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Membership to the California Historical Society provides essential funding for programs, exhibitions, publications, education, and preservation. We hope you will join us in fulfilling CHS’s mission of engaging and empowering people to make history a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.


I would like to join or renew as a/an     at   $ 500.00


Benefactor membership with the California Historical Society includes:

▶ Invitations to exclusive special events and VIP receptions
▶ A guided tour of our 678 Mission St HQ, the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, OR one of our current exhibitions in Los Angeles (subject to change)*
▶ Personalized membership card
▶ Free or discount entry for you and a guest to California Historical Society exhibitions, programs and events*
▶ 10% off any purchase at the CHS bookstore
▶ Participation in the Time Travelers reciprocal program with access to over 300 historic organizations across the country
▶ Also participation in the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) program with access to over 800 institutions

We are also pleased to offer a choice of one free book from a selection curated by CHS staff in collaboration with Heyday Books.

Through our relationship with UC Press, CHS members can also receive a 40% discount off individual subscriptions to California History, available online through University of California Press.

*One guest entry per household membership per event.
* All tours must be scheduled with CHS.

  1. Secondary Cardholder Information (optional)
    You may also include a secondary cardholder name for a partner, spouse, or family member. ***Primary and Secondary cardholders must share an address.***

  2. Gift Membership



  3. Membership Book Benefit Selection
    Choose from one of the available Heyday books* (select from dropdown below):



    1. Rebel Lawyer: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights
    Winner of the 2017 CHS Book Award
    Rebel Lawyer tells the story of the key cases pertaining to the World War II incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry and the trial attorney who defended them.

    2. The City of Vines: A History of Wine in Los Angeles
    Winner of the 2016 CHS Book Award
    With incisive analysis and a touch of dry humor, The City of Vines chronicles winemaking in Los Angeles from its beginnings in the late eighteenth century through its decline in the 1950s.

    3. Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles
    Winner of the 2013 CHS Book Award
    From homeless encampment and gang territory buffer zone to a public space for artists and the community, the unlikely history of an ordinary underpass reveals the metamorphosis of LA itself. Chronicling the changes as seen by the people who lived through it.

    4. Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California
    Winner of the 2014 CHS Book Award
    Examining twelve elections that changed California forever. Drawing from a wealth of primary sources, each chapter explores one election, revealing the forces behind the choices made at the polls and the consequences that carry over to this day.

    5. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
    The story of Fred Korematsu’s fight against discrimination explores the life of one courageous person who made the United States a fairer place for all Americans, and it encourages all of us to speak up for justice.

    6. Tahoe Beneath the Surface: The Hidden Stories of America's Largest Mountain Lake This series of tales brings this hidden history of America's largest mountain lake to life through the stories of its most celebrated residents and visitors over the last ten thousand years.

    You may also request a paper form be mailed to you, or you can decline this membership benefit. Simply select from the dropdown menu below.

    *Books are available for membership benefit only. Books not available for purchase thru website.


Your contribution is tax deductible.