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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
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.
Apr. 28
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. 
Reception/Open House
April 2, 2017
2 pm to 5 pm
Old Firehouse on El Paseo 
Art Appraisal Day
The appraisers will be:
Douglas R.R. Arbuthnot
Classic Consignment Company
Sharon Klotz
Fine Art Advisory
April 22
10 to 1
at the
Old Firestation on El Paseo
$10 per item,  max of 3 items.
Society members get one free appraisal. Reservations are suggested.

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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.