Menifee Valley Historical Association

Menifee Valley Historical Association We promote the historic legacy of the Menifee Valley. #MenifeeHistory
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Meet Herk Bouris, Army VeteranHerk served for 18 months in the Army at Okinawa at the end of WWII.  He was responsible f...
11/11/2019

Meet Herk Bouris, Army Veteran
Herk served for 18 months in the Army at Okinawa at the end of WWII. He was responsible for building housing for military families that were stationed there and taking Japanese people out of caves and sending them home.

Herk has always said serving his country was one of the best things he ever did, as he met men from all over the US. He chuckled because it seemed a lot of men from New York didn't know how to drive. Of course, the Army needed those farm boys in the motor pool for their skills in mechanics!

When Herk's high school class of 1946 graduated, the draft was still in place but most of them decided to join up anyway, according to his wife Betty.
#veteran #menifeehistory #menifee

Meet Veteran Joyce "Joy" Wickerd.  He is wearing his uniform from World War 1.The first Wickerd to arrive in Menifee was...
11/10/2019

Meet Veteran Joyce "Joy" Wickerd. He is wearing his uniform from World War 1.

The first Wickerd to arrive in Menifee was John in 1907. His brother David and wife Leona arrived soon after in 1910. Their combined properties extended north from Scott Road to Wickerd Road and west of Bradley.
The Wickerd children built houses and raised their families on this property. There were so many Wickerds living there that the area was fondly nicknamed Wickerdville.
#menifeehistory #veteran #menifee

Meet one of Menifee's early Veterans George Magno Sr.According to his obituary he came to Menifee in 1931 and lived here...
11/09/2019

Meet one of Menifee's early Veterans George Magno Sr.

According to his obituary he came to Menifee in 1931 and lived here until his death in 1966. He was born in Boston and lived to be 77 years of age. He served in both World War I and II.
George spent 38 years in the U.S. Navy and was an expert in torpedoes, mines and deep-sea diving. He also ran the Ferry Launch at San Pedro / Terminal Island for many years. George lived on Antelope Rd between Baxter and Clinton Keith Roads. George Sr. was known as “Chubby” around town.
#menifeehistory #veteran #menifee

Happy Halloween from your friends at the Menifee History Museum!!
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from your friends at the Menifee History Museum!!

Are you wondering who many of Menifee’s streets are named after?  Come visit the History Museum Sunday’s from 1-4:00...
10/31/2019

Are you wondering who many of Menifee’s streets are named after? Come visit the History Museum Sunday’s from 1-4:00 and find out! #menifeehistory @ Menifee Valley Historical Association

Come by the Museum on a Sunday and pick up a Historical Monuments Map and drive around the city and learn about 12 of ou...
10/31/2019

Come by the Museum on a Sunday and pick up a Historical Monuments Map and drive around the city and learn about 12 of our historical sites. Here, the 1890 Menifee School is shown at its prior location near the Arco Station on Bradley and Newport Road. Funds for this program provided by the City of Menifee and the County of Riverside Supervisors office. #menifeehistory

Menifee Valley Historical Association
10/31/2019

Menifee Valley Historical Association

Did you ever wonder who Audie Murphy was and why the Audie Murphy Ranch was named for him?  He was a military hero and H...
10/28/2019

Did you ever wonder who Audie Murphy was and why the Audie Murphy Ranch was named for him? He was a military hero and Hollywood Cowboy movie star who owned a ranch in Menifee back in the 1950's. Come to our next program and find out more interesting facts about the man, the legend and the history of the property from Historian, Bob Kent.

Come join us for our November History ProgramAudie Murphy - The Military Hero, Hollywood Star and his Menifee Ranch.Satu...
10/09/2019

Come join us for our November History Program
Audie Murphy - The Military Hero, Hollywood Star and his Menifee Ranch.

Saturday, November 16
9:30am
Antelope-Menifee Rural Center
Click on flier for details.

Cub Scout Pack 444 of Menifee had a private tour last night of our Museum. Mayor Zimmerman, who serves as our Vice Presi...
10/08/2019

Cub Scout Pack 444 of Menifee had a private tour last night of our Museum. Mayor Zimmerman, who serves as our Vice President, led the tour. The young men enjoyed meeting our President, Elinor (Evans) Martin. She provided first hand memories of schools and growing up in Menifee where she has lived her entire life. #menifeehistory

09/21/2019

Go back in time with us for our History Program: Early Businesses in Menifee #menifeehistory

Please join us this Saturday for our history program on Early Businesses in Menifee.  Learn about Mr. McGoon, Chubs, Chi...
09/18/2019

Please join us this Saturday for our history program on Early Businesses in Menifee. Learn about Mr. McGoon, Chubs, Chicken Basket, Max's Market.... Click on flier for details.

The museum had some fun visitors recently. Cub Scout Pack 346 enjoyed discovering Menifee's rich heritage from docents E...
08/31/2019

The museum had some fun visitors recently. Cub Scout Pack 346 enjoyed discovering Menifee's rich heritage from docents Elinor Martin, Bill Zimmerman and Cindy DeAngelis. It is a joy to see our young people wanting to know about the local Native Americans, gold mining and early farm life in their town.
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Come join Docent Bob Kent today at the Menifee History Museum on July 14 from 1-4.  He is our resident Geologist and can...
07/14/2019

Come join Docent Bob Kent today at the Menifee History Museum on July 14 from 1-4. He is our resident Geologist and can tell you all about mines and mining.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for this free informative program.  See below.
07/14/2019

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for this free informative program. See below.

Happy Birthday to Menifee's History Museum!  We opened our doors to the public on May 22, 2016.  We are so happy to be a...
05/22/2019

Happy Birthday to Menifee's History Museum! We opened our doors to the public on May 22, 2016. We are so happy to be a resource to our community.
Come see us on Sundays from 1-4
www.Menifeehistory.com

Del Webb Sun Cities Museum
05/18/2019

Del Webb Sun Cities Museum

And "Happy Birthday to YOU", Mr. Del E. Webb! TODAY is Del Webb's birthday. Born on May 17th, 1899 to Earnest and Henrietta Webb in Fresno, California. Prolific builder, entrepreneur, semi-professional Baseball Player, Team Owner, and creator of the Sun Cities. Members of the Museum will be honoring his birthday at a private party this upcoming weekend. Please join the museum membership to be part of our "membership only" events, historical talks, and ceremonies. https://delwebbsuncitiesmuseum.org/join-us/member/

In the southeast area of the Menifee Valley on Briggs Road, south of Scott Road is a family’s home with a unique histo...
05/03/2019

In the southeast area of the Menifee Valley on Briggs Road, south of Scott Road is a family’s home with a unique history as a horse ranch. On Saturday May 18, the public is invited to hear about Dorothy Dodge McElhinney. Her love for horses, her raw talent for taming and riding them for pleasure and competition led her to take a two month journey on horseback from Laramie, Wyoming to set up a home on the Pinto Ranch.

Happy #NationalVolunteerWeek! We're grateful to the many Menifee Valley Historical Association volunteers who give their...
04/10/2019

Happy #NationalVolunteerWeek! We're grateful to the many Menifee Valley Historical Association volunteers who give their time and energy to our non-profit organization. We appreciate you assisting with programs, tours and events!!
Thank you ❤️
#menifeehistory

This is a reminder to please head on over to Miguel's Jr tomorrow, Saturday March 16 between 10am - 9pm and support Meni...
03/15/2019
Menifee Valley Historical Association's GroupRaise Meal at Miguel's Jr

This is a reminder to please head on over to Miguel's Jr tomorrow, Saturday March 16 between 10am - 9pm and support Menifee Valley Historical Association! The restaurant is donating 25% of your meal/drink to our non-profit!
Thank you for supporting Menifee Valley Historical Association

Commit to Eat in support of Menifee Valley Historical Association at Miguel's Jr on Mar 16

Menifee’s History Museum received two historic photographs of the Romoland community circa 1940 from our former County...
03/15/2019

Menifee’s History Museum received two historic photographs of the Romoland community circa 1940 from our former County Supervisor, Marion Ashley. Marion was raised in that area of our City.
We really appreciate donations like this.

Today the Menifee Valley Historical Association Board Members gave thanks to the Docents who volunteer their time on Sun...
03/10/2019

Today the Menifee Valley Historical Association Board Members gave thanks to the Docents who volunteer their time on Sundays to share Menifee’s history with the public at our Museum. We enjoyed our time together at our first Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

Supporting our friends of history Mike and Eileen Moss at Firehouse Subs. The oak tree and windmill shown in the mural o...
03/06/2019

Supporting our friends of history Mike and Eileen Moss at Firehouse Subs. The oak tree and windmill shown in the mural on the wall at their restaurant are from Elinor Martin’s childhood property (near the current Loma Linda Hospital).

Thank you for supporting our History Museum and community.

The Menifee Valley Historical Association would like to thank Mayor Bill Zimmerman for securing a grant from the County ...
03/01/2019

The Menifee Valley Historical Association would like to thank Mayor Bill Zimmerman for securing a grant from the County of Riverside to provide for the new parking lot and striping at the Antelope-Menifee Rural Center. This has been a resource to our community for over 70 years. #Scouts #4H #MVHA #SkillsMatter #AbundantLifeChurch

Please go to Miguel's Jr on Saturday, March 16 and place an order there from 10am-9pm.  Mention the Menifee Valley Histo...
02/22/2019
Menifee Valley Historical Association's GroupRaise Meal at Miguel's Jr

Please go to Miguel's Jr on Saturday, March 16 and place an order there from 10am-9pm. Mention the Menifee Valley Historical Association and they will donate 25% of your meal to our non-profit organization.
Thank you in advance!

Commit to Eat in support of Menifee Valley Historical Association at Miguel's Jr on Mar 16

Visit with Docents Betty Bouris and Carol Lett this Sunday, February 24 at the Museum.  Betty has a wealth of knowledge ...
02/22/2019

Visit with Docents Betty Bouris and Carol Lett this Sunday, February 24 at the Museum. Betty has a wealth of knowledge about wheat farming in the valley. #BourisRanch #BKM

Come join Docents Julie and Bill Zimmerman at the Menifee History Museum tomorrow, Sunday, February 16.  The Museum is o...
02/16/2019

Come join Docents Julie and Bill Zimmerman at the Menifee History Museum tomorrow, Sunday, February 16.
The Museum is open from 1-4 and is located on Garbani Road near Menifee Valley Middle School off Murrieta Road.

This is such a wonderful love story, that we just must share!Happy Valentine's Day!
02/11/2019

This is such a wonderful love story, that we just must share!
Happy Valentine's Day!

This is such a wonderful love story, that we just must share!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Homecoming reunions were held at the Menifee School from 1940 to 1950. The location was then changed to the Antelope Men...
01/30/2019

Homecoming reunions were held at the Menifee School from 1940 to 1950. The location was then changed to the Antelope Menifee Rural Center. In 1954 early residents were asked to write biographies about living in Menifee. The following extract is from Etta Cook’s story.

ETTA COOK WRITES: “My parents Buford & Ellen Cook arrived in this valley about the middle of Nov. 1882. Just recently settled in the valley was the Wm. T. Kirkpatrick family. Mr. Kirkpatrick’s father and brother Amos had come the year before, and reported so favorably on the land, that Wm. T. Kirkpatrick and my father decided to try their fortunes there also. Our acreage was on the section just east of what was later called the Newport Ranch. When we first moved there, there were no fences or section lines and the main road from Riverside to San Diego, went right past our house."

Homecoming reunions were held at the Menifee School from 1940 to 1950. The location was then changed to the Antelope Menifee Rural Center. In 1954 early residents were asked to write biographies about living in Menifee. The following extract is from Etta Cook’s story.

ETTA COOK WRITES: “My parents Buford & Ellen Cook arrived in this valley about the middle of Nov. 1882. Just recently settled in the valley was the Wm. T. Kirkpatrick family. Mr. Kirkpatrick’s father and brother Amos had come the year before, and reported so favorably on the land, that Wm. T. Kirkpatrick and my father decided to try their fortunes there also. Our acreage was on the section just east of what was later called the Newport Ranch. When we first moved there, there were no fences or section lines and the main road from Riverside to San Diego, went right past our house."

Meet the Bailey Family
01/28/2019

Meet the Bailey Family

One of the oldest standing residences in our area is the Patterson House in Winchester, California.  This morning the As...
01/19/2019

One of the oldest standing residences in our area is the Patterson House in Winchester, California. This morning the Association was treated to a nice tour lead by caretaker Greg Cowdery. Mr Patterson built the home in the 1880’s. His daughter Tilla, who operated the Winchester Train Depot, lived here all her life until the 1960’s. So wonderful to travel back in time.

The Menifee Valley Historical Association is honored to be nominated for Nonprofit of the year!  Thank you Members of th...
12/17/2018

The Menifee Valley Historical Association is honored to be nominated for Nonprofit of the year! Thank you Members of the Menifee Valley Chamber for your support.
Please cast your vote for us to WIN! 😝

City of Menifee-City Hall
11/30/2018

City of Menifee-City Hall

Happy #ThrowbackThursday Menifee! Did you know the nearest grocery stores were in Perris, Elsinore and Winchester in the 40s? #MenifeeHistory #TBT

Getting ready for the November History Program - Roads, Residents and Ranches in the 1940’s.  We have a great map made...
11/05/2018

Getting ready for the November History Program - Roads, Residents and Ranches in the 1940’s. We have a great map made by either Norma Brown or her mother Myra Kittilson. Complete with Section Lines, landmarks and roads. The map will be on display during the program. Come join us November 17 at the Antelope-Menifee Rural Center.

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10/30/2018
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10/28/2018
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Don and Elinor Martin, lifetime residents of the area whose history with the Canyon Lake area predates the lake, were honored with a monument at the site of Martin's Landing last week. Elinor Martin also is president of the Menifee Valley Historical Association.

Come learn from Docents, Betty Bouris and Carol Lett today at the History Museum!
10/28/2018

Come learn from Docents, Betty Bouris and Carol Lett today at the History Museum!

Thanks to a successful grant, the  Menifee History Museum got a facelift this week!  Come see us on Sundays from 1-4 and...
10/28/2018

Thanks to a successful grant, the Menifee History Museum got a facelift this week! Come see us on Sundays from 1-4 and learn about Menifee history.
Special thanks to #AllSportsProduction for the design and install

Come join our Docents, Bill and Julie Zimmerman this Sunday at the Menifee History Museum from 1-4pm this Sunday.
10/10/2018

Come join our Docents, Bill and Julie Zimmerman this Sunday at the Menifee History Museum from 1-4pm this Sunday.

Please check out the Virtual Tour of our Museum - link on the Home tab on our website.  Special thanks to TKTV  (https:/...
10/05/2018
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Please check out the Virtual Tour of our Museum - link on the Home tab on our website. Special thanks to TKTV (https://www.tk-tv.com/) for reaching out to our Museum.
They also provided AR of some items as well.
So grateful for their talent!

IDENTIFY PRESERVE PROMOTE #MenifeeHistory

10/05/2018

Thank you for joining the Menifee Valley Historical Association for our first Poker Run of the Historical Monuments. Participants traveled to 5 of the 12 monuments and then returned to the Antelope-Menifee Rural Center for hot dogs, cake and a chance to win gift cards from local restaurants for the best and worst poker hands.

We want to thank our partners, the Paloma Valley NJROTC, Menifee Valley Lions Club and the City of Menifee-City Hall for collaborating with us on this event #Menifee10

If you are curious about gold mines, come to the Museum this Sunday October 7 and visit with Bob Kent resident geologist...
10/05/2018

If you are curious about gold mines, come to the Museum this Sunday October 7 and visit with Bob Kent resident geologist and learn about Luther Menifee Wilson and the gold mines in Menifee Valley. Bob will be a Docent this Sunday from 2-4:00.
Julie Zimmerman and Dee Walker will be there from 1-4:00. #MenifeeHistory

09/29/2018
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Check out the Google Inside 360 Virtual Tour of our Museum!
Scroll to the bottom of the home page and hit the Check it Out button.

Thank you to TKTV Artifact Team. They came to our Museum and did this to help us get the word out about our Museum.

Merle and his wife, Ina May (Morrison) Zeiders will be Docents this Sunday at the Museum.  They have 4 children, 14 gran...
09/27/2018

Merle and his wife, Ina May (Morrison) Zeiders will be Docents this Sunday at the Museum. They have 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Come learn about their families and their lifetime here in Menifee.
Rick Jones will also join them this Sunday. He can tell you about the trails and mines he has visited throughout Menifee, this County and beyond.
Come see us Sunday September 30th from 1-4

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Museum: Garbani Road Between Murrieta And Evans
Menifee, CA
92584

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Our mission is to identify, preserve and promote the historic legacy of the Menifee Valley, to promote respect for our past and educate the public about its historical significance.

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Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(951) 708-6842

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