EVENTS & NEWS
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
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
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,
and a short historic walking tour...
Cost - $30 / person
Make reservations at
www.RiversideCountyHeritageAssociation.org or pick up
reservation forms at the LEHS meeting February 5, 2019.
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
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.
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
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'
(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
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
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