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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Come on down to the historic Santa Fe Depot and enjoy coffee and a meal at Destination Coffee Bar and Bistro.  They are ...
06/08/2020

Come on down to the historic Santa Fe Depot and enjoy coffee and a meal at Destination Coffee Bar and Bistro. They are back and open 7 days a week.

Thank you to everyone who came out today. We have sold out of almost everything so we’re closing early today but will be back open tomorrow with our regular hours seven days a week. Thank you. #hemet #sanjacinto #temecula #menifee #murrieta #latte #latteart #barista #baristalife #cappuccino #espresso #coffee #coffeelover #coffeetime #coffeeshop #foodies #foodphotography #foodporn #foody #foodie #oceanside #riverside #palmsprings #ie #inlandempire

Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro
05/22/2020

Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro

Destination will be open tomorrow Friday, May 22! Come join us for Destination BBQ from 11am-5pm. This is a special event as we slowly reopen and adjust to The Covid19 pandemic. We have missed you all and look forward to seeing you #hemet #sanjacinto #temecula #menifee #murrieta #latte #latteart #barista #baristalife #cappuccino #espresso #coffee #coffeelover #coffeetime #coffeeshop #foodies #foodphotography #foodporn #foody #foodie #oceanside #riverside #palmsprings #ie #inlandempire #bbq #bbqlife #bbqporn #spareribs

Obituary for Jean DomenigoniOn May 4th, 2020, the matriarch of two pioneer families passed away at her Winchester farmho...
05/15/2020
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Obituary for Jean Domenigoni

On May 4th, 2020, the matriarch of two pioneer families passed away at her Winchester farmhouse surrounded by her family.

Jean Harriet Domenigoni was born in Winchester, California on May 27, 1923 to Estes (“Dud”) and Delores (“Dolly”) Garbani Connell. Her grandparents were Gaudenzio and Marianna Speziali Garbani. She was raised with her younger sister Betty (“PeeWee”) in the home that her grandfather, Gaudenzio, built in the 1890’s. She relished her rural life. She and her sister rode to school on horseback, fed the chickens and other farm animals. As children, they enjoyed going fossil hunting with their cousin, Harley Garbani, who became a well-known local paleontologist.

Jean had aspirations of becoming a nurse; after graduating from high school, she began that pursuit. However, in 1942, she married Francis N. Domenigoni. Her marriage and raising six sons became her life’s primary focus.

Members of the Garbani and Domenigoni families immigrated from Gresso, Switzerland, and settled in the Domenigoni Valley in 1879. The marriage of Jean and Francis united the two pioneer families.

Jean and Francis had six boys: Richard, Dennis, Larry, Andy, Donald and Steve, who all attended local schools.

While raising her boys, she was active in the Winchester Elementary School PTA and Winchester Harvester’s 4-H Club. She and Francis were leaders and supporters of the 4-H programs during their sons’ growing years, which is continuing with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jean was an energetic, hardworking and diminutive woman. When her husband broke his back, Jean worked the fields while caring for her family during his recovery. The farming legacy is still active today as Domenigoni Brothers Ranch.

She continued to be a partner in the farming operation, with her son and grandson, until her passing. She was humble and lived simply. After getting married, she began a tradition of having a daily lunch at home for the ranch hands at the large wood family dining table. That tradition continues to this day.

She enjoyed having family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving dinner; and was always welcoming to her boy’s many friends. She would greet you with a smile and ask you, “How are you doing?”.

She and Francis enjoyed square dancing. They travelled to Anza, Wilson Valley, Murrieta and other neighboring communities to dance when they could.

Jean loved to travel. After their spouses passed away, Jean and her sister, Betty, sailed together on cruises to Alaska, South America, Greece, the Mediterranean, and the Bahamas. They also enjoyed playing Las Vegas slot machines.

She visited Ireland, Italy and Switzerland with her son and his family. The trip to Switzerland included going to the town of Gresso, high in the Alps: the homeland of her grandparents that immigrated to America. She connected with relatives she had never met, commenting that she didn’t know she “had so many relatives!”

Reading was an important part of Jean’s life. She loved romance novels. Even after she had lost her ability to read, due to macular degeneration, she enjoyed listening to audiobooks.

When circumstances in her life changed, Jean herself did not; instead, she shared her wealth with many deserving charities all around the surrounding communities. She opened her ranch to the American Diabetes Association and DCES to help raise monies for camping, educational services and research. The semi-annual Domenigoni Ranch Charity Ride for Diabetes and barbeque began in 1993, with horse riders attending from far and wide.

Since 1997, Jean was a member of the Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation’s Legacy Society. She gave an annual scholarship to a graduating Hemet High School senior furthering their education in an agricultural pursuit.

She was proud to support and donate to local charities such as Friends of Valley Wide Foundation, Hemet Library Foundation, Winchester Historical Society, Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Riverside County, Southern California Fair Junior Livestock Auction and the Western Science Center Foundation, to name a few.
She was awarded a California Senate Proclamation for her public service.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; sons, Dennis and Richard; and great grandson, Nathaniel: and sister, Betty Jennings.

She is survived by her sons, Larry (Debbie), Andy (Cindy), Donald (Sherri) and Steven (Kim), seven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a very dear friend, Ruth Ditsch.

The family gives their appreciation to Jean’s dedicated caregivers; Marsha, Juanita, Fay, Jeri, Karie, Marcy and her therapist, Mary, that allowed her to live in peace at her home for the past twelve years. In spite of Jean’s medical and health issues, she never complained. In fact, up until the last few months of her life, she could out walk you with her walker.

Interment is private and arrangements are being handled by Miller-Jones Mortuary in Hemet. A Celebration of Life will be arranged at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to:
Friends of Valley Wide Foundation, P.O. Box 5599, Hemet, CA 92544, to be used for the Francis Domenigoni Community Center in Winchester.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jean Domenigoni please visit our Sympathy Store.

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Hello Hemet Heritage Foundation & Hemet Museum Members & Friends,Hope this message finds you and your family safe and so...
05/15/2020

Hello Hemet Heritage Foundation & Hemet Museum Members & Friends,

Hope this message finds you and your family safe and sound during this tragic Covid 19 Pandemic. We look forward to the time we can resume our monthly history programs and open our beloved Hemet Museum once it is deemed safe to do so.

In the meantime, we will continue to post historical photos of Hemet, San Jacinto & environs on this page. Here is an old photo from a box of photos donated from Speeds Photo Shop to the Hemet Museum. It is not identified. It looks like a school somewhere in the San Jacinto Valley with students and a teacher photographed in front of it. Can you identify it?

Hemet Museum is owned and run by the Hemet Heritage Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization. As many non profits in our country, ours is run on generous donations from folks like you who believe in its mission to safeguard the past for the benefit of the future by providing the preservation of historic buildings, properties and landscapes in the San Jacinto Valley, maintaining the Historic Santa Fe Depot as a historical building for public use at its location at the northwest corner of Florida Ave. and State St., Hemet, California, offering historically important programs and events, and operating our dynamic local Hemet Museum.

If you are able and believe in our mission, you may make a donation of any amount towards our fundraiser of $5,000. Donations will go towards the programs and maintenance of the Hemet Museum and the Historic Santa Fe Depot property on the northwest corner of State & Florida in downtown Hemet.

Who knew we had an ostrich farm in the San Jacinto Valley from 1909 to 1914 owned by Edwin Cawston?  Recognize that stre...
05/15/2020
The Press-Enterprise

Who knew we had an ostrich farm in the San Jacinto Valley from 1909 to 1914 owned by Edwin Cawston? Recognize that street name? Wouldn't it have been fun to see them?

British farmer Edwin Cawston, for whom a San Jacinto Valley street is still named, expanded his empire from a Pasadena ranch.

Museum  Check In.... How Many Of Our Members Are Still Well 😀 and safe....🙂.
05/13/2020

Museum Check In.... How Many Of Our Members Are Still Well 😀 and safe....🙂.

I want to thank all of you who have joined  and shared our Museum's page, it is growing 😀. We are up to 1328 members now...
04/30/2020

I want to thank all of you who have joined and shared our Museum's page, it is growing 😀. We are up to 1328 members now.
Thank you
Here is some demographics of the top areas and members count.

Vintage Hemet
04/24/2020

Vintage Hemet

The earthquake of 1918 took its toll on the buildings of the Hemet/ San Jacinto valley. This is a shot of the corner of Harvard and Florida. As you can see, the damage was substantial.

04/15/2020
Happy Easter from the Hemet Museum and the Board of the Hemet Heritage Foundation
04/12/2020

Happy Easter from the Hemet Museum and the Board of the Hemet Heritage Foundation

The Destination  Coffee bar and Bistro is still openDoing carry out service
03/19/2020

The Destination Coffee bar and Bistro is still open
Doing carry out service

As we all try to stay safe and stay in business alternative options become necessary. Call in you order to 951 652-0040 and we will bring your order to your car. Thank you and stay safe. #hemet #sanjacinto #temecula #menifee #murrieta #latte #latteart #barista #baristalife #cappuccino #espresso #coffee #coffeelover #coffeetime #coffeeshop #breakfast #lunch #brunch #oceanside #riverside #palmsprings #ie #inlandempire

"Important Notice"With the state and local guidelines that have been set, and after long and careful consideration, we h...
03/15/2020

"Important Notice"
With the state and local guidelines that have been set, and after long and careful consideration, we have determined that it is best to close the Hemet Museum. The Museum will be closed until the end of April possibly Into May. Please keep checking here on Facebook or on our website for any updates.

Destination Coffee Bar And Bistro will remain open, or until they make the decision to close. They are independent from the museum.

Stay healthy everyone.

03/13/2020

Sharing this for the Hemet Alumni Association
As of tonight, March 12, at 8:30 pm, the all school luncheon/reunion scheduled for Saturday, March 14, is CANCELED. The Valley-wide facility will be closed for all events such as ours. All payments received will be credited toward next year's event. We are in the process of notifying as many people as possible, so please pass the word. If we have your phone number on file, we will be calling.
Sincerely, Carol Darby, Treasurer (class of '78)

Wow!! What a meeting we had. Scott Hudson gave a fantastic presentation...Our Leprechaun Greeters. Melinda Lowe and Darl...
03/10/2020

Wow!! What a meeting we had. Scott Hudson gave a fantastic presentation...

Our Leprechaun Greeters. Melinda Lowe and Darlene Ramirez

Valley Beautiful is seeking nominations for water-wise home gardens in the valley by March 31. Winners will be featured ...
03/07/2020

Valley Beautiful is seeking nominations for water-wise home gardens in the valley by March 31. Winners will be featured in the Valley Beautiful Sat. May 9th Estudillo Garden Festival & Home Water-Wise Garden Tour on the grounds of the San Jacinto Museum. See flyer below.

Valley Beautiful is seeking nominations for water-wise home gardens in the valley by March 31. Winners will be featured in the Valley Beautiful Sat. May 9th Estudillo Garden Festival & Home Water-Wise Garden Tour on the grounds of the San Jacinto Museum. See flyer below.

Valley Beautiful is looking for nominations for home water-wise gardens for it's upcoming "Estudillo Garden Festival & W...
02/28/2020

Valley Beautiful is looking for nominations for home water-wise gardens for it's upcoming "Estudillo Garden Festival & Water-Wise Home Garden Tour" on Saturday, May 9th. Nominations are due by March 31st. Read the press release below for all the information. The Estudillo Garden photo below in front of the San Jacinto Museum is an example of what a home water-wise garden looks like.

02/14/2020

The Historical Santa Fe Depot

Below is a post and picture from my "my City Youth Center" the Museum / Hemet Historical Foundation donated some money t...
02/05/2020

Below is a post and picture from my "my City Youth Center" the Museum / Hemet Historical Foundation donated some money to the organization. It is such a wonderful organization here in our city that helps the underprivileged youth at no cost to the families.

*Thank you to Hemet Museum for your generous donation and community support of our children and program. You are a vital portion of this community and we thank you for your commitment to connecting the past with our future by supporting the youth!*

Vintage Hemet
02/03/2020

Vintage Hemet

So here is a shot of the Hemet Depot when she was sitting empty and before she was restored. If you have not looked at this building in person, you need to. Photo: Jim Smyser.

The Gilman Ranch Hands invite you to join us for our Chili's Fundraiser!  This Thursday, go to Chili's in Beaumont any t...
01/19/2020

The Gilman Ranch Hands invite you to join us for our Chili's Fundraiser! This Thursday, go to Chili's in Beaumont any time during the day, have lunch or dinner, bring this flier with you, and the Gilman Ranch Hands will received 15% of your total ticket! It's a great way to have lunch or dinner out and give to a good cause! See you Thursday!

Hello friends of the Hemet Museum.  When you visit the Hemet Historic Depot to visit the Hemet Museum or have a bite to ...
01/08/2020

Hello friends of the Hemet Museum. When you visit the Hemet Historic Depot to visit the Hemet Museum or have a bite to eat at Destination Coffee Bar and Bistro, you might admire the many beautiful roses on the grounds. Ever wanted to learn how to properly prune your roses. Here is your chance.

Dear Valley Beautiful Garden Club members, supporters & friends,

Just a quick reminder of Valley Beautiful Garden Club's meeting and free workshop "Rose Pruning" by Jerry Martinez of Martinez Roses on Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 pm at Valley-Wide Recreation, 901 W. Esplanade Ave. San Jacinto in Modular 1.

Read the bio below on Jerry Martinez and Martinez Nursery. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Botts (951) 719-9868. We hope to see you at the meeting. To view the event flyer, click here https://www.facebook.com/events/2537041823283391/

Bio on Martinez Roses & Jerry Martinez

Martinez Roses is a 2nd generation family business started in 1950 as a wholesale nursery in the Ontario area specializing in the older more popular rose varieties with great smell and some of the newer plants. As the land was developed in that area Jerry’s parents moved the business to San Jacinto in the early 1970’s and the business changed to selling only retail. Today the business propagates and has for sale many of the older more popular varieties and some of the newer. It is best to call ahead to make sure rose varieties are available, and they do not sell bare roots roses. Martinez Roses 1321 S Kirby St, San Jacinto, CA 92582 9:30am – 4:30pm

The celebration of life service for Phil Bergandi will be         Friday January 10th         1:00 P.M.         At Diamo...
01/02/2020

The celebration of life service for Phil Bergandi will be
Friday January 10th
1:00 P.M.
At Diamond Valley Arts Council
On Harvard Street in Hemet Ca.

Wow! Can you believe it? The year 2020 is upon us. We at the Museum and the Board of the Hemet Heritage Foundation would...
12/31/2019

Wow! Can you believe it? The year 2020 is upon us. We at the Museum and the Board of the Hemet Heritage Foundation would like to take time to reflect upon the good things we have… like our partnership with you, the members of the H.H.F., the Volunteers, The Docents, our Visitors, The owners and Employee's at Destination Coffee Bar and Bistro, Our Facebook friends and the General public. We appreciate working and sharing the knowledge of Hemet's History with you. We hope that the hope the coming year will bring you happiness and success.
Happy New Year

12/21/2019

As the word of Steve Covington travels through the our city as a numbing ripple effect, I set here speechless on what to say. Steve was so young, but death has no age, Still he was to to young to leave us.
Steve was the owner of the Downtown Deli on Havard with is wife. He also served on the Board of the Ramona Bowl and Helped with the Historical Hemet Theatre restoration.
Rest in peace Steve

The Docents and other Volunteers at Hemet Museum and the Board members and Officers wish you a Merry Merry Christmas.
12/15/2019

The Docents and other Volunteers at Hemet Museum and the Board members and Officers wish you a Merry Merry Christmas.

It saddens us at the Hemet Heritage Foundation/Museum to learn of and share with you the death of Phil Bergandi. A giant...
12/14/2019

It saddens us at the Hemet Heritage Foundation/Museum to learn of and share with you the death of Phil Bergandi. A giant in the field of local history; a former curator of the Ramona Bowl and the San Jacinto Museums; columnist in the Hemet News and Valley Chronicle; multi-winner of the Peg Leg Smith's Liar's Contest and long-time emcee (after Bill Jennings retired); prolific author of local history; reigning expert on the Ramona Pageant; co-editor of Bill Jennings's book "On My Side."
The Memorial service will be sometime in January.

See the post below by Steve Lech

Post by Steve Lech
The local history world has lost a true scholar, researcher, and friend. Phil Brigandi died last Sunday of a massive heart attack. Words cannot describe the void that his passing will leave among those who were fortunate enough to be associated with him. He authored more than 25 books, well over 100 articles, and assisted in many more. When I spoke to him last weekend, he was telling me that he was being recommended to the University of Oklahoma Press to do a book detailing all of the Portola Route through California, based on his exhaustive research on it through Orange County. Phil was a great one but always willing to help anyone who asked, and was freely giving of his time and information. There aren't any like him any more. I'll always remember the many adventures we had in the mountain and desert regions of Riverside County, especially along the Bradshaw Road - he was always up for a trip and we would spend those times discussing the finer points of local history. He was especially proud of the many people he had talked to through the years, people who were historians in their own ways. He felt that through him, they lived on in some small way. He and is massive work will not soon be forgotten.

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Hemet, CA
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Justice in Plain Sight ​​​ "Justice in Plain Sight" and The Recent History of The Press-Enterprise is the topic of a presentation by retired Press-Enterprise columnist Dan Bernstein at the Hemet Museum on Saturday, February 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcome. We will have raffles, all money raised on raffles goes to the museum. raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. This special event replaces our normal second Monday meeting at the Diamond Valley Middle School Library for February.
Justice in Plain Sight ​​​ "Justice in Plain Sight" and The Recent History of The Press-Enterprise is the topic of a presentation by retired Press-Enterprise columnist Dan Bernstein at the "HEMET MUSEUM" on Saturday, February 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcome. We will have raffles, raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. All money raised goes to the museum. ​This special event replaces our normal second Monday meeting at the Diamond Valley Middle School Library for February.
HEMET HERITAGE FOUNDATION Monday Program Announcement JOE WINKLES, THE RAMONA INN AND BOOTLEGGING IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY Join us this coming Monday evening, 7:00 pm., October 8th, in the Library (Room. 117) of the Diamond Valley Middle School. Writer and researcher Bob Kent will be letting us in on the turn of century bootlegging that was going ‘round after Prohibition came to California. Not only will you hear about Mr. Winkles and his cohorts, Bob will be asking the audience (that means you) to share whatever you might know about what went on in your neck of the woods. There is no question that this Monday’s program is goin’ to be a hoot! Ya’ better be there with nothin’ in yer pockets ‘cept a donation to the Hemet Museum (Hick!). The location is Diamond Valley Middle School, located is on 291 Chambers St., southwest of its intersection with State St. in Hemet. SEE YOU THERE and BUY A RAFFLE TICKET!
HEMET HERITAGE FOUNDATION Monday Program Announcement JOE WINKLES, THE RAMONA INN AND BOOTLEGGING IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY Join us this coming Monday evening, 7:00 pm., October 8th, in the Library (Room. 117) of the Diamond Valley Middle School. Writer and researcher Bob Kent will be letting us in on the turn of century bootlegging that was going ‘round after Prohibition came to California. Not only will you hear about Mr. Winkles and his cohorts, Bob will be asking the audience (that means you) to share whatever you might know about what went on in your neck of the woods. There is no question that this Monday’s program is goin’ to be a hoot! Ya’ better be there with nothin’ in yer pockets ‘cept a donation to the Hemet Museum (Hick!). The location is Diamond Valley Middle School, located is on 291 Chambers St., southwest of its intersection with State St. in Hemet. SEE YOU THERE and BUY A RAFFLE TICKET!
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
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
GREAT OLD-TIME RAILROADING PROGRAM Please join us Monday evening, April 9th, at 7 pm. in the Library (Rm. 117) of Diamond Valley Middle School for a fascinating program about the practice, used by yesteryear’s railroad yardsmen, of marking freight cars with chalk to keep track of them in transit. Bob “Chief” Chapparo is our presenter. Please come, and… bring a friend!
March 12 Historian and Researcher Bob Kent will be speaking about Clarence Muse, stage actor, producer, director, composer, singer and pioneer African-American movie star. Muse had the “Muse a While Ranch” in Good Hope Valley. He was well known in Perris and active years ago in the area’s charity and civic organizations. Doors to Diamond Valley Middle School Library (Rm. 117) will open Monday evening at 6:30 pm. for the 7 pm. program. Bring a friend!
I Just finished making a new batch of Historical Coasters for the Museum. ( some are just for fun) . Come on by take a tour and have lunch at Destination Coffe Bar and Bistro.
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!