With an invite only open house on June 5th the Hemet Area Museum opened their new home in the old Hemet Santa Fe Train Station. After 11 years of dedication by them and their sister organization Save our Station the old depot was finally ready for all to see. The volunteers of the group had spent many long hours getting their first official show ready to open. To say the least it was a job well done. We noted, and justifiably so, many a smiling face on the faces of the group. One of the highlights was the showing of the banner from the Women's Auxiliary of the old Owen Graham V.F.W. Post that was here many years ago. We hope to have it displayed for all to see here at our August meeting is we can.
For those who would like to stop by and see the displays and the old station here are the hours the museum is open.
Friday: 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Saturday: 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
A Big Thank You
We would like to thank all those who contributed to the Society in the memory of Kenny Young. Be assured the funds will be used in our quest to open the old Patterson house in the future as a museum. The part of the project we are currently doing is restoring all the doors and windows back to the way they were in 1891 when the house was built. Doors and windows may be bought for $300.00 as a memorial or you may contribute to a "Community Window" by sending any donation you wish.
Historic Doll Found
A doll given to Alice Peyregne by her sister when they lived in the
Winchester area in the 1890's has been found. It currently is owned by a private collector. We are hoping to be able to show this doll and other memorabilia of the era at our August meeting. The owner of the doll is considering donating it to the museum since it is a part of the local history.
Historical Tidbits From Our Past
06/01/1893 For over a week past Brown & Alcorn have been busy
shipping grain from the Kauffman and Haas warehouse. They have loaded about 10 cars.
06/01/1893 A couple of our sports went rabbit hunting one afternoon last week and succeeded in bagging sixty-five (65) bunnies.
PLOUGHSHARE & PRUNING HOOK
Volume 3 Number 5 August 1998
Your Memories Sought By Historical Society
This is an open appeal to all present and former residents of the Winchester, Domenigoni Valley, Diamond Valley, Auld Valley, and French Valley. The Winchester Historical Society in its efforts to
preserve the history of this area desperately need your memories of
growing up here. We recently attended the reunion of the Alamos and Hyatt Schools and listened to many stories. Can you imagine how great it would be for others in the future to know how it was to live here say 20, 30, or many years ago. We ask you to take some time and tape, write, or e-mail us your memories. If you have pictures or
papers that you would like to share then please forward them to us and we will either copy and return them or if you choose add them to our growing collection. We also on occasion publish writings from our members and contributors. This is thanking you in advance for your continued support of our endeavor.
How do we plan for the future if we do not preserve the past.
Kenny Young Memorial Fund
We would like to thank all of those who out of their love and memory of Kenny Young so generously donated to the society. As of today a total of $1,220 has been donated towards helping us restore the Patterson House and continuing the efforts to save the areas past. A window in the Patterson house has been secured in a lasting tribute to
a man who did so much for our area.
Windows & Doors Update
As most all are aware of we are selling the windows and doors to The Patterson House for private tributes and memorials to anyone people chose to honor. There are 17 windows and 4 doors that were originally available. As of this date we have 3 windows and a door sold with commitments on at least 3 other locations. There are 3 ways to participate in this endeavor if you would like to contribute.
The first option is to buy one outright for a donation of $300.00.
The second option is to do what members of the descendants of John Patterson family are doing and send donations as a family group. The third option is to send a donation and join in with fellow citizens of the area in a "Community Window" which will be located on the top floor of the Patterson House.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at the Society.