60th Anniversary of Laguna Woods

The Laguna Woods History Center (formerly Historical Society of Laguna Woods) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “preserving today for tomorrow.” Our purpose is to collect, conserve and convey information, documentation and artifacts related to the history of Laguna Woods as a public service, in perpetuity. Eligible clubs are able to store club materials in the History Center’s climate-controlled archival space.

This website is intended to serve as your gateway to the community’s rich past and dynamic present. It is Your Place in Local History!

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Back row: Dean Dixon, President/CEO; John Parker, Trustee; Catherine Brians, Chief Communications Officer; Cindy Vaughn, Chief Governance Officer; Dorothy Pacella, Trustee; Burt Baum, Trustee. Front row: Kathy Schill, Club Storage Coordinator; Gail Dixon, CFO & Curator; Joan Milliman, Trustee; Mary Stone, Trustee

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The Laguna Woods History Center is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees.

Explore the local history links for other research and cultural centers. Our office and archives are located next to the Laguna Woods Village Library near Clubhouse One. If you are a visitor to our community, please call ahead to schedule an appointment and Gate One access.

Constructing the Village

Travel back in time to Village’s infancy at History Center exhibit

Artifacts from the 1960s, when the first residents moved in, are on display.

“Constructing the Village” is a new exhibit that celebrates the first days of what is now Laguna Woods Village at the community’s History Center next to the Village library. Artifacts from the early 1960s as well as photographs and mementos offer a time capsule 60 years back to the birth of the Village.

The exhibit is the second of three celebrating the community’s milestone 60th anniversary. “Ten families moved into their manors on Sept. 10, 1964,  when Phase 1 opened,” said History Center CEO Dean Dixon. The community, founded by Ross Cortese and known at the time as Rossmoor Leisure World, was the first planned community in Orange County. The walls around Phase 1 were incomplete when it opened, but Gate 1 was ready with its first security officer, Dixon said. Travel back in time to Village’s infancy at History Center exhibit Artifacts from the 1960s, when the first residents moved in, are on display.

Past Exhibit

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Catherine Brians, History Center Trustee, on Village TV sharing about the 60th Anniversary exhibits.

Birth of a Village

The first 60th Anniversary exhibit was in partnership with the Moulton Museum. Read the PDF article here.

Laguna Woods History Center

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Travel back in time via this tour of the Laguna Woods History Center with the Chicago Club Travel Show as broadcast on Village TV. Learn more about the Laguna Woods History Center from the Board of Trustees and volunteers who were featured in the film.

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Community History

Oral Histories with community leaders

Veterans History

This Collection is part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Laguna Woods History Center

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Mail: P.O. Box 2220
Laguna Hills CA, 92654

Our office and archives are located next to the Laguna Woods Village Library near Clubhouse One. If you are a visitor to our community, please call ahead to schedule an appointment and Gate One access. Our office and archives are located next to the Laguna Woods Village Library near Clubhouse One. If you are a visitor to our community, please call ahead to schedule an appointment and Gate One access.

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We store Village club ephemera and Laguna Woods history

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Partnered community functions

Exhibits

60th Anniversary history displays at LWHC

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