Huntington Beach Historical Society

Huntington Beach Historical Society Preservation & Education - The HB Historical Society strives to preserve our city's historic sites and to protect and promote the story of our past.

HB Historical Society - your resource for historic education and preservation in Huntington Beach. We are primarily focused on public outreach events, facilitating research, and promoting historic preservation. President - Darrell Rivers Vice President - Kelly Rivers 2nd Vice President - Patrick Kreeger Treasurer - Cindy Carr Recording Secretary - Stephanie Tiedt Corresponding Secretary - Eric Edborg

The Revolution: Huntington Beach
02/14/2019

The Revolution: Huntington Beach

The Revolution is almost here!

Rain or shine - the British are coming! Join us for battles, musick, food, & historical demonstrations all weekend.

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas to everyone!Watch Santa read The Night Before Christmas in the Newland House, serving a...
12/24/2018

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas to everyone!

Watch Santa read The Night Before Christmas in the Newland House, serving as the North Pole!

https://youtu.be/_L4IkYUjg98

Come by to see Santa Claus in the Newland House tomorrow night at our Holiday Open House!Santa arrives at 7pm and will b...
12/07/2018

Come by to see Santa Claus in the Newland House tomorrow night at our Holiday Open House!

Santa arrives at 7pm and will be there until 9.

Congratulations to Matt Liffreing! Honoured today at Goldenwest College with a Pillar of Achievement Award. Thanks for a...
10/18/2018

Congratulations to Matt Liffreing! Honoured today at Goldenwest College with a Pillar of Achievement Award. Thanks for all you do for our community!

Huntington Beach Historical Society
09/20/2018

Huntington Beach Historical Society

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo
09/20/2018

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo

Huntington Beach Civil War Days
08/29/2018

Huntington Beach Civil War Days

We need volunteers!

Anyone interested in volunteering with our event staff this weekend message us!

Gen. Grant taking coffee with a Confederate prisoner, 1864 (2016)

Huntington Beach Civil War Days
08/25/2018

Huntington Beach Civil War Days

Civil War Days is fast approaching! See you next weekend!

Battles at 1:30 & 4PM on Saturday, 11AM & 2PM on Sunday. Event opens at 10AM both days.

British Mercenaries in Confederate Service demonstrate the principles of long range musketry. A Floridian Captain at right demonstrates the use of a stadiametric rangefinder. c.1863 (2017)

Open for tours the first & third weekends of the month from Noon to 4pm. Stop in for a tour of one our City’s historic...
03/28/2018

Open for tours the first & third weekends of the month from Noon to 4pm.

Stop in for a tour of one our City’s historic treasures.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Revolution this weekend, please message us!
02/07/2018

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Revolution this weekend, please message us!

12/08/2017
City of Huntington Beach Public Information Office

A tremendous thank you to all those emergency services personnel who took part in protecting the Newland House and Barn from the fire in Bartlett Park today - we are eternally grateful to all of you!

Huntington Beach Civil War Days
09/06/2016

Huntington Beach Civil War Days

Honest Abe can take a Hint!

A huge thank you again to our friends at Hint Water - and another huge thank you to our dedicated President Lincoln presenter Robert Broski!

Bailey-Denton Photography
08/28/2016

Bailey-Denton Photography

This Labor Day weekend come and join us at Huntington Beach Civil War Days in Central Park, Huntington Beach. Two large-scale battles daily, Union and Confederate camps along with a civilian encampment and Sutler Row where you can see examples of life during the Civil War Days from the perspectives of combatant and civilian alike. Demonstrations abound with cannon firings, blacksmithing, medical tents, vendors selling Civil War -related clothing and nick-nacks and of course our mobile photography studio where you can have an authentic tintype or ambrotype taken using the same equipment, materials and techniques used during the Civil War and can have then encased in authentic 19th period frames and photo cases. Admission is free, the setting is beautiful and it's a great time for the whole family!

Look out for the HB Historical Society contingent supporting the Clara Barton Chapter of the Daughters of the American R...
07/04/2016

Look out for the HB Historical Society contingent supporting the Clara Barton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution tomorrow on the 4th!

Huntington Beach Civil War Days
11/26/2015

Huntington Beach Civil War Days

Happy Thanksgiving!

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Huntington Beach Civil War Days
11/04/2015

Huntington Beach Civil War Days

It is with somber hearts that we inform everyone that Bill Peck passed away peacefully today at 12:45am. Please join us in thoughts and prayers for his family, friends and loved ones.

He was a passionate historian and educator who touched thousands with his charisma and knowledge. We are extremely grateful to have had him as our President Lincoln presenter for over twenty years. He will be greatly missed by all.

The most fitting words that come to mind for this solemn occasion come from the mouth of President Lincoln himself when he left Illinois as President-Elect in February of 1861:

"My friends, no one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. To this place and the kindness of these people, I owe everything. Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man. Here my children have been born, and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him who can go with me, and remain with you, and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell."

Visit Huntington Beach
09/02/2015

Visit Huntington Beach

The annual Huntington Beach Civil War Days is one of the largest reenactments in Southern California!

Witness the action this weekend in Central Park: http://bit.ly/1ih9Z1j

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo
04/26/2015

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo

Our President's Day event at the Newland House Museum
04/08/2015

Our President's Day event at the Newland House Museum

Huntington Beach Historical Society
04/08/2015

Huntington Beach Historical Society

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo
04/01/2015

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo

George Washington and the Baron Von Steuben at the Newland House for President's a Day
02/25/2015

George Washington and the Baron Von Steuben at the Newland House for President's a Day

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo
01/24/2015

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo

Timeline Photos
01/24/2015

Timeline Photos

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo
12/20/2014

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo

George Newnam's Casa de las Calaveras at the Newland House Museum for the Day of the Dead - HBHS event 31 October - 2 No...
11/04/2014

George Newnam's Casa de las Calaveras at the Newland House Museum for the Day of the Dead - HBHS event 31 October - 2 November. Thanks to everyone for your support!

Historic Wintersburg makes national list
06/25/2014
Historic Wintersburg makes national list

Historic Wintersburg makes national list

The National Trust for Historic Preservation on Monday named Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach one of the 11 most endangered historic places in America.

City of Huntington Beach Public Information Office
06/23/2014

City of Huntington Beach Public Information Office

Cheers to 100 years of the 1914 city pier! Thanks to everyone for coming and making the event a huge success!

Historic Wintersburg
06/19/2014

Historic Wintersburg

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Friends of Historic Wintersburg, there will be a national media announcement and press conference next week.

You are welcome to come to the press conference as supporters of the preservation effort. More details regarding the announcement will be shared Monday evening, June 23, here on Facebook and on the blog.

PRESS CONFERENCE
11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 24
Huntington Beach City Hall, City Council Chambers
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA

Mobile Uploads
06/05/2014

Mobile Uploads

Historic Wintersburg
04/12/2014

Historic Wintersburg

THANK YOU, MAYOR PRO TEM JOE SHAW!

Thank you to Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Joe Shaw for sending in this letter to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, asking Historic Wintersburg be included on America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2014! Great letter!

Historic Wintersburg
01/23/2014

Historic Wintersburg

LIVING IN WINTERSBURG AND SMELTZER

Tsunejo Chino was a labor camp manager in Wintersburg, with barrack housing on farmland owned by Ray Moore (on the north side of present-day Warner Avenue, near Springdale Avenue). Other local farmers who utilized field workers living in the camps were George Crane and M.C. Cole.

The other two labor camps in the Wintersburg area were managed by Reverend Goto and Otokichi Urano. The Goto camp was located near the Chino camp in Wintersburg. The Urano camp was located in Smeltzer, in the area where the Bella Terra Mall stands today (Edinger Avenue near Beach Boulevard).

Seeking familiarity, those from Fukuoka-ken sought out the Urano camp, while those from Fukushima-ken gravitated to the Goto camp. Henry Kiyomi Akiyama recalled in his oral history that the Chino camp brought together immigrants from Fukuoka-ken, Hiroshima-ken and Wakayama-ken. Those not living in the camps made arrangements to share crop or lease land from local landowners, scattered about the countryside.

The camps were instrumental in the early Mission effort. Tsunejo Chino, an educated man, directed his laborers to the clergy entering the celery fields and to his friend, the Episcopalian minister Reverend Hisakichi Terasawa. Reverend Terasawa would go on to found the Wintersburg Mission effort in 1904. Otokichi Urano became another supporter and was a signator on the founding document for the Mission.

Henry Kiyomi Akiyama remembered in his oral history: "Before the church was even built, Reverend Terasawa organized a group in the barn which was on the same property as the house he was renting. He made this barn into a gathering place for the Japanese, and on Saturdays and Sundays the young people gathered here since there was nowhere else to socialize."

The circumstances brought together Tsunejo Chino, Reverend Hisakichi Terasawa and Charles Mitsuji Furuta, in this remarkable photograph. Charles Furuta--learning English from his mentor, Reverend Terasawa--can be seen holding a bundle of books under his arm.

It would be Reverend Terasawa's influence that led to the purchase of land in Wintersburg Village, with financial assistance from Charles Furuta. The land became the Furuta farm and the home of the Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission.

Photo snip: Tsunejo Chino, Reverend Hisakichi Terasawa and Charles Furuta in Wintersburg, circa 1909-1912. Courtesy of the Furuta family. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Timeline Photos
01/17/2014

Timeline Photos

The Newland House ready for Christmas at Sunrise - taken by Mayor Matthew Harper
12/04/2013

The Newland House ready for Christmas at Sunrise - taken by Mayor Matthew Harper

Getting ready for Christmas at the Newland House! Feel free to invite your friends to our Open House on December 6th and...
11/27/2013

Getting ready for Christmas at the Newland House! Feel free to invite your friends to our Open House on December 6th and to like our page

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo
11/26/2013

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo

The Huntington Beach Historical Society mourns the loss of Gar Travis, a most talented photographer's and a dedicated su...
11/24/2013

The Huntington Beach Historical Society mourns the loss of Gar Travis, a most talented photographer's and a dedicated supporter of our events. He was a truly talented artist and we will always treasure his work firing his Confederate Canon*.

http://www.garphoto.com/about.html

Newland House Christmas
11/14/2013

Newland House Christmas

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo
11/14/2013

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo
11/14/2013

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo
11/14/2013

Huntington Beach Historical Society's cover photo

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