Brea Museum and Historical Society

Brea Museum and Historical Society The Brea Museum & Historical Society is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and display of the material culture which represents our city's history.
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Since 1971 the Brea Historical Society has been dedicated to the preservation of the rich history of Brea. The Brea Historical Society provides a place for education, investigation, research, and community gatherings at the Museum. The Society encourages students, citizens, and visitors alike to explore the events, people, and stories that have shaped Brea in the past and continue to shape it into the future. We hope to see you at the Museum

Mission: Since 1971 the Brea Historical Society has been dedicated to the preservation of the rich history of Brea. The Brea Historical Society provides a place for education, investigation, research, and community gatherings at the Museum. The Society encourages students, citizens, and visitors alike to explore the events, people, and stories that have shaped Brea in the past and continue to shape it into the future. We hope to see you at the Museum

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Are you coming to our first ever virtual Annual Meeting??? As a non-profit we are required to conduct an annual meeting,...
01/12/2021

Are you coming to our first ever virtual Annual Meeting??? As a non-profit we are required to conduct an annual meeting, open to the public. Each year we swing open the doors at the Museum and entertain our dear supporters. Unfortunately, this year we can't open the Museum so we'll have our meeting on Zoom. By now most of you are Zoom experts so if you have not already requested a link, be sure to do so right away. Our meeting is tomorrow, Wednesday 1/13/21 at 7:00 PM. You can email us at [email protected] to request a Zoom link. See you there!!

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To our supporters and friends,As 2020 comes to an end, we would like to take a moment to thank you for being a part of o...
12/29/2020

To our supporters and friends,

As 2020 comes to an end, we would like to take a moment to thank you for being a part of our community. We hope you have enjoyed our postings on Facebook and appreciate all your feedback and shared information. We have learned much about our little town thanks to your reminiscing.

This has certainly been a year for the history books. Our global community fell victim to a Pandemic; the likes of which had not been seen in more than 100 years. Many of our friends and family members have suffered terrible loss and we carry their grief into the coming new year. We have all missed gatherings and events but thankfully we are still here working to collect, preserve, and share Brea’s history. Hopefully, we will see life return to some form of normal soon. In the meantime, we are ever so grateful for Zoom!

Speaking of, we will be meeting, via Zoom, for our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. A Zoom link will be sent to anyone who wishes to attend. You can PM us on Facebook, email us at [email protected], or call the Museum at 714-256-2283. We are delighted to have Brian Saul join us to discuss his upcoming NEW BOOK on the history of aviation in Brea. A short video on the Hummingbird will precede his discussion.

Unfortunately, we cannot serve you tidbits and yummy’ s, so we encourage you to bring your own but be prepared to describe what you are eating or drinking! We hope you can join us for what promises to be a very interesting and informative discussion. More importantly, we would like to kick off the New Year with fingers crossed for an end to the Pandemic and a healthier 2021.

Please keep us in mind as you consider your end of year contributions. The Brea Historical Society is a non-profit organization, and we survive through your generosity.
Contact us for a Zoom link, put the event in your calendar, and have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for your generous support and being a part of our p...
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Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for your generous support and being a part of our preservation efforts.

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For more than 50 years, the Brea Historical Society has worked tirelessly to collect, preserve, and share the rich and v...
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For more than 50 years, the Brea Historical Society has worked tirelessly to collect, preserve, and share the rich and vibrant history of our city. From our humble beginnings of an oil town spanning a few blocks, the city has grown to be a world-class community spread over 11.5 square miles. Home to industry, entertainment, and a culturally diverse population, Brea’s history is filled with intrigue, innovation, and remarkable accomplishments. Of course, as the community has grown, so too has the task of preservation. Digitizing our collections and properly archiving our precious artifacts are costly but necessary to ensure the public has access to our rich history. This is where you come in.

We know you have a vested interest in the community, so we believe you will have an interest in seeing its history preserved. By supporting the Brea Historical Society, you are doing exactly that. As a non-profit organization, we are committed to our mission to collect, preserve, and display the heritage and history of the City of Brea. We do this through educational programs, research studies, exhibitions, and workshops, so we can document and promote Brea’s unique contribution to an ever-changing world.

We cannot do this without you. We ask that you consider supporting the Brea Historical Society through membership or a year-end donation. There are numerous membership levels to meet your budget and all donations will help us continue our preservation efforts. You can visit our website for more details. Remember, the Brea Historical Society is a registered 501C3. Tax receipts are available on request.

On behalf of the Directors, Staff, and Members of the Brea Historical Society, we thank you for your consideration.

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Wishing all our friends a Very Happy Thanksgiving.100 years ago, President Wilson issued this proclamation. WWI and the ...
11/26/2020

Wishing all our friends a Very Happy Thanksgiving.
100 years ago, President Wilson issued this proclamation. WWI and the flu pandemic were over and the American people were beginning to heal. May we too find peace and joy and healing as we head into this Holiday Season.

November 12, 1920
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
The season again approaches when it behooves us to turn from the distractions and preoccupations of our daily life, that we may contemplate the mercies which have been vouchsafed to us, and render heartfelt and unfeigned thanks unto God for His manifold goodness.
This is an old observance of the American people, deeply imbedded in our thought and habit. The burdens and the stresses of life have their own insistence.
We have abundant cause for thanksgiving. The lesions of the war are rapidly healing. The great army of freemen, which America sent to the defense of Liberty, returning to the grateful embrace of the nation, has resumed the useful pursuits of peace, as simply and as promptly as it rushed to arms in obedience to the country’s call. The equal justice of our laws has received steady vindication in the support of a law-abiding people against various and sinister attacks, which have reflected only the baser agitations of war, now happily passing.
In plenty, security and peace, our virtuous and self-reliant people face the future, its duties and its opportunities. May we have vision to discern our duties; the strength, both of hand and resolve, to discharge them; and the soundness of heart to realize that the truest opportunities are those of service.
In a spirit, then, of devotion and stewardship we should give thanks in our hearts and dedicate ourselves to the service of God’s merciful and loving purposes to His children.
Wherefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States do hereby designate Thursday, the twenty-fifth day of November next as a day of thanksgiving and prayer, and I call upon my countrymen to cease from their ordinary tasks and avocations upon that day, giving it up to the remembrance of God and His blessings, and their dutiful and grateful acknowledgment.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done in the district of Columbia this twelfth day of November, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and twenty, and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and forty-fifth.

WOODROW WILSON
By the President:
BAINBRIDGE COLBY, Secretary of State.
Woodrow Wilson, Proclamation 1580—Thanksgiving, 1920 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/206684

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Address

495 S Brea Blvd
Brea, CA
92821

General information

Visit the Museum Thursdays 2:00 pm to 5 pm and Saturdays, 10 am to 3:00 pm. The Museum is currently collecting objects and photographs related to the history of the City of Brea, its residents, and its region. Please contact the museum if you are interested in offering a donation. Mailing address: 125 Elm Street Brea, CA 92821

Opening Hours

Thursday 14:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(714) 256-2283

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Found from a friend. Class of 36
Does anyone remember or have info on the big house that used to be on the corner of Imperial and Berry? It might have been an old ranch house? I would love any information that anyone can share as I can't seem to find anything via google! We used to drive by it constantly growing up and am just curious :-)
If you live in Brea, this is a great inexpensive gift for yourself and friends. Holidays coming up.
I thought the Historical Society might enjoy this photo! :) It's my Dad and I at the All-Class reunion at Brea-Olinda High School in the late 80's (I think 1988?) shortly before the school was demolished. My Dad was Craig Lilley and his younger brothers were Roger, Keith and Bruce - all were BOHS Alumni too.
the monument on Brea blvd. going into Brea canyon just past central/ state collage. who or what was it for ?
Laural Elementary School 1932-33 3rd grade class.
What year was the stop light put at the intersection of Imperial Hwy and Brea Blvd???
My two kids graduated from the old high school, we live in Country Hills on Shadetree, I coached Little League and Kids football. I moved back to Penna. in 1997, wish I was back, loved Brea, a great city, changed a lot since I moved!!!!
im not sure if I am a member of this page ? I want to be ! thanks.
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Actors: THE OLINDA STORY - WRITTEN BY WILLIAM MITTLER DIRECTED BY JESSE RUNDE Auditions: Sept 10, 11 6:30-10:30 Runs: November 3-12 Rehearses : October Details in flyer!
We would like to thank Linda & Barbara for all the help making Mom's 90th Birthday Party a great day. The whole family and friends loved the facility and set up, which made it perfect for Mom. It was such a special day for everyone, and we got tons of photos. Thanks again for everything from Chris & Sherry.