Arts, Culture, and Humanities

California Historical Society

  • San Francisco, CA
  • www.californiahistoricalsociety.org

Mission Statement

The California Historical Society is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California's richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.

Service Areas

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California

The California Historical Society is the official historical society for the state of California.

ruling year

1952

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director since 2011

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Dr. Anthea Hartig Ph.D.

Keywords

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California, history, historical society, art history, education, exhibit, collect, library, archive, museum, gallery, historiography

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Also Known As

CHS

EIN

94-0385620

 Number

1167617581

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

The California Historical Society, through its San Francisco galleries, museum store and research library, maintains, preserves and shares an unparalleled collection of photographs, letters, diaries, manuscripts, business records, fine art, newspapers and books on California's dynamic ane evolving history. Education is central to the purpose of the Society. Its collections are an educational resource; most of the programs it undertakes--including publication--are, by nature, educational. CHS has new exhibitions every three or four months on photography, art history, and significant events in California's past. CHS's programs include docent-led tours for school groups, college students, and adults; Thursday night lectures; family days and other special events. With a research collection of national significance, the Society is an important resource for scholars and students. In the future people will be able to explore the complete scope of the collections by computer. Thanks to new technology, people will be able to "look" at manuscripts, rare documents, lithographs, and photographs without ever having to have the actual item in hand.

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Service Areas

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California

The California Historical Society is the official historical society for the state of California.

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Financials

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CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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California Historical Society

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Dr. Anthea Hartig Ph.D.

BIO

Anthea M. Hartig comes to the California Historical Society after six years with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she directed the Trust's Western Office and served the six continental far western states along with Hawai'i, Alaska and the Pacific Island Territories of Guam and Micronesia. Previously Dr. Hartig taught history and cultural studies at La Sierra University in Riverside and graduate courses in historic preservation at the University of California, Riverside from where she holds a Ph.D. and Master's Degree.

Dr. Hartig's interest in the relevance of California's stories and places has come to define her professional and advocational life. She served as a municipal preservation planner for over a decade, and owned a cultural resources consulting firm. She has served on many local, statewide and national history-related non-profit foundations' boards of directors, including the California Preservation Foundation and the California Council for the Promotion of History, and has published in both academic and professional journals. Under Governor Gray Davis, she served as Chairperson of the State Historical Resources Commission.

Dr. Hartig was honored with the 2011 California Preservationist of the Year award at the 36th annual California Preservation Conference. This prestigious award was presented in recognition of Hartig's outstanding contributions, exceptional achievements, and more than 25 years of service in the field of historic preservation in California.

Anthea lives with her husband, two boys, and their rescue puppy in San Mateo.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Steve LeSieur

Spectrum Equity

Term: July 2014 - June 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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