Welcome to CCHS' 63rd Annual Meeting!  

This year's meeting will be hosted at the Best Western Plus Orchid Hotel & Suites in Roseville, 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

Best Western Plus Orchid Hotel & Suites
(916) 784-2222
130 N Sunrise Ave, Roseville, CA 95661

Please mention CCHS to receive this special group rate!
Price: $99/night + tax
Reservation Deadline: June 7th

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    Speaker Bios


    Christina Richter

    Christina has served as the President of the Roseville Historical Society since 2014, where she works to ensure that fundraising goals are met and all programming is on track to best serve the community. She also makes sure that museum exhibitions and archives are continuously improved to be consistent with museum best practices. In the past, Christina has worked as a marketing consultant and was the executive director of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a personal historian, and has published a book entitled Walk With Me, I Want to Tell You Something. One of Christina's favorite quotes is: "History makes the difference between a community we simply live in, and a community we love." She is adept at the use of social media and has integrated it into her promotion of the Roseville Historical Society and the Carnegie Library Museum (1912).

    Session One, Track One: Marketing & Social Media
    Friday, June 23, 9:00am


    Ralph Gibson

    Ralph Gibson has served as the Museums Administrator for Placer County Museums since 2014, though he has served in a wide array of museum roles. He has previously worked as a program manager, curator of education, museum curator and special collections assistant. Ralph holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology - Archaeology and Museum Studies from New Mexico State University. [Extended Bio

    Session One, Track Two: Origins: The Placer County Museums & The Heritage Trail
    Friday, June 23, 9:00am


    Rod Moser

    Rod Moser, PA, PhD, Curator and President of the Gold Country Medical History Museum in Auburn CA. After forty years of collecting medical antiques, forty years of packing them up/repacking during moves, forty years of smelling them in his home office, after creating a lifelong horde of pharmaceuticals, quackery devices, vaporizers, medical instruments and quarantine signs, all has found a home at the Gold Country Medical History Museum in Auburn, California -- one of only three museums of this kind in the state. Rod went from self-possession to sharing his enjoyment with everyone.

    The little museum is housed in an actual Victorian building that was the first hospital in the Gold Country, established in 1855. Once ravaged by a fire in 1890, it was restored as a dentist office and then, a photography studio, it sat decaying for years before being systematically resurrected to its former glory. This is Rod's story.

    Session Two, Track One: A Day at a 1855 Medical Museum
    Friday, June 23, 10:15am


    Bill George

    Bill George is CEO of Nimbus Marketing, a Producer for Nimbus Films, formerly a KCRA-TV 3 (Sacramento) journalist, and has told stories about the Sacramento region for the past 40 years. The company specializes in producing historical documentary films that are educational and compelling. Bill uses High Definition cameras, aerial drones and inspirational music to tell historical stories. Weaving in historic photos and interviews, Bill creates films that appeal to all generations and especially children and young adults. Bill also has media contacts in Sacramento and throughout the nation, and his historical documentary films have aired on PBS in Northern California and syndicated nationally. [Complete Bio] 

    Session Two, Track Two: Producing Digital Videos for Historical Societies & Museums [Including an outline how to assemble all the resources, topics, budgets; establishing where your video can be shown; and how to monetize the investment.]
    Friday, June 23, 10:15am


    Matías Bombal

    CCHS is delighted to announce that Matías Bombal will be our Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Annual Meeting. The noted California showman, broadcaster and former movie palace manager, Matías Bombal is known for his love of cinema from its beginning to the arrival of wide-screen films. This gives him a most interesting perspective on reviewing the current releases from either the major studios or independent producers. Matías Bombal writes about movies for the weekly West Sacramento News-Ledger. He also writes for four area editions of Valley Community Newspapers, has a weekly written column of movie reviews online at Sacramento NewsCastic, is a member of The Sacramento Press Club, Valley Broadcast Legends, and presents movie classics at The Crocker Art Museum. Mr. Bombal is heard on KAHI Radio, reviewing movies on "Poppoff" twice on Fridays every week.

    Luncheon: Keynote Speaker
    Friday, June 24, 12:00 p.m. 

    *Speakers are subject to change. 
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