Enjoy our events page with upcoming and past activities. We primarily list community functions in California. Check our the Historic & Research Sites page. Visit our Resources page for more details such as our list of Conferences & Events:

University of Pennsylvania Call for Papers

The History List, Conferences & Events

Upcoming Events:

Orange County Historical Commission Agenda, monthly meeting at the Saddleback Gateway at
7531 E. Santiago Canyon Road Silverado, CA 92676

OC Docent League is meeting on November 13, 2018 at the Heritage Museum of OC in Santa Ana

OC Parks Heritage Hill 2018 Calendar of Events:

  • October 6
    Autumn Harvest Festival – 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday
    Halloween costume parade, games, family entertainment, Harry Potter’s schoolhouse, maze, trick-ortreating
    throughout the park. Docents will provide narrative tours in the buildings. Fun for the whole
    family. Children are encouraged to come in costume.
    Admission: $5 per person ages 3 and over. Under 3 free.
  • October 12 & 13
    Haunt at Heritage Hill – 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday
    Haunted House, Scary Mazes, Goblins, Music, Stage Performances, Game Booths, Classic Horror Movie
    Screening. Wear your costume (but no masks or face-makeup) and come be part of this exciting tradition.
    No re-entry or outside bags allowed.
    Teenager’s Party – Recommended for 12 years old & up. Admission: $10 per person
  • October 27
    Pioneer Roundup – 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday
    Early pioneer family members and descendants attend this meeting of the Saddleback Area Historical
    Society to greet long-time friends and reminisce about old times in the Saddleback Valley. Come meet
    them, hear their stories, share your knowledge and learn about the early days of the Saddleback Valley area.
    Admission: FREE
  • December 7, 8 & 9
    Candlelight Walk – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    Three enchanting evenings with Luminaria-lit paths, historic buildings and trees aglow with Christmas
    lighting, strolls through restored historical buildings adorned in period décor and staffed by our docents,
    Victorian carolers, live entertainment in each building, storytellers, visits with Santa, refreshments.
    Admission: $5 per person ages 3 and over. Under 3 free.

Historical Society of Southern California (HSSC) 2019 Conference will be on Saturday, February 9, 2019 8:30am- 5:00pm at California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330. The call for papers for the HSSC 2019 Conference is now posted.

2019 Code4Lib conference in San José, California. These pre-conferences can either be a 1-day (six hour) or a 1/2-day session (three hour) and will occur on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Code4Lib 2019 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations. For more information about the Code4Lib community, please visit

USC Archives Bazaar, the 13th-annual event in Los Angeles, will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus

Come and celebrate the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery. At the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries, anyone with an interest in the region’s history will find something of value. A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions.

In addition to the wealth of information on display from exhibitors, day-long programming will feature preservation workshops and enlightening presenatations.

The USC Libraries serve as the host institution for L.A. as Subject, an alliance of libraries, museums, and other archival and cultural organizations. The relationship complements the USC libraries’ strong regional history collection and is a natural outgrowth of the libraries’ efforts to preserve and expand access to the primary sources of L.A. history.

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Forthcoming “People’s Guide” Unpeels Orange County’s Hidden History by Ryan Reft, Elaine Lewinnek, and Thuy Vo Dang

1st Annual Orange County Archives in Action Bazaar

When:   Saturday, November 3, 2018

Where: Bower’s Museum, 2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706

How:  Exhibitor Registration “This free, day-long public event will bring libraries, special collections, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural heritage institutions together to showcase material from their collections and highlight the known and unknown stories of Orange County. In addition to exhibitors, the bazaar will include presentations from several Orange County community members knowledgeable about the region’s history.Inspired by the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, the goal of the Orange County Archives in Action is to raise the profile of Orange County history and its cultural heritage to the public-at-large, as well as academics and independent researchers.We encourage exhibitors to display primary source material or surrogates related to Orange County history at the event and provide information about their organizations.This will be a wonderful opportunity to establish your organization as a key partner in the development of this inaugural event and undoubtedly will lead to increased collaboration among our cultural heritage sites, and public knowledge and appreciation of Orange County regional history. If you have questions, email us at We hope to see you there!”-OC Archives in Action Planning Committee

ArchivesSpace Digital Objects Workshop

Monday, November 5, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room (Lower Level) This full-day workshop, co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists and ArchivesSpace, will provide a practical introduction to the ArchivesSpace Digital Objects module, which is used to describe and provide metadata encoding for digital objects that are accessible online. 

OC Archives is exhibiting on Bud Hurlbut, Master of Amusement who designed for Knott’s Berry Farm. It is located on the ground floor of the Old Orange County Courthouse until the end of the year.

Celebrate the holidays with Mission San Juan Capistrano for the first ever Christmas Tree Lighting program as part of the long-standing annual Christmas at the Mission event on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

UCI Institute and Museum for California Art Introducing the Buck Collection” at the (IMCA) September 29, 2018-January 5, 2019

The UCI Institute and Museum for California Art (UCI IMCA) is a global magnet for the exhibition of, and research into, California art and its social and cultural framework. UCI IMCA offers the public, artists, art scholars, and the campus community a focal point for the exploration of California art, as a vital engine in the creative evolution of society and aesthetics in the United States and worldwide.

UCI IMCA consists of:

The Museum, which will house a succession of exhibitions selected from the collection and beyond. It will have both plein air and contemporary/modern art on display at all times. Outreach to area schools and other groups will be a regular feature. The Institute, which will comprise a number of research centers, academic programs, and study centers.

The Society of American Archivists is offering a week’s worth of courses in Southern California, including those that fulfill requirements for both the Digital Archives Specialist Certificate (DAS) and the Arrangement & Description (A&D) certificate programs. Courses are co-sponsored by the University of California, Irvine, and will be taught on UCI’s campus from Monday, November 5, 2018, through Friday, November 9, 2018. To see the full course line up, and to register, visit the course page on the SAA website.

SCA Annual General Meeting 2019 from April 24-27, 2019 at the Hilton Long BeachSubmit a Session/Workshop Proposal! Looking for others to collaborate with on a session proposal? Use the SCA AGM 2019 Session Connections spreadsheet.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Preservation Training Update

October 15-16, Atlanta, Georgia
A past participant comments:
‘Digital Directions has given me just that: direction(s). I have a path to laying a policy infrastructure, working more effectively with partners, and opening up our collection in ways that empower our users to really use them. It was a ton of information, but I don’t feel overwhelmed. I feel prepared.’

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Introduction to Digital Storytelling Workshop

People and communities use narrative–stories built around core values–to understand the world and their place in it. As narratives become more inclusive and encompass a broader range of perspectives, museums are looking for ways to deliver these new stories to provide a narrative that represents as many voices as possible. Museums are working to change the narrative around their collections in order to fulfill their responsibility to better serve the public.

Past Events:

California State Archives is celebrating National Archives Month with other institutions from throughout the region for the 8th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 6, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This free event gives the public a chance to see historic treasures from 22 Northern California institutions that will be on public display for one day only at the Archives and three other host locations in downtown Sacramento: the California State Library, the Center for Sacramento History, and the Sacramento Public Library.

Capturing the Spoken Word” is an introductory oral history workshop, hosted by the Center for Oral and
Public History at California State University, Fullerton on September 29, 2018 from 10:30am-2:30pm

BitCurator Users Forum 2018
Living on the Edge: Extending Digital Forensics into New Sectors

September 13-14, 2018
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is very excited to announce that the 2018 BitCurator Users Forum will be held September 13-14, 2018, on the campus of BCC member University of California, Los Angeles. We are delighted to be hosting the BitCurator Users Forum on the west coast and look forward to organizing a stimulating and engaging event!

Join the Society of Hispanic Historical & Ancestral Research (SHHAR) on June 9, 2018 for their monthly presentation of where our featured speaker will be Letty Rodella on the “Spanish Patriots during the American Revolution.” Letty will give a brief history of the support given to the Continental Army by Spain and the Spanish Soldiers and Sailors. She will talk of the many contributions by Spain, both monetary and military support. She will identify many resources that provide the names of the Spaniards who fought against Britain during the American Revolution. The free presentation will take place at the Orange Family History Center, 674 S. Yorba St., Orange. Volunteers will provide research assistance from 9 -10 a.m. The Presentation will be from 10:15 -11:30 a.m.

Registration for the ArchivesSpace SoCal Regional Forum on June 28th is now open! Follow this link: Special thanks to the hosts at UC Irvine! @ucilib @UCI_archives

Laguna Woods Digital Storytelling Workshop on June 26th & 27th, 2018

Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day
Sunday, May 20, Noon–5 p.m.
Free Admission/No Reservations Necessary

Celebrate the art, architecture, and history of the Arroyo Seco area! This free community day is presented in partnership with the Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Lummis Home and Garden, and the Pasadena Museum of History.

Lummis Days
Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free Admission/No Reservations Necessary

Discover the creativity of northeast Los Angeles through this weekend of art, music, and poetry. The annual festival celebrates the legacy of legendary author, journalist, and historic Southwest Museum founder Charles Fletcher Lummis.

Rancho Days Fiesta hosted by OC Parks

Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano ate(s) – May 5, 2018

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Heritage Hill Historical Park

Come explore the rich history of Orange County’s rancho era through hands-on activities, crafts, music, and dance.

Activities and performances include:

  • Native American and Folklorico dancing
  • Early California ranching hands-on activities & exhibitors
  • Piñata breaking, butter churning, and candle dipping
  • Rancho-era music and crafts for children
  • Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations
  • Historic buildings open, courtesy of the Amigo de la Colina docents

Admission: $5.00 per person. (Free for children under 3.)

Orange County Docent League, May 7th Meeting in Fullerton, CA

SOHA 2018 Conference Program

Irvine Ranch Jamboree_Apr.21st

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Telling Women’s Stories at Historic Sites Webinar

Sunshine Week 2018 at the National Archives

Library 2.018 mini-conference: Design Thinking: How Librarians Are Incorporating It Into Their Practice