Monterey Park Historical Society

Monterey Park Historical Society One of Monterey Park's hidden gems is the historical museum at Garvey Ranch Park!The museum contains a room full of California Missions models & city items

This museum originated as the private residence of Richard Garvey, one of the forefathers of Monterey Park. He owned a cattle ranch and had been extremely active throughout the early years of the city's development. Richard Garvey Jr. donated the property to the city and the home was dedicated as a museum and the ranch has been transformed into a public park.

Operating as usual

Vaccine for #MontereyPark ResidentsWe are contacting Monterey Park residents over the age of 65 to see if they’ve receiv...
03/11/2021
COVID-19 -Monterey Park Vaccine Registration Friday - March 12, 2021 (65+ up)

Vaccine for #MontereyPark Residents

We are contacting Monterey Park residents over the age of 65 to see if they’ve received the Covid-19 vaccine. If you know someone that is interested, the Monterey Park Fire Dept is partnering with Chinatown Service Center to administer vaccines for this Friday, March 12 by appointment only. There are limited spots available. In order to be eligible for the vaccine residents must be 65+ older and a Monterey Park resident.

This Friday the location will be at Garvey Ranch Park at 781 S Orange Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Scheduled residents are asked to please enter Garvey Ranch Park using southbound Orange Ave. and may park their vehicle in the parking lot and follow the signs.

Qualifying residents would need to fill out the questionnaire down below. They can register themselves using the link below or I can assist them with the questionnaire over the phone by calling (626) 307-1395 or (626) 307-1396. Upon registration, participants would need to call the Langley Center to schedule their appointment. They are not confirmed until they have scheduled an appointment with a Langley Center or Bruggemeyer Library staff member. Once scheduled they will receive a confirmation email that they will bring either digitally or printed to their appointment along with their photo ID. If the participant does not have an email, I can arrange a drop off with one of our drivers here at the Langley Center to deliver a printed copy of their confirmation to their address.

This is the questionnaire required to be filled out. Please fill out and call to schedule your appointment or a staff member could assist with filling out the questionnaire over the phone.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeM8ZFLhSwm_VC7o0_PIoobu6x_gnK3okbRBVUUvm7RQKWQxQ/viewform

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me via email or the number listed below.

Thank you!

Alejandra (Allie) Espinosa
City of Monterey Park
Recreation Dept.
(626) 307 - 1395
(626) 307 - 1396

Monterey Park City COVID-19 Registration - Chinatown Service Center is partnering with the Monterey Park City Fire Department in administering COVID-19 Vaccines on March 12, 2021. To be eligible for the vaccines you must be 65+ older to register. Applicants who are not 65+ will not be registered and...

03/13/2020

Good Evening,

As of today, per City directive, the Museum will be closed until we get the all clear to open again.

Please be safe out there!

Thank you for supporting the #MontereyParkHistoricalSociety.
09/17/2019

Thank you for supporting the #MontereyParkHistoricalSociety.

All signs points to the fundraiser for the #MontereyPark Historical Museum! Only a few hours away. Please come by betwee...
09/11/2019

All signs points to the fundraiser for the #MontereyPark Historical Museum! Only a few hours away. Please come by between 7pm and 9:30 pm tonight. Cost for this Moon Festival themed event is only $15 which includes entertainment, food/drink sampling and craft for kids. Thanks to sponsors Art of Tea, Tang Gong Seafood Restaurant, TeaAmi and SCE for making this possible.

09/10/2019

A reminder the fundraiser for the Museum is taking place on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 between 7 to 9:30 pm. Entitled "Mid-Autumn Festival", the event will feature entertainment, food/tea sampling, a costume contest, and calligraphy by a local artist as well as a performance of the traditional "guzheng", a traditional zither-like instrument with a long history dating back many Chinese dynasties. Karaoke fans are encouraged to sing for a donation. This is a kid-friendly event with free lantern making taught by our dedicated museum volunteers. Everyone is invited to observe the moon through the #MontereyPark's own observatory. Entry donations from $15 ($5 discount if you come in traditional regalia). Please RSVP so we can get a more accurate count to [email protected]. Pay for entry at the door. Thank you for supporting the #MontereyParkMuseum!

Explore the DIVERSITY of #MontereyPark. Come see the new exhibit at the #MPKMuseum. We are open on the weekends 2 pm to ...
08/31/2019

Explore the DIVERSITY of #MontereyPark. Come see the new exhibit at the #MPKMuseum. We are open on the weekends 2 pm to 4pm.

The Chamber is helping to raise funds for the #MontereyParkHistoricalMuseum with a Mid-Autumn Moon Festival collaborativ...
08/30/2019

The Chamber is helping to raise funds for the #MontereyParkHistoricalMuseum with a Mid-Autumn Moon Festival collaborative mixer/party at Garvey Ranch Park! Stop by Wedsneday, September 11, 2019 between 7 and 10 pm to sample delicacies from #MontereyPark"s newest restaurant #TangGongSeafoodRestautant and local tea purveyor the #ArtofTea. Your $15 entry includes museum, entertainment and an opportunity see the moon (and other heavenly bodies) from Monterey Parks very own observatory. Wear a Chinese costume for an entry discount and opportunity to win $100! RSVP to [email protected].

09/22/2018

If we added a way to donate to the museum here on our page, would you be more inclined to donate?

It was late into the "Roaring Twenties" when a Greek immigrant by the name of Peter Snyder began development of a reside...
09/02/2018

It was late into the "Roaring Twenties" when a Greek immigrant by the name of Peter Snyder began development of a residential subdivision named the Midwick Hills Estates, approximately a half mile from the Midwick Country Club. Intending it to be a Beverly Hills or Bel Aire of the eastside, Snyder built a waterfall down a 240-foot hillside and on the opposite end, a Spanish-styled sales office for his Estates. The building completed in 1928, was named "Jardin El Encanto" (the Enchanted Garden). It is one of the few historic buildings left in the City and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it houses the offices of the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce.

08/20/2018

The Exhibit Committee has decided on a name! They are working on getting a collar and tag with the sheep's new name. Updates will be posted.

08/07/2018

Thank you for voting in our polls! The top three names (Monty Wooly, Curly, and Ardiak) will be given to our committee this weekend for the final decision. Look out for an update sometime next week!

The Society held its annual #ClassicFilmScreening on July 31, 2018. This year's movie was "The Diary of Anne Frank" (195...
08/03/2018

The Society held its annual #ClassicFilmScreening on July 31, 2018. This year's movie was "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959) featuring Millie Perkins and Shelly Winters as the abrasive Mrs. Van Daan. Ms. Perkins attended the screening in person as a special guest of Professor Foster Hirsch who is a native of Monterey Park and now a Professor of Film Studies in New York. A banquet was held for Ms. Perkins after the screening at Empress Harbor Restaurant. The screening is a partnership with Friends of the Library.

Members and friends of the MP Historical Museum visited the Church of Our Savior where General George S. Patton, Jr. att...
08/03/2018

Members and friends of the MP Historical Museum visited the Church of Our Savior where General George S. Patton, Jr. attended service.He is honored with a stained glass window that depicts his leadership during WWII. For the first time, members were invited to ride their bicycles from the Museum to the Church and back.

Members and friends of the MP Historical Museum visited the Church of Our Savior where General George S. Patton, Jr. attended service.He is honored with a stained glass window that depicts his leadership during WWII. For the first time, members were invited to ride their bicycles from the Museum to the Church and back.

07/28/2018

What should we name our sheep?! 3/3

07/28/2018

What should we name our sheep?! 2/3

07/28/2018

What should we name our sheep?! 1/3

Come join us!
06/23/2018

Come join us!

06/23/2018

We would like to thank Animal Services Officer Chris Hubert and Public Works personnel Miguel Cervantes for rescuing a kitten stuck in our rafters last weekend.

We updated our lobby display cases!
04/11/2018

We updated our lobby display cases!

The Exhibit committee has finished the Veterans display. And our own veteran, Jim Iwaki, will be starting our very first...
08/20/2017

The Exhibit committee has finished the Veterans display. And our own veteran, Jim Iwaki, will be starting our very first Veteran's Registry. For contact information about the Registry, please message us. Thank you!

This flyer was created by Vincent Chang and we hope to see you all there!
06/03/2017

This flyer was created by Vincent Chang and we hope to see you all there!

06/22/2016

We have updated our dress exhibit and working on updating our hat displays. Come take a look this Saturday or Sunday 2pm-4pm!

11/29/2015

Follow us on Instagram: mpk_museum and get in the moment updates!

11/22/2015

The Museum will be creating an Instagram account soon, so keep a look out for it!

11/04/2015

Thank you everyone who attended the Halloween event, and thank you to the Garvey Ranch Park Observatory and LAAS for opening the Observatory for that night.

10/23/2015

Joyous October! The LA Astronomical Society will be opening the Observatory in Garvey Ranch park on Halloween! Come share in star gazing while collecting treats from the Museum! Hope to see you all there!

The Museum will be welcoming trick-o-treaters! Come on by for some treats and fun!
10/22/2015

The Museum will be welcoming trick-o-treaters! Come on by for some treats and fun!

04/02/2015

Hello Everyone!

The Historical Society of Monterey Park invites you to attend our Program Meeting on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. The Museum is located at Garvey Ranch Park, 781 So. Orange, Monterey Park.

Lucille Wang, Executive Director of the Chinese American Museum will discuss its history and future focus. Visit our Museum - Admittance is free. Light refreshments are provided following the program.

We hope to see you there

Museum information
11/09/2014

Museum information

Exhibits
11/09/2014

Exhibits

10/28/2014

Just a little update for next door:
Dear club members,

The 8 Inch refractor in the dome at the Garvey Ranch Observatory was removed and is in the workshop. It will eventually be moved to City Hall in Monterey Park where it will be stored and displayed with other LAAS items for local residents to learn more about our club and the observatory. If you would like to help move the telescope and set it up, please give Mary a call at 626-791-2740.
Garvey Nights? The new dome should be arriving at the end of this week. At this time, I don't know if you can work on telescopes or mirrors in the workshop. We do have use of the
Community Center classroom next door to the workshop on this upcoming Wednesday. If you bring some old sheets or drop cloths to work on, I’m sure you can work on your scopes in that room or outside, weather permitting. The building will be eventually closed due to the construction which may begin next week.

Thanks,
Andee Sherwood

Communications Coordinator

[email protected]

Volunteers are always welcome! Come be a part of Monterey Park history!
04/18/2014

Volunteers are always welcome! Come be a part of Monterey Park history!

Address

781 S Orange Ave
Monterey Park, CA
91755

Opening Hours

Monday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm

Telephone

(626) 307-1267

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