Welcome to CCHS' 65th Annual Meeting!  

This year's meeting will be hosted at the historic Cary House Hotel, 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 Societies or CCHS to receive this special group rate!
Price: $129/night + tax-King Room (1 bed)
Price:  $139/night + tax-Queen Room (1 bed)                                                                                                            

Price:  $169/night + tax-2 bedroom suite (1 Queen bed and 1  Double bed or 1 Murphy bed- maximum occupancy is 4.)

Hotel Registration Deadline:  June 8, 2019.  Book early in order to ensure the hotel does not SELL OUT!

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    Speaker Bios


    Likes, shares, and hashtags – what do they all mean and how can you use them to retain and grow your membership? Considering the average person will spend about 5 years of his/her life on social platforms, social media presence is a must! After you’ve learned the relevant skills from industry expert, Christina Lynn Richter, you will be ready you will be ready to like, share, and hashtag your way to higher membership numbers with your next campaign!

    Session One: Social Media 101:  Growing Your Membership
    Friday, June 21, 9:00 am

    Maryellen Burns-Dabaghian

    So you want to publish a book?

    Are you interested in preserving California’s rich history through writing but not sure where to start? This is your chance to hear from Maryellen Burns-Dabaghian who recently navigated the writing and publishing “waters” and can help you identify the do’s and don’ts of publishing a book successfully. You’ll also have the opportunity to get all your technical questions answered. After this session, all you’ll need to do is start writing!

    Session Two: Book Publishing
    Friday, June 21, 10:15 am

    Jody Franklin

    Enjoy a lunch and keynote speech with Jody Franklin of Visit El Dorado. Jody was born and raised in El Dorado County, CA in the tiny foothill town of Rescue. She received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from San Diego State University and spent the next 20 years as a video producer in Placerville with her husband and daughter. Jody has held her current position as Executive Director of Tourism for the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce since 2008. She loves to share her extensive knowledge of the region with its rich and colorful history, outdoor recreation, and family owned farms and wineries. Her enthusiasm for this place she calls home is infectious but not harmful.

    Luncheon: Keynote Speaker:  Jody Franklin, Visit El Dorado
    Friday, June 22, 12:00 pm

    *Speakers are subject to change. 
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