Welcome to CCHS' 64th Annual Meeting!  

This year's meeting will be hosted at the Raddison in Chatsworth, 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

Radisson Hotel Chatsworth
(818) 709-7054
9777 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Please mention Conference of California Historical Society to receive this special group rate!
Price: $125/night + tax-Single Occupancy
Price:  $135/night + tax-Double Occupancy

Registration Deadline:  June 7, 2018

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    Speaker Bios

    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 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, 9:00 am


    How many times have you lamented "If only I could find - or keep - that dream volunteer!"? Find out 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. In this lively, engaging workshop, 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, 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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