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Local History

About Mission Viejo and its History

Browse through the following selection of articles for an overview of the history and progress of Mission Viejo as a community.

Mission Viejo Historic Videos

On the City of Mission Viejo YouTube page, the videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/user/MissionViejoCA/featured. From the local history collection of the Mission Viejo Library and Mission Viejo Heritage Committee, they cover news stories, community events, sports highlights and other Mission Viejo milestones that have helped to shape this pristine South County city. 

A Mission Viejo Timeline from 1963 to 2013

Take a look at this handy timeline of early Mission Viejo milestones.

Mission Viejo Reporters from 1966 to 1981

The Mission Viejo Reporter was the newsletter published by the Mission Viejo Company. It was used to keep residents informed of all the events and people in the community. For all things Mission Viejo, this is a great source to visit. The chronologial list of issues are here.

Oral History Interviews and Transcripts

Video recordings of interviews from Mission Viejo Company employees can be found on our Oral History Page.

The following history specials were produced by MVTV and the Mission Viejo Library.


Images from the Early Days of Mission Viejo

Take a visual tour of the creation of Mission Viejo from its earliest days to the incorporation of the City of Mission Viejo! Over 400 images from community activities,Mission Viejo Company brochures, and more have been digitized from the original archival items.

Browse or search the Heritage Committee Local History Digital Collection.

The digitization of these images was made possible by funding from a Library Service and Technology Act grant, administered through the California State Library.

Special Recognition of Hall of Fame golfer Mark O'Meara

Golfer Mark O'Meara, who grew up and trained in Mission Viejo, talks about his early experience and life on these videos.

Contact Us With Your Local History Questions

Have a question about the history of Mission Viejo, or need help with some research? Contact us via email at localhistory@cityofmissionviejo.org or give us a call at (949) 830-7100, extension 5110.

A special thanks to all the members of the City of Mission Viejo Heritage Committee for their input, research, and cooperation.



MV Life

Keep your finger on the pulse of City of Mission Viejo, CA with the free MV Life mobile app. The City of Mission Viejo has rolled out this special app to provide you with timely information about events, amenities, shopping, dining, and recreation so you can savor the good life in this picturesque South County city. Whether you are seeking family entertainment, cultural arts or activities for the young and young at heart, Mission Viejo has it all.

Download App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.missionviejo
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