Heapin' helpin' of O.C. history

 Blog posts are necessarily brief and generally not as in-depth as you might hope. Happily, there's more to life than blogs. I recently contributed a lengthy article entitled, "The Rise & Fiery Fall of the Pacific Beach Club" to the latest Orange Countiana (Vol. 7) historical journal, from the Orange County Historical Society.  It's a tale of the early civil rights movement in Southern California. It's also a mystery involving Roaring '20s con-men, the KKK, towering Egyptian architecture, bathing beauties, and arson. And shucks,... It's got footnotes and everything.
I will be joining the other contributors to this journal to speak and sign copies at this coming Thursday's meeting of the Orange County Historical Society: Dec. 8, 7:30pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange. All members of the society get a free copy of the journal, and additional copies are available for $20 each.

Other articles in Vol. 7 include "The Silent Canon: The Spanish-American War Memorial at Irvine Park," by Jim Sleeper; "Sacred Encounters: The History of Holy Cross Cemetery," by Stephanie George; "The History and Humanity of Charles C. Chapman," by Brett Fisher & Randolph Boyd; and "Fools Rush In: Politics & Gambling In 1930s Orange County," by Phil Brigandi. (Once again, huge thanks to Brigandi, who again served as editor.)

Hope to see you on Thursday!