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.

October 2018  Meeting Program

Handwriting Analysis of Folk from Orange County’s History

7:30 pm on Thursday, October 11th


Our October meeting brings interesting insight into the character of some of our early Orange County pioneers.  Our guest speaker, handwriting analyst and expert Sheila Lowe, works with clients around the world and testifies in cases of handwriting authentication as well as personality assessment.

Sheila’s presentation will talk about the various aspects and use of handwriting analysis and she will be analyzing signatures and writing samples of famous people of Orange County – offering a peek into these people’s real character and honesty. Her books will be for sale after the lecture.

Her rich history in the field dates back to 1985 when she first qualified to testify as a handwriting expert.  Her Handwriting Analyzer software has been used around the world since the 1990s. Sheila has taught Introduction to Handwriting Examination at UC Riverside in the CSI certificate program, Introduction to Handwriting Analysis at UC Santa Barbara, and has presented seminars to bank managers to help them be better prepared when handwriting analysis is needed. She offers an online self-study course in gestalt graphology and lectures around the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

Our meeting will be held on Thursday, October 11th, 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.

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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