The mission of the Historical Society of Southern California is to interpret and promote the diverse history of Southern California and the West through education and publications.
Founded in 1883, the Historical Society of Southern California (HSSC) is the oldest historical society in California. HSSC programs reach out to a diverse cultural community through a conference, lectures, and tours. Publications of the organization include the Southern California Quarterly journal, a newsletter, and a distinguished series of books. We also honor members of our community with our awards.
As of February 2018, the HSSC has suspended sponsoring or hosting any events and suspended all but the two articles awards as the organization focuses on supporting the publication of the Southern California Quarterly.