The conference series is designed to address the unmet need for discovery, examination and dissemination of various ethnic and national group contributions to parks, the Hidden Stories program addresses diverse groups’ stories through a two-stage process. Each two-year cycle begins with a conference to uncover a group’s history, or stories; the second year will focuses on programmatic initiatives. CSPF’s first conference, in 2009, uncovered African-American contributions to California’s history in state parks. Programmatic follow-up included creation of a Hidden Stories website, and support of a historic museum exhibition following the trail of African American pioneers from Missouri to California on the Overland Trail. The next conference, in 2011, was designed to share the rich history of the many Russian contributions to Fort Ross, Angel Island and other California state parks. Subsequent programmatic follow-up included the creation of an innovative e-book on Russian History in California, along with a special hard-copy version. All conferences serve as a catalyst for discussing concrete ways to build an engaged constituency for state parks, and each two-year cycle provides a prism through which the entire history of California can be understood in a new way.