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Whaling along the Orange County Coast

The Costa Mesa Historical Society is pleased to announce that nautical historian Bob Minty will be our speaker on Sunday March 19, 2017 . with a presentation on whaling off the coast of Orange County.  

Bob Minty is the Program Chair of the Dana Point Historical Society, and has been a member of Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano "living history" groups - portraying Richard Henry Dana, Jr. - for more than twenty years. He is also a regular presenter at the Dana Harbor Ocean Institute and has given this talk to multiple societies including the State Conference. 

Subtitled  "19th Century Legends: Whalers, Scrimshanders, and California Shore Whaling", Minty plans to provide a clearer picture of this historic industry and scotch a variety of misconceptions and myths about the "Romance of the Sea." Attendees will also learn,...

·         How folk art sheds light on the lives and mental make-up of whalers

·         The connection between Richard Nixon and the original Nantucket whalers

·         How Orange County played a key role in our nation's whaling industry

·         What whales, legislation, and  Conquistador Hernán Cortés have in common 

The program will conclude with the film clip "Nantucket Sleigh Ride" from Elmer Clifton's 1922 silent film, "Down to the Sea in Ships," filmed on the 19th century whaleship, Charles W. Morgan, out of New Bedford.

So come bring a friend as we learn about this little known facet of history that took place off the coast of Orange County 

Seating is limited, for RESERVATIONS call (949) 631-5918.    Doors open at 2:00, program at 2:30. Free admission and refreshments. We are located at 1870 Anaheim Ave. northwest corner of the Lions Park complex. Visit www.costamesahistory.org   or go to facebook/costa mesa historical society for more information. 

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We wanted you to be among the first to be aware that the Historical Society has just released its second book on Costa Mesa History, covering the years 1940-2003.  The book tells the story of Costa Mesa’s growth from infancy to its coming of age.
 
The book is available at the Costa Mesa Historical Society, 1870 Anaheim Ave, 949-631-5918, cmhistory@sbcglobal.net
  
From the back Cover: Perhaps no one could have foreseen the amazing transformation of Costa Mesa from a sleepy rancho to today’s bustling “City of the Arts.”  Along with other Orange County cities, Costa Mesa experienced explosive growth, redevelopment, county bankruptcy, traffic, and environmental issues.  While navigating these events, Costa Mesa emerged with its own brand of Southern California cityhood

Richard Bagley is a life member of the historical society and has been receiving medical treatment as a result of the removal of a tumor, kidney and part of the small intestine -
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Come enjoy the Denwar Exhibit and also check out our gift shop for Denwar and other Costa Mesa related items!

Give the gift of history and help support the CMHS at the same time!

Lots of books and memorabilia to select from including commemorative plates, paperweights and SAAAB items, note paper, postcards and out of print items.

And we have many historic photos to choose from for your home, office or gift!

 

 

"Costa Mesa My Sweet Home" video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luwNEsM94FU&feature=youtu.be

 

Order form for the book Early Costa Mesa: more info


The Costa Mesa Historical Society welcomes you to its online home.  The Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit group whose mission is to collect, preserve and promote the history of the Costa Mesa area.

We encourage anyone interested in Costa Mesa history to explore our website.  Also, we extend an open invitation to interested individuals, families, students, professionals, businesses and organizations to become members of the Society.

This website contains but a tiny sampling of the many resources available to you.  Please contact us should you need more information.

 

 

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