Conference of California Historical Societies

CCHS Mission Statement: The Conference of California Historical Societies was formed in 1953 as a means to bring together the many historical societies and museums throughout the State to share their common needs and expertise, and to bind them together in the interest of history in California.  Members have endeavored to find the ways of helping and informing each other of the problems that often can be better solved by group efforts – we learn from each other!

Awards of Merit in seven categories are presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference of California Historical Societies each June. These awards recognize outstanding accomplishments of individuals and organizations serving the interests of CCHS.


2001 – Merit Award

Maggie Skinner

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2004 – Preservation Award

Margaret DePriester

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2006 – Individual Award

Les Krames

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2009 – Preservation Award

Elsie Mastick

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2011 – Individual Award

Ron Louis

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2011 – Preservation Award

Carole Lucas

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2011 – Author/Scholastic

Pam Williams

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2013 – Individual Award

Susan Sperry

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2013 – Author/Scholastic

Marie Reiger

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2015 – Individual Award

Bill and Colleen Lund

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2015 – Individual Award

Bonnie Krames

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2017 – Author/Scholastic

Susan Skilton

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2017 – Individual Award

Pat Williams

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2017 – Individual Award

Marguerite Harrell

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