Today's photo shows Vice President Richard Nixon speaking at the 1953 National Boy Scout Jamboree, which was held on the Irvine Ranch in what is now Newport Beach. Nixon has a beard because he spent the night sleeping in a tent at the Jamboree and didn't get a chance to shave. Click on the photo to enlarge it and peer into the background. (The photo again comes from the O.C. Archives' new Flickr account - which should have more additions as the week wears on.)
Ralph Whitford will discuss "Scouts in Orange County" at the Orange Community Historical Society meeting, Thursday, Sept 25, 7pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange. Ralph (who ran the Sea Scout base in Newport for 12 years) will discuss the 1953 Jamboree and show a short film from that event.
The Anaheim Historical Society will hold their annual ice cream social at the Anaheim Tennis Center (the Wagner House, built in 1921), 975 S. State College Blvd., Sept 28, at 2pm. This is a free event. For more information, contact Cynthia Ward at 714-292-0042.
Mission San Juan Capistrano is planning a gala concert and dinner event under the stars in honor of Father John O'Sullivan. It will mark the start of a new long-term preservation plan for the Mission. For more information, call 949-644-4777.