The California Historical Society

April 19th Celebrates The California Historical Society

Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on April 19th 1852, the California Historical Society was founded.

Every state, believe or not has historical society of some kind, but who founded the historical society in California?

In June 1871 a group of people assembled at 323 California Street, marking the first of four attempts to begin the California Historical Society (CHS). After the undocumented collapse of the first group, a second attempt to revive CHS lasted from 1886 to1891 Templeton Crocker, grandson of Charles Crocker, permanently resurrected the Society.

Also that year, Crocker placed a fine collection of Californians, rivaling those of Hubert Howe Bancroft and Henry E. Huntington. His financial generosity supported The California Historical Society until the dues collected enabled the organization to hire its first staff member in March 1923. The group held its first exhibition at the Bohemian Club in San Francisco in 1924.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (C-Span) gives you a little look inside The California Historical Society, just to show how it looks like if you never been there before. As we celebrate today how CHS was founded today on April 19th 1852.

The California Historical Society, founded in 1871, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California’s richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.

On May 9, 1979, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation making CHS the official state historical society. In October 1993 the Society purchased 678 Mission Street, home of the former San Francisco Builders Exchange, E.M. Hundley hardware store, and Nancy Pelosi’s first campaign headquarters in the re-developing Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood.

Incidentally, Yerba buena or hierba buena is the Spanish name for a number of aromatic plants, most of which belong to the mint family. Yerba buena translates as “good herb”.

The building was renovated for seismic safety and the basement, which extends underneath the Mission Street sidewalk, was converted into climate-controlled storage vaults for much of the Society’s collections.

The North Baker Research Library finally found a home worthy of its importance as a free and open portal to the vast and growing CHS collection.
As we celebrate today on April 19th 1852, how the California Historical Society was founded.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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