancy and the Art Deco Society.

As a MONA board member, he saves historic signs from the wrecking ball and has guided the museum’s famed “Neon Cruise” through the streets of L.A. for nineteen years. He’s written several local history books including the new Spectacular Illumination: Neon Los Angeles, 1925-1965, with photographer Tom Zimmerman.

This dinner event is open to OCHS members and non-members alike, so bring your friends. Registration due May 31. For more info, email artsylady10@gmail.com or call (714) 707-7425 Confirmations will be made via email.

Click here for a printable flier or purchase tickets online with the PayPal link below. To Purchase tickets for members and non-members, first add the ticket for your members to the cart, then return to this page before completing your purchase and add additional non-member tickets for the remainder of your party.

May 2018 Event – Historical Walking Food Tour – Saturday, May 12th – Old Towne Orange

Come join the Orange County Historical Society for its annual field trip excursion.  This year we are excited to have planned a Vintage Orange Food Tour through Old Towne Orange on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The tour will provide you with historic and architectural stops, delicious food samplings from a variety of restaurants, visits to distinctive one-of-a-kind shops, exclusive access to Chapman University Film School and seating at Farmer’s Market seasonal cooking demonstration. (Demo subject to change w/o notice) We will not be taking a bus, but meeting up at Ruby’s next to the Orange Train Depot.

You will be responsible for getting to the meet up location the morning of tour. Normally the tour price is $69.00 per person, but for OCHS members/non-members the cost is $45.00/$50.00 per person and includes gratuity.  We need a guarantee of 20 people to attend with a maximum limit of 40.  Early bird registration deadline is Friday, March 30, 2018 and cost of tour is $45.00 per person for OCHS members only.  After the early bird deadline, the tour cost goes up to $50.00 for OCHS members, same as non-member price.  So sign up early as space is limited!

Click here for a printable flier or purchase tickets online with the PayPal link below. To Purchase tickets for multiple people, first add the ticket for your Primary Registrant to the cart, then return to this page before completing your purchase and add additional tickets for the remainder of your party.

You will receive a confirmation of registration via email. All other pertinent information regarding the tour such as meet up location map, parking instructions etc., will be sent to you via email within two weeks of the tour date. OCHS looks forward to having a fantastic historical foodie fun time in Old Towne Orange!

The Orange County Historical Society’s 2017 Annual Dinner – Disneyland, Orange County, and the Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow – Thursday, June 8th with Alan Hess

June 8th marks the date for our annual dinner. This dinner event is open to OCHS members and non-members alike, so bring your friends. Disney attire welcome but not mandatory. Register by May 26th by mailing in a completed form or by using the below PayPal form.  For more information, email ochsdinner@gmail.com or call 714-707-7425. Confirmations will be made by email.

Click here for our flyer with addtional details of the event, as well as a registration form.

To register via PayPal, please use the Paypal form below. In order to mix and match ticket types, add a member ticket and select “Buy Now”, then select “Continue Shopping” on the next page. This will return you here to the OCHS homepage.  Please then add a nonmember ticket, upon which both ticket types will appear in your PayPal cart.  The number of tickets of each type can be adjusted from the cart itself

Spring 2017 – Early Days of California History Tour – Saturday, April 29th

AS OF 4/14/17: TRANSPORTATION AND DEADLINE CHANGES

 

Join us for a fun day in San Juan Capistrano, learning about early California. This excursion includes a walking tour of downtown Capistrano and parts of the Los Rios District, a historic reenactment at Los Rios Park, a tour of the newly renovated Blas Aguilar Adobe and its wonderful California Indian artifacts, Ballet Folkloric dancers and music, and a traditional homemade Capistrano pork guisada lunch at the adobe. Lunch includes pork quisada (stewed/ marinated), rice, beans, tortillas, fruit and beverage. (Last year’s tour attendees may remember Capistrano Historical Alliance Committee president Jerry Nieblas inviting us back for this traditional meal.) Sign-ups limited to 45, so register today!

EXCURSION INFORMATION

  • All activities, traditional guisada lunch, and gratuities are included.

  • Participants will be carpooling and/or driving themselves to San Juan Capistrano. Must be in San Juan Capistrano before 10:00 a.m. at designated parking location.  Meet up no later than 10:00 a.m. at first meeting location on tour.  Details of parking and meet up location will be given after new excursion deadline. (See Below)

  • A $10.00 refund will be given to all participants due to no bus transportation. Refunds will be given the day of the excursion.

  • Outdoor excursion, so dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • You may bring your own snacks and beverages.

  • Registrations must be postmarked on or before April 21 deadline. Alternately, you may also pay by PayPal at OrangeCountyHistory.org. No refunds and/or registrations accepted after the deadline. You’ll receive confirmation and more information via email after April 21.

  • Questions? Contact Monica Ortez: 714-707-7425.

Click here for a flyer for the event, along with registration form.

Register online by entering your information below and clicking “Add to Cart”.