Archive, Field Notes

OC Historical Commissioners at Irvine Ranch

Jennifer Keil had an opportunity to showcase her ongoing historical projects to the Orange County Historical Commissioners which is in partnership with OC Parks. The theme of her presentation was Curating Communities. As a digital historian and archivist, she is organizing local history for city’s, cultural centers, and schools to use. She is providing access to these archival records and analyzing of this information. Metadata is being created and stored in content management systems.

As an oral historian, she is documenting local narratives for posterity. It is critical that these memories will be preserved for future generations. As OC continues to grow, it is important to document its change over time.

Commission meetings are held on the first Tuesday morning of each month at the Irvine Ranch Historic Park. The meetings provide a public forum where ideas are shared with each district representatives. The commissioners report local events and potential partnership opportunities.

Irvine Ranch Historic Park
13042 Old Myford Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 973-6865

Park Hours: Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday – Sunday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Managed by the OC Parks, “Irvine Ranch Historic Park is a 16.5 acre special use park that retains 24 original ranch structures that represent the proud agricultural history of Orange County and, specifically, the Irvine Ranch. It was once one of the world’s greatest producers of Valencia oranges and a leader in dry farming and livestock.”

The Orange County Historical Commission is hosting its 2nd annual public event at Irvine Ranch Historic Park on Saturday April 13, 2019 from 10:00am-2:00pm. They “are once again inviting Historical Societies and historically themed organizations to host a booth at our event celebrating the farming history in Orange County. Our event will feature antique engines and farming equipment, petting zoo, old time music, photo booth, agricultural themed crafts, and tours of the park! We would love to see you there! If you would like to participate in our event by reserving a booth, the following equipment will be provided free of charge and with no registration fee: 1 six foot table, 1 canopy, 2 chairs. If you have any questions about the event or the equipment provided, please feel free to contact me. In order to secure your booth please contact me by March 29, 2019. You can reach me by email at or by phone at (714) 973-6610.”

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