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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.

 

March 2017 Meeting Program: 

From Colony to Community: 150 Years of St. Boniface Church, Anaheim

7:30 pm on Thursday, March 9th - Trinity Episcopal Church

 

Historian and archivist Stephanie George will present “From Colony to Community: 150 Years of St. Boniface Church, Anaheim,” at the March 9, 2017 meeting of the Orange County Historical Society (OCHS). The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange.

Often considered an intercity parish, St. Boni-face—located in down-town Anaheim—was once the only Catholic parish in all of what’s now Orange County. From its beginnings, it’s been the worship community of regional and nationally-recognized individuals, provocateurs, immigrants, the devout, and the profane.

This presentation traces the roots of the parish through modern times within the context of Orange County histo-ry, including its relationship with Rancho Cañón de San-ta Ana and early city pioneers Theodore Rimpau and Au-gustus Langenberger, its shifting ethnic profile, the influ-ence of culture and Church tradition on its members, mu-sic, architecture, and practices, and its impact on and in the city of Anaheim and surrounding communities.
Stephanie George is Secretary of the OCHS, a local historian and author, and is the Special Collections and

Archives Librarian at Chapman University’s Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives. Many also know her for her fourteen years at California State University, Fullerton and the Center for Oral and Public History.

She is a member of many local, regional, and national organizations, including the Society of American Archivists, Society of California Archivists, American Association for State and Local History, American Library Association, and the Historical Society of Southern California; and serves on the board of the California Council for the Promotion of History.
By researching and writing about local history, she’s curated several award-winning exhibits, published Sowing Dreams, Cultivating Lives: Nikkei Farmers in Pre-World War II Orange County, and has written several articles about Orange County events. When she’s not involved in Orange County history, she’s a passionate genealogist and traveler.

 

Early Days of California History Tour

Saturday, April 29th

 

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

  • Transportation, all activities, traditional guisada lunch, and gratuities are included.

  • Bus leaves at 9 a.m. and returns around 4 p.m. at the Heritage Museum of Orange County, in Santa Ana.

  • 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 25 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 25.

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

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

 

Save The Date!

The Orange County Historical Society's Annual Dinner

Thursday, June 8th - Disneyland by Design

 

 

 

Upcoming OCHS Office Hours!

 

Starting Saturday, January 28th, the OCHS office and archives will be open on the last Saturday of every month, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Board members and/or volunteers will be available to assist you with your research questions and help you discover what materials we have.

After January 28th, upcoming scheduled dates include Saturday, February 25th; March 25th; April 29th; and May 27th. We hope to be open by appointment as well but that’s dependent on volunteer availability.

We’re located next to the blacksmith shop on the grounds of the Heritage Museum of Orange County, 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. Click here for a map of the Heritage Museum’s location. Click here for a pdf showing the location of the office/archive. If you are interested in volunteering on any of those days, please contact us.

We hope to see you there!   


 

If you need more information or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us at info@orangecountyhistory.org.

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