Welcome to CCHS' 62nd Annual Meeting!  

This year's meeting will be hosted by the Doubletree in beautiful Claremont, CA.

Historical societies play a vital role in preserving the records of the past.  Through limited funding and the tireless efforts of volunteers, they keep the story of the surrounding communities alive.  CCHS helps connect historians, and others who are interested in California history, to connect and share information - joining efforts to preserve records, artifacts, sites and buildings throughout the State.  Whether you're interested in celebrating California's history or strengthening your ability to preserve it, our Annual Meeting is for you.

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Grants for Historical Societies: Learn from the Grants Administrator how to be involved

2015 was the first year that the Snoopy License plate grant program accepted applications.  Thanks to all of those historical and cultural institutions who worked hard to get this important funding program, and thank you to CAM's leadership on this issue. It is now time to hear about the program and how more historical organizations can be involved.  

Craig Zeff, Grants Administrator, California Natural Resources Agency, will give an overview of year one funding, what to expect in the coming funding cycle, and resources available to you to strengthen your application.

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Whether you're interested in the nuts and bolts of helping your organization run more efficiently, finding out about other historical organizations' programs and how they make their programs great, or just love California history - there will be something for everyone!

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Hotel Accommodations

Claremont Doubletree by Hilton
(909) 626-2411
Please mention CCHS to receive this special group rate!
Price: $119/night + tax
Reservation Deadline: June 2, 2016

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Interested in getting your brand in front over 150 history enthusiasts? View these sponsorship opportunities for the CCHS 62nd Annual Meeting!

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CCHS Honors Great Work

Betty R. Samson

Nominated by: Placer County Historical Society Biography Betty Ruth Mosher was born in a small house under a large oak tree in North Sacramento in 1925. In high school, she enjoyed art and pottery and hoped to go to work for Gladding McBean Pottery in Lincoln, but World War II changed everything. A couple days...

Naomi Hirahara

Nominated by: Biography Naomi was born and raised in Pasadena, California.  She received her bachelor's degree in international relations from Stanford University and studied at the Inter-University Center for Advanced Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo.  She was a reporter and editor of The Rafu Shimpo during the culmination of the redress and reparations movement for...

Geraldine Knatz

Nominated by: Biography Geraldine is co-author with Japanese author Naomi Hirahara of Terminal Island, Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor. She retired as the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles on February 1, 2014 after 8 years as its CEO. Prior to that, she was Managing Director at the Port of Long Beach. Despite...

Paul Spitzzeri

Nominated by: Victoria Torres Biography Paul is the Assistant Director of the Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry, where he has built a growing collection of greater Los Angeles historical artifacts and helps to arrange an extraordinary array of programs and activities for members of the community.   For over...

Scott Sedgley

Nominated by: Napa County Historical Society Biography Raised in Napa, Scott graduated from Napa High School in 1970.  He completed a 4-year apprenticeship in carpentry, spending 13 years working as a union carpenter.  He then began a long career in public service that has continued into retirement.  He began working for the Napa Fire Department,...

Anna Sklar

Nominated by: Diane Kanner Biography Anna Sklar has been a professional dancer, a college instructor, and a public information director for the Los Angeles Public Library, Cultural Affairs Department, and Department of Public Works.  As a broadcaster, she was the west coast reporter for NPR's "All Things Considered," reporter for KCET-TV, Earth News Radio, and a contributor to CBC News.  She...