Palm Springs

Palm Springs Historical Society
221 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
760-323-8297 / 760-320-2561 FAX
Sally McManus, Director
E-Mail: Palm Springs Historical Society


Palm Canyon Drive 1932The Palm Springs Historical Society, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1955 by Melba Berry Bennett. Its purpose is to record, preserve and display historical artifacts of the Palm Springs area.

The Society is the beneficiary of two major grants from the McCallum Desert Foundation and numerous bequests from individuals who support the preservation of local heritage. Anyone interested in joining the Palm Springs Historical Society is welcome! Thank you for helping Palm Springs discover and preserve its heritage.

Memberships:
Individual Member.................$30.00
Family Member......................$50.00
Business.............................$100.00
Patron................................$500.00
Life Member.....................$2,500.00
Benefactor.......................$5,000.00
All dues and contributions are tax deductible!



Palm Springs Historical Society

Presents
The Village Green Heritage Center

The Village Green Heritage Center, which stands in a lovely park-like setting amid the hotels, shops and restaurants of legendary Palm Canyon Drive, is comprised of two 19 century pioneer homes.

The McCallum Adobe, the oldest remaining building in Palm Springs, was built in 1884 for John McCallum, the first permanent white settler. Adobe houses were rare in the desert because few people knew how to make the bricks. The McCallum Adobe exhibits an extensive collection of photographs, paintings, clothing, tools, books and Indian ware from the earliest days of Palm Springs.

Miss Cornelia's "Little House" was built by the city's first hotel proprietor, Dr. Welwood Murray, in 1893. The house was constructed of railroad ties from the defunct Palmdale Railway and purchased by the sisters Miss Cornelia White and Dr. Florilla White in 1913. In 1961, the Palm Springs Historical Society acquired the home and furnished it with antiques donated by local residents. The "Little House" now stands in the Village Green Heritage Center on Palm Canyon Drive as an accurate representation of the pioneer era in Palm Springs:


The Village Green Heritage Center
221 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
Corneila White HOuse and McCallum Adobe 760-323-8297 / 760-320-2561 FAX
E-Mail: Palm Springs Historical Society
Sally McManus, Director

Hours:
Open Weds, Thurs, Fri, Saturday and Sunday
Wednesday and Sunday: Noon to 3pm
Thursday through Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Open mid October through May

Admission:
General: $2
Children: Free with Adult
Members: Free

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