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Charley: A True Story

The Costa Mesa Historical Society is pleased to announce that author Craig MacDonald  will be our speaker on Sunday March 18, 2018 . as he revisits a favorite subject of his, Charley Parkhurst!

In celebration of 150th Anniversary of the First Woman to Vote in a US National Election, Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig MacDonald will tell the amazing story of "Charley," the person he wrote about 45 years ago in the first nationally-published book on this incredible California stagecoach driver, "Cockeyed Charley Parkhurst--The West's Most Unusual Stagewhip,"  It's a sensational, true story he pieced together. The historian lived on Charley's stage route and his father taught English near where Charley is buried today. He also will reveal new information about this largely unknown character. This is a talk you don't want to miss! This limited edition book will be available for sale.  

Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig MacDonald, a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, is the author of 23 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 in celebration of Women's voting! 

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 from Park Ave.






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