Whittier Historical Society & Museum

Whittier Historical Society & Museum The mission of the Whittier Museum is to collect, preserve and exhibit the first 100 years of Whittier history and beyond. The mission of the Whittier Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and exhibit materials of historical and cultural significance to the history of the greater Whittier area.
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FIVE MORE DAYS!!! ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸฟIt's almost time for our next drive-in movie at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA on Sat., Febr...
02/15/2021

FIVE MORE DAYS!!! ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฟ

It's almost time for our next drive-in movie at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA on Sat., February 20th!!

Our movie showing of "50 First Dates" will be screened at 5:30 PM with admission as early as 4:30 PM

Tickets are still available for $20 a Car on our website: https://whittiermuseum.org/product/drive-in-movie-tickets/

Gets yours now!!!

Help support the Whittier Museum by joining us for the movie or by liking and sharing this post with your family and friends! Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

Happy Presidentโ€™s Day from the Whittier Historical Society & Museum! ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ“œ You canโ€™t think of Whittier without rememberin...
02/15/2021

Happy Presidentโ€™s Day from the Whittier Historical Society & Museum! ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ“œ You canโ€™t think of Whittier without remembering our presidential legacy to Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States of America. Though born in Yorba Linda, Whittier is the hometown for President Nixon, having attended school and graduating from Whittier College to later become a lawyer at the old Bank of America Building. Did you know he met his wife, Patricia Ryan, while being an actor for the Whittier Community Players? After serving in the US Navy during the Second World War, our Nixonโ€™s political career was launched thanks to several major Whititer influencers. With their help, Nixon was elected to Congress in 1946 and thus began a vast political career to the Vice Presidency and then President from 1969 till 1974. Check out these photos from our Nixon Exhibit!

Earlier this week we received some amazing photographs of our beloved Myers Department Store taken during the mid-1960s....
02/10/2021

Earlier this week we received some amazing photographs of our beloved Myers Department Store taken during the mid-1960s. We have never before seen these photos; including some wonderful views of Uptown Whittier. Check out those cars and look at so much you can see inside the store! They really did have almost everything!

This Myers store was located on the corner of Greenleaf Ave. and Bailey St. These photos were sent to us by one of the Myers family, Lewis R. Myers. We will share more of the Myers store photos in the coming days. They look fantastic!

Thank you Lewis, we will cherish these photos as much as our friends will enjoy looking at them.

CHANGE IN DATE!!!Due to a scheduling conflict, we have changed the date for our drive-in movie showing of "50 First Date...
02/01/2021

CHANGE IN DATE!!!

Due to a scheduling conflict, we have changed the date for our drive-in movie showing of "50 First Dates" on February 13th, now to Feb. 20th. We sincerely apologize for the sudden change.

Enjoy a second Valentine's Day date night at the movies!! ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฅฐ

Our website has been successfully updated for ticket purchases. The movie will still be screened at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA at 5:30 PM; vehicles can arrive to park as early as 4:30 PM.

Tickets on SALE NOW for $20 (per car, not per person) at: https://whittiermuseum.org/product/drive-in-movie-tickets/

Help support ticket sales by liking and sharing this post. Thank you and we'll see you at the movies! ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽฌ๐Ÿฟ

More info at: https://whittiermuseum.org/events/drive-in-theater/

Today we mourn the passing of a true patron of all things Whittier, Leeba Lessin.  She was a great friend to the Whittie...
01/26/2021

Today we mourn the passing of a true patron of all things Whittier, Leeba Lessin. She was a great friend to the Whittier Historical Society and Museum. She donated the magnificent collection of fruit crate labels that decorated the 4 Bricks restaurant to the Museum as well as supporting our fundraising teas with delicious treats from Aunties. Our condolences to her family and friends.

It is with heavy and broken hearts we declare that our sister and Auntie Leeba has finished her race here on earth, passing from this life to the next at 9:35pm, Monday January 25, surrounded by her siblings, nieces and nephews. It was our great honor to be present as she entered eternity with her Lord Jesus. Her battle with cancer was a bitter one, but through it all she remained resolute in her faith and trust in Godโ€™s sovereignty over her life and the timing of her death. Leeba grew up in Whittier and after many years in Santa Barbara returned to Whittier and made it her permanent home. Having experienced the Santa Barbara breakfast scene, she dreamed of one day opening one in Whittier and in 2017 she made that dream a reality with the opening of Aunties Bakery and Cafรฉ. But beyond having a cool breakfast spot, she believed in community, giving locals a place to gather on the porch, front or back yard or inside at the community table. She provided employment opportunities to many and gave generously to community events, enriching the upper portion of Greenleaf Avenue with this gem. She extended her desire to enrich her city when she opened Lift Coffee Roasters. In addition she supported a variety of enterprises, weddings, receptions and hangouts as owner of the gorgeous Four Bricks building. She was supportive of many, many businesses in the Uptown District and all around Whittier and will be greatly missed in the community and by her family and friends. Please consider donating in her honor to the following organizations that were near to her heart: Los Angeles Master Choral, ArtForms Whittier, or the City of Hope. .. . The Lessin Family

Someone has been waiting for the museum to reopen.
01/22/2021

Someone has been waiting for the museum to reopen.

The Whittier Historic Resources Commission will meet this Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 pm to discuss/vote on de-listing the N...
01/11/2021

The Whittier Historic Resources Commission will meet this Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 pm to discuss/vote on de-listing the Nixon House at 15844 Whittier Blvd. from the City's historic register. If the property is de-listed, the developer will be one step closer to demolishing it. Information about joining the meeting via Zoom and making public comments can be found at https://online.cityofwhittier.org/OnBaseAgendaOnline/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=3465&doctype=1

Photo shows Richard Nixon's mother, Hannah Nixon, on Mothers Day 1959. Hannah lived at the house from 1962 to 1965. From the Whittier Historical Society archives.

Hello Everyone & Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ˜€Please help support our 2020 Year-End Campaign with a tax-deductible donation today.  ...
12/31/2020

Hello Everyone & Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ˜€

Please help support our 2020 Year-End Campaign with a tax-deductible donation today. As a small 501(c)(3) organization, the Whittier Historical Society & Museum depends on the generosity of donors like you. This has been a difficult year for all of us and we are very appreciative of donations in any amount and your donation is tax deductible! It's not to late for last minute 2020 donations for your taxes!

We have different campaigns you can contribute to: our General Operations Fund, the Endowment Fund, our Plumbing Fund (Part 2) and our Fred. C. Nelles Exhibit Phase 2.

Join our family as a member of the Whittier Historical Society. Memberships start at $25 per year and include the monthly "Whittier Museum Gazette" and research privileges in our Archives Room. Memberships also make great gifts and are also tax deductible. Your donation has an impact on the thousands of families and groups we serve each year. Your support is so very much appreciated!

Donate can be made online at our website, here: https://whittiermuseum.org/support/donate/

Goodbye 2020 and hello 2021!!! ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ‡

12/31/2020

THE MOVIE TONIGHT IS NOT CANCELED!!! Anyone who purchased tickets can arrive by 7:30 PM for admission!!!

I repeat the movie tonight IS NOT canceled!!!

DRIVE-IN UPDATE!!! Drive-In Theater: "Die Hard" Double ShowingWe still have 13 tickets for sale! Unless we sell out of t...
12/30/2020

DRIVE-IN UPDATE!!! Drive-In Theater: "Die Hard" Double Showing

We still have 13 tickets for sale! Unless we sell out of these tickets by 3 PM today we will have to cancel the showing for "Die Hard" at 8:30 PM.

We had hoped because of the holiday week that we would have a successful double showing, but we were compelled to cancel the first showing at 5:30 PM when no tickets for it sold. We cannot make up the costs for the movie license, site use rental or staff fees if these remaining tickets do not sell.

These remaining tickets can be purchased at https://whittiermuseum.org/product/drive-in-movie-tickets/

Attention Facebook Followers!Our  next drive-in movie is tomorrow and we regretfully have not had good ticket sales for ...
12/29/2020
Drive-In Movie

Attention Facebook Followers!

Our next drive-in movie is tomorrow and we regretfully have not had good ticket sales for Drive-In Theater: "Die Hard" Double Showing

We have sold only 10 tickets for our 8:30 PM showing and NONE for the 5:30 PM showing.

We have now officially CANCELED the 5:30 PM showing!

If we do not sell out of the 8:30 PM tickets we will have to cancel the entire show. Without a complete sale we cannot make up the costs for the movie license, site rental or staff.

Tickets can still be purchased at: https://whittiermuseum.org/product/drive-in-movie-tickets/

Don't let go of Christmas too soon like Gruber! Let's go to the drive-in! Now a double showing! Get your tickets for 20th Century Fox's 1988 other holiday classic Die Hard starring Bruce Willies, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia and Reginald Vel Johnson. New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willi...

In two days we will be hosting our next drive-in theater at @trinitylutheranchurchwhittier another all time OTHER holida...
12/28/2020

In two days we will be hosting our next drive-in theater at @trinitylutheranchurchwhittier another all time OTHER holiday classic โ€œDie Hardโ€ on December 30th!!! Get your tickets now!!! Check out the link in our bio for more info!!

Taken from the December 26th, 1919 issue of the Whittier News about the Whittier State School.
12/25/2020

Taken from the December 26th, 1919 issue of the Whittier News about the Whittier State School.

OUR NEXT DRIVE-IN MOVIE ON DECEMBER 30TH!!!Don't let go of Christmas too soon like some people!Get your tickets for the ...
12/22/2020

OUR NEXT DRIVE-IN MOVIE ON DECEMBER 30TH!!!

Don't let go of Christmas too soon like some people!

Get your tickets for the other kind of holiday classic "Die Hard" now two showings on Wednesday, December 30th, starting at 5:30 PM and the second showing at 8:30 PM.

Get your tickets at: https://whittiermuseum.org/product/drive-in-movie-tickets/

Visit our events page for more info and updates: Drive-In Theater: "Die Hard" Double Showing

You never know what is going to come in the mail when you work at the Whittier Museum. Today we received this nifty litt...
12/15/2020

You never know what is going to come in the mail when you work at the Whittier Museum. Today we received this nifty little membership card for The Lincoln Legion signed by a Mary Saint (I think what is written) on February 12, 1911.

The Lincoln Legion was established by Anti-Saloon League-founder Howard Hyde Russell in 1903. The organization was first called "The Lincoln League" after Abraham Lincoln. In 1912 it was renamed "The Lincolnโ€“Lee Legion" to reference Robert E. Lee to make it more appealing to southern states.

Tickets are now on sale for our next drive-in at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA โ€ผ๏ธ๐ŸŽŸ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐ŸŽžNEXT WEEK we will be showing...
12/03/2020

Tickets are now on sale for our next drive-in at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA โ€ผ๏ธ๐ŸŽŸ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐ŸŽž

NEXT WEEK we will be showing a true holiday favorite "Elf" ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ˜€ The movie will start at 6 PM (it gets dark much earlier now) and guests will be admitted to park as early as 4:30 PM.

Get your tickets here: https://whittiermuseum.org/product/drive-in-movie-tickets/ Limited 25 availability!

As a bonus: Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting pictures with Santa Claus ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿ“ธ from 4 PM till 5:30 PM. All are welcomed, but must bring their own cameras and wear a face mask!

Check out our event's page here for more info: "Elf" at the Drive-In Theater & Santa Claus

* Would you be interested in seeing a later showing of "Elf" on the same day? We are considering making this a double feature, the second showing would start sometime between 8 and 8:30 PM after the 6 PM show. Comment on this post to influence our decision! Thank you!

10 TICKETS REMAINING!!! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ•ฐ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŒฉ Get yours while still in stock! ONLY ONE SHOWING on Saturday November 28th starting at 7 PM...
11/18/2020

10 TICKETS REMAINING!!! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ•ฐ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŒฉ

Get yours while still in stock! ONLY ONE SHOWING on Saturday November 28th starting at 7 PM ๐Ÿš˜๐Ÿ“ฝ๐ŸŽž

https://whittiermuseum.org/product/drive-in-movie-tickets/

ALSO... What Christmas movie(s) would you like us to show in December? Any recommendations? ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ“ฝ

It's always important to support our fellow non-profit groups and today we'd like to give special attention to House of ...
11/15/2020

It's always important to support our fellow non-profit groups and today we'd like to give special attention to House of Hope who are hosting there 65th Anniversary Fundraiser & Talent Show.

House of Hope is a community of drug and alcohol treatment professionals who are dedicated to helping women regain their lives, spirit, and purpose.

"The House of Hope Annual Talent Show is our annual fundraiser, and this year we are changing it up! COVID-19 wonโ€™t keep us down! We are taking our show online and featuring winners from previous yearโ€™s talent shows, with added special events throughout this live stream event. It will still be hosted by Johnny B and Mary McK, and will still feature the House of Hope womenโ€™s choir!"

Purchase Viewing Seats at the 65th Anniversary Celebration - A Live Stream Event and Fundraiser for House of Hope on November 15, 2020 from 2-6 pm.

Throughout the afternoon you will hear from graduates of House of Hope, supporters of House of Hope, and taking live donations. Reminiscent of a telethon from the days of television broadcasting, the House of Hope 65th Anniversary Celebration will be a beautiful afternoon of recovery that can be celebrated from the comfort of your own home.

As a non-profit, House of Hope relies greatly on the support and generosity that comes through various individuals, organizations, and grants. House of Hope is truly a humble place that protects the funds that are raised. "We insure that every dollar is invested in the treatment and well-being of the women who enter our doors."

Purchase Viewing Seats at the 65th Anniversary Celebration - A Live Stream Event and Fundraiser for House of Hope on November 15, 2020 from 2-6 pm. Click link below for more information:
https://house-of-hope.rallybound.org/Donate/Tickets

Happy Veteran's Day from the Whittier Historical Society ๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธWe are always grateful to have the privilege of collecting, ...
11/11/2020

Happy Veteran's Day from the Whittier Historical Society ๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

We are always grateful to have the privilege of collecting, preserving and sharing Whittier's proud military history.

Let's go to the drive-in! ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐Ÿ“Ÿ๐Ÿš˜๐ŸŽŸ๐ŸŽŸ Tickets for our next movie at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA are ON SALE NOW!!!"B...
11/09/2020

Let's go to the drive-in! ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐Ÿ“Ÿ๐Ÿš˜

๐ŸŽŸ๐ŸŽŸ Tickets for our next movie at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA are ON SALE NOW!!!

"Back to the Future" ๐Ÿ•ฐ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŒฉ screening on November 28th!!!

Movie starts at 7PM and admission to park at 6 PM

Five tickets already sold! Purchase yours now while still in stock!!

Purchase tickets online at:
https://whittiermuseum.org/product/drive-in-movie-tickets/

Movie Info online at:
https://whittiermuseum.org/events/drive-in-theater/

We are officially hosting our next drive-in theater at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA on November 28th!!! ๐Ÿš—๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸฟWe w...
11/06/2020

We are officially hosting our next drive-in theater at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA on November 28th!!! ๐Ÿš—๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿฟ

We will be showing another Whittier classic "Back to the Future" ๐Ÿ•ฐโšก๏ธ๐ŸŽธ

Tickets are officially on sale NOW on our website!!

Purchase Tickets at:
https://whittiermuseum.org/product/drive-in-movie-tickets/

For more info click below:
https://whittiermuseum.org/events/drive-in-theater/

Don't forget to buy your Movie Snack Bundles!!! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿฟ

https://www.boredpanda.com/grocery-store-glass-floor-medieval-viking-history-dublin/?utm_source=smartnews&utm_medium=ref...
10/28/2020
Dublin Grocery Store Installs Glass Floor So People Can See The 11th Century House Below

https://www.boredpanda.com/grocery-store-glass-floor-medieval-viking-history-dublin/?utm_source=smartnews&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=organic&fbclid=IwAR2eiAbrJEQDd8RAiY8yPK2eRrVaSsFmxCJwb31zCSqlq7fWMjxfcuCe9Nc

In Dublin, there's a new Lidl store with a glass floor that allows shoppers to peer down into medieval Viking history. Turns out, the construction of this grocery store has led to the discovery of an 11th century medieval home.

Thank you everyone who attended our drive-in weekend showing of "Hocus Pocus" ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ•ฏ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ˜ƒ at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier,...
10/27/2020

Thank you everyone who attended our drive-in weekend showing of "Hocus Pocus" ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ•ฏ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ˜ƒ at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA

We are looking forward to planning our next show! Be sure to like and follow us to stay up to date on our next movies!

Out of these three choices which would you want to see us play this November?

1) "Back to the Future"
2) "Father of the Bride"
3) "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"

10/24/2020

Thank you everyone who attended last nights showing of "Hocus Pocus" ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ•ฏ๐Ÿ”ฎ at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA

We're very sorry for the brief technical difficulties with the sound; we appreciate your patience, thank you. We will be working to resolve the issue for tonight's movie and later drive-in showings.

We'll see you tonight for our second/last showing of "Hocus Pocus"

Tonight's ticket holders are reminded that the gates open for parking at 6 PM, please give the name you reserved your tickets with at the gate. The movie will begin at 7 PM.

Tickets for tonight are completely SOLD OUT.

Stay up to date with all our upcoming events by liking our page or becoming a museum member!

10/24/2020
10/24/2020
Our Dining for Dollars: Mission Square & Lounge Restaurant begins in one hour! All you do to participate is bring a pape...
10/22/2020

Our Dining for Dollars: Mission Square & Lounge Restaurant begins in one hour! All you do to participate is bring a paper copy of our flyer to the restaurant and a percentage of your order will be donated to the Whittier Museum! See you there!

Get a copy of our flyer from below, from our Facebook events page or our website:

https://whittiermuseum.org/events/dine-for-dollars/

We are down to our LAST TWO tickets for our Drive-In Movie showing of "Hocus Pocus" ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ•ฏ  on October 24th QUESTION FOR O...
10/12/2020

We are down to our LAST TWO tickets for our Drive-In Movie showing of "Hocus Pocus" ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ•ฏ on October 24th

QUESTION FOR OUR FOLLOWERS!!!

If we decided to add a second showing of "Hocus Pocus" for Friday, October 23rd, how many would be interested in attending?

"Like" this post for YES or leave a COMMENT ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ Thank you!!

Address

6755 Newlin Ave
Whittier, CA
90601

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00

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(562) 945-3871

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