Welcome to the Orange County Historical Society
The Orange County Historical Society (OCHS) is a non-profit group which collects, preserves and shares the history of Orange County, California for the benefit of its members and the general public. To navigate the OCHS Website, use the menus and links in the top and left panels, or click Site Map. Check back often to find the latest Society news.

 

October 2017 Meeting Program: 

The Segerstrom Family in Orange County

7:00 pm on Thursday, October 12th - Trinity Episcopal Church

 

Photo of Ruth Ann and Henry SegerstromOctober is the traditionally the month of harvest, so it’s the perfect time to feature one of Orange County’s most important agricultural pioneering families: The Segerstroms. From lima bean fields to a luxury shopping destination, The Segerstrom family has left an indelible impression on local history.    

This month, we are honored to have Segerstrom Family matriarch, Mrs. Ruth Ann Moriarity as our guest speaker.  Mrs. Moriarity is the only sibling of the late Henry Segerstrom, developer of  South Coast Plaza and generous patron of the arts.  Our meeting will be held on Thursday, October 12 beginning at 7 pm at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., Orange.  

Born in Santa Ana in 1923, Mrs. Moriarity has witnessed many changes in Orange County. As family historian, she was the major contributor to this summer’s exhibit during South Coast Plaza’s 50th Anniversary celebration: “Segerstrom Pioneering Spirit: An American Dream.”  

Photo of Henry Segerstrom in front of the South Coast Plaza sign in the early 1960s as construction had just begun.Mrs. Moriarity will share her personal recollections and show rare images from her vast collection of family photographs.  

Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear a first-person account of Orange County’s early days!  As always, our general meeting is free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there! 

 

Upcoming OCHS Office Hours!

 

The OCS office and archives are open on the last Saturday of every month, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Board members and/or volunteers will be available to assist you with your research questions and help you discover what materials we have.

Upcoming scheduled dates include Saturday, August 26, September 30, October 28, and Novemebr 25. We hope to soon be open by appointment as well but that’s dependent on volunteer availability.

We’re located next to the blacksmith shop on the grounds of the Heritage Museum of Orange County, 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. Click here for a map of the Heritage Museum’s location. Click here for a pdf showing the location of the office/archive. If you are interested in volunteering on any of those days, please contact us.

We hope to see you there!   


 

If you need more information or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us at info@orangecountyhistory.org.

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