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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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.

11/17/2019

Are you interested in becoming a dosent or volunteering with our third grade program?
Just leave a message here , call the museum or P.M. me
Thanks
Darlene

Most of us grew up playing at Weston Park, getting thrown of the Merry go Round, being gymnist on the submarine, flying ...
11/16/2019

Most of us grew up playing at Weston Park, getting thrown of the Merry go Round, being gymnist on the submarine, flying high on the swings, pretending that we could sing on the stage and even taking part in raising the flag.
Here's a short article on the History of Weston Park.
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John B. Weston from 1960 Hemet News Article.

The man who for a longer period than any other was respectfully known as “Hemet’s first citizen” was Dr. John B. Weston, who passed away in 1945 at the age of 91 after more than a quarter century’s leadership in community’s affairs.

He is buried in the San Jacinto Valley cemetery, the development and beautification of which was one of the civic projects in which he was most interested. He was a member of the San Jacinto Valley Cemetery district board of trustees and it was largely due to his vision that the cemetery has been made a final resting place of quiet beauty comparable to the finest in Southern California.

Over forty years ago Dr. Weston gave to Hemet an entire city block in the center of town for park purposes, and as a member of the city park commission he took a personal interest in its development. He selected with extreme care the trees that were planted there and was also responsible for tree-planting along the streets of the residential sections of the city. In recognition of his philanthropy and interest in beautifying the community, the city council named the park in his honor. When Dr. Weston retired as an active member of the city park commission the council made him an honorary park commissioner for life.

He served as Hemet’s mayor during the period of the first World war and for several years thereafter. He was a past president of the Hemet Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Riverside County Chamber of Commerce. He was a charter member and the fourth president of the Hemet Kiwanis club. He had served on scores of committees representing many community organizations.

Dr. Weston came to Hemet from Duluth, Minnesota, in 1913 to retire from the practice of medicine. In Duluth he had been a leading physician for 25 years and had served as city health officer. He never practiced medicine in Hemet. Before going to Duluth he was a physician in Pennsylvania for ten years.

He was a native of Peoria, Illinois, born December 31, 1853. He graduated from Lewisburg College (now Bucknel University) in 1875 and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1878. His degrees were M.D. and Sc.D. At the time of his death he was a trustee of John B. Stetson University in Florida.

He was married March 27, 1888, to Miss Anne Van Derlip, a promising young artist who later won a reputation as a designer of stained glass church windows.

Two members of the Weston family remain in Hemet. Miss Grace Weston, who, like her father, has always been active in community affairs, especially the Red Cross and American Legion auxiliary and Mrs. Betty Weston Ogden. Dr. Weston’s only son, Henry G. Weston, now lives at Coronado but was a prominent business man when he lived here. He was president of the chamber of commerce and held numerous other civic positions.

We have redone Mary Whittney's "Important Dates Hemet's History" list. It is in a nice Booklet on sale for $5.00. Come b...
11/11/2019

We have redone Mary Whittney's "Important Dates Hemet's History" list. It is in a nice Booklet on sale for $5.00. Come by and pick one up.

Due to unforeseen circumstances this meeting is canceled.
10/08/2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances this meeting is canceled.

How many people remember this buildings? Any stories.
10/05/2019

How many people remember this buildings? Any stories.

We had a wonderful group come in today and toured the museum..
10/04/2019

We had a wonderful group come in today and toured the museum..

10/01/2019
09/23/2019

Hemet Public Library

Saturday, October 12 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm: the Friends of the Hemet Public Library is hosting a Books-by-the-bag sale. Bags will be handed out for $3.00 each. Whatever you can fit in the bag, you take home with you. Huge inventory of books arranged on tables by subject. It will take place upstairs in the Hemet Library.

My City Youth Center, is doing so much for the kids in our community.
09/07/2019

My City Youth Center, is doing so much for the kids in our community.

I scream, you scream......we all dream in ice cream!!!! What goes best with ice cream??? Our heroes from Station 1 and the Hemet Fire Fighters Association, Local 2342 !!! It doesn't get much better than this! If summer has you sweating, come get cooled off in the life saving spray of the fire house while enjoying a good ole fashioned ice cream cone!

The I Dream in Ice Cream (totally sweet) Water Party starts Friday, September 13th from 3pm-5pm.** Be prepared to get wet and eat some ice cream at My City Youth Center

**In the event of local emergencies fire fighters may not be available.

First passenger train leaving the Hemet Depot
08/31/2019

First passenger train leaving the Hemet Depot

If you like Gardening, come and join us....
08/30/2019

If you like Gardening, come and join us....

08/27/2019

We will be back at the Museum in a week.
September 3rd.
11 a.m,

Truth
08/22/2019

Truth

08/21/2019

Did you Ryan Air Field was a pilot training base for WW11. During the war when the men were gone the women took on alot of thier jobs.
In 1947 National Guard Company G was. Activated in Hemet. The Armory was located at the Farmer Fair grounds on Florida and Palm.
(Pictures from Images of America Book)

Several looks of the Historical Santa Fe Depot
08/17/2019

Several looks of the Historical Santa Fe Depot

Just checking in on everyone. How are you enjoying your August Heat ? Oh I don't like it..I'm melting.  Hope to see you ...
08/10/2019
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Just checking in on everyone. How are you enjoying your August Heat ? Oh I don't like it..I'm melting. Hope to see you soon.

Hemet Museum
08/10/2019

Hemet Museum

It saddens us, that we lost a great friend and board member last month. May you rest peacefully Dick Schmitt.
08/02/2019

It saddens us, that we lost a great friend and board member last month. May you rest peacefully Dick Schmitt.

08/01/2019

"Happy August Everyone"
As most of you know the
Hemet Museum is closed until September 2nd.
So the volunteers can have a well deserved break.
If for some reason you need to get a hold of us or ask a question you can leave a message here on Facebook if it is urgent please call 1-951-925-5885 and leave a message we will get back to as quickly as possible. Do not call the museum and leave a message we do not retrieve those messages.
Thank you

07/29/2019

Reminder
The the last day to come to the Hemet Museum before we close for the Month of August is Wednesday July 31, 2019.

07/28/2019
Just love this picture, came accrossed it today while working at the Museum.
07/27/2019

Just love this picture, came accrossed it today while working at the Museum.

07/23/2019

Today we showed appreciation to all of our hard working docents and volunteers. They were awarded certificates and pins. Here are just a few of the pictures . (Board members, docents, 3rd grade tour group, Facilities and Valley Beautiful)

Early day stage rides from Hemet to Idyllwild.
07/22/2019

Early day stage rides from Hemet to Idyllwild.

07/12/2019

"Reminder"
The Hemet Museum will be Closed for the full month of August.
We will Return September 3, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.

In 1907, Mr. Covell was appointed manager of the Hemet Farmers and Merchants Bank. Covell served on the Hemet Library bo...
07/11/2019

In 1907, Mr. Covell was appointed manager of the Hemet Farmers and Merchants Bank. Covell served on the Hemet Library board for 27 years. After his death his heirs established the C. B. Covell memorial fund and in 1971 gave $250,000 to the city for a library building. That building was built on the Carnegie building site and named the C. B. Covell Library.
(Information from Images of America Hemet Book)

Andrew Carnegie donated $7500.00 for a Library building and the Hemet Women's Club raised $4500.00 The Carnegie Library ...
07/11/2019

Andrew Carnegie donated $7500.00 for a Library building and the Hemet Women's Club raised $4500.00 The Carnegie Library opened in 1913 at the northeast corner of Florida Avenue and Buena Vista Street. The Carnegie Library building had a main floor and a basement where there organizations held readings. Later the basement served as the the children's room. It was condemned by the earthquake engineers around 1965.
(Information from Images of America. Hemet Book)

07/08/2019

Images of the past

07/04/2019

The Hemet Museum Is Closed Today, July 4th 2019.
Our Volunteers will be back Tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.

Remember these bike shops? Did you buy a bike at one of these? Tell us your story.
06/21/2019

Remember these bike shops? Did you buy a bike at one of these? Tell us your story.

The Historical Hemet Theatre AKA Martin's Walk in Theatre . What was the first show you seen there? Your favorite memory...
06/05/2019

The Historical Hemet Theatre AKA Martin's Walk in Theatre . What was the first show you seen there? Your favorite memory?

Now and then!Any School bus memories for anyone?
06/02/2019

Now and then!
Any School bus memories for anyone?

Some pictures of the 2019 Hemet Heritage Memorial Day Picnic at the Simpson Center shows a good time was had by all. Pho...
05/31/2019

Some pictures of the 2019 Hemet Heritage Memorial Day Picnic at the Simpson Center shows a good time was had by all. Photos by Diane Boss

Here are a few of Hemet's past business. What are some of your favorites that are not here any more? (I know Stater bros...
05/31/2019

Here are a few of Hemet's past business. What are some of your favorites that are not here any more? (I know Stater bros still exist, but that store is closed 😉)

Nice family visited the museum today.
05/31/2019

Nice family visited the museum today.

What is your favorite memory if the stock farm?
05/31/2019

What is your favorite memory if the stock farm?

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.

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100 W Florida Ave The Entrance Is On The State Street Side
Hemet, CA
92543

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Fundraiser! Shoe sale ! Amazing deals. Thanks Hemet museum.! More info call box office. !
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!