The Historical Collections Council

The mission of the Historical Collections Council is to promote and develop an appreciation of historical California art. Founded in 1985, the HCC, a 501 (C) tax-free status, nonprofit organization, the HCC has as its mission to provide an ongoing opportunity for its members to experience and learn about early California art. Members visit important art collections, both private and public, attend educational lectures, and enjoy social evens with fellow art lovers.

Through our membership, the HCC has provided grants to institutions with variety of bequests, such as the underwriting of catalogues and publications, the purchases and conservation of paintings, bussing programs for children, and grants to help fund exhibitions. Some of our beneficiaries have been The Irvine Museum, Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, the Bowers Museum, the Hilbert Museum of California Art, the Laguna Art Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Oceanside Museum, the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, and the Santa Monica Historical Society.

The HCC has as its advisor, Jean Stern, the Senior Curator of California Impressionism at the Institute and Museum of California Art, U.C. Irvine. The association with Jean Stern has been a great benefit to our members.

This website is intended to be a resource for both HCC members and non-members.  Please check out the Calendar of Events, Recommended Reading section, the Featured Art & Artist section, or consider becoming a Member and complete the New Member form.