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San Juan Capistrano Historical Society Celebrates 50 Years of Preservation

The Capistrano Dispatch has a great article celebrating the 50th anniversary of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society.  From the article:

The Historical Society celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. What started as a subcommittee of the Chamber of Commerce has grown to become a collection of some of the city’s most definitive and enthusiastic supporters of the history and traditions found in Capistrano Valley.

The society aims to preserve, protect and promote San Juan Capistrano’s history through informational programs and archival efforts, which includes a collection of photos, documents and artifacts in their headquarters at the O’Neill Museum.

The article also profiles a number of the Historical Society’s most dedicated volunteers, including Jan Siegel (who writes the great historical pieces for the Dispatch that we love) and Ilse Byrnes (who is largely responsible for Los Rios’ designation on the National Register of Historic Places).  Of Byrnes, the article says:

In 1976, [Byrnes] began the process of placing Los Rios Street, the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood in California, onto the National Register of Historic Places. Her application was granted in 1983, and now the neighborhood is protected by the Los Rios Specific Plan, which the city approved partly to ensure its continued place on the register.

Happy 50th anniversary to the Historical Society, and thank you for all you do to preserve our common heritage as the birthplace of Orange County!

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