Bi-Weekly Update - Feb. 10

Hello CCPHers,

Here are some interesting history events happening soon in California as well as articles pertaining to history.

In other news:

  • CCPH membership renewals are now due for memberships that expired in December! An official email has been sent to those of you with expired memberships. Members can renew their memberships by using the new PayPal option on the CCPH website. Credit cards and checks are all accepted forms of payment. For more information about renewing your membership, visit our "Join Us" web page here.

  • CCPH invites any announcements or articles relating to history from our members and mailing list to include in our updates. CCPH is also accepting submissions for our California History Action web page. Any Public History articles, book reviews, events and/or projects are welcomed as submissions to help us promote history. Email any of your submissions to

Thank you for your continuous support!

From: Maidu Museum and Historic Site

From: California Historical Society

San Francisco History Days

March 4 & 5, 2017, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Old U.S. Mint, San Francisco Learn More

Join community historians, archivists, representatives of indigenous communities, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors, authors, and filmmakers for this History Open House at the National Historic Landmark Old U.S. Mint. For San Francisco History Days weekend, the counting rooms and brick vaults of “The Granite Lady” will come alive with dozens of organizations offering history displays, activities, tours, and presentations.

Highlights of the weekend include presentations on local architectural, transit, neighborhood, and maritime history; exhibits addressing the Summer of Love 50th anniversary; displays of neighborhood and community archives; and a resource center to history organizations, homes, and educational centers around the Bay Area.

Mini-theaters and galleries will be set up in the ground floor vaults of the Old Mint over the weekend featuring found footage, film features, and rare and newly digitized photos. Dozens of authors will also be on hand to discuss and sell their books on local historical themes.

The History of California Wines in 20 Labels

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:00 PM California Historical Society, San Francisco Learn More From humble roots, how did California’s wine industry grow into the international powerhouse it is today? Join us as UC Davis wine historian James Lapsley takes us on a journey from the earliest days, when the Gold Rush drove a new thirst for domestic wine, to a world of seemingly endless consumer choice — a world in which wine has become an integral part of American culture.

THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:00 PM California Historical Society, San Francisco Learn More

Join Jeff Guinn as he discusses his new book, THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN. With the same riveting detail and unmatched investigative reporting that made Guinn’s Manson an acclaimed national bestseller, THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN sheds new light on a subject we thought we knew: Jim Jones, the man responsible for the death of more than nine hundred people at Jonestown in Guyana.

From: American Association for State and Local History

Peb Yog Hmoob Minnesota: Sharing Authority and Building Relationships with Your Communities Feb 14 @ 3pm EST Webinar Cost: FREE for all Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites Feb 21 @ 3pm EST Webinar Cost: $40 AASLH Members/ $65 Nonmembers Project Management for History Professionals Mar 8-9, 2017 Workshop in Dallas, TX Cost: $475 AASLH Members/ $560 Nonmembers

Black History Month and the NMAAHC Time published an insightful article comparing the development of Black History Month and the founding of the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture: "This year the NMAAHC will have its first of many annual Black History Month celebrations, at a site that for decades to come will stand as a shrine to the thousands which Wilkins aptly characterized as “brave and visionary souls,” who — like Woodson — maintained that Black achievement should be acknowledged and celebrated not just for one week, or for one month, but all year long." Read more. Ask Your Legislators to Fund the ESSA Last year, AASLH worked with the National Coalition for History to advocate for the reauthorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Now we need your help once more to ensure that crucial programs in the ESSA are funded for the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years. Read our Advocacy Alert. 2017 Leadership in History Awards Deadline is March 1 Has your organization done something great this year? An exhibit that highlighted untold stories, programming that engaged the community, or a publication that got people talking? Apply for a 2017 AASLH Leadership in History Award! Nominations are due March 1. Check out our six tips for putting together a great application. New National Park Service Chief Historian Dr. Turkiya L. Lowe holds a Ph.D. in African American history and most recently served as Southeast Region Chief Historian and Chief for the Southeast Region’s (SER) Cultural Resource Research and Science Branch. Read More.

From: California State Archives


California Archives Digital Exhibit Focuses on One of the Most Transformative Periods in California History

“World War II had a profound impact on California,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “The social and economic fabric of California was forever transformed, as the war brought massive changes to the home front. Scrap metal drives, victory gardens, and rationing became the new normal as Californians contributed to the war effort. As the war effort grew, the defense industry boomed and many Californians entered new industries for the first time. Women in particular joined the industrial workforce in record numbers.”

“World War II was a transformative period in California history. Many citizens demonstrated courage and selflessness through their service both at home and overseas. World War II also represents one of the darkest periods in our state’s history, as over 110,000 Americans of Japanese descent, most of them U.S. citizens, were forced into internment camps,” Padilla said. “Families faced loss of liberty and livelihood. Japanese Americans lost everything as they were forced to sell their homes, businesses, and other possessions for pennies on the dollar and live behind barbed wire for the duration of the war.”

“I am grateful to the State Archives staff for compiling the photos, telegraphs, and records that help tell the story of California during World War II. Through our partnership with Google this history will be easily accessible online the world over,” Padilla added.

“Home Front: California During World War II” is the sixth digital exhibit released through a partnership between the State Archives and Google Cultural Institute. Other exhibit subjects include the construction of the Bay Bridge, California’s first motorists and highways, the history of California state parks, the office of the California Secretary of State, and the nation’s first political consulting firm, Campaigns Inc. Secretary Padilla is committed to sharing California's history through the rich and expansive collections of our State Archives.

Visit our California Digital Archives webpage for links to all our online collections and exhibits at


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