I recently uploaded images from the Willard Smith collection onto the Orange County Archives' Flickr account, and this is one of them. This image shows (left to right) Laguna Beach Mayor Frank Champion with Orange County Supervisors George Jeffrey and Willard Smith, standing near the end of the Street of the Blue Lantern in Dana Point in 1930. The new car was on loan from El Capistrano Motors in San Juan Capistrano.
The Launer Local History Room at the Fullerton Public Library has put a bunch of their old city directories online. This is incredibly useful! They are also looking into scanning some of their historic newspapers in the future!
The Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University are now scanning C. C. Chapman’s speeches about citrus, making them full-text searchable. They should have all his sermons, speeches, and correspondence digitized by this summer.
Placentia City Hall will soon exhibit a 40-foot-long pictorial timeline of local history. There will also be a rotating gallery covering various aspects of Placentia’s history.
The Placentia Library and Historical Society are working to record the history of the La Jolla community, which was destroyed by the building of the 57 Freeway. (La Jolla was a mainly-Hispanic agricultural community, famously devastated in the 1938 flood.)
The City of Huntington Beach centennial celebration now has an official website.