Intended to inspire and empower the people of California, the California Historical Society offers visitors a chance to learn, research, witness, and review the history of the state. There are more than 4,500 members in the Historic Society, all of whom support the missions and goals of the organization. They are home to a public program that brings history to the citizens, and offers exhibits, events, and lectures that helps those interested learn about the history. Onsite is a collection of materials that share a look into the cultural, social, economic, and political development of the state. The Historical Society blended the Fine Arts, Photography, and research collections into a single entity in 2008 which is now officially known as the California Historical Society Collection. The materials are available to the public for research, study, and learning purposes. Visitors who want to explore the collection should visit the North Baker Research Library's reading room which is open from noon until 5 pm, Wednesday through Friday. The Historical Society offers a number of publications for the public including the California History Magazine and the California Chronicle. Advertising space is available in the California History Magazine. Members of the society receive information and invitations to special events and promotions for their donation.