Our mission is to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the records and heritage of Contra Costa County.
The Contra Costa County History Society and the Martinez Historical Society are co-hosting the first Martinez Archives Crawl on September 29, 2018 in celebration of American Archives Month (which is in October). Attendees or “Crawlers” will tour among four host archives in Martinez, gathering stamps in their passports as they learn to research, visit with archivists, and go on special behind-the-scenes tours.
The starting location is at Veterans Memorial Hall in downtown Martinez, where Crawlers will pick up their passport and map. All locations are within walking distance from one another, making this an easy and fun day for all ages!Participating archives:
(Bonus locations will be announced at a later date)
Our new exhibit, opening in September, 2018, will be a collection of Chinaware manufactured by the "Technical Porcelain and China Ware Company", more commonly known as "TEPCO". Most of the pieces on exhibit come from the collection of our Treasurer and his wife, Steven and Priscilla James.
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 exhibit will be open at least until the end of 2018.
From 1930 to 1968, El Cerrito was home to the TEPCO factory, which grew to become the largest supplier of restaurant dishes west of the Mississippi River. Founded by John Pagliero, an Italian immigrant, TEPCO started in Richmond in 1918, until moving their factory to El Cerrito where it was the city's largest employer with almost 200 employees at their peak. With a catalog of about 50 different patterns and many dishware options (including 13 different coffee cup styles!), there were quite a variety of pieces made.
Today, TEPCO dishware has achieved something of a cult following. A "TEPCO Fan Club" was organized some years ago by Lynn Maack and his late wife, Sandi Genser-Maack. In addition to meetings every other month where members could show off their personal collections, the Maacks sent out a bi-monthly newsletter called the "TEPCO Tribune" to its 60 club members.
The exhibit will include a pictorial history of the company and an examination of styles and patterns. We also plan to raffle off some "genuine pieces of TEPCO ware."
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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".
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||---|