New Project!

We have mentioned this project at several meetings and now we want to launch the project.

Several of our members have been making donations and, because of the need as well as their service to our country, we believe this is a worthwhile year-round project.

Lake Elsinore Historical Society's Executive Committee has approved the collection of items for the U.S. Veterans at March Air Force Base.  Their representative had indicated they need nonperishable food of all types; clothing suitable for interviews, ie: shirts, slacks, jackets, ties, shoes as well as socks and underwear, and men's cosmetics.

As the list of needs changes, we will update the list.

Please bring your donations to each monthly LEHS meeting starting in March.  At the end of each quarter, we will arrange to have the donations taken to March Air Force Base.

Welcome New Member

B. Renee Garofano

Museum Visitors

Last Wednesday 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!

Welcome New Members

Tony Buccella, Nancy Hunzeker, Bob & Suzie Kent, Ted Leemon, and Pat Starr

Christmas Donation of Food

Thank you for your generosity!

We delivered several boxes of food plus $100 cash to both the
YES Center and HOPE after our December meeting.

Both organizations were very appreciative of our donations

The Chimes Donation

The Chimes donation of inventory came with very short notice.
We appreciate our members' assistance in packing up the items, in setting up the sale, as well as visiting the sale at the Museum.
The Treasurer will have a report on the proceeds from this event.

In Memoriam

Imogene Lewellen passed away on October 8, 2014, and her services were held on October 15, 2014, with burial at Riverside National Cemetery.
She had lived in Lake Elsinore for many years and, for the past few years, had lived in the Apple Valley and Hemet areas.
Imogene was a part of the group who helped Donna Morin organize the Lake Elsinore Historical Society.  She served as the first treasurer for about four years.
We shall miss her!

Museum Tours Available

During the month of October, we hosted about 100 third-grade students from Elsinore Grammar School and 20 Cub Scouts and their parents on October 29, 2014.

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.

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.


"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.

(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