Palm Springs Historical Society

Palm Springs Historical Society The Palm Springs Historical Society is a non-profit organization and was founded in 1955 by Melba Berry Bennett.
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Operating as usual

While the museum and tours are closed for the season. You can continue to learn about Palm Springs History through artic...
05/06/2020
Intriguing Stories - Articles Archive – Palm Springs Historical Society

While the museum and tours are closed for the season. You can continue to learn about Palm Springs History through articles written by Tracy Conrad. Check out our website weekly to learn more. Stay safe and in your homes.

Enjoy the stories that share the vibrant past of Palm Springs. Discover the visionaries and spirited people who helped form this desert oasis. The colorful people who lived and played here. In partnership with the Desert Sun. Part of the USA Today Network. Copyright © 2019, The Desert Sun. All righ...

“Standing Woman” in mask.                Stay safe and health                                                    Art don...
04/05/2020

“Standing Woman” in mask. Stay safe and health Art done Felipe Castaneda

03/17/2020

MUSEUM CLOSED

At this time we have made the decision to close our facilities to the public.

We are available Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm for phone calls.

Thank you and stay safe.

03/16/2020

NO TOURS AT THIS TIME
The health and safety of our customers, docents and staff is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our community we will not be offering any walking or biking tours at this time. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and government agencies regarding the current Coronavirus COVID-19 situation.

03/10/2020

Our final talk of the season is still happening tomorrow. If you are sick or have health concerns please call Palm Springs Historical Society. Your safety is our priority.

760-323-8297

Thank you

Get your steps in  🚶                    Walking tours are a great way to see Palm Springs and learn about its history. T...
03/08/2020

Get your steps in 🚶 Walking tours are a great way to see Palm Springs and learn about its history. The Movie Colony has Frank Sinatra’s home, Robolights and so much more! Sign up on our website.

Do not miss our last “Let’s Talk” of the season.                                               Anthony Purnel will bring...
03/06/2020

Do not miss our last “Let’s Talk” of the season. Anthony Purnel will bring the Pacific Crest Trail to life on the big screen as he shares his intimate journey on this legendary footpath discussing the many obstacles and challenges he faced on his 132 day adventure.

One of America's most iconic hiking trails. Designated as one of the first two national scenic trails in 1968, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a continuous footpath of more than 2,650 miles—from the Mexican border to the Canadian border through California, Oregon, and Washington. #palmsprings #pacificcresttrail #california #hiking #lecture

Check out our newest tour!                Available in March only!                   —————————————————Tour 11-Twin Palms...
02/26/2020

Check out our newest tour! Available in March only! —————————————————Tour 11-Twin Palms Estates. Walk through Palm Springs' first midcentury neighborhood developed by the Alexander Construction Company and the talented architectural team Palmer and Krisel.

A jewel among our desert neighborhoods, truly demonstrates the creative genius of Palmer and Krisel. Each house appears to be custom built because of alternating facades, changing site orientations and using a variety of rooflines including the dramatic butterfly style.

Modernism Week is here!                       Want to explore the city?                         Check out our bike tours...
02/14/2020

Modernism Week is here! Want to explore the city? Check out our bike tours 🚲🚲. Friday to Monday 9 am Book on our website. #biketour #palmsprings #modernismweek #historicalsociety

Who is excited for Modernism Week?                                          🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️                                    ...
02/11/2020

Who is excited for Modernism Week? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️ #modernismweek #palmsprings

Palm Springs Historical Society's cover photo
02/04/2020

Palm Springs Historical Society's cover photo

"Avanti- Desert-Designed Car" was written on the cover of Palm Springs Life magazine in 1962. This Avanti Studebaker was...
01/21/2020

"Avanti- Desert-Designed Car" was written on the cover of Palm Springs Life magazine in 1962.

This Avanti Studebaker was designed in one week in Palm Springs by Robert Andrews, John Ebstein and Palm Springs resident Raymond Loewy. Designed in Palm Springs, it was only natural that the desert oasis would be the perfect place to photograph this classic car for advertisement campaign.

You might get to see this gem on the "Rat Pack" walking tour or our brand new bike tours this season.

If you want to learn more about Industrial Designer Raymond Loewy, stop by the museum. We have a special exhibit on him this season. Don't miss out! #palmsprings

Take a step back through time.      Join us on Jan 23 for our Let's Talk - The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Yesterday, To...
01/18/2020

Take a step back through time. Join us on Jan 23 for our Let's Talk - The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The film Greg Purdy and Cara Youngman are planning to present that night is splendid. Book on our website now! $20 for non members $10 for PSHS members Free for students with School ID

We still have spots available for our walking tours tomorrow! Love all things Frank Sinatra? Go on Tour 7, Frank Sinatra...
01/02/2020
Tour 7 - Frank Sinatra's Neighborhood

We still have spots available for our walking tours tomorrow!

Love all things Frank Sinatra?

Go on Tour 7, Frank Sinatra's Neighborhood. Explore the historic Movie Colony Neighborhood that he called home.

Tours start at 9:30 am
Cost $25 per person
All tour start at various locations
https://pshistoricalsociety.org/products/tour-7-frank-sinatras-neighborhood-the-movie-colony?variant=30199748558894

Thursday 9:30 am Friday 9:30 am Sunday 9:30 am The Movie ColonyWith the luxurious El Mirador as its centerpiece, the Movie Colony was developed in the 1930s and 1940s. In this tranquil neighborhood lived some of Hollywood’s biggest stars such as Cary Grant, Dinah Shore, Van Johnson, Tony Curtis, G...

12/29/2019
BIKE Palm Springs Rentals & Tours

Bike like a Star! Join us for our biking tours!

https://pshistoricalsociety.org/products/bike-like-a-star?variant=30207315443844

In case you didn’t know... We do tours! - Well, the Palm Springs historical Society Docents do! A two hour tour through several neighborhoods in beautiful Palm Springs. We send you off equipped with an audio ear piece so you can clearly hear wonderful stories about PS, historical facts and the fabulous movie stars that lived and played in our city! -
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So it begins. On the balcony of the Thomas O’Donnell House.             📸: @mattamico                                   ...
12/27/2019

So it begins. On the balcony of the Thomas O’Donnell House. 📸: @mattamico #palmsprings #historicalsociety #view

11/04/2019
11/04/2019
Since November 1939, Los Compadres has been a part of the Palm Springs Community.  Tracy Conrad gives a history of the o...
10/29/2019
Los Compadres brought together local riders from all walks of life

Since November 1939, Los Compadres has been a part of the Palm Springs Community. Tracy Conrad gives a history of the organization in this interesting article.

People entertained themselves, making music, playing sports and conversing. They cared deeply about their friends, amigos, buddies, pals or compadres.

Here's an interesting article on the O'Donnell Golf Club written by Tracy Conrad.
10/20/2019
O’Donnell Golf Club landscape is most historic

Here's an interesting article on the O'Donnell Golf Club written by Tracy Conrad.

A nomination for historic designation for the buildings and landscape O’Donnell Golf Club goes before the Palm Springs City Council on Oct. 23.

The Filmmakers' Gallery Presents...Special Screening of the classic movie, Yours Mine & Ours.A special evening celebrati...
06/22/2018

The Filmmakers' Gallery Presents...

Special Screening of the classic movie, Yours Mine & Ours.

A special evening celebrating the 50th anniversary of this classic American comedy, starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. Guest moderated by Lucille's "Number One Fan" and best-selling author Michael Stern; who will be selling and signing copies of his book "I Had A Ball: My Friendship with Lucille Ball"

Special Guests: Actress, Morgan Brittany
& "I Had A Ball" Author, Michael Stern

**View Classic Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq9Q-0e9mBM

*A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit The Palm Springs Historical Society.

DATE: SATURDAY, JULY 14th, 2018

5-7:00pm - Cocktail Reception with Morgan Brittany & Michael Stern (For VIP Ticket Holders ONLY)

6-7:00pm - "I Had A Ball" Book Signing
-with Author, Michael Stern

7-7:45pm - Conversation with Morgan Brittany
*Guest Moderator, Author of "I HAD A BALL" - Michael Stern

8:00pm - The 50th Anniversary Celebration Screening of "YOURS, MINE & OURS"!

WHERE: The Palm Springs Cultural Center - Camelot Theatres
Address: 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262

SPONSORED BY: LIVE Magazine TV, HYATT Palm Springs & Bridge Falls Entertainment

VIP Cocktail Reception with Special Guests:
$15.00 (Includes VIP Cocktail Hour plus Book Signing, Conversation segment & Screening of "YOURS, MINE & OURS")

General Admission:
$10.00 (Includes Book Signing, Conversation segment & Screening of "YOURS, MINE & OURS")

We hope to see you there!

Our final "Talk" of the season is titled, "Let's Talk About Gay Palm Springs."  The talk is scheduled for April 17, 2018...
04/08/2018
Gay community has shaped and influenced Palm Springs for decades

Our final "Talk" of the season is titled, "Let's Talk About Gay Palm Springs." The talk is scheduled for April 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased at www.pshistoricalsociety.org. $10 for members and $20 for non-members. See you at "The Talk."

Whether private or out, the gay community has shaped the history of Palm Springs throughout its storied history

Herbert Burns was called a "charismatic chameleon."  Learn why in this article on the man and his work.
03/11/2018
Historic Town & Desert Apartments invited invasion of the sun

Herbert Burns was called a "charismatic chameleon." Learn why in this article on the man and his work.

Photographer Julius Shulman was so impressed with Town and Desert Apartments, he wrote about it. Now Preservation Society is feting the architect

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
12/18/2017
A Palm Springs Christmas story

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

The story begins in 1919 when a Christmas celebration was planned for the children who attended the Community Church in the little village of Palm Springs.

12/04/2017
www.desertsun.com

Our first lecture of the season is tomorrow night. The number of tickets are limited, so purchase now. See the article below for details.

11/29/2017
Coachella Valley

Come over to the Village Green to see this amazing house in person. Thanks CoachellaValley.com for posting this great video.

Hey Coachella Valley, a quick tour of the Historic Cornelia White House in Palm Springs

The Cornelia White House is a historic 1893 wooden residential structure located in downtown Palm Springs, California, and is one of the oldest surviving structures – of any kind – in the town

The Cornelia White House was built in 1893, and is made entirely of "recycled" railroad ties taken from under the Palmdale Railroad's tracks.

The residence is named for its original owner, Cornelia B. White, who was an early pioneer of the Palm Springs area.
By Jill Hayes / Coachella Valley

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Architect Herbert Burns
Snow in Palm Springs February 4, 1978
Hi all, I am hoping the PSHS and all of its members pay close attention to the Town and Country Center project. Right now it is threatened by over 40% demolition by its current owner which will destroy its integrity as an irreplaceable historic resource. We can do better here in the mecca of mid-century modernism!
Can someone help me out here? Who is the gentleman with the glasses? Thanks in advance!
Just sent you a p.m., Jeri.
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Thank you so much for helping me on my quest to find information about my grandparents salon. I'm looking forward to visiting again to see what else I can find!