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Centennial Heritage Museum
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February 2007
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Dear CHM Newsletter Subscriber

Time flies. Fast. For me that flight is often supersonic. So here it is, already mid-February and I'm just catching up from Christmas. Sheesh.

In this issue we have all kinds of exciting news, including two exciting upcoming events, some important changes among CHM personnel, and a fun way you can support CHM.

A Gold Rush Mother's Day Tea
A Visit from a Gold Rush Era Entertainer
Historic photo of Lotta Crabtree

The annual Mother's Day Tea has a special Gold Rush theme and presentation this year. Actress Judith Helton will portray 19th century entertainer Lotta Crabtree. Miss Crabtree got her show business start as a child dancing to entertain the miners in the gold camps of California. From there she went on to fame as an actress on Broadway. Ms. Helton will share stories of her life during the Gold Rush and beyond.

The presentation and tea will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. The location will be the shade pavilion at Centennial Heritage Museum. This tea is presented by the Victorian Tea Society, and generates funds that benefit the CHM children's programs.

This tea will sell out fast, so be sure to reserve early.

For reservations:

Call 714-540-0404 x8
Order online

Promotions and Retirement
Personnel Changes at CHM

The Board of Directors has appointed Colleen Mensel as CHM's new Executive Director. Colleen's former position, Director of Operations, has been filled by Jane Van Dyke. Congratulations to both of these dedicated ladies on their well-deserved promotions. We are very excited by these changes and foresee the museum reaching new heights under their skilled leadership.

On a different note, long-time member of the CHM family Ralph Whitford has retired. We already miss him greatly, but wish him all the best in his retirement. Adam England has taken over Ralph's duties as head of the museum's ecology program and coordinator for BSA Eagle Scout projects.

Shop 'Til You Drop ...
And other ways you can support CHM
The more you shop, the more you give:

If you or anyone you know shops online, then you need to know about Itís a service that collects contributions from online stores for their shoppersí favorite causes.

Hereís how it works. Letís say I want to buy a $170 deluxe coffee maker from Brookstone. Using a simple access method that Iíll describe later, I go to the Brookstone Web site and place my order normally. But because Iím an iGive member supporting CHM, Brookstone rebates 4.8% of the purchase price to the museum. So just by buying something I wanted anyway, Iíve ďcontributedĒ $8.16 to CHM.

Currently there are 678 participating stores, including Sears, Target, Macyís, Home Depot, Staples, Barnes and Noble, and other big names, as well as many smaller specialty stores. Each store sets its own percentage and any special restrictions. Most percentages are in the 1% - 4% range, but some are significantly higher. A few stores offer special flat rates rather than a percentage. Sometimes stores even offer discounts or other special deals just for iGive members.

Hereís how to get started.

1. Go to and register. You need only provide your e- mail address, a password, and a chosen cause. By including the ď/CHMĒ in the Web address, your cause will already be set to CHM so you donít have to hunt it down.
2. Visit the iGive Mall or the A-to-Z Stores list to check out the participating stores and the contributions they offer. By following any link to a participating store, you will automatically be set up to receive iGive credit.
3. Download and install the iGive Shopping Window (optional but highly recommended). This little program runs in the background on your computer where you donít notice it until you enter the site of a participating store. As soon as that happens, it redirects your connection through iGive so that you can get credit without having to detour to the iGive site yourself. It also pops up a window that tells you the storeís contribution rate, any exceptions, and any special offers the store has for iGive members. Using the Shopping Window program ensures that you donít miss out on any opportunities to contribute.
4. Shop online Ďtil you drop.
5. Recruit everyone you know to sign up with you.

Other ways you can support CHM

  • Become a CHM Member or upgrade your current membership
  • Join the Victorian Tea Society
  • Become an underwriter for this fall's Titanic: Voyage to Oblivion dinner theatre
  • Contribute historical items or supplies needed by CHM
  • Make a direct monetary contribution in any amount. We've even made it simple to contribute online.

Titanic: Voyage to Oblivion
A Dinner Theatre Night to Remember
Titanic: Voyage to Oblivion - A DinnerTheatre Event - September 29, 2007

You are invited to an evening aboard the most famous ship ever to sink - RMS Titanic.

Assume the role of one of the rich and famous as you tour the luxurious ocean liner and feast in her first class dining room. Learn about her brief career and share vicariously in her tragic fate.

Your tour ticket includes dinner, a guided tour of the "ship," live entertainment, and some fun surprises.

The Titanic Sails on September 29, 2007
Order tickets NOW
at the Early Bird price of $55 per ticket!

Plus, for a limited time,
get $20 of free opportunity drawing tickets
with your order.


Call 714- 540-0404 x5

Hearts and Roses
Recent Events and Thank Yous
Rose and heart

Our Valentine's Day Tea was a sweet delight that brought many new faces to our doors. Our guests were entertained with a comedy of Victorian manners presented by our very own Melinda Pescarolo and "Beaker" Michnal.

Our special thanks to the following organizations who provided catering, flowers, and other key support:

  • Jay's Catering
  • Seaside Catering (E-mail only)
  • Colette's Catering
  • Mina Wholesale Flowers
  • Victorian Tea Society

The Master Gardeners' Rose Pruning Demonstration was well- attended despite a threat of rain. Guest speaker Clair Martin provided a great deal of useful information and hands- on instruction in the art of rose care.

Event Photo Album

Our special thanks to the following sponsors:

  • UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County
  • Kellogg Garden Products

The Centennial Heritage Museum is a cultural and natural history center dedicated to preserving, promoting, and restoring the heritage of Orange County and the surrounding region through quality hands-on educational programs for students and visitors of all ages.

We are open to the public during the following hours:

  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We are located at 3101 West Harvard Street in Santa Ana, California. You can view a map of our location here.

Come and see us soon,

Sharon Brown - Webmaster and Newsletter Editor
Webmaster E-mail:

Main Museum E-mail:
Phone: 714-540-0404

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