On Saturday, April 20, 2013, the Contra Costa County Historical Society formally opened its new
History Center at 724 Escobar Street in Martinez with a ribbon cutting ceremony and public open
house. A video of the ribbon cutting ceremony can be seen below:
Interested in the History of our county? Looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy for history buff?
A membership in the Contra Costa County Historical Society makes a great idea, and you don't have even have to wrap it! For details on Society membership, whether for yourself or as a gift, please click here, or if you just want to download a copy of our Membership form, click here.
The Society's History Center Fund has been found by many to be the ideal way to make both a donation and to honor someone special. Memorial gifts to the Society or to the Center Fund are also welcome. If you wish to make a cash donation to the Contra Costa County Historical Society, you may download and print a PDF donation form by clicking here.
All gifts, whether by mail or online, will be acknowledged.
You may also contact us by mail at:
724 Escobar Street
Martinez, California 94553-1114
Phone:925.229.1042 FAX :925.229.1772
Or, you can e-mail us by clicking here
Happenings at the Contra Costa County Historical Society
Before BART - Electric Railroads Link Contra Costa County, The Book!
CCCHS Past President and Curator of the San Ramon Valley Museum Beverly Lane has extended the great photos and research from our wildly successful exhibit on Electric Trains in Contra Costa County from earlier this year into a booklet that the Society is proud to make available to the public. Click here to get more information on the booklet and how to purchase your own copy.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED IN MARTINEZ
NOTICE TO BOOK BUYERS
Effective immediately, all books will be shipped using USPS 1st class postage at a flat fee as follows:
First Book: $5.00
Additional Books in the same order: $1.00
We will also ship your books using USPS 2-3 day Priority Mail. Because Priority Mail charges by the package size and not weight, this may be your most economic method of shipping. Contact us at the Center for exact Priority shipping charges for your order.
Please note that these new shipping charges override any shipping noted on the individual book pages on this site. We are working on correcting the pages as quickly as we can!
New Online Naturalization Index
We have just added a table containing an index of more than 11,000 Naturalization records recently computerized by Margie Newton, one of our "Wednesday" volunteers. To scan the index as well as to get information on ordering copies of the naturization documents themselves, please click here.
A Note about the History Center
The Contra Costa County Historical Society's History Center is located at 724 Escobar St. in Martinez. Our normal hours of operation are:
Tuesdays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wednesdays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursdays, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
In addition, the History Center is open on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
From time to time, we may be open for special events, such as exhibit open houses, or if there is an event in downtown Martinez.
Remember, we are staffed largely by volunteers, so we may not always be open the entire time. To be sure we are open, please call ahead at (925) 229-1042.
"Whereas, it seems both necessary and desirable that an
organization shall be formed in order to attain certain
objectives consistent with history, development and
growth of Contra Costa County, California."
"Be it resolved that such an organization shall be known as
The Contra Costa County Historical Society."
Click here to see a list of the Society's charter members.
You can also see a list of the Society's presidents from 1951 to the present by clicking here.
The Contra Costa County Historical Society's mission is to preserve for the benefit of the people of our County, the relics of our past. We are using the World Wide Web in order to give more of us access to the wonderful stories of the people who lived in our County, so many years ago. The Society hopes that these Web pages will bring the people of Contra Costa's present, closer to those who lived, worked and died in our County and who are, our History.
The current officers and board of directors of the Contra Costa Historical Society are:
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
2012 Board Members
Seated: Traci Parent, Scott Saftler, Melissa Jacobson, Mary-Ellen Jones, Beverly Lane, Kathy Leighton.
Standing: Director Priscilla Couden, Webb Johnson, Andrea Blachman, John Burgh, Steve James, John Mercurio, Donald Bastin, Paula Wherity, Harriett Burt
Photo Courtesy of Traci Parent.