EVENTS & NEWS



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




Members:  Take Note ...

Members must wear their name badges when attending our meetings or pay a $1 fine.  After a discussion at our September meeting, the members voted to fine those members who do not wear their name badges.
This is a way of raising extra money to pay our expenses.

There have been discussions over the past few months about the raffles we have held in the past.  It was brought to our attention that nonprofit organizations must register with the State of California Attorney General's office and pay yearly fees to legally conduct raffles.
Should an organization not do so, it is subject to stiff penalties.

If you do not have a name badge, please let us know at the next meeting and a new name badge will be ordered for you.




Main Street Museum

The museum is looking better and better each week.  We had hoped all of the displays would have been completed by our September 2 meeting; however, the displays are about 80% complete.  After the displays are completed, the major project we have remaining is the labeling and hanging of all of our pictures.  Fortunately, we have a few male volunteers who will be helping us with this project in the near future.


Anyone for a Field Trip?

UPDATE ------    The plans for our field trip are being finalized.          ---------- UPDATE
Details will be available at the October 7, 2014 meeting.


Our June speaker, Steve Freers, Temescal Canyon High School teacher, who spoke about Indian petro glyphs, indicated he would conduct a field trip for us probably in November.  It would be a morning trip, leaving the museum about 7:30 or 8:00 a.m., and last for about two hours.  The cost would be nominal.  Please let us know if you are interested so he can start making plans.



Wooden Doors

With the Cultural Center seismic retrofit complete, there are 6 solid wooden doors that are not being used and are surplus.  The City of Lake Elsinore has no use for them and was planning to send the doors to the dump.  However, the City has given permission to the Lake Elsinore Historical Society to keep and to sell them.  These doors were installed in the Methodist Church when it was built in 1923 and there are various sizes.  You may view them at the Museum at our June meeting or during our museum hours.  Contact Barbara Middlebrook or Wendy Lesovsky.  Members will have first choice!




In Memoriam

Eike Hohenadl, an active member of the Lake Elsinore Historical Society, died Friday, April 25, during a skydive in Arizona after his parachute malfunctioned.  We send our sympathy, our prayers, and our love to Joyce during this time of bereavement.  Eike will be missed.




Election of Officers

The Nominating Committee presented the following slate of nominees:

Secretary - Joyce Hohenadl
Second Vice President - Floyd Berger
President - Ruth Atkins

Since there were no other nominees for these positions, the above named will be your officers for these positions for the next two years.


A NEW LAKE ELSINORE BOOK

"My Life, My Family, My Home, My Elsinore"
is the new book in town written by
Fred Dominguez
Lake Elsinore resident, businessman, and owner of Elsinore Barber and Beauty Shop on Main Street.
If you get a chance to read Fred's book, it is very enjoyable and tells about Lake Elsinore's history during his 54 years in town!

P.S. Fred's story is written as told to Jeanie Corral


"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!
Stop by the Grand Avenue Museum and view the covers of the available copies!


An 'old and tall' rose

(Each week The Californian prints "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.

HOPE
(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.
In the beginning, the pastor of each church would take turns heading up the organization.  Ron Hewison was the first non-pastor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  He has managed the organization and it has grown through his leadership.

Types of food you are requested to donate:
Beans, Beef Stew, Chili, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Rice, Spaghetti, Spaghetti Sauce, Tuna

If you have fruit trees, donations of fruit are appreciated.  HOPE does not need cans of vegetables and they can always use cash donations.



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!  Presently, Elsinore No.1 resides at Fire Station #85 at McVicker Park

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


Lake Elsinore Historical Society Museum has returned to
Historic Downtown Lake Elsinore effective May 3, 2014.

All of the artifacts have been returned to the museum and we are in the process of reassembling the displays.  While the displays are not complete, please come visit, and maybe lend a hand in recreating the displays of our wonderful and historical community.

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

Telephone: (951) 579-4852

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