Museum Is Open Once Again!

Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm.

Come see our newest replica USS Lake Elsinore

Our cargo ship replica finally arrived March 2020. It has been on display waiting for the Museum to reopen. The history of our replica is exciting and we hope you will appreciate learning, more than 100 years later, of its contribution to World War I.

In Memory

Fred Dominguez passed away on February 22, 2020 after a brief illness.  Our prayers are with his family.

"Shop for Your Cause"
presented by The Outlets of Lake Elsinore

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free delicious catered lunch
Free wine & beer tasting
Free package storage
Plan your holiday shopping & save $ $ $
Plan a ladies' day out!

Sell/Buy tickets ($20 each) for You & Your Friends
Fund raiser for Lake Elsinore Historical Society

Shopping, Savings & Fun
Over $20,000 in prizes!

Jean Hayman Home

Located at 310 East Pottery Street, Lake Elsinore
Dedication was held on February 22, 2020

This exciting project is a rebuild of the original historic Jean Hayman home and was made possible through the cooperation of the City of Lake Elsinore, County of Riverside, and Habitat for Humanity.

Super Bloom

This year's Poppy bloom was spectacular!

Long-time residents cannot remember such a gorgeous view in our community during the past 25 years.  While we were swamped with visitors, this is yet another example of the beauty within our community and it put Lake Elsinore on the map once again!

Clean Extreme Update

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the 2019 Clean Extreme project kicked off with a snacks and coffee provided by the City of Lake Elsinore and the Lake Elsinore Historical Society at 7:00 a.m.

This year's projects included the Lake Elsinore Little League Park (known as Swick - Matich Field) as well as Riverwalk.

We had over 600 volunteers of all ages including families, boy scouts, and all spent Saturday morning cleaning, painting, etc., and the finished jobs look great!

The project ended with hot dogs provided by the Storm baseball team.

Thanks to all of the workers who participated in the project!

Remember over the past several years, we have been talking about the inventory of our museum artifacts?
And, all of the reports to the members sounded as if we were not making much progress?

Well, we have been making progress in the past few weeks.
The project is moving forward with the assistance of the University of Riverside and their interns.  Dave McElroy contacted their History Department who advertised our need for an intern.  We have had as intern for the past approximately 10 weeks working on the inventory.  She graduated from Elsinore High School.  When she leaves, we have another intern to take over and, hopefully, he will complete the project.

Thanks to our members who are assisting with the project, including Dave McElroy and Hermann Dreier.

U.S.S Lake Elsinore

We have just received news the replica of our ship, the U.S.S. Lake Elsinore, will be delayed.

The anticipated delivery date is to be April 2019

Riverside County History Symposium

Registration for this year's Symposium is due by February 16, 2019.

Presented by Riverside County Heritage Association
(Co-Sponsored by the Lake Elsinore Historical Society)
and will be held on March 2 (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Center

Interesting talks on local history, a continental breakfast, lunch,
and a short historic walking tour...
Cost - $30 / person

Make reservations at or pick up reservation forms at the LEHS meeting February 5, 2019.

Private Tours

Girl Scouts:  We were pleased to have for the first time on or our local troops and their parents visit the museum on January 15, 2019.

NAACP:  The NAACP visited the museum for breakfast and a tour prior to their meeting held in the Cultural Center on January 26, 2019.

Let's Make Plans for 2019

Each January, the proposed budget for the coming year is presented and the Nominating Committee is elected to present nominations for the positions to be filled.

According to the Bylaws, these positions are First Vice President, Third Vice President, and Treasurer.

The term for the above positions is two years.


Bring your suggestions to the meeting about programs, fund raising, etc.

Your ideas are appreciated!

Museum Tours Available

Tours for students, boy scouts, girl scouts, cub scouts and special groups are available.  Please call 951-678-1537 to make arrangements.

"High Country" Issues For Sale!

Lake Elsinore Historical Society has received a donation of issues of "High Country" from Tom Hudson's family.  These publications were printed beginning in the 1960's and have many wonderful stories for your enjoyment.
The authors include Tom Hudson, Sam Hicks, Al Newhart, Erie Stanley Gardner and many others.
The covers have paintings by Ralph Love who lived and painted in Lake Elsinore before moving to Temecula and continuing his painting in "The Shack".
The issues are new issues and are collectors' items!

An 'old and tall' rose

(Before The Californian was sold to a new owner it printed "Roses and Raspberries" in one of their issues.
The article below appeared in the November 20, 2012 issue.)

A rose goes to the folks who raised private funds and worked collaboratively with the property owner to preserve Lake Elsinore's Tank House, an unusual building that is as tall as is is long and believed to date from the 1880's.  It was used to house equipment that pumped mineral water to locals spas from hot springs that once made the city famous.  When the owner wanted to demolish the building, members of the Lake Elsinore Historical Society, the Luiseno Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and others raised money and moved the building onto land donated for the purpose by the City.  Slapping a historical designation on a property can be a nightmare for the owner but this community made the process work like a dream.

(Helping Our People of Elsinore)

HOPE was started in the early 1990's by a group of churches in the area and manned by volunteers as it is today.

HOPE can be reached at 951-245-7510.

Santa Fe Depot

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors, at their meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, voted to approve the Santa Fe Depot, now the home of the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, as an historical landmark.  The train station was built in 1896 by the California Southern Railway Company.  The station was used by passengers and for freight shipments of farm products in its heyday.  The Riverside County Historical Commission, chaired by Joyce Hohenadl, recommended the designation in November

1925 American LaFrance Fire Engine

The first fire engine owned by the City of Lake Elsinore had a broken clutch and it has been repaired by the City of Lake Elsinore's Maintenance Crew.  It was restored by the Lake Elsinore Historical Society and a committee chaired by LEHS Member Russ Burns.  We are delighted it was in the Put Unity in the Community Parade held on November 21, 2009 and was one of the parade's highlights.  Elsinore No. 1 is a beauty and we are very proud to have this treasure to show off to the community!

Historic Downtown Lake Elsinore Next Exit

California State Historic Brown Signs have been installed by the City of Lake Elsinore.  The signs were erected recently on Interstate 15 at the northbound and southbound exits to Main Street with arrows pointing to the City's nostalgic downtown district

Museum Hours

 Main Street Museum
183 North Main Street
(Use Heald Avenue Entrance)
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

The Society was founded in 1996 to collect, protect, preserve, display and further the presentation of items and documents of historical value and significance from the Lake Elsinore Valley.

Wednesdays and Saturdays - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sundays - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If a group wishes to tour the Museum, please leave a message at (951) 678-1537