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Old West Wow!

The Costa Mesa Historical Society is pleased to announce that author Craig MacDonald  will be our speaker on Sunday September 17, 2017 . with a presentation on his newest book, Old West Wow!.  

Craig MacDonald's new book called, "Old West Wow!" (Amazing History Uncovered Over 50 Years of Research) includes unknown stories about Jesse James in California, how mines got investors through Fake News, a miner who had 33 Native American wives to help him get safe passage through Indian Territories throughout the west, how Native Americans were successful miners, how lumberjacks had their own death-defying X-Games, how Wyatt Earp made his last arrest in California and so much more. It's a talk that will astonish.

Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig MacDonald, a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, is the author of 20 books on the West. The historian speaks at national conferences and universities. His relatives came to California in the Gold Rush. To learn more about Craig and his books, go to

So come bring a friend and join us on a rolicking journey through the old west! 

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   or go to facebook/costa mesa historical society for more information. 

Note: Due to construction, entry to parking lot must be made off Anaheim Ave.   


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Chris Jepsen, Guest Curator, presents Tiki in Orange County, on display in the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives. From architecture, décor and music to literature, theme parks and backyard luaus, the South Seas was a wildly popular theme throughout mid-twentieth century America. Artifacts, photographs, documents and music, offer a brief look at the origins of Tiki in the South Pacific, its interpretation in mid-century Orange County (and Southern California), and how both have inspired today’s Tiki revival. 

Location: Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, 4th Floor 

Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information: (714) 532-6027 or

Visitor parking is available with purchase of a temporary permit. For parking fees, maps & directions, visit:




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