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Calendar of Upcoming Events


Open October through May
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
10 am - 3 pm

Showing and Sale
Carl Bray paintings
The 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
History Hunters

to be held at the
Historical Society
February 28, 2017
10 am to 12 pm
Sharing of Coachella Valley history is the main topic of discussion.  Everybody is welcome to attend and join in on the discussion.
Brown bag lunch following the meeting.

Classic Desert Paintings

by Kathi and John Hilton

March 17-20, 2017
10 am-3 pm

opening reception
March 18
11-1 pm

Location : Fire House

Additional information
4th Friday - Old
 Firehouse Lecture

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 the public.
Feb. 24
The Start of Indian Gaming
by Ms. Judy Stapp

Mar. 24
Some Plants Utilized by the Cahuilla Indians
by Mr. Daniel McCarthy
Apr. 28
Native American Pottery Making
by Mr. Toni Soares
Celebration of Life

March 4, 2017
1:00 pm
Sacred Heart Church
43775 Deep Canyon Rd.
Church #760.364.6502
Please let us know if you plan to attend.  Call 760.346.6588 or email at
Picnic in the Park

Member Meeting
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Full details in the attached flyer.
You don't want to miss this fun afternoon with good food and good fellowship.

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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 fighting history.


 For a full copy of the newsletter contact the society at 760.346.6588.


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
Copies 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.