up to the Oregon border, organizers said.
The group's symposiums are held twice a year, once in Northern
California and once in Southern California. They provide members with
resources for preserving artifacts and sharing historical information,
said President Gordon Martin of Stockton.
The conference is sponsored by the nonprofit organization for
historical societies, Martin said. It serves as a resource for history
teachers who need guest speakers for classes and background information
on class projects.
Members who work for museums can enhance their exhibits with
suggestions and information provided by conference contacts, he said.
"Our members are experts in preserving and displaying antique
clothing, and knowledge about farming and military history," Martin said.
"Some of our experts specialize in the missions of California."
Burbank Historical Society members were hosts for the event, planning
an itinerary that included stops at the Gordon R. Howard Museum and the
Warner Brothers Studios.
Martin said he was impressed with downtown and the Burbank museum.
"It's an extremely good museum and has a great bunch of people who
work in the museum as docents," he said.
A former U.S. Marine, Martin said he enjoyed seeing the Portal of the
Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation and Museum at Valhalla Memorial Park.
Mary Jane Strickland, who helped revitalize the Burbank Historical
Society and who, along with her husband, Harry, has given thousands of
volunteer hours to organizing a building fund to create the Gordon R.
Howard Museum complex, was elated at the response to the symposium.
"It exceeded our expectations," she said. "The cooperation from the
city of Burbank and local businesses has been outstanding. We are very
proud of our museum."
Event chairwoman Elaine Rosenberg and her husband Les, president of
the Burbank Historical Society, were also pleased.
"We had so much fun," Les said. "We met a lot of nice people and it
was just a good deal."