Annual Dinner Meeting with Dan Helix

CHS President Carol Longshore (2nd from left) with City of Concord Council Members Laura Hoffmeister, Dan Helix and Ron Leone

The annual dinner meeting of the Concord Historical Society was held at the Oakhurst Country Club on March 20, 2014. Following tasty entrees and dessert, President Carol Longshore called the meeting to order. She recognized special guests, introduced recently-elected and returning board members, updated all on Society activities, and introduced board member Lloyd Crenna, who put a spotlight on the Society’s important project: restoration of the Concord Masonic Temple for use as a Concord museum and events facility.

After closing the meeting portion of the evening, Carol Longshore introduced the evening’s featured speaker: City of Concord Council Member Dan Helix. With the assistance of fellow council member Ron Leone, Mr. Helix shared with us observations regarding Concord’s history and future, observations made from his many years of service on behalf of Concord and its citizens.

Scenes from the evening:

Board members Chuck Gabrysiak and Lloyd Crenna with the evening’s speaker, Dan Helix (center)

Eizo Kobyashi and friend

New and old board members, volunteers with board member emeritus Paul Larson
Stan Gaunt and Mary Lou Helix

Mary Lou Helix, Carol Longshore, Barbara Gabrysiak, Faith & Tom Barnidge

Campaign to Restore the Masonic Temple

Let’s get that donation thermometer to the top!





The home of Concord’s future Concord History Museum and Resource Center is in place. The 1928 Masonic Temple, now owned by the Concord Historical Society, was moved by the Concord Historical Society to its current site on Clayton Road in May 2013. Much remains to be done before the Masonic Temple can join the Society’s historic Galindo Home, open to present Concord’s history to the present and future generations.

The Society already has raised and expended funds to move the building, set it on its foundation, install earthquake reinforcement and replace the roof. Much remains before it can open as a museum and resource center:

  • Design and build a drainage system
  • Put in a parking lot with lighting
  • Replace the building’s electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems
  • Paint the inside and outside
  • Restore the building’s fine woodwork interior
  • Construct a kitchen area and storage area for artifacts
  • Configure the second floor for museum and resource use

Join those individuals and corporations–Conoco, Inc. and Tesoro Corporation–who have contributed $74,000 as of February 2014. Donations of $50 or more will be matched by a benefactor, the Betty Barnes Trust–up to $200,000!

This is your chance to be a part of the creation of the Concord History Museum and Resource Center, where Concord’s significance and history will be preserved and presented for future generations.

Donations (payable to: Concord Historical Society) may be mailed to: Concord Historical Society, PO Box 404, Concord, CA 94522

Masonic Temple: Updates

Masonic Temple gets new roof: your investments in local history at work

Work on the Concord Historical Society’s Masonic Temple–future Concord History Museum and Resource Center–continues. Check out the latest at the Contra Costa Times, complete with a couple videos.

Autumn at the Adobe: A hit!

Evelyn Cunningham and Linda Chambers welcome to you to the 2013 Autumn at the Adobe

This year’s Autumn at the Adobe on October 6, 2013, was the best yet!

Eugene Dolan of Dolan’s Lumber with CHS Board Member John Keibel

The historic Salvio Pacheco Adobe was beautiful, the wine excellent and the guests enthusiastic. The Committee chaired by Judy Trette and our host Sister Mary Grace outdid themselves with the decorations and food. We raised just under $5,000 for the Society’s building fund. Our thanks go to our sponsors: Bogle Winery, Sebastiani Winery and Honorary Board member Richard Cuneo, Concannon Winery, Peju Winery, E.J. Phair Brewery and Dolan Lumber.

CHS Board Members Lloyd Crenna and Judy Trette and CHS President CarolLongshore announcing a $2000 gift to the Masonic Temple Restoration Fund 

The 2013-2014 Masonic Temple Restoration Fund Drive was announced. The Society has received a pledge from a private trust to match all restoration donations over $50, up to a total of $200,000. As of this event $3,500 in donations towards this special Restoration Fund Drive had been received and will be matched. Donations continue to be accepted through spring 2014.






Don’t miss next October’s Autumn at the Adobe, which will feature good wines, food, and friends and a special wine tasting of a $100 award-winning wine.

Members and friends of the Concord Historical Society enjoying the afternoon and looking forward to next year’s Autumn at the Adobe