Join Us For The Orange County Historical Society’s 2016 Annual Dinner!

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4328 East Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92869

714-639-2181

Save that date! On Friday, June 10th, the Orange County Historical Society will host our annual dinner at the beautiful and historic Moreno’s Restaurant on 4328 East Chapman Avenue in Orange.

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History Mystery Tour – May 14th, 2016

For the First Time Ever!!

Board the OCHS Mystery Machine (bus) in Orange at 9:00 a.m. and join us on a tour of fascinating, often-overlooked O.C. historic sites, including little-known spots you may never be able to visit again. We can’t say where we’re going,… because it’s a MYSTERY!

But you’ll be guided by local history experts, receive a box lunch (included in the tour price), and return to Orange before dinnertime. Wear comfortable shoes, since you’ll be doing some exploring on foot. This mysterious expedition is open to OCHS members and non-members alike, so bring your friends. Confirmations and further instructions will be sent via email.

 

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In order to add both OCHS member tickets and non-member tickets to the same order, please select “Continue Shopping” in the cart.  You can also select the number of each ticket type from within the cart.

When entering Lunch Type, please input the following letters corresponding to each persons lunch selection:

H = Ham/Swiss
T = Turkey/No Cheese
V = Vegetarian/Cheese

Please input one letter per person in your group
(Example: TTV = 2 Turkey/NoCheese, and 1 Vegetarian/Cheese option)

Fall 2014 History Hike: Crystal Cove – Guides: Rick Connella, Phil Brigandi

Join us for a hike to one of the last remaining World War II structures built as part of an elaborate defense system that stretched from just north of Laguna Beach to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Completed in about 1943, the station–commanding a view of the coastline from Dana Point to Long Beach–was designed to house a crew of four to observe and take readings on enemy ships in conjunction with six other stations.

This four mile round trip hike will be led by Crystal Cove State Park’s interpretive naturalist Rick Connella who writes, “The beauty and panoramic views are magnificent and will entrance you.”

The elevation gain is about 800’ to the site and about 1000’ for the round-trip loop. The degree of difficulty is described as moderate, with a few very steep and rough portions.

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014*
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Length: about 3 hours.
Bring: plenty of water and snacks.

This hike is limited to 20 people.

Reservations are a MUST and should be made by following this link:

http://goo.gl/forms/1psb44xOYu

Confirmation will be by email and will include additional information regarding parking and where to meet.

*In case of rain, the hike will be rescheduled for Saturday, November 15, 2014.

June 2014 Annual Dinner – Program: Orange County’s 125th Birthday Party – Speakers: Phil Brigandi and Chris Jepsen

OCHS invites you to join us at Orange County’s birthday party

Put another candle on the birthday cake; Orange County turns 125 years old this summer! Our fair county was born in 1889 when the southern part of Los Angeles County broke away to become Orange County.

Accordingly, OCHS’ 2014 annual dinner will be an old-fashioned birthday party, to be held on Friday, June 13 at the historic Santa Ana Ebell Clubhouse—listed in the National Register of Historic Places—on 625 N. French Street in Santa Ana. Our speakers, historians Phil Brigandi and Chris Jepsen, will present a look back at our county’s struggle for independence and more than twelve decades of growth.

The festivities will commence at 6:00 p.m. with a social/no host bar. Dinner buffet includes baron of beef, poached salmon, chicken piccata, butter parsley new potatoes, glazed carrots, baby green beans, bread and rolls, dessert, a vegetarian entrée. And of course there will be BIRTHDAY CAKE and party favors for everyone!

Attendees will enjoy a silent auction featuring items like Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm tickets, and much more; the “O.C. History Trivia Game,” and great old-time music from the collection of Josh McIntosh.

This event is open to OCHS members and non-members alike, so bring your friends.

Be sure to RSVP by June 3 to Lynne Yauger. Confirmation will be made by email.

Cost: $40 OCHS members; $45 non-members.

Spring 2014 History Hike: Silverado’s Blue Light Mine – Guides: Mike Boeck, Phil Brigandi

Blue Light Mine crew
Photo courtesy Orange County Archives

Join us for a trip into the Santa Ana Mountains through Pine Canyon to visit the ruins of the Blue Light Mine, founded by Santa Ana residents Hank Smith and William Curry after they discovered silver (which gave the canyon its name) in 1877. After staking their claim, digging commenced and didn’t stop until the mid-twentieth century, during which time zinc, lead, and gold were mined, as well.

This isn’t for the faint of heart. The hike to the lower Blue Light Mine is a reasonably easy mile each way with a gain of 100-200 elevation. However, the hike to the upper mine, where guide Mike Boeck claims, “the views are grand and the look-see into the mine is more interesting,” doubles the distance and more than triples the elevation gain. (If you arrive at the lower mine and don’t feel as if you can continue, someone will take you back to the trailhead while the rest of the group continues.) Phil Brigandi will offer the history of the area along the way.

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Length: 4 hours
Bring: plenty of water, snacks, and a lunch

This is a very rare opportunity, but the hike is limited to 20 people.

Reservations are a MUST. Confirmation will be made by email and will include additional information regarding the trek.

This hike sponsored by the Orange County Historical Society in partnership with the Silverado Modjeska Recreation and Park District (SMRPD).

 

Follow up to the History Hike:

March 2014 Event: Field trip to Calico Ghost Town – Lecturer: Phil Brigandi – Town Guide: Serena Steiner

Calico Ghost Town, photo courtesy O.C. History Roundup Blogspot by Chris Jepsen

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, OCHS will take a day trip to the fascinating Calico ghost town in San Bernardino County. Our group will be escorted by motorcoach and provided an onboard lecture by Phil Brigandi. Once arriving at our destination, Calico historian Serena Steiner will give us a walking tour of the town. After the tour, we will have free time to wander and explore the town, visit the Lane Museum, and maybe even see Boot Hill.

Lunch is on your own, so be sure to bring additional cash for your meal at the Calico House Restaurant, as well as some optional attractions you may want to check out:

  • The Maggie Mine – Tour this 1890s mine ($2.00)
  • Pan for Gold ($2.00)
  • Mystery Shack – Cousin of Knott’s Haunted Shack ($2.00)
  • Calico-Odessa Railway – Tour Calico on the type of train that used to haul at the mines ($4.00)

 

Follow up to the Calico Ghost Town field trip:

OCHS 2013 Fundraiser – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Ruby’s Diner in Anaheim – Members to meet for dinner on Friday, November 22nd

From November 17th through the 23rd, have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Ruby’s Diner on 1128 W. Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim and 20 percent of your bill will be donated to OCHS when you bring in our Ruby’s Diner flyer.

If you would like to join us, several OCHS members plan to meet for dinner on Friday the 22nd from 6 to 9 p.m.

Happy dining, and thank you in advance for supporting OCHS!

OCHS 2013 Fundraiser – Tickets to this year’s Pageant of the Masters production – Festival of Arts, Laguna Bowl

Festival of Arts

You’re invited to this year’s production of the Pageant of the Masters, the annual festival held by the Festival of Arts! Known for its tableaux vivants or living pictures, classic and contemporary artwork is recreated by a cast who are made to look nearly identical to the original pieces.

This year’s theme, The Big Picture: A Salute to Art that Inspired the Movies, should be great fun on a warm summer evening in the Laguna Bowl. Seats are located in the Director’s Tier Side and normally cost $30, but we are offering them to our members at a discounted cost of $25. Meet up with friends for a picnic dinner, arrive early to wander around the festival art show, and get ready for your close up!

Date: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Curtain: 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 OCHS members; $28 non-members
Tickets will be available at OCHS’s general meetings until they’re sold out.

June 2013 Annual Dinner – Program: The Big Red Cars in Orange County – Speakers: Steve Crise & Michael A. Patris

Pacific Electric Railway Car, Santa Ana Line, circa 1943

The Society’s Annual Dinner is Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Santa Ana Ebell Clubhouse (listed in the National Register of Historic Places) on 625 N. French Street in Santa Ana. This year’s topic “The Big Red Cars in Orange County” will be presented by speakers Steve Crise and Michael A. Patris, co-authors of Pacific Electric Railway: Then & Now.

The event commences with Social Hour (including a no-host bar) at 5:30 p.m. and walking tours of an historic Santa Ana neighborhood, courtesy the French Park Neighborhood Association. The buffet dinner at 6:30 includes baron of beef, poached salmon, chicken picatta, butter parsley new potatoes, glazed carrots, baby green beans, bread and rolls, dessert, and a vegetarian entrée (the latter by reservation request).

The program starts at 7:30 p.m. Steve Crise and Michael A. Patris will give a colorful and enlightening presentation on the P.E.’s “Big Red Cars” which were once as much a part of Southern California life as freeways are today. Rare footage of the Red Cars traveling through Orange County will be shown.

Additionally, attendees will enjoy a raffle and great music of the 1920s, courtesy Josh McIntosh and his outstanding historical record collection.

This event is open to OCHS members and non-members alike, so bring your friends.
Reservations are a must, so please RSVP by June 11 to Lynne Yauger. Confirmation will be made by email.

Cost: $35 OCHS members; $40 non-members.

Spring 2013 – History Hike: Pioneers of Live Oak Canyon – Guides: David McIntosh, Phil Brigandi

David McIntosh

Learn about the early settlers in what is now O’Neill Regional Park. Our guide will be David McIntosh (pictured left in the image—click the image to view it larger), a descendant of one of the old time homestead families. This is an easy one-mile hike.

Afterwards, more adventurous hikers (who can handle steep grades and switchbacks) can join historian Phil Brigandi for a climb to the vista point above the canyon (1½ miles roundtrip).

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Parking Fee: $5 per vehicle

This hike is limited to 30 participants. Reservations are a MUST. Additional information about the hike will be provided as part of your confirmation.