Our mission is to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the records and heritage of Contra Costa County.
Do you know much about the origins of the Contra Costa County History Center? Here's a great chance to learn all about it. Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 7, 1-3 p.m. A special event to educate us all about the founding and first 25 years of the Center’s existence.
Features of the day include the release of an oral history of our beloved former Executive Director, Betty Maffei, tours of the History Center, and, best of all, the presence of Betty herself, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Come and ask questions and enjoy refreshments and free parking on this special day!
Please RSVP via email by clicking here or call us at 925-229-1042.
You can also take this opportunity to show your appreciation of all that Betty has done for the Center by donating in Betty’s honor.
Use PayPal on our website www.cocohistory.com, call the Center at 925-229-1042 with a credit card, or send a check to The History Center, 724 Escobar, Martinez, CA 94553. Thank you in advance for your support. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, July 7!
Visit our online book store by clicking here or visit us in person for additional items not sold online.
724 Escobar St.Our normal hours of operation are:
From time to time, we may be open for special events, such as exhibit open houses, or if there is an event in downtown Martinez.
Remember, we are staffed largely by volunteers, so we may not always be open the entire time. To be sure we are open, please call ahead. We are also available via email at "email@example.com".
Come see the Contra Costa County Historical Society's current exhibit, Justice and Judges: The History of the Law in Contra Costa County. The exhibit is in honor of Judge Richard Arnason and features artifacts and court documents that belonged to him, as well as a brief history of the Judicial system as it has evolved in Contra Costa County.
The exhibit is open to the public during our open hours, Tuesday-Thursday from 9AM to 4PM, as well as the third Saturday of each month from 10AM to 2PM.
The Society recently received a substantial donation from the Contra Costa County Superior Court. The donation consists of artifacts and court documents that once belonged to Judge Richard Arnason, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 94. Judge Arnason served as a Superior Court Judge for 49 years, longer than any judge in the history of the county.
He was also the judge in the Angela Davis trial, in 1972, arguably one of the most significant (for both legal and political reasons) cases of the latter 20th century.
The donation was received from Judge Barry Goode, who suggested that an exhibit honoring Judge Arnason would be welcomed. The Society's Executive Director also saw the potential for using the materials to educate the citizens of Contra Costa County, and thus, an exhibit was born.
Looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy for history buff? The History Center offers a wide variety of books, photographs and services that they will just love. A membership in the Contra Costa County Historical Society makes a great gift too. For details on Society membership, whether for yourself or as a gift, please click here.
While cleaning up the map room recently, we came across a number of duplicate copies of our topographical county maps, along with a few that were from outside the county. We are making them available for sale, but please note that the quantities are quite limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. For information on what maps available, please click on this link.
CCCHS Past President and Curator of the San Ramon Valley Museum Beverly Lane has extended the great photos and research from our wildly successful exhibit on Electric Trains in Contra Costa County in 2012 into a booklet that the Society is proud to make available to the public. Click here to get more information on the booklet and how to purchase your own copy.
Click here to see a list of the Society's charter members.
You can also see a list of the Society's presidents from 1951 to the present by clicking here.
|Officer||Name||Home Town||Term Expires|
|1st Vice President||Donald Bastin||El Sobrante||12/31/2019|
|2nd Vice President||Oliver Bray||Martinez||12/31/2019|
|Treasurer||Steve James||El Sobrante||12/31/2020|
|Director||Scott Saftler||Walnut Creek||12/31/2020|
|Director Emeritus||Betty Maffei||Walnut Creek||---|