Bi-Weekly Update - July 2

Hello CCPHers, Here are some interesting history events happening soon in California as well as articles pertaining to history. In other news: 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: California Humanities

Attention Grantseekers: Upcoming HFA Project Grant Deadline

Applications for the second round of our new grants program, Humanities for All Project Grants, will be accepted through August 16.

Library Innovation Lab Projects to Launch this Summer!

With support from California Humanities staff, a group of ten librarians from across the state are conducting research to uncover the needs and concerns of recent immigrants in their communities.

Help us celebrate an iconic Oakland landmark!

To celebrate Swan’s Market’s Centennial Anniversary, California Humanities will host two free pubic events in our Oakland office on July 22.

Meet our new director of development

We’re excited to welcome Sheri Kuehl to California Humanities.


California Humanities staff share their summer reading selections.

Upcoming Events

Screening and Panel Discussion: Life After Life

OAKLAND-- LIFE AFTER LIFE was filmed over 8 years and is told through the lens of three men and their families as they share their path to prison and their challenging journey home. We hope you can join us for the film and a panel discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker and local community leaders.

Swan’s Market 100th Anniversary Panel Discussion: What Makes A Neighborhood?


OAKLAND-- This conversation features Mayor Libby Schaaf of the City of Oakland, Kimberly Mayfield, Associate Professor and Chair of Education at Holy Names College, Gayle (Asali) Dickson©, artist and member of the Black Panther Party from 1970-1976. Moderated by Jeremy Liu, Senior Fellow for Arts Culture and Equitable Development at PolicyLink.

SWAN’S MARKET 100th Anniversary Event: Writing Workshop—Where I Come From

OAKLAND-- Have you ever wanted to record a meaningful memory on paper? Here's your chance to learn how to craft your own flash memoir! Bay Area-based writer, editor, and experienced writing coach, Frances Lefkowitz, will lead a 2 hour workshop in our office.

Film Screening and Discussion: Born in East LA

LA HABRA-- Professor Glen Mimura will facilitate a discussion of the eccentric immigration satire Born in East L.A. (Cheech Marin, 1987), leading with brief comments on the film’s historical context and its uncanny resonances with our current cultural-political climate.

From: California Association of Museums


IRVINE FOUNDATION APPROVES $21.36 MILLION IN GRANTS Last week, the James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors approved 29 grants totaling $21.36 million. The grants will support a range of organizations expanding opportunities for the people of California. Learn more REPORT: NONPROFIT LEADERS OF COLOR FACE STRUCTURAL BIAS According to a new report from the Building Movement Project and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, nonprofit sector organizations and their boards must go beyond current recruitment, training, and retention strategies. Nonprofits must continue to work to dismantle systemic bias to address the racial leadership gap. Learn more OVER 115 CALIFORNIA MUSEUMS OFFER FREE ADMISSION TO MILITARY FAMILIES THIS SUMMER Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Museums interested in participating in Blue Star Museums in summer 2017 should email Learn more ACCREDITATION COMMISSION NOMINATIONS – DEADLINE JULY 14 Are you a museum professional with current or past experience with history organizations? Have you thought of becoming an Accreditation Commissioner for the American Alliance of Museums or know someone you think should consider it? Now is the time to take the leap—the nomination period is open until July 14. Learn more

Professional Development Opportunities

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR This calendar is a listing of professional development opportunities for those in the museum field, hosted by either the American Alliance of Museums or other museum service organizations. Learn more WEBINAR: DIRECT-RESPONSE APPEALS THAT WORK – JULY 20 The Chronicle of Philanthropy is hosting a webinar to share real-world examples of successful fundraising campaigns, which will include integrating print and digital efforts, samples of traditional and email direct-response appeals, and a schedule for working with direct-mail companies. Learn more AAM SESSION AUDIO RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE Audio recordings from the American Alliance of Museums’ annual meeting in St. Louis are now available. A package with all session recordings can be purchased for $249. Learn more WEBINAR: CONSEQUENCES OF REPEALING THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT – JULY 12 For the benefit of nonprofit staff and board members, CalNonprofits and the California Council of Churches will examine the implications of the potential repeal of the Johnson Amendment. The specifics of the amendment and its current status will be presented by a representative from the National Council of Nonprofits. Learn more WEBINAR: ASSESSING YOUR ORGANIZATION'S DATA MATURITY – JULY 13 The Foundation Center is hosting a webinar to help nonprofit leaders understand their relative position on the continuum of data maturity and to determine the appropriate tools and tactics to move forward on the spectrum. Learn more

From: Contra Costa County Historical Society

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Ice Cream Social and Open House

11:00am – 3:00pm

Contra Costa County History Center

724 Escobar St., Martinez

The Contra Costa County Historical Society is hosting an Ice Cream Social and Open House to celebrate National Ice Cream Day and summertime in CoCo County.

What better way to celebrate summertime in Contra Costa County than with a summertime favorite such as Ice Cream. From Richmond to the West, to Brentwood & Oakley to the East, to San Ramon in the South, the big, beautiful County we reside in is a great place to enjoy summertime activities.

Haven’t seen the new exhibit “Justice and Judges” or taken a tour of the County archives? Take advantage of this special opportunity to see how CCCHS preserves delicate records and special collections.

Let’s celebrate our County history together over a scoop!

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 2017

WHERE: Contra Costa County History Center -- 724 Escobar Street, Martinez

DETAILS: RSVP is not required.

Parking is free on Saturdays.

$5 suggested donation at the door.

For more information, visit


National Ice Cream Day

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation's population.

The History of Ice Cream in America

The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available "almost every day." Records kept by a Chatham Street, New York, merchant show that President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790. Inventory records of Mount Vernon taken after Washington's death revealed "two pewter ice cream pots." President Thomas Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison's second inaugural banquet at the White House.

Until 1800, ice cream remained a rare and exotic dessert enjoyed mostly by the elite. Around 1800, insulated ice houses were invented. Manufacturing ice cream soon became an industry in America, pioneered in 1851 by a Baltimore milk dealer named Jacob Fussell. Like other American industries, ice cream production increased because of technological innovations, including steam power, mechanical refrigeration, the homogenizer, electric power and motors, packing machines, and new freezing processes and equipment. In addition, motorized delivery vehicles dramatically changed the industry. Due to ongoing technological advances, today's total frozen dairy annual production in the United States is more than 1.6 billion gallons.

* History of Ice Cream in America Source: Int’l Dairy Foods Assn.

From: California Historical Society

Marin County Fair

June 30 - July 4, 2017 10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, CA 94903 Learn More

The Marin County Fair: Let the Funshine In celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love emphasizing Marin’s dedication to its community values of Family, Art, Agriculture and the Environment.

This year, to celebrate the Summer of Love, the Fair will feature events such as tie-dye and macramé competitions, zen gardens, pop and abstract art competitions, Flower Power horticulture, a daily 60s fashion parade and more. Also on view is a special exhibition, created in partnership with the California Historical Society, showcasing photographs and objects from that historic Fantasy Fair and Magic Music Festival.


California Council for the Promotion of History

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