History Center

Priscilla Couden, Exec. Director


No other Society activity generates so much interest and involvement as the History Center. Long a dream of the organization, the Society found a temporary home for such a facility in the spring of 1984 at the Oak Park Center in Pleasant Hill, California. In May 2000 the History Center moved to 610 Main Street in Martinez, California, and January 2013 finds us in our new location at 724 Escobar, Martinez.

What is the History Center?

The History Center is not a "museum" that exhibits artifacts of history. Rather, we are an archive - a treasure trove of records, letters, pictures, maps and books-the thousand and one records that tell the story of our past.

It is intended as a focus for scholarly activity, offering valuable resources available for serious students and writers of history and a place where teachers can find prime source material on the County's past to share with their students.

The Center serves as a place where the mementoes, memories and written and pictorial records of Contra Costa County's past can be collected to which residents and former residents can offer photos, letters and records for consideration as part of the Society's collection.

Finally, the Center is a working facility where the records of yesteryear will be safeguarded for all time for the enrichment of future generations.

History Center Hours of Operation and Contact Information

The Contra Costa County Historical Society's History Center is located at:
724 Escobar St.
Martinez, CA
Phone: 925-229-1042
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 "info@cocohistory.com".


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