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Albany Historical Society
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Richmond Museum of History
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Chinese Historical Society
National Japanese American Historical Society
Pinole Historical Society
Martinez Historical Society
Orinda Historical Society
Hercules Historical Society
History of San Pablo

Additional Resources

El Cerrito High School Archiving Project
The impending demolition of El Cerrito High School inspired a group of volunteer parents, alumni, community members, students and teachers to form the ECHS Archiving Project.  This dynamic group of people quickly started the arduous process of gathering and preserving the 65 years of Old School history. To read more about the project and how you can help, please visit their website at, https://www.wccusd.net/Page/11954

Contra Costa County Library Discover and Go - FREE Museum Passes
Visit Museums and more for FREE! Choose from over 40 destinations. All you'll need is a Contra Costa County library card. Go to, http://www.discover.ccclib.org to print out your tickets!

A National Registry of Historical Places

Produced by the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, assisted by Rosie the Riveter--World War II Home Front National Historical Park, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, the Organization of American Historians, San Francisco Public Library and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. (link)https://www.nps.gov/nr/

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front

Explore and honor the efforts and sacrifices of American civilians on the World War II home front. Find out how they lived, worked and got along. Many faces, many stories, many truths weave a complex tapestry of myths and realities from this time of opportunity and loss. (link)

The Oakland Museum
"The mission of the Oakland Museum of California is to connect communities to the cultural and environmental heritage of California. Through collections, exhibitions, education programs, and public dialogue, we inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to think creatively and critically about the natural, artistic and social forces that characterize our state and influence its relationship to the world."(link)

Now Closed - Playland Not At The Beach
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a temperature-controlled 9000-square foot building chock-full of amazing things to see and do. There are 30+ pinball machines set on Free Play, arcade games, videogames, carnival games of skills where you can win prizes, penny arcades full of antique amusement devices, live magic shows, an amazing hand-carved miniature circus, side show acts, miniature dioramas, Fascination games, and historic exhibits with artifacts from the Sutro Baths and Whitney's Playland in San Francisco. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Museum of Fun. Designed and built entirely by volunteers, the 20+ interactive exhibits celebrate the magic and history of America's bygone amusements. Our goal is to educate newer generations about the bygone days and allow those who remember Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths the opportunity to recapture the glorious sights and sounds of that marvelous era. (link)

John Muir National Historical Site

John Muir played many roles in his life, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for Nature. As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today. Muir’s writings convinced the U.S. government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks. http://www.nps.gov/jomu/index.htm (link)

The Japanese American Citizens League
The leaders and members of the JACL also work to promote cultural, educational and social values and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community. http://www.jacl.org/index.htm (link)

Bay Area Kids Fun(Historical Places)
Something about the different lifestyles, historic photos, and interesting gadgets generate curiousity and excitement in children. Fortunately, the Bay Area has a wealth of historical museums and parks that appeal to a variety of interests, including California history, agriculture, lighthouses, cable cars, and more...please visit our site to see our extended list of historical, fun and educational bay area locations that are appealing to kids of all ages. (link)