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CCCHS Annual Meeting and Luncheon, Balfour Guthrie. Brentwood. Boxed fruit.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

This year's program Balfour Guthrie. Brentwood. Boxed fruit: The history and importance of our East County land is presented by Carol A. Jensen, author, historian and native resident of East Contra Costa County. Carol will delve into the history and significance of the Balfour Guthrie & Company, its success in the farming business of Brentwood's yesteryear and the fruitfulness of our East County land today.

From the start, Balfour, Guthrie & Co. planned a return on investment based on real estate speculation, not farm operations. Arriving from England in 1869, they originally engaged in finance, insurance and investment opportunities that characterized the speculative boom of Victorian San Francisco. By 1900, Balfour Guthrie & Co. was the largest grain buyer in the world, and Brentwood and the upper San Joaquin Valley formed the largest wheat-producing area in the country.

It was, however, the Balfour, Guthrie & Co.'s experimental farm and orchard in Brentwood that would lead them their greatest success.

Join your friends in history for this special presentation and in celebration of Brentwood's 75th anniversary!

Click here for program agenda and additional event details.

RSVP information: $35.00 per person, $55.00 with pre-ordered copy of Brentwood 75th Anniversary Edition.

Sponsorship tables and Student pricing also available. Click here. RSVP's requested by January 18th.

Location and directions:

Concord Museum & Event Center, 1928 Clayton Road, Concord, CA.  View in Google Maps

The Event Center is ADA accessible. The parking lot is located behind the CMEC and the Galindo House on Marina Ave., just off of Amador Ave. Please note: parking is limited.


January 27, 2024

11:30 am


2:30 pm


Concord Museum & Event Center

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January 27, 2024 11:30 AM

January 27, 2024 2:30 PM

Concord Museum & Event Center

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