Open October through
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
10 am - 3
Showing and Sale
last of Carl Bray's paintings are on display and for sale. There are
not many left. These are paintings that have never been shown
before. They will be available until they are all gone. For
more information on Carl Bray go to
4th Friday - Old
These lectures are presented by the
Historical Society of Palm Desert in collaboration with The Friends
of the Desert Mountains. They're held at Palm Desert Community
Center, 45-480 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert (N/E corner of Portola
and Shadow Mountain Drive) at 7 PM. Coffee and cookies are served,
with a recommended donation of $5. For additional information
call the Historical Society at 760-346-6588. A slide show of
historic photos will showing between 6 and 7. This event is open to
Native American Pottery Making
by Mr. Toni Soares
Passing of Jan Holmlund
We are sorry to announce
the passing of Jan Holmlund. Jan is a long time member
of the society, an active historian, and responsible for
bringing the mini-muster program to the Coachella Valley.
April 2, 2017
2 pm to 5 pm
Old Firehouse on El Paseo
Art Appraisal Day
appraisers will be:
10 to 1
on El Paseo
$10 per item,
max of 3 items.
get one free appraisal. Reservations are
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Second Grade students on tour at the Museum
The second grade students from the local
schools visit the museum in the spring of each year. At this
time they are introduced to some of our local history and to fire
For a full copy of the newsletter contact the society at
Birth of a Town
Painting by Ron Backer
The Historical Society recently
purchased the original of the adjacent painting. We had 25 gicle'e copies (20" x 24") of the painting made for resale as a
fund raising activity. There will only be 25 copies and
they will all be signed with a certificate of authenticity.
The purchasers of the first 10 copies will have their names on a
plaque associated with original which will hang in the museum.
The purchase/donation price is only $250. We will have the
picture on display at the Backer show in the city's gallery, the Friday night lectures, the museum and all other activities
until the 25 copies are sold.
Original Plot Plan
of the original, with updated overlays, Palm Desert plot plan are
available at themuseum for $40. These reproductions are 23"
by 28". This is the plan as originally drawn by Tommy Tomson
and then updated with additions showing, for example, the fire
station added in 1951,and showing the ownership of the properties.