I would like to thank the Conference of California Historial Societies (CCHS) for welcoming me as a speaker at their Spring Workshop, held on Saturday, March 18, at the Homestead Museum in the City of Industry.
Although I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley not far from the Homestead Museum, I didn’t know that it existed until I received the invitation to speak there.
For a group representing organizations passionately interested in the past, everyone attending the Workshop was up-to-date on the challenges faced by non-profits these days, from recruiting volunteers to embracing younger generations to updating newsletters and getting information out in an Age of Fractured Information Channels.
They’re doing great work, and deserve support.
About the Conference of California Historical Societies
From the president’s message in the Conference’s March 2017 newsletter:
CCHS will be the recognized leader in empowering historical societies in their mission to preserve California history by making them stronger and more responsive to their communities through organizational development and the sharing of successful strategies.
The Conference of California Historical Societies is a network of people interested in preserving California history. We network by attending annual meetings, symposiums and other venues that link individuals together who become walking, talking advertisements for one another and for the subject or topic that brings them together… California history.
About the Homestead Museum
From the Museum’s website:
The Homestead Museum is “about” many things! Most importantly, it’s a place to explore the history of the Los Angeles region from 1830 to 1930 in hopes of better understanding the past and people’s ability to shape history.
The six-acre site features the Workman House, an 1870s country home constructed around an 1840s adobe built by William and Nicolasa Workman; La Casa Nueva, a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival mansion noted for its architectural crafts, built by the Workmans’ grandson Walter Temple and his wife, Laura; and El Campo Santo, one of the region’s oldest private cemeteries, containing the remains of Pío Pico, the last governor of Mexican California, and many other prominent pioneer families.