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Contra Costa County Historical Society

Our mission is to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the records and heritage of Contra Costa County.

Authors in the Archives Series: "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty"

History talk and book signing with Richard Schwartz
Saturday, May 6, 2017 1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Shell Clubhouse
1635 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez

Co-hosted by the Martinez Museum and the Contra Costa County Historical Society.

Be the first to hear author and historian Richard Schwartz talk about his new book "The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis". Richard’s talk begins at 1:00 p.m. A wine and cheese reception and book signing with the author will follow at 2:30 p.m. Join us May 6th! For more details, click here.

Free Admission and Free Parking. A $10 donation is suggested at the door. All proceeds benefit the preservation work of the Martinez Museum and Contra Costa County Historical Society's archives.

RSVP is requested. Email us at You may also call us at (925) 229-1042 to reserve your spot.

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Visit our online book store by clicking here or visit us in person for additional items not sold online.

History Center Hours of Operation and Contact Information

The Contra Costa County Historical Society's History Center is located at 724 Escobar St. in Martinez. Our normal hours of operation are:

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. We are also available via email at "".

Justice and Judges:
The History of the Law in Contra Costa County

New Exhibit at History Center

The Contra Costa County Historical Society's new exhibit, Justice and Judges: The History of the Law in Contra Costa County, is now open. The exhibit is in honor of Judge Richard Arnason and features artifacts and court documents that belonged to him, as well as a brief history of the Judicial system as it has evolved in Contra Costa County.

The exhibit is open to the public during our open hours, Tuesday-Thursday from 9AM to 4PM, as well as the third Saturday of each month from 10AM to 2PM. For more detailed information on the exhibit, click here.

CCCHS Videos now showing on Contra Costa Television

Some of the videos from our YouTube page are now being shown on Community Television throughout Contra Costa County. To learn more, go to If you live in the county and have cable, you can find CCTV at the following:
Cable Provider CCTV Channel
Comcast 27
Astound 32
AT&T UVerse 99

CCCHS video at Lesher Foundation "Newsmakers" Speaker Series

On November 2, 2015, the Contra Costa County Historical Society was chosen to be the non-profit "partner" for that night's lecture in the "Newsmakers: Lesher Speaker Series" held at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek. In addition to a generous donation of event tickets to the society, media sponsor KTVU Channel 2 sent a video crew to the Center to make a video highlighting some of our accomplishments. The 2 1/2 minute video was screened to the audience at the event, and a copy of the finished product was given to the Society to use as it sees fit. You may see the video shown that night by clicking on this link.

Looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy for history buff? The History Center offers a wide variety of books, photographs and services that they will just love. A membership in the Contra Costa County Historical Society makes a great gift too. For details on Society membership, whether for yourself or as a gift, please click here.

CCCHS: The Video!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Board Member Steve James, producer/volunteer Santiago Chen and many other volunteers at the Center, the Contra Costa County Historical Society has released a YouTube video showing the many facets and facilities available to the public at our History Center in Martinez. If you wish to see the video, click on this link.

Topographical Maps for Sale

While cleaning up the map room recently, we came across a number of duplicate copies of our topographical county maps, along with a few that were from outside the county. We are making them available for sale, but please note that the quantities are quite limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. For information on what maps available, please click on this link.

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 in 2012 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.


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:

Officer Name Home Town Term Expires
PresidentJohn MercurioConcord12/31/2018
1st Vice PresidentDonald BastinEl Sobrante12/31/2019
2nd Vice PresidentJohn BurghConcord12/31/2017
SecretaryJohn GreitzerMartinez12/31/2016
TreasurerSteve JamesEl Sobrante12/31/2017
DirectorAndrea BlachmanMartinez12/31/2017
DirectorScott SaftlerWalnut Creek12/31/2017
DirectorLisa GorrellMartinez12/31/2018
DirectorTara WeberMartinez12/31/2018
DirectorOliver BrayMartinez12/31/2019
DirectorBeverly LaneDanville 12/31/2019
DirectorKathy LeightonByron12/31/2019
Director EmeritusBetty MaffeiWalnut Creek---

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