For dates, fees, and reservations for events below, please Call 949-493-8444 or email

Upcoming Events:

Semi Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:00PM

In continuing our collaboration with Camp Pendleton during this 75 anniversary year, the President of the Camp Pendleton Historical Society, Col Richard Rothwell, Ret. will present a comprehensive history of the base where he has served.

This special meeting will be the perfect culmination of this celebration year.  The exhibit on display at the Leck House has artifacts and mementos  from Camp Pendleton and will conclude on Friday, November 17. The exhibit opened on Memorial Day.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For further information please call the Historical Society at 949-493-8444.

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Dinner & a Movie! Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Camp Pendleton

Monday, September 25, 2017 at the El Abobe

Special Premier of the History of Camp Pendleton by local movie producer!

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75th Anniversary of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

June-July 2017 

The San Juan Capistrano Historical Society is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton with an exhibit. The exhibit includes photos of President Franklin D. Roosevelt presiding over the 1942 dedication of Camp Pendleton, plus historical military apparel, wartime newspaper headlines, remembrances of local residents who served in World War II, medals and other memorabilia.

The exhibit is located in the Arley and Alice Forster Leck house, located along the city’s historic Los Rios Street, a few steps away from the historical society’s museum at 31831 Los Rios Street.

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Patriotic Concert Under the Oak

July 1, 2017 @ 4:00 & 6:00

Kick off your July 4th weekend in grand patriotic style. A concert on the Historical Society grounds will feature guitarist Mike Chamberlin singing the songs of World War II. “Some of the greatest love songs of all time came out of the early 1940’s and the ‘call to arms’.” Songs like You’ll Never Know and White Cliffs of Dover promise to bring back endearing memories. Story telling of these songs is a fascinating and informative part of this program.

Mike will perform two shows on Saturday, July 1 at 4:00 and 6:00. Bring a beach chair or blanket, kick back and enjoy the songs that inspired our country. The event is free to the public, but donations for historic preservation of Historical Society buildings will be appreciated.

The Historical Society is located at 31831 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano.

Heritage BBQ

September 17, 2017 @ 3:00PM

Join us for our Annual Heritage BBQ! The event will be held at the Historical Society on Los Rios Street and will feature great food, music and tours of the historical society property! Come see all the progress being done on the Silvas Adobe and enjoy a great Fall Evening in San Juan Capistrano!

Ghost Tours!

October 27-28, 2017 

Get ready for a spooky evening on California’s oldest residential street. The Annual Ghost Walk Tour is a great way to learn about local ghosts that haunt Los Rios street and get in the spirit for Halloween. To purchase tickets please click the below purchase tickets link. Multiple time slots available for the event. Make sure to check the SJC Historical Society Facebook Page for more details!

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General Meeting

November 9, 2017 @ 7:00PM

Our annual general meeting is a great way to hear whats going on at the historical society and listen to a special guest speaker regarding the Capistrano Valleys History. Stay tuned for our special guest speaker announcement!



March and November – Bi-Annual Meetings
General meets are held in March and November and are open to all guests and members. They are held at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center on Del Avion from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Topics are generally of historic interest relating to our area. A report on the Society’s yearly activities is given as well. In March we hold our annual election of Board members. No charge

March – Barbecue at the Swallows’ Day Parade Mercado
Find the Historical Society booth at the Swallows’ Day Parade Mercado for some wonderful tri-tip barbecue sandwiches and beverages. It is located on the El Camino Real parking lot near the Ortega Highway entrance from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

June – Annual Mixer
Every June the Society hosts a membership mixer for its members and guests. No charge. The mixer is held on the O’Neill Museum patio and grounds. Generous amounts of food and beverages are served. A Chinese raffle is also presented with exceptional prizes.

September – The Annual Heritage Barbecue
The annual Heritage barbecue is held at Amantes Campground on Rancho Mission Viejo. There will be the best tri-tip dinner you’ve ever tasted with sides of beans, salad, desert, and soft drinks all for a nominal fee. Reservations are necessary to help ensure food for all.

Spend the day under the oaks with friends and guests reminiscing about long-gone days of yore. Browse through historical photographs of people and locations of San Juan Capistrano. Copies of the photographs are available for a nominal fee through the Historical Society. Books detailing the art, history, and legends of San Juan Capistrano are also available for sale. Enjoy the fun of the Historical Society’s wonderful Chinese Raffle which is loaded with exciting gifts.

October – Ghosts & Legends Tour
Get in the spirit of Halloween by joining the Historical Society Walking Tour Guides on a spooky walking tour of Los Rios Street, the oldest residential neighborhood in California. Be prepared for creepy tales of big black dogs, strange monks who have lost their heads, ghostly tales about a lady in white and other goings on.

Ghost Tours will be on Friday and Saturday night, October 28th & 29th, 2016. Ghost Walk Tours are conducted each night at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 pm. The cost is $8.00 for adults and $4 for children. Reservations are required (make them as soon as possible – they fill up quick!). The tours start in the front yard at the O’Neill Museum on Los Rios Street. Please arrive 30 minutes before your reservation time so you will have time to sign in, and enjoy some of our sweets and coffee before your tour begins.

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December – Christmas Tour
A Christmas tour of the historic ranch house of Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores on Camp Pendleton. Besides the trip to the old ranch house, there will be a picnic lunch on the base and a tour of another place of historic interest. We will meet at the O’Neill Museum. There is a fee for this tour and reservations are necessary.

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