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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.

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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.

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