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.

Mission: The purpose of the museum is to tell the history of Monterey Park and the contribution of the founders of the city. The story of Monterey Park is highly relevant to the local school children learning about early California history, visitors who are learning about the town for the first time, and long-time locals who seek pride in their city origins and faith in its future!

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.

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

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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!

Prints donated by Gary H. Wong, Instruments on loan from Johnny Thomas Music .(Erhu)
04/18/2014

Prints donated by Gary H. Wong, Instruments on loan from Johnny Thomas Music .
(Erhu)

KCET recently published a detailed article about Monterey Park! The article does have a minor error; Coyote Pass was ren...
11/16/2013
On Location: Monterey Park | LA Letters | Land of Sunshine | KCET

KCET recently published a detailed article about Monterey Park! The article does have a minor error; Coyote Pass was renamed Monterey Pass Road, not Garvey Ave, although it does fork off Garvey Ave.

If you want to learn more about Monterey Park history, you can visit the museum between 2 - 4 PM on the weekends! We would also like to invite you to join us this Sunday at the museum where Bill Keehn will be speaking about living through historic events in Monterey Park (refreshments are provided)!

In the last three decades Monterey Park became known as the first city and suburb in America to have an Asian majority. Advertised in Asia as the "Chinese Beverly Hills," the city's unique social history has made it the subject of several books in the last two decades.

Museum information
09/12/2013

Museum information

Exhibits
09/12/2013

Exhibits

In case you missed it
09/12/2013

In case you missed it

Congratulations to our senior docents! Thank you for all the work you've contributed to the museum! Best wishes to the c...
06/09/2013

Congratulations to our senior docents! Thank you for all the work you've contributed to the museum! Best wishes to the class of 2013! Photo credits: Cody Chan

Exhibits
05/21/2013

Exhibits

Play Days 2013
05/21/2013

Play Days 2013

05/20/2013

In case you missed it, this past weekend Monterey Park turned 97 years old! The Grand Marshall this year was Eduardo Xol from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition! Miss Monterey Park this year was Veronica Summers, both Eduardo and Miss Summers ride in the parade this year.

Congrats to Ynez School for 100 years of education, 1913 - 2013!Come by our booth at Play Days to see a preview of our u...
05/19/2013

Congrats to Ynez School for 100 years of education, 1913 - 2013!

Come by our booth at Play Days to see a preview of our upcoming Ynez School Exhibit!

This section about Ynez school is located in the hanging exhibit

05/18/2013

Come join us at our booth this weekend at play days! We will have fun and informative worksheets and the booth will be dedicated to Ynez's 100th birthday!

Come join our community!
05/05/2013

Come join our community!

Become a Docent today! Learn interesting facts about the city you love and grew up in!
04/11/2013

Become a Docent today! Learn interesting facts about the city you love and grew up in!

Museum information
03/17/2013

Museum information

03/06/2013

Hello Everybody!
The Monterey Park Historical Society is still searching for fresh talent and seasoned experts to get involved at the museum. Like mentioned in previous posts, the Monterey Park Historical Museum is definitely not like other museums because there are opportunities for students for learn the craft of museum work and also increase their community involvement. These skill sets and experiences are valuable for people of all seasons of life. Since most people who check Facebook are either young or young at heart, it is essential to focus on the potential of young people in Monterey Park and enable them to cultivate those gifts and talents that are nestled deep inside.
Although this concept may seem lofty, there are also tangible rewards for those who do step out in faith and perform good works. First of all, there is the Laura Scudder scholarship/stipend that is awarded to student docents who invest the most hours throughout a one year period. This is great send-off money for those who are planning to go to college and pursue their dream careers. Another helpful tool that takes high school students further than they would ever know is the opportunity to be mentored by a lead docent and ask for letters of recommendation for college admissions.
Of course learning about Monterey Park's founding is the greatest reward of all and this is the core of the society's purpose. Please send a FB message for additional information.

Yours truly,
The staff at the Monterey Park Historical Society

Monterey Park Historical Society's cover photo
01/20/2013

Monterey Park Historical Society's cover photo

Museum information
01/20/2013

Museum information

A quick look at the museum's exhibits
01/20/2013

A quick look at the museum's exhibits

Address

781 S Orange Ave
Monterey Park, CA
91755

Opening Hours

Saturday 14:00 - 16:00
Sunday 14:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(626) 307-1267

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