Hemet Museum

Hemet Museum The Hemet Museum is located in Hemet, CA at the historic Santa Fe Depot. Exhibits display the amazing history of the city of Hemet. The museum is operated entirely by volunteers. The museum is free but donations are always accepted!
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You are cordially invited to the first Hemet Heritage Foundation Meeting of 2019 featuring the program for the evening: ...
01/11/2019
Tranquil Heart Vineyard And Winery – Where our heart is always full, and your glass is never empty

You are cordially invited to the first Hemet Heritage Foundation Meeting of 2019 featuring the program for the evening: The History the “Haunted” 1913 Ritchie Mansion, later known as Wilson Manor and currently Tranquil Heart Vineyard & Winery by Bill Shinkle, the current owner of this 109 year old historical property located on a hilltop one half mile east of Hemet High School on Stetson Ave.

The meeting will be held in the Diamond Valley Middle School Library on Monday, January 14 at 7 pm in the Diamond Valley Middle School on the southwest corner of Chambers and State Street in Hemet.

The Ritchie Mansion’s history included its construction in 1913 for Samuel and Francis Ritchie. It was the longtime residence of the late Mary Wilson, a revered Hemet High teacher. It was the site of a failed attempt to operate as a retirement home. Following recent years of extensive vandalism when it was vacant, including fires set indoors, the home was restored over the past few years by nurseryman Bill Shinkle. Mr. William “Bill” Shinkle grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He has been in Hemet since 1972 where he and his family started the nursery here in town. When he was 15 and saw the property of the vineyard the first time, he said to his parents “I’m gonna buy that one day.” In 2009, he was able to make that dream come true and begin the long journey of restoration. Eight years later he has transformed it into Tranquil Heart Vineyard & Winery http://tranquilheartvineyard.com/ a private membership wine club.

Hemet Heritage Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates the Hemet Museum, presents interesting local history programs at their monthly meetings the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at Diamond Valley Middle School in Hemet. The public is invited. The Hemet Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 3pm

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11/10/2018

The November 12th HHF General Meeting will be the history of the Hemet Jeep Club “HEMET CAVALCADERS”. The time will be 7pm. Place is at the Museum this month=North West Corner of State @ Florida=The Historic Santa Fe Depot Freight house. Hope you can make it.

Thank you Hemet Museum supporters.  You are invited to our "Hemet Museum & Depot 20th Anniversary Open House" on Saturda...
10/18/2018
Hemet Museum

Thank you Hemet Museum supporters. You are invited to our "Hemet Museum & Depot 20th Anniversary Open House" on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 am to 3 pm.  Join us for interesting history talks, displays & entertainment in the Hemet Museum
o 11:30 am Welcome ~ Save Our Station Story ~ 20th Anniversary
to 12:00 pm Ceremony ~ Linda Krupa, Rob Lindquist, Anne Jennings
o 12:00 to 1:00 pm JR ~ Country Singer on Hemet Museum Deck
o 1:00 to 2.00 pm Sailplane Enterprises Talk & Display ~ Brian Christie
2:00 to 3:00 pm Encore ~ Brian Christie
o 1:30 & 2:30 pm Raffle Prize Drawings ~ Darlene Ramirez
o Hemet Museum Memberships ~ Shop for Historical Items & Books! ~ Merle Gregg
o Third Grade Program Display on Deck ~ Sandy Kasper
o Get your complimentary ticket in the Museum for a special drink & treat in
“Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro” in front of the Depot.

 “Basic Water-Wise Landscaping” Talks at 12:00 and 2:00 pm ~ UC Master
Gardeners of Riverside County Upstairs ~ Katherine Botts & Eben Longfellow

 Valley Beautiful & UC Master Gardeners of Riverside County Information Tables,
Water-Wise Plants on Display compliments of Cagliero Nursery & Garden Tours

The Hemet Museum is located in Hemet, CA at the historic Santa Fe Depot. Exhibits display the amazing history of the city of Hemet. The museum is operated entirely by volunteers. The museum is free but donations are always accepted!

09/07/2018

HEMET HERITAGE FOUNDATION
Program Announcement

DIAMOND VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND PALEONTOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES

Join us this coming Monday evening, 7:00 pm., September 10th, in the Library (Room. 117) of the Diamond Valley Middle School. You will see and hear a review of fascinating artifacts and Paleontological remains discovered during the building of Diamond Valley Lake. Our speaker is Darla Radford, Curator and Manager of the Diamond Valley museum. Be ready to marvel at collected samples that testify to the presence, not only of Ice Age mammals, but early Native Americans who for thousands of years populated Diamond Valley and its surrounding hills. Diamond Valley Middle School is located is on 291 Chambers St., southwest of its intersection with State St. in Hemet.

SEE YOU THERE and… BRING A FRIEND

06/10/2018

MONDAY EVENING AT THE HEMET MUSEUM
Please come and join us for our annual “Evening at the Museum” this Monday night, June 11th, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm in honor and remembrance of long time Registered Nurse Bessie Wilson, who for many years, assisted our local doctors and their patients before Hemet had a community hospital. The remembering and reminiscing of Mrs. Wilson will be assisted by her niece Mimi Milholland. It will be a special time as well to gather in homage of beloved centenarian and longtime local nurseryman Ralph Huntoon who passed away this week. Please come join us at the “Depot” for this our yearly “June Night at the Museum” to honor past friends; to talk and walk amidst the Museum’s fascinating local history collections. Paste this notice on the fridge.
‘See ya there!
Rob

05/12/2018

HEMET HERITAGE/PIONEER PICNIC
At Simpson Center!

Howdy folks! Yes, it's time again to gather up and jabber with friends and strangers, young and old, who love this valley and its surroundings. Eighty-three years have passed since the first gathering of bona fide pioneers who, like the area's earliest Native Americans, felt that the beauty and history of their homeland needed to be celebrated forever.

The date for this year's Memorial Day heritage picnic is the May 28th. The place is… listen up! …the City of Hemet "Simpson Center". It is located on the south side of Devonshire Avenue, between Harvard and Buena Vista streets. This change of venue was suggested by Valley Wide Recreation due to the exorbitant cost of housing the event in its gymnasium. Let this relocation be nonetheless seen by all as a fully inclusive valley wide gathering of anyone and everyone from here to all the mountains, valleys and communities that surround us.

It will be time again to recognize our Honorary Co-Chairpersons and bestow the Heritage Award to a deserving recipient/s. And, of course, there will be the popular awarding of those wonderful "Farmers Fair" ribbons for the oldest, newest and furthest traveled attendees.

If you don't bring a picnic basket, you can purchase a sandwich selection of your choice for only $5.00. And, there's our instantly restorative coffee brewed by the delightfully voluble brewer Jim Moyer. There is as well an opportunity to cruise and muse past local organization tables where representatives will be promoting their respective historical displays and related material to view or purchase. And remember… you can always sign up as member of the Hemet Museum dba Hemet Heritage Foundation.

Now, stick this flyer on the refrigerator! Make a note on your calendar that this year's picnic, is Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th at the Simpson Center, 305 East Devonshire Ave. in downtown Hemet. The center's doors will open at 10 am. And we'll be done by 3 pm. Thanks.
SEE YOU THERE!!!

05/09/2018

Join us Monday May 14th at
7:00 pm – 9:00: Hemet Heritage Foundation. “High Times in the Foothills of Heaven”. DVMS Library, 291 W. Chambers St., Hemet

02/09/2018

Local photographer and artist Bob Norman is presenting “A Photo Essay of the San Jacinto Valley and Mountains” this coming Monday evening at 7 pm., February 12th, in the Library (Rm. 117) of Diamond Valley Middle School, located at the south/west corner of State St. and Chambers St. A master of imagery, Bob describes his photo presentation as “Eye Candy; a hodge-podge of what makes our valley special.” Don’t miss it!

01/04/2018

"French Valley – Its Stories and People"
Mimi Milholland will share the history of French Valley, its pioneers, farmers, people and characters this coming Monday evening, January 8th, 7:00 pm. in the Library (Rm. 117) of Diamond Valley Middle School, 291 W. Chambers St. (off of south State St. in Hemet). Please join us for this Hemet Heritage Program. You’ll love the images and stories! ‘Bring a friend!

01/04/2018

We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Virginia Marsh, wife of our board member Bill Marsh. The Marshes have been enthusiastic and helpful members of HHF and Virginia's cheerful presence will be greatly missed.

12/06/2017

“EARLY PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES FROM THE VALLEY’S PAST”

Join us this coming Monday, December 11th in the Library (Rm. 117) of the Diamond Valley Middle School for a viewing of vintage photographs of the San Jacinto Valley and surrounding area. Forever beautiful, you will nonetheless marvel at these wonderful vintage images as well as stories and comments about them. The location is 291 Chambers St. Hemet Heritage Foundation. Raffle drawing following program.

When The Russians Landed – The 1937 FlightSpeaker Jack Warneke will recount the incredible polar flight of three Russi...
11/10/2017

When The Russians Landed – The 1937 Flight

Speaker Jack Warneke will recount the incredible polar flight of three Russian aviators from Moscow to San Jacinto flying a giant single-engine ANT 25 “bomber”. Their flight has been celebrated both here and in Russia and Mr. Warneke will tell us all about it with vintage photos, a news recording and the Warneke’s recent commemorative trip to Russia. Please join us for this Hemet Heritage Program this coming Monday, November 13th at 7:00 pm. in the Diamond Valley Middle School Library (Room 117), 291 W. Chambers St., Hemet.

10/07/2017

BACKWOODS BANTER ‘GARNERED’ BY A MOUNTAIN MAN
Please join us in the Library (Rm. 117) of Diamond Valley Middle School Monday, October 9th, at 7 pm. for a Hemet Heritage Foundation ‘talk’ by Kevin Speir entitled “Backwoods Banter ‘Gathered by a Mountain Man”. Mr. Speir is a Hemet Museum docent who can give us plenty of memorable San Jacinto Mountain and Lake Hemet stories. Don’t miss this and… bring a friend!

Timeline Photos
06/10/2017

Timeline Photos

05/04/2017

HEMET HERITAGE FOUNDATION

Program Announcement



SHARING OUR VALLEY AND FAMILY HISTORIES
The Hemet Heritage Foundations invites you to join us for an evening of sharing your most memorable stories and tales from bygone days. Come to the Diamond Valley Middle School Library (Rm. 117), 291 W. Chambers St. in Hemet for our Monday, 7:00 pm., May 8th meeting. Share and enjoy a night of remembering what was for you or for others, hilarious, incredible or "really true" around here in days of yore!

Flashes from the Eyes of a Local HistorianThe Hemet Heritage Foundation invites you to an evening with Historian and Arc...
02/11/2017

Flashes from the Eyes of a Local Historian
The Hemet Heritage Foundation invites you to an evening with Historian and Archeologist Paul Price. The venue is the Library Room (Rm. 117) of the Diamond Valley Middle School, 291 W. Chambers St.. South Hemet. The date and time are February 13th at 7:00 pm. Mr. Price is a wonderful resource for all things historical in the region, especially in regard to our local Native Americans. 'See you there.

A Brief History of The Southern California          Citrus IndustryThe Hemet Heritage Foundation invites you to join fri...
01/06/2017

A Brief History of The Southern California Citrus Industry
The Hemet Heritage Foundation invites you to join friends and historians in the Library Room (Rm. 117) of the Diamond Valley Middle School this coming Monday, January 9th at 7:00 pm. Local history buff Bob Chapparo will talk about Southern California’s “Citrus boom” with special attention to the San Jacinto Valley. Location: Library (Rm. 117), Diamond Valley Middle School, 291 W. Chambers St., South Hemet.

12/10/2016

Heritage Foundation Program Announcement

THE “WOMEN’S LAND ARMY OF AMERICA

The Hemet Heritage Foundation invites you to join friends and historians in the Library Room (Rm. 117) of the Diamond Valley Middle School this coming Monday, December 12th at 7:00 pm. Our speaker is historian and researcher Bob Kent. The subject, obscured by the passage of time, is our San Jacinto Valley’s use of the Women’s Land Army of America in providing women laborers for the picking, processing, packing and shipping agricultural produce during the First and Second World Wars. Please join us in the Library (Rm. 117) of the Diamond Valley Middle School, 291 W. Chambers Ave., Hemet. P.S. Bring a friend.

11/08/2016

Heritage Foundation Program Announcement




Credit: DezertMagazine

“DESERT STEVE” RAGSDALE AND HIS MOUNTAIN CABIN

The Hemet Heritage Foundation invites you to join friends and historians in the Library Room (Rm. 117) of the Diamond Valley Middle School this coming Monday, November 14th at 7:00 pm. Our speaker is historian and author Steve Lech and his subject is z“Desert Steve” Ragsdale, Half-way Springs and the ruins of his Santa Rosa Mountain cabin. Ragsdale, founder and first citizen of Desert Center, California was a story teller and an opinioned tract publisher. Please join us for a very interesting talk.

11/08/2016

Heritage Foundation Program Announcement




Credit: DezertMagazine

“DESERT STEVE” RAGSDALE AND HIS MOUNTAIN CABIN

The Hemet Heritage Foundation invites you to join friends and historians in the Library Room (Rm. 117) of the Diamond Valley Middle School this coming Monday, November 14th at 7:00 pm. Our speaker is historian and author Steve Lech and his subject is z“Desert Steve” Ragsdale, Half-way Springs and the ruins of his Santa Rosa Mountain cabin. Ragsdale, founder and first citizen of Desert Center, California was a story teller and an opinioned tract publisher. Please join us for a very interesting talk.

How many of you remember these police officers from Hemet Police Department
10/23/2016

How many of you remember these police officers from Hemet Police Department

10/10/2016

Ramona Bowl Association Board Member Lori VanArsdale will be the Hemet Heritage Foundation featured speaker this coming Monday evening, October 10th, 2016, in the Diamond Valley Middle School Library (Rm. 117). The subject is “The Ramona Bowl, its Development, Preservation and Future”. The time is 7:00 pm. and the location is DVMS, 291 Chambers St., Hemet. Please join us.
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06/12/2016

The Historic Hemet Museum and Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro invite their friends and fellow history lovers to a “Night at the Museum” on Monday, June 13th from 5:00pm-8:00pm, for an evening of socializing, coffee-talk and a chance to reminisce about the good ole days of Hemet. The Hemet Heritage Foundation joins the hottest new local hangout, Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro in welcoming you to the turn-of-the-century AT&SF Railway Station for celebration of the past. The first Destination for this event will be of course the old ticket office of the Hemet Depot where you can enjoy a steam-punk style coffee or a unique and wildly flavorful Wafflewich. The next stop will be the bistro’s open air patio where you can meet and mingle with your fellow lovers of history and possibly get a chance to meet the famous Author Helen Hunt Jackson, world explorer Lord Desmond T. Chesterberry or, possibly, the enterprising Mr. Whittier. The Final stop on this trip around the depot will end at the Hemet Museum where you can relive the history of Hemet, get lost in the photos, discover its treasures and interesting artifacts. To make sure you get your complimentary “train ticket” to this event, stop by the Historic Hemet Depot this weekend.
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Timeline Photos
05/23/2016

Timeline Photos

05/06/2016

HEMET HERITAGE FOUNDATION PROGRAM
THE LIFE OF LUTHER MENIFEE WILSON

Historian and researcher Bob Kent has been invited this coming Monday evening to tell us about the life of early settler and miner Luther “Menifee” Wilson. Born in Kentucky, Wilson arrived in this area in the 1880’s and quickly set about making himself both seen and known just about everywhere where that gold and high grade quartz could be found. His home and ranch were in Menifee, but his claims and haunts reached all the way into our local San Jacinto Mountains and his son Mike Wilson lived here in the San Jacinto Valley. Bob Kent is a wonderful speaker. And “Menifee”? Well, he was definitely one of the more interesting, enterprising, pioneers here in the early days. You’ll enjoy the program. Bring a friend to Hemet’s Diamond Valley Middle School, 291 W. Chambers St., this Monday evening, May 9th, for this 7:00 pm. special program.
SAVE OUR LOCAL HISTORY – SUPPORT THE HEMET MUSEUM!

04/09/2016

Reminder:
RAMONA PLAY DIRECTOR TO SPEAK TO HEMET MUSEUM GROUP
Dennis Anderson, Ramona Play Director, is our guest speaker this Monday evening for an intimate sharing of his thoughts, experiences, lessons and memories. An informal sitting, a chat as it were, this time with Dennis is sure to give us a unique glimpse of past productions and more insight, better understanding and a deeper appreciation of what bringing the timeless story of “Ramona” to today’s audiences demands. Please join us Monday, April 11th, at 7:00 pm. in the Library (Room 117) of the Diamond Valley Middle School, 291 Chambers Street at its intersection with State Street, south of Stetson Avenue. Rob Lindquist, President

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