Category Archives: Historical Society

100 Years Ago in Costa Mesa…

In 1910, Costa Mesa’s first commercial apple orchards were planted by George Waterman & George Huntington.

Also, a 2-room schoolhouse opened at the corner of 17th St. and Orange Street. One hundred years later the Costa Mesa Omlette Parlor sits on this land.

Many thanks to the Costa Mesa Historical Society for this information!!! We appreciate the volunteers at this non-profit organization who keep track of Costa Mesa’s past.

Ruby's flier

What will Costa Mesa look like in 2110? Let’s help the Costa Mesa Historical Society continue to track Costa Mesa’s story. One way to help is by eating at Ruby’s Diner on Thursday, May 6, 2010. The diner will donate 20% of all food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases to the Costa Mesa Historical Society. Stop by – the event goes on all day long!

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Incredible Unsung People Who Changed Costa Mesa And Society for the Better

Costa Mesa has a rich history and the Costa Mesa Historical Society does a great job of informing the public about the past of the city.  This weekend the society is hosting a free talk given by Pulitzer Prize Nominee Craig MacDonald called “Incredible Unsung People Who Changed Society for the Better.”  This is a great opportunity to learn about exceptional people who impacted Costa Mesa.

Pic of Craig MacDonald

Craig MacDonald

MacDonald has done extensive research to prep for his talk and will speak about not only the men, but also the women, who deserve recognition for their part in Costa Mesa’s growth and development.  It takes the vision of ALL members of the community for it to thrive.  We welcome the positive message that the historical society is sending out about invaluable people who sought to make society better for those who followed them.

For Costa Mesa residents, it’s a huge benefit to have the non-profit Costa Mesa Historical Society as a public resource.  It’s a great place for families to spend time together or just to drop in and learn more about the city we call home.

Doors will open for the program on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2pm.  The admission is free and refreshments will be provided.  Let us know if you check out this event… We’d love to hear your thoughts about some of the unsung heroes of Costa Mesa.

Costa Mesa Historical Society Features Native Sons of the Golden West

On Wednesday, January 20, 2010 the Costa Mesa Historical Society featured a presentation by Richard Kimball at its annual dinner.  Kimball represents the Native Sons of The Golden West, which is a philanthropic organization that protects California’s historic landmarks & buildings, as well as puts up historic sign markers.

Pic of Richard Kimball

Richard Kimball of Native Sons of the Golden West

Since the inception of the Native Sons group in 1875, they have welcomed California men and women who were born in California to protect the state’s history.  In addition to this, the group also sponsors essay contests at schools, provides scholarships, partners with other historical organizations, and contributes to hospital research.

Richard Kimball is a past grand president of the Native Sons.  He is also a veteran who is very involved in the community and currently serves as the president for the Conference of California Historical Societies.

The Costa Mesa Historical Society was founded in 1966 to keep history alive in our community.  We are fortunate to have a record of our rich past and programs at our disposal to keep our historical structures in intact.  One of Costa Mesa’s most well known historic landmarks is the Diego Sepulveda Adobe.  We greatly appreciate the volunteers at the historical society.  The resources available there are perfect for students, families, and anyone with a desire to know more about the emergence of Costa Mesa.

Historical Society

The Costa Mesa Historical Society will be holding its annual open house from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 1870 Anaheim Ave. Admission is free and includes refreshments and entry into the prize drawings.