The Olinda Historic Museum and Park has been renamed the Olinda Oil Museum and Trail. This is my half-assed segue into today's photo, which shows an oil fire in Brea in 1926.
Joe Shaw has asked me to be a regular contributor to his "Greetings from Downtown Huntington Beach" blog. I'll start posting things there soon. Another new recruit, author Chris Epting (who penned the H.B. book for Arcadia Publishing) has already started contributing.
The Orange Public Library’s history archives has started to build a new collection: The Orange Mayors Collection. The scrapbooks of various mayors of Orange will be copied and returned.
The digitization projects at the Launer Room in the Fullerton Public Library are on indefinite hold. On the plus side, construction of a library expansion (which would double the size of the Launer history room) will begin within a year.
The O.C. Archives has reclaimed Room 107 of the Old O.C. Courthouse, giving us work space for projects, a sink, and enough additional storage to hold us for at least a little while longer.
This month, KCET (not KOCE as I reported earlier) is running a short Black History Month PSA featuring Barbara Hill, who was the first black teacher in Santa Ana. I, however, know her for her work in researching O.C.'s black history. For someone who didn't start out as a historian, she has an admirable willingness to roll up her sleeves and dig through daunting mountains of documents in search of the facts.
This last entry is not about O.C., but how can I resist a Googie item?: Friends of Johnie’s is holding a “Ghost Cruise” this Sunday, to focus attention on the recent illegal demolition of Johnie's/Harvey’s Broiler in Downey, and to “bring awareness to other popular car cruise destinations that may be threatened...or already lost.” This will be a self-driving classic car cruise along “the old cruising circuit” with stops at some of the old drive-in restaurant haunts of yesteryear. The cruise will begin at 8am, at Bob's Big Boy, 4211 Riverside Dr, in Burbank. For details, visit the Friends of Johnie’s website.