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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.


NEW DATE!

CCCHS Annual Meeting with Claudine Wong - March 26, 2022

Saturday, March 26, 2022
11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Orinda Masonic Hall, 9 Altarinda Road, Orinda


Join your friends in history for a special presentation from Claudine Wong.
Claudine will share some of her experiences as a reporter covering the major stories of our times and using the context of the area’s history to
create a comprehensive view of the impact both world and local events have in our daily lives.


$50.00* per person
RSVP’s are requested by March 18, 2022

Reserve your place by clicking here or going to the "Book Store" link on the left and selecting the "Membership Dues".


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The History Center is open to visitors! See our hours below.

We are always looking for new volunteers, just stop by and visit.



History Center Hours of Operation and Contact Information

The History Center is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9AM to 4PM, and on both the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10AM to 2PM.

Our 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: 925-229-1042

We are also available via email at "info@cocohistory.org".

The Contra Costa County Historical Society's History Center is located at:
724 Escobar St.
Martinez, CA

Phone: 925-229-1042
Fax: 925-229-1772

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


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
President John Greitzer Martinez 12/31/2022
1st Vice President Tara Weber Martinez 12/31/2021
2nd Vice President John Burgh Concord 12/31/2023
Secretary Lisa Gorrell Martinez 12/31/2021
Treasurer Steve James El Sobrante 12/31/2023
Director Andrea Blachman Martinez 12/31/2023
Director John Mercurio Concord 12/31/2021
Director Donald Bastin El Sobrante 12/31/2022
Director Oliver Bray Martinez 12/31/2022
Director Beverly Lane Danville 12/31/2022
Director Barry Goode Pt. Richmond 12/31/2022
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Director Emeritus Betty Maffei Walnut Creek ---
Executive Director Mike McCarron Benicia ---


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