Welcome to CCHS' 65th Annual Meeting!  

This year's meeting will be hosted at the Cary House, Placerville, 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 has something exciting for you.

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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

Historic Cary House Hotel
Phone: (530) 622-4271
300 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667

Please mention Conference of California Historical Society to receive this special group rate!
Price: $/night + tax-Single Occupancy
Price:  $/night + tax-Double Occupancy

Registration Deadline:  

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    Speaker Bios

    Alison Bruesehoff

    Alison Bruesehoff has been successful in the non-profit world, specifically museums, for 21 years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site where she is in charge of the operations of the site including all aspects of running a museum and historic site as well as creating the vision and master plan for the site. 

    Her last directorship was at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum where as Executive Director for nine years Before that, she was at the Forest Lawn Museum as Executive Director where she oversaw the successful renovation of the museum as well as overseeing many museum projects. Prior to joining Forest Lawn, she was the Director of Collections Management at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage.

    Alison studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford where their museums and collections are world renowned, obtained her MS in Museum Studies from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and began her employment with museums at the Smithsonian Institute. She also received an MBA with an emphasis in organizational leadership from Woodbury University in Southern California.

    Alison will teach you exactly what you can be doing to attract and retain volunteers who will work for your organization without causing you more headaches than it's worth. We will cover the six R's of a successful volunteer program - Readiness, Recruitment, Retention, Recognition, Record-Keeping and Risk Management. You will have the chance to get direction regarding your organization's own specific volunteer issues, and you will leave with concrete tools and a plan to expand your volunteer program.

    Session Two: Running a Successful Volunteer Program
    Friday, June 22, 9:00 am

    Julie Dobrick

    Julie is the Senior Grant Writer at AltaMed Health Services Corporation, a non-profit healthcare company located in Los Angeles.  She has raised over 150 million dollars in her career through grants and other sources in both large and small organizations.  She will discuss and provide a sample Grant Application and discuss how to write and execute the proposal as well as fundraising ideas for your organization.

    Session One: Grant Writing 101 & Fundraising for your Non-Profit
    Friday, June 22, 10:15 am


    Brian Dervin

    Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D

    Brian Dervin Dillon is a 5th generation Californian with Gold Rush ancestors, descended from pre-Famine and Famine Irishimmigrants, including the earliest (1650) Irishman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. An archaeologist, he is both the son and the father of historians. 

    The story of Irish immigrants on the American East Coast is well known, almost a cliché. Brian Dervin Dillon will present California, the Irish Paradise, the much less familiar history of Irish diaspora “conquistadores” throughout Latin America, including Mexican California, long before the Great Famine. He will also discuss how the Irish, beginning with the Gold Rush, turned California into the best place to be Irish anywhere in the world. At the same time that the Irish were starving back home in Ireland and being discriminated against on the American Atlantic Seaboard, CA had become an Irish Paradise, and Irish people were enjoying freedoms in the Golden State that would be denied them for many years to come everywhere else.

    Luncheon: Keynote Speaker:  California, the Irish Paradise
    Friday, June 22, 12:00 pm

    *Speakers are subject to change. 
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