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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Operating as usual

Our Dining for Dollars fundraiser will be at Mimo's Cafe TODAY in Uptown Whittier πŸ˜πŸ”πŸ₯ž All you do is bring a copy of our ...
06/24/2021

Our Dining for Dollars fundraiser will be at Mimo's Cafe TODAY in Uptown Whittier πŸ˜πŸ”πŸ₯ž All you do is bring a copy of our flyer to Mimo's Cafe starting at 2 PM and you can support the Whittier Museum just by having lunch or dinner! Your order instantly donates a percentage to the Whittier Historical Society.

Whittier Museum at Mimo's Cafe TODAY πŸ˜‹ - https://mailchi.mp/4f9514191c27/whittier-museum-at-mimos-cafe-today

06/18/2021

Hello all! How has everyone been doing with the heat? πŸŒ‘πŸ˜Žβ˜€ Thankfully it's cooling down a little. A lot of people came by during the middle of the week to hide from the sun! There's a benefit to having an old building with thick concrete walls all around β„πŸ˜πŸ§±

Don't forget we are NOW OPEN at normal operating hours!!!

β­• Open Tuesday through Friday 10 AM till 4 PM

β­• Open Saturday 1 PM to 4 PM

🚫 Closed Sunday and Monday

Always FREE ADMISSION!!!

Don't forget about our next event Dining for Dollars at Mimo's Cafe Whittier next week on June 24th! πŸ˜‹πŸ₯ͺπŸ”πŸ¨

06/10/2021

The WHS would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to one of the best interns we've ever had Keeanna Charliene Garcia!! πŸ₯³

05/18/2021

Happy Birthday to our Board Member Mary Dutra πŸ˜„πŸŽŠπŸŽ‚ Hurray!!!

05/15/2021

Happy Birthday to our Board Member Virginia Ginny Keats Ball πŸ˜„πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽ

Hello Everyone! Tomorrow is our special museum event Dine for Dollars at Rubio's Coastal Grill during which you and anyo...
04/21/2021

Hello Everyone! Tomorrow is our special museum event Dine for Dollars at Rubio's Coastal Grill during which you and anyone you know can help support the Whittier Museum!! πŸ˜‹πŸ₯—πŸ₯ͺ

All you do is bring a copy of our event flyer from our event's page or our website to Rubio's at 15303 Whittier Blvd. tomorrow (April 22nd) between the hours of 2 PM and 8 PM.

Give your order, hand our flyer to the cashier and 20% of your total order will be donated to the Whittier Museum! It's that easy 😁

See you tomorrow!!!

More info and our flyer can be found at https://whittiermuseum.org/events/dine-for-dollars/

It's now one week from our Dine for Dollars at Rubio's Coastal Grill on April 22nd from 2 PM till 8 PM πŸ˜„πŸ˜‹Be sure to like...
04/15/2021

It's now one week from our Dine for Dollars at Rubio's Coastal Grill on April 22nd from 2 PM till 8 PM πŸ˜„πŸ˜‹

Be sure to like our event's page and share it with your social media friends!!

It's now one week from our Dine for Dollars at Rubio's Coastal Grill on April 22nd from 2 PM till 8 PM πŸ˜„πŸ˜‹

Be sure to like our event's page and share it with your social media friends!!

The Bailey House will be re-opening tomorrow, Sunday April 11 from 1 to 4 pm.  Due to lack of docent availability, we wi...
04/10/2021

The Bailey House will be re-opening tomorrow, Sunday April 11 from 1 to 4 pm. Due to lack of docent availability, we will be open only on the second and fourth Sundays of each month until further notice. Face masks and social distancing required. To minimize exposure, an audio tour is now available on your smart phone. We are excited to be back!

The Bailey House will be re-opening tomorrow, Sunday April 11 from 1 to 4 pm. Due to lack of docent availability, we will be open only on the second and fourth Sundays of each month until further notice. Face masks and social distancing required. To minimize exposure, an audio tour is now available on your smart phone. We are excited to be back!

Hello Everyone! Just a little more then two weeks away is our Dine for Dollars at Rubio's Coastal Grill event on April 2...
04/06/2021

Hello Everyone! Just a little more then two weeks away is our Dine for Dollars at Rubio's Coastal Grill event on April 22nd! We are very excited to again reach out for support for the Whittier Museum by making lunch/dinner plans πŸ˜‹πŸ₯˜πŸ₯—πŸ₯™

All you need do is take a printed copy of our flyer to Rubio's in Whittier and hand it in with your checkout order to donate a portion to the Whittier Museum.

Be sure to CLICK the link in the above text for more info!

Thank you again for your support! Be sure to like and share our event with everyone!

Checkout our latest set of donated items! Still in their boxes, Whittier Ware brand products! This is only a small porti...
03/26/2021

Checkout our latest set of donated items! Still in their boxes, Whittier Ware brand products! This is only a small portion of Whittier Pottery that was owned and then donated by Leeba Lessin who passed away in January 2021. We are very grateful for this donation and look forward to making a display of all these pieces; there are six big plastic bins to sort through first!

The Whittier Museum is AGAIN officially OPEN to the public!! πŸ“’πŸ˜†πŸ—πŸ”“β° We are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM till 4 ...
03/25/2021

The Whittier Museum is AGAIN officially OPEN to the public!! πŸ“’πŸ˜†πŸ—πŸ”“

⏰ We are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM till 4 PM

⏰ Saturday from 1 PM to 4 PM

🚫 Closed on Sunday and Monday's

For more info give us a call at πŸ“ž (562) 945-3871 or visit our website at πŸ–₯ https://whittiermuseum.org/ OR checkout are updated business presence on Google search πŸ”πŸ–±

πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“ All researchers wanting to use the museum's Archival Room must make an appointment in advance, please βœπŸ“œπŸ’Ύ

A drive-in movie is being hosted by Whittier Pride πŸ˜„πŸŒˆπŸ“½ Call the number on the flyer below for more information about att...
03/23/2021

A drive-in movie is being hosted by Whittier Pride πŸ˜„πŸŒˆπŸ“½ Call the number on the flyer below for more information about attending and reservations! 😊

* This movie is not being shown at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA Call the number on the flyer to receive the exact location for the movie screening. Thank you!

A drive-in movie is being hosted by Whittier Pride πŸ˜„πŸŒˆπŸ“½ Call the number on the flyer below for more information about attending and reservations! 😊

* This movie is not being shown at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA Call the number on the flyer to receive the exact location for the movie screening. Thank you!

Whittier Museum on Google
03/18/2021
Whittier Museum on Google

Whittier Museum on Google

The Whittier Museum has officially reopened to the public in compliance with LA County Health & Safety regulations. Admission STILL FREE!!! Learn more at our website!

03/17/2021

Good Morning Everyone!! πŸ˜ƒ

We have good news for you all: the Whittier Museum is reopening to the public starting TODAY!!! πŸ˜† Hurray!!!

That's right, you heard correct! We will now be welcoming back guests to explore the museum in compliances with LA County health and safety requirements.

It's been one year since the museum had to close, so here is how it works for any of you who've forgotten, along with a few new updates when visiting:

* The Museum will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM till 4 PM and open on Saturdays from 1 PM to 4 PM.
* It's FREE admission! A $2 donation at the door would be appreciated, thank you.
* All guests must wear either a face mask or face shield when inside the building.
* We will return to being closed Sunday and Monday during the week.
* For now, all walk-in and scheduled group tours will be suspended.
* Research appointments to visit the Archives must be made in advance notice; no walk-in research requests, please.
* For an indefinite period of time, we will not be renting the building for any private functions.
* If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or need community service hours, we are again taking applicants.

If you have any questions about visiting the Whittier Museum, performing volunteer/community service hours or conducting research on Whittier related history, please call us at (562) 945-3871 or email us at [email protected]

Hello Everyone! We promised you more photos from Myers Whittier Department Store and here they are! To refresh your memo...
02/23/2021

Hello Everyone! We promised you more photos from Myers Whittier Department Store and here they are!

To refresh your memory: We received some amazing photographs of our beloved Myers Department Store taken during the mid-1960s. We have never before seen these photos.

Including this amazing photo of the ground laying ceremony from April 20, 1955. Among those in the photo, left to right: Lewis Myers, Richard Myers, Mayors Charles Sword, Carl Weissman, Robert Myers, Earl Douglas (President of the Whittier Chamber of Commerce) and Ralph Myers.

The Myers store in the pictures 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.

FIVE MORE DAYS!!! πŸŽ₯πŸ˜€πŸΏIt's almost time for our next drive-in movie at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittier, CA on Sat., Febr...
02/15/2021

FIVE MORE DAYS!!! πŸŽ₯πŸ˜€πŸΏ

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! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

FIVE MORE DAYS!!! πŸŽ₯πŸ˜€πŸΏ

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! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

Happy President’s Day from the Whittier Historical Society & Museum! πŸ¦…πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ“œ You can’t think of Whittier without rememberin...
02/15/2021

Happy President’s Day from the Whittier Historical Society & Museum! πŸ¦…πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ“œ You can’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 Nixon’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!! πŸ’˜πŸ˜€πŸ₯°

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! πŸŽ₯🎬🍿

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 God’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 CafΓ©. 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! πŸ˜€Please help support our 2020 Year-End Campaign with a tax-deductible donation today.  ...
12/31/2020

Hello Everyone & Happy New Year! πŸ˜€

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!!! πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡

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...

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6755 Newlin Ave
Whittier, CA
90601

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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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Does anyone have a different photo of Guirado School? Also, does anyone know the year that the school was originally built?
As many have, I've been trying to spend a little time each day to sort through & organize stuff. In that, I came across this copy of the Whitter, CA newspaper from the day I was born In 1980. I know it's not super old, but I just love stuff like this
I lived in Whittier 1966-1982. We lived in a big house located at 6237 Washington Avenue, in 1975 (I think) our house was featured in a book about historical houses in Whittier, I was wondering if this book is still in print or where I can buy one? I think the house was built in 1898 by John Savage for which Savage canyon aka Whittier landfill was named.
Nicholas, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to have a special private tour of the Bailey House and to see all of the amazing and interesting displays at the Whittier Museum on, Saturday, February 15th during our Parkcrest Christian Church Uptown Whittier Urban Hike. Your support and effort really made the day special. We are appreciative. Please give our best to our two lovely tour guides at the Bailey House. They did such a fantastic job of describing the house, the occupants and about early Whittier. Thanks again! Parkcrest Christian Church Hiking Ministry
Thought this might be of interest... an excerpt from a historical documentary project in-progress. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=759365034461560&id=695080694223328¬if_id=1558583949700110¬if_t=page_post_reaction
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The WAGS 36th Annual Seminar will be held on January 26, 2019. We are fortunate to have scheduled an outstanding speaker, John P. Colletta. He is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archiv
The Bailey House is open today, Sun. Dec. 30, from 1 to 4 pm. Be among the first to see our new furniture in the master bedroom - donated by Richard and Karen Joyce. Richard is a great, great grandson of Jonathan and Rebecca Bailey.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvcLgeK4EEs&feature=youtu.be Just a reminder of years gone by. This came up this morning on the Monte Vista page but it was put out by Cal Hi. Enjoy....
On behalf of the Whittier Public Library Foundation, I'd like to encourage my fellow bibliophiles, foodies, and beer fans to buy tickets now, and save the date, for WPLF's FOURTH ANNUAL BOOKTOBERFEST! Last year's Booktoberfest was super fun and really well-produced, and since local favorite AUNTIE'S CAFE AND BAKERY is handling the catering, this year's event promises to be even better! Booktobefest tickets are available online at https://www.whittierplf.org/booktoberfest2018, or at the circulation desks of Whittwood and Central Libraries. Space is limited, and all profits benefit the Whittier Public Library Foundation, so get your tickets today!
The Sentinel was a periodical printed by boys at the State School (later Nelles) from 1913 through the 1940s. This issue from 1928 features a cut of the First National Bank by Walter Shiflett after a sketch by G.F. Wright, and printed in gold and copper ink. This publication is a fascinating window into life at the State School (and indeed, the City of Whittier) in the first half of the twentieth century. Just a few issues are online via Hathi Trust, so I hope to loan this issue and about 40 others from 1918 through 1940 to WPL and the Whittier Museum so that we can get them digitized and available online for free.
Hi I'm looking for any information on the Whittier Hardware Company. Anybody?