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Early California Days 

Costa Mesa Historical Society is pleased to announce cultural anthropologist Stephen O’Neil will be speaking on Sunday May 20, 2018 at our annual Early California Days at the Diego Sepulveda Adobe in Estancia Park!


Stephen O’Neil has over thirty years of experience as a cultural anthropologist in California.  He has researched and written on ethnography, archaeology and history, concentrating on the ethnohistory of southern California tribal peoples.  O’Neil also has archaeological experience, mostly on Native American prehistoric sites, but also Spanish, Mexican and American period adobes. He received his M.A. in cultural anthropology at California State University, Fullerton.

Stephen will be speaking to us about “Native American Traditions of Orange County”

Ř  What the Portola Expedition of 1769-70 observed when they came through;


Ř  Place names the Natives gave to the landscape reflecting their knowledge of natural resources;

Ř  OC Library's "Voices" project to remind everyone that the Acjachemen and Tongva are still here and a part of the modern community.

So come bring a friend as we learn about this fascinating history in your own backyard!

1:00pm:  Tours of the Adobe Begin

1:30pm:  Speaker Presentation

2:30pm:  Tours of the Adobe continue

The City of Costa Mesa will be running a 14 seat van from Balearic Center, where there is additonal parking, to the Adobe and back.

It will be circling the area and picking up/dropping off parkers between 1pm and 3pm only.

The Van will have EARLY CALIF DAYS signs on the front and side windows

Event runs from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, presentation at 1:30. Free admission and refreshments. The adobe is located at1900 Adams Ave. (turn north onto Mesa Verde Dr West., left on Boa Vista Dr, left into Estancia Park). For further information call (949) 631-5918 or visit or go to facebook/costa mesa historical society




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