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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.

Join us for the Orange County Historical Society's Annual Dinner  

Neon History with J. Eric Lynxwiler

Thursday, June 14th - The Phoenix 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.

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Upcoming OCHS Office Hours!


The OCHS office and archives will not be open during November and December due to the holiday weekends.  However, we will be back to our regular “last Saturday of every month” schedule on January 27, 2018, 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.


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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