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From November 17th through the 23rd, have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Ruby's Diner on 1128 W. Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim (click here for a map and driving directions) 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.
Click here to view the menu at Ruby's Diner's Website.
Happy dining, and thank you in advance for supporting OCHS!
Join us on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. when
Authors' Night returns with new authors and books pertaining to Orange
County history topics. Orange
Countiana IX, the latest volume of our
annual publication, will also be unveiled, with copies to be distributed
to members in good standing. The program will be held at our general
meeting site, Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange.
for a map to the location.)
Join us on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. as
our guest speaker, local historian and author, Phil Brigandi, uncovers
lost history about the final days of the Old West as evidenced in Los
Alamitos in 1907. The program will be held at our general meeting site,
Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange. (Click here
for a map to the location.)
This will be the first time Brigandi has delivered this presentation. The program is open to the public.
Follow up note: Phil Brigandi is still researching the mystery of Deputy Juan Orosco's life and death. If you have any photos or information about him, please contact Phil at email@example.com.
Member Year 2013-14 Kick-Off
Architect and historian Alan Hess will discuss Dana Point Harbor's
architectural design and development at the Orange County Historical
Society's season kick-off meeting on September 12, 2013 at the Sherman
Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, in Corona del Mar. (Click
for a map to the location.) The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an
optional appetizer and dessert potluck, followed by the program at 7:30
p.m. (Everyone participating in the potluck is asked to bring a dessert
or appetizer for six people.)
Hess is the architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News and a contributor to The Architect’s Newspaper. He has written nineteen books on Modern architecture and Urbanism in the mid-twentieth century, the most recent one being Frank Lloyd Wright: Natural Design, Organic Architecture. Hess was a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow at Columbia University and has a M.Arch degree from the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UCLA.
This program will be followed with a related lecture and a self-guided tour of Dana Point Harbor on Saturday, October 5th, sponsored by Docomomo Socal. For more information about this additional event, visit docomomo-socal.org.
Related topic: Read Alan Hess' article about
Dana Point Harbor:
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.
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 (click here
for a map). 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.
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
More than 50 years after Clara's death, a box found in an attic helped to piece together the narrative of this remarkable woman. Clara's story, expressed through her art, poetry, and writings tells us that the Mason family left Illinois in the 1880s and were among the first settlers of Silverado Canyon. A true pioneer of her era, Clara served as perhaps the first schoolteacher in the canyon, and became an early Laguna Beach artist. She eventually travelled alone to New York City to study art at Cooper Union. After marrying local rancher George Fox and moving to El Toro, Clara was the first to write a book chronicling the history of that town.
Lorraine Passero's book offers readers insights about Orange County’s homesteading days, life during turn-of-the-century New York City, and a young woman’s personal challenges. Excerpts from Clara’s letters and poetry, as well as her art, give us insight into her talents and observations of life.
In 2010, a serendipitous discovery of more than 150 of Clara's botanical watercolors—some dating back to 1894—were discovered in cabinets filled with plant specimens at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California. These watercolors are currently part of the exhibit “When They Were Wild: Recapturing California’s Wildflower Heritage” (March 9 – July 8) in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery at the Huntington Library in San Marino. The exhibit also includes work by other artists, including Alice Brown Chittenden (1859–1944), Ethel Wickes (1872–1940), and Milford Zornes (1908–2008).
A native of New York City, Lorraine Passero earned her elementary education degree at Long Island University. While attending San Diego State University she met her future husband, Jon Seeman, a sculptor and a great-great nephew of Clara Mason Fox. Lorraine received a master’s degree at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles. During the course of her teaching career, Lorraine was the recipient of numerous awards including the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund and The New York Historical Society National Teachers Institute Award. The Orange County resident is currently developing a second career as an artist and author.
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.
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2013
This hike is limited to 30 participants. Reservations are a MUST and should be made either by clicking here or by calling us at (714) 543-8282. Additional information about the hike will be provided as part of your confirmation. Any other questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
about grass-roots historical preservation efforts currently underway
throughout Orange County at our next meeting on April 11, 2013, 7:30
p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange. (See
for location.) Pictured left is the Furuta home of Historic Wintersburg,
photographed in 2011 by Chris Jepsen. (Click the image to view it larger.)
Ilse Byrnes has worked diligently and successfully to preserve San Juan Capistrano's historic sites since the early 1970s, when she became involved with the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society. She has been instrumental in placing 13 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, and is currently working to make the first school site in L.A./O.C. an official California Point of Historical Interest, and to save the threatened 1917 San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) power station north of Downtown.
Architect John Linnert is a third generation City of Orange native and has practiced architecture throughout Orange County for more than 20 years. Recently he has become involved with the preservation efforts for Mariners Medical Arts—an architecturally and culturally significant medical office complex at 1901 Westcliff Dr. in Newport Beach. This complex, designed in 1963 by world-renowned modernist architect Richard Neutra, has been threatened in recent years with demolition and/or terribly incompatible alterations and expansions. Mariners Medical Arts consists of three structures connected by serene gardens and covered walkways.
Jeannie Gillett, President of The Old Orchard Conservancy (oldorchardconservancy.org) will tell us about her group's efforts to purchase, restore, renovate, and operate for public benefit. She will also share the history of the Sexlinger Home and orange grove at 1584 E. Santa Clara Ave. in Santa Ana. Although the five-acre property is on the city's Register of Historical Properties, the current owners plan to demolish the Craftsman-style farmhouse and 230 Valencia orange trees for new development. Gillett, a certified pediatric nurse at CHOC, is an Associate Board Member of the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society.
Mary Adams Urashima
Mary Adams Urashima, author of HistoricWintersburg.blogspot.com, researches oral histories, old newspapers and documents to find and share stories relating to Historic Wintersburg, now threatened with a zone change and demolition by the current landowners. As the most prominent figure driving preservation efforts for the historic community, she will provide us with an update on the current status of the situation, as well as a brief overview of the site's history. Wintersburg came to greater public attention two years ago after OCHS held a panel discussion on the fate of the remains of the historically significant Japanese-American community (now part of north Huntington Beach). Still standing on the five-acre property is the original barn and 1912 bungalow of Charles Mitsuji and Yukiko Furuta—a rare, Japanese-owned property, purchased before California's Alien Land Law of 1913; the Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission (founded 1904, constructed 1910)—the oldest Japanese church in Southern California; the 1910 manse (clergy home), and the Depression-era 1934 Church.
Come learn about popular music groups and artists who got their start in Orange County, and the clubs and venues (like the Golden Bear—pictured left; click image to view it larger—and the Prison of Socrates) that helped launch them. OCHS will present “Orange County: Cooler Than It Knew How To Be,” on Thursday, March 14th, 7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., Orange. (See map for location.)
Longtime O.C. journalist and cub historian Jim Washburn will look at O.C.’s musical past to explain how, “despite prevailing perceptions, culture wasn’t hurtin’ behind the Orange Curtain.” For over 30 years, Jim has written about music and popular culture in the O.C. Register, the L.A. Times, the OC Weekly and other publications, as well as curating several exhibits about same at the Fullerton Museum Center.
Our monthly program, a tribute to the late Huell Howser, will be delivered
on Thursday, February 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church,
2400 N. Canal St., in Orange. (See map
for location.) (Photo at left from the Anaheim Historical Society Flickr
site shows Huell Howser posing with the statue of Madame Modjeska at
Pearson Park in Anaheim. Click the image to view this page at Flickr.)
us the day after Richard M. Nixon’s 100th birthday for a thoughtful
discussion of his life and legacy by The Reverend Canon John H. Taylor.
The program will be held January 10,
Time to start going through your garage or attic to get ready for "Show
& Tell" night on Thursday, December 13, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at
Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange. (See map
for location to this event.)
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