"Shop for Your Cause"

presented by the Outlets of Lake Elsinore

Saturday, November 12, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free catered lunch - Free wine & beer tasting - Free package storage
Plan you holiday shopping and save $ $ $
Buy tickets ($20 each) for your friends
Sell tickets as a fund raiser for Lake Elsinore Historical Society

Shopping, Savings & Fun

Over $20,000 in prizes!

In memory of our member

Jim Chandler

who passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Our condolences to his family

Jim came to visit our Museum on a regular basis and he shall be missed

December is the Month for Giving ...

We have lots for which to be thankful
With each one of us bringing donations
We can make the life of unfortunate people happier...

Donations are needed for:

YES Center
(Youth, Education and Service Center and also known as Fishes and Loaves of the St. Francis Catholic Church on Lowell Street)

Samples of food to donate: all types of dry beans - navy/white, pinto, black, lima, rice, dried pasta, spaghetti, macaroni, pasta sauce (2 oz. cans), peanut butter, and cans of stews, soups, fruits, vegetables ...

(Helping Our People of Elsinore)

Samples of food to donate: all types of dry beans - navy/white, pinto, black, lima, rice, dried pasta, spaghetti, macaroni, pasta sauce (2 oz. cans), peanut butter, and cans of stews, soups, fruits, vegetables ...

U. S. Veterans Project

In addition to food, the veterans need clothing and items to furnish their homes.

If you forget to buy extra food when at the grocery store, we will have a jar for you to donate cash and/or gift certificates.

U.S. Vets Project

Thanks to the LEHS members for their support of our new project and here is an update.

Please continue to bring donations to each meeting.

The next delivery will be made after June 30th.

Clean out your kitchen cabinets and kitchen drawers for pots, pans, dishes, utensils you no longer use or extras taking up space.

And, when you go grocery shopping, please buy a can or two of fruits, vegetables, canned beans, soups, spaghetti sauce as well as pasta, rice, dry beans, boxes of cereal, etc.  Every item will be appreciated.

And, don't forget men's clothing.

Our thanks to LEHS members for helping our veterans for their service on our behalf!

Clean Extreme Project - Saturday, April 23, 2016

Was a huge success as volunteers came together cleaning up West Graham Avenue from Main Street to the Elsinore Middle School

Lake Elsinore Historical Society
Receives Official Certificate of Recognition
From California State Senator Jeff Stone

The Lake Elsinore Historical Society was honored to have
John Hunneman, Communications Director for California State Senator Jeff Stone at its April 7, 2015 meeting.

Mr. Hunneman presented an official Certificate of Recognition to the Lake Elsinore Historical Society
for its continued preservation of local history


History Was Made In Lake Elsinore

The following information has been excerpted from Michael Williams' article in the 3/28/2015 Press-Enterprise.

Mission Complete

What: U.S. Marines successfully assembled and dismantled two different types of bridges in sequence.
Who: Bridge Company of the 7th Engineer Support Battalion in the 1st Marine Logistics Group, a wing of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
When: Monday to Friday, March 23-27, 2015.
Where:  Lake Elsinore inlet channel adjacent to the levee and north bank.
Significance: First time such a dual bridge building exercise has been performed.

This is exciting!
Approximately 100 Marines arrived at 6:00AM on March 23 with 37 trucks of equipment to complete their mission of "bridging gaps" in Lake Elsinore.
They camped in tents on the levee and dined on Meals Ready To Eat, just as they would in combat of other activity.
The Marines built a 400 foot Improved Ribbon Bridge consisting of a series of interlocking pontoons stretching from bank to bank.  Upon completion of this bridge, the Marines drove their trucks across the channel and proceeded to build a 54 foot Medium Girder Bridge.
Lake Elsinore is the only spot within 250 miles of Camp Pendleton where the exercise could be performed.  Assembling both bridges in sequence had not been done before as a training exercise.

Museum Visitors

Recently we had the pleasure of having a group of ten or more former cadets from the Elsinore Naval and Military School visit the museum.

They spent several hours looking at the ENMS artifacts, visiting with the LEHS docents on duty, and reminiscing with each other.

What an enjoyable day hearing their stories!

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, 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.


"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!

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.
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!

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.

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