IN RECOGNITION OF THE ORANGE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 148
(Extensions of Remarks - September 16, 2019)

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   IN RECOGNITION OF THE ORANGE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY CENTENNIAL 
                              CELEBRATION

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                          HON. J. LUIS CORREA

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                       Monday, September 16, 2019

  Mr. CORREA. Madam Speaker, I rise today in celebration of the Orange 
County Historical Society's 100th year of historical preservation.
  The County of Orange in Southern California was officially formed on 
August 1, 1889. Thirty years later, on May 28, 1919, the Orange County 
Historical Society was founded to collect and preserve all materials 
relating to the history of Orange County.
  The founding directors were prominent civic leaders: Samuel Armor, 
one of the County's first supervisors; H. Clay Kellogg, a civil 
engineer; Charles C. Chapman, citrus pioneer and philanthropist; and 
Samuel M. Davis, lawyer and former O.C. District Attorney.
  The Society assisted with the interpretation of archaeological sites, 
planned rancho-style fiestas, organized parades and all manner of 
activities that involved or reflected local history. They even 
successfully petitioned the federal government to rename Sugarloaf Peak 
in the Santa Ana Mountains as Pleasants Peak, in honor of pioneer and 
Society member ``Judge'' J.E. Pleasants.
  The Society has encapsulated Orange County's history through many 
landmark books and distinguished publications, including the Orange 
County History Series, the Centennial Bibliography of Orange County 
(1989), and the Orange Countiana, a journal that features articles 
written by many of Orange County's finest historians.
  The Society has collaborated with local universities, such as 
California State University of Fullerton and Chapman University, to 
host historical conferences, workshops, tours of historic sites, and 
banquets honoring local pioneers. One especially popular event is the 
OC History Round-Up, a gathering where history comes alive through 
storytelling, music, and reenactments of some of Orange County's iconic 
historical figures.
  The Society has hosted hundreds of diverse speakers who have played 
significant roles in Orange County's history. Additionally, the group 
recognizes outstanding work by historians with its Terry E. Stephenson 
Award and, for student historians, the Friis Pioneer Press Award.
  The Orange County Historical Society will mark its Centennial with a 
celebratory gala on September 14, 2019. Please join me in 
congratulating the Society and its members for reaching this important 
milestone and for their tireless work bringing together families, 
residents, and historians to discover and explore Orange County's rich 
history.

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