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.

December 2018  Meeting Program


7:30 pm on Thursday, December 13th


What’s in YOUR attic? Dig into your garage, file cabinets, or grandpa’s sea chest for an artifact or bit of memorabilia that helps tell us something about Orange County’s past. The Orange County Historical Society’s popular annual “Show & Tell” program will be held Thursday, December 13th at 7:30 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange.  

Maybe you have Holy Jim’s Bible, a “Citron for Treasurer” campaign sign, a mint copy of Helena Modjeska’s People magazine interview, or a rusty old blunderbuss you found along Trabuco Creek.  

Whatever vintage Orange County curio you may have tucked away, now’s your chance to trot it out, show it off, and tell us something about it. There will be a sign-up sheet when you arrive at the meeting. People will be called up to the podium in order of their position on the list.  

We look forward to whatever surprises you may have in store for us!  

And do you have a favorite holiday treat or family recipe that you’d like to share?  Please contribute to our holiday treat buffet!  

Our meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8th, at 7:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., Orange.

As always, members and the general public are cordially invited to attend. 





100 Years is upon us! 2019 marks the Centennial Celebration of Orange County Historical Society. Come join us during this special commemorative birthday year, 1919-2019, and enjoy special meetings, historical expedition field trip, social gatherings, and much more!

Join the Centennial Circle!

To help support our yearlong 100th celebration, we ask you join the Centennial Circle. The Centennial Circle will include limited edition memorabilia, invitations to patron only programs, your name on our Centennial Plaque, and more from January to December 2019. You can become a Centennial Circle patron for $100.00 per person. Our Centennial Circle Patrons will help with associated costs of our special programs.

*Please Note* Centennial Circle membership is seperate from the standard OCHS annual membership. Annual membership is not included as part of the Centennial Circle program.

Click Below to Join the Centennial Circle!




Get in on the action by volunteering your time, and/or services to the centennial cause and festivities. Email kcabrera@heritagemuseumoc.org

2019 Planned Centennial Programs

January – Centennial Circle Kick off Program

March/April – Centennial Circle Members Only Event

June – Orange County Living History Faire

July – Portola Expedition Field Trip

September – Centennial Gala Dinner

October – Centennial Circle Members Only Event


More to come in the next few months…



Upcoming OCHS Office Hours!


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


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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