Sunday, February 06, 2011

Come to O.C. History "Show & Tell" Night

Are you ready for Show & Tell? The Orange County Historical Society is holding "Show & Tell Night" this Thursday, Feb. 10th, 7:30pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange. The event is open to the public.
Rummage through your garage, files, scrapbooks, or trunks for a choice artifact or bit of memorabilia or ephemera that helps tell us something about Orange County of yore.
Maybe you have a local orange crate that connects to a story about a parent who worked in a packing house. Perhaps you have your name badge from when you worked at Disneyland on opening day. What about great-grandpa’s branding iron, or a piece of flatware with the name of an early local hotel stamped on the back?
Or maybe you just have an outstanding photo or map of early Orange County that hasn’t seen the light of day in many years.

There will be a sign-up sheet when you arrive at the meeting. People will be called up in order of their position on the list. If we run out of time, we’ll save the list for another meeting, so you’ll still get your chance to share your “piece of history” and a bit of the story behind it. (We're a pretty friendly and informal bunch, so don't be intimidated!)
Have fun with this one. And surprise us!
Photos: The photo at the top of today's post shows County Bee Inspector Roy Bishop in Dec. 1946, displaying a tray of beetles found in Orange County. (I'm not sure that's the sort of Show & Tell item we're looking for, Roy.)
The second image shows County Supervisors Cye Featherly and Willis Warner at the 50th anniversary of the Old Orange County Courthouse in 1951. They're holding one of the photo prints that were given away on the opening day of the Courthouse in 1901. The gold seal and orange ribbon in the upper left corner make it easy to identify as an original. (That's a great Show & Tell item, guys!)
Both photos come from the Bob Geivet Collection, held by OC Parks.


Connie Moreno said...

Oooh, that sounds soooo interesting! I will try to attend even though I have nothing to share, I'm sure there will be some great stories.

Chris Jepsen said...

Oh, I bet you've got SOMETHING interesting to share and just haven't thought of it yet. A leaf from the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse? A brick from a historic building? A souvenir coffee mug from Lion Country Safari?

CoxPilot said...

How about my employee badge from Hughes Aircraft Co in Fullerton, circa 1966? Or maybe my employee ID card (summer seasonal 1965)? Wish I could be there, but am now living on the east coast. Blast it!!

kari Hartkorn said...

This is a great blog - so glad to have discovered it! So bummed I have plans this Thursday, but if you have another one, I'm coming. Oh and my next door neighbor lives in her parents' house and has original stained glass windows from the 1913 pres. church along with an entire museum in her attic. I will tell her about this!