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Historical Societies
Updated: November 13, 2009 

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Historical Societies play an important role in encouraging community support for education and historic preservation.

Alameda Architectural Preservation Society
The goal is to increase public awareness and appreciation of historic architecture in Alameda.
http://www.alameda-preservation.org

The Berkeley Historical Society
This is a non-profit group serving as a primary resource for the collection and preservation of local history.
http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/histsoc/default.htm

Burlingame Historical Society
Founded on December 3, 1975, seeks to promote interest in and preservation of all matters relating to the history of Burlingame.
http://www.burlingamehistorical.org/index.php

California Historical Society
As the state's official historical society, CHS holds extensive materials on California history, as well as offering publications, exhibits, and events.
http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/

California Cultural Directory, by county
Cultural, educational and historical institutions, as well as, libraries and museums in California. Published by California Historical Society, gives contact information for each organization listed.
http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/programs/ccd.html

Carlsbad Historical Society
A non-profit organization established to preserve, promote, and enhance knowledge of the surrounding area's history, significant landmarks, institutions and memorabilia. Dedicated to reaching out to the community through educational as well as social events.
http://carlsbadhistoricalsociety.com/home.html

Chinese Historical and Cultural Project
Founded in 1987 to promote and preserve Chinese American and Chinese history and culture through community outreach activities.
http://www.chcp.org/

Clayton Historical Society
Founded in 1974 to research, collect, record, preserve, display, borrow, share and interpret local history information.
http://www.94517.com/chs/

Del Mar Historical Society
Entrusted with preserving and sharing Del Mar's rich and fascinating history—a remarkable tapestry of railroads, racehorses, fashionable hotels, sparkling beaches and glamorous Hollywood stars.
http://www.delmarhistoricalsociety.org

East Contra Costa Historical Society and Museum
The museum is filled with memorabilia, documents, and photos from the rich history in the area.
http://www.theschoolbell.com/history/

Ebbetts Pass Historical Association
The Ebbetts Pass Historical Association was established to preserve history of our area and make it available to the public.
http://ebbettspasshistory.org

El Cajon Historical Society
http://www.elcajonhistory.org

Escondido History Center
http://www.escondidohistory.org

Forest Hill Divide Historical Society
http://mmoffet.mystarband.net/

Fresno Historical Society
The mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and hold in public trust the records and artifacts that document the history of all the people of Fresno County and the Central Valley region of California.
http://www.valleyhistory.org

Historical Society of Southern California
Founded in 1883, the Historical Society of Southern California is the oldest historical society in California. It supports events and activities in the greater Los Angeles area.
http://www.socalhistory.org/

Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert
http://www.maturango.org/Hist.html

Irvine Historical Society
http://www.irvineranchhistory.com/

Lakeside Historical Society
http://www.lakesidehistory.org/

Los Angeles Police Historical Society
http://www.laphs.com/

Martinez Historical Society
http://www.martinezhistory.org/

Monterey County Historical Society
Founded in 1933, the Monterey County Historical Society has been collecting information on the Monterey Bay area. http://www.mchsmuseum.com/index.html

Morongo Basin Historical Society
A non-profit corporation to collect, conserve and exhibit artifacts; collect, display, interpret and publish the history of the Morongo Basin memorabilia; locate identify and preserve historic sites; promote the research and study of local history; and share the rich heritage.
http://www.mbhs.net/

Newman Historical Society
To preserve the history of the City of Newman and the surrounding area.
http://www.jeaf.com/newman

North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
http://www.northtahoemuseums.org/

Orange County Historical Society
Since 1919, collect, preserve and interpret the history of Orange County.
http://www.orangecountyhistory.org/

Patterson Township Historical Society
http://patterson-ca.com/histsoc/

San Diego Historical Society
With several museums, historical sites, and activities, SDHS offers numerous avenues for exploring the history of San Diego.
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/

San Dimas Historical Society
http://www.sandimashistorical.org

San Fernando Valley Historical Society
http://www.sfvhs.com

San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
Established in 1966, both permanent and rotating exhibits include local Indian culture, early agriculture, Delta agriculture, transportation, hay and grain, wine-grape industry, tree crops, education, government, early settlement, textile and home life exhibits.
http://www.sanjoaquinhistory.org/

Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society
Historical information regarding the City of Santa Ana, in Orange County.
http://www.santaanahistory.com/

Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society
A volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Santa Clarita Valley history and heritage
http://www.scvhs.org

Tuolumne County Historical Society
Established in 1956 to preserve, protect and perpetuate the colorful history of one of California's original counties.
http://www.tchistory.org/index.html

Torrance Historical Society
Promote interest and education in the history of Torrance and the San Pedro Rancho. Promote historical research, collect, acquire, preserve, conserve and make available records, data, photographs, oral history, and related documents and information of Torrance.
http://www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org/index.html

Tustin Area Historical Society
http://www.tustinhistory.com

West Sacramento Historical Society
Established in 1993 to preserve the history of West Sacramento and to provide an opportunity for individuals and groups to learn about and experience the rich culture of our past.
http://www.westsachistoricalsociety.org/

Western Sonoma County Historical Society , Sebastopol
A non-profit organization founded in 1974 and incorporated in 1978 to help preserve and maintain the unique heritage of the West County area.
http://www.wschsgrf.org/



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