Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Today's images are both postcards depicting the Orange County Courthouse. The first (top) is postmarked 1904, but was adapted from a 1901 photo. Note the rather fanciful color scheme. (The building actually has a red roof and red Arizona sandstone walls.) The second card is slightly more color-accurate and is postmarked 1909.
Speaking of old postcards, The Vintage Postcard and Paper Fair will be held again this weekend in Glendale. See Hal Lutzky's website for details. I'm afraid I'll be missing this one.
Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day comes to Orange County on Sept. 27. Numerous museums will be open and free to the public, 10am-4pm that day, including the Old Courthouse Museum, the Orange County Archives, the Pacific Coast Archealogical Society (also in the Old Courthouse), and the Howe-Waffle House.

Light Impressions will present a workshop for do-it-yourself home archivists on Oct. 18, 9am–2:30pm, at the Old Orange County Courthouse. The workshop is called, "Safeguarding Memories and Preserving Our Past," and is co-sponsored by the O.C. Historical Commission and OC Parks.For more information or to register, call Carey at 714-973-6610 or Marshall at 714-973-6607.
OC Parks will also present two programs featuring Professor Beth Holmgren, author of an upcoming biography on Madame Helena Modjeska, the legendary Shakespearean actress who called Orange County home for more than twenty years. The first of these is “The Lady and the Star: How Modjeska Conquered Late Nineteenth Century America,”Oct. 31, 6-7:30pm, at the Old Courthouse Museum. The second program is “Helena Modjeska and the California Dream,” Nov. 1, 1-3pm, at Modjeska's home. Due to limited capacity at both locations, reservations are required. Call 714-973-6610.

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