Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ongoing Exhibit

Come by and visit us Saturdays 12 noon-4pm!

The La Habra High School Class of 1960 50th Reunion Exhibit is still available for viewing at the museum and see it before it is gone!

Go back in time and relive 1960 through photographs, music, and uniforms of the La Habra High School Highlanders.

Go further back in time and learn about life in early La Habra through the stories of people who tell their stories in the 1920s style theater.

Visit the General Store and see how many objects you can identify.

Wander through the main room and glimpse into our Widows in Time and learn about farming, early businesses, and home life.

If you are part of a Scout troop, or an organization with ties to La Habra, please call us to set up special tours of the museum.

There are lots of opportunities for volunteers, including docents to give tours, for people of all ages.

This is your museum! Come learn about your community and be part of its history.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Grand Opening Oct 9-10, 2010

We had a wonderfully fun opening weekend on the 9th and 10th.

The La Habra High School Class of 1960 had a great special exhibit for their 50th Reunion and tons of alumni stopped by to see the photos, articles, kilts, pompoms, and videos highlighting that memorable year.

The permanent exhibit's Windows in Time were also a hit with visitors as they remembered how the rooster in the Farm Window would wake them up in the morning; commented on how the typewriter in the Early Business Window looked so bulky and heavy compared to today's laptops; and how fashion hasn't changed all that much over the years looking at the Home Life Window's flapper dress and shoes. The large mural and mural timeline also added rich detail to La Habra's history.

The general store featured Brownie, the German shepherd who accompanied OT Stephens around town reminding businessmen to attend the Kiwanis meetings, and the theater showed an endless loop of videographies.

The museum will be open from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, so please stop by and see what everyone is talking about.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Guest Curators Hard at Work

Our Guest Curators for the La Habra High School 50th Reunion are hard at work at the museum scanning and selecting photos, images, and articles.

Stop by the Grand Opening on Oct. 9-10 between noon and 4:00 p.m. to see this great exhibit on the Class of 1960!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Grand Opening Oct 9-10, 2010

Grand Opening

La Habra Historical Museum

October 9-10, 2011

What: La Habra Historical Museum Grand Opening and Reception

with special exhibit paying tribute to the

La Habra High School and Class of 1960.

Where: 215 E. La Habra Blvd. (directly east of City Hall and behind the Library)

La Habra, CA

When: Saturday, October 9, 2010

12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Admission and Reception are Free!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Corn Festival

We had a fun opening on Saturday for the Corn Festival. April Baxter, Dorothy Knox, and the great volunteers who came by and gave their time for your viewing pleasure did a wonderful job welcoming visitors.

We would especially like to thank Alison Burnett, our intern this year, for all the incredibly long hours she has donated working together with us on the exhibits. A HUGE thank you for your always-cheery disposition, your endless energy, and especially for coming back day after day after day as we worked hard to get projects done. We want to wish you all sorts of good times in San Francisco this Fall when you start on your master's degree in Museum Studies. In the meantime... we hope to see you back in the Main Room for a few more weeks...

A big 'Thank You' to the members of the Boys and Girls Club of La Habra who also donated time and energy to putting labels on our cans in the General Store. You were a big help and we hope you got to stop by and see the beautiful results of your labor.

The truth is that it takes many, many people many, many hours, to make a museum come together successfully. Thanks to everyone who has contributed, in so many different ways, to making our museum the best it can be.

Hope you can all join us for our Grand Opening in October when we will be featuring an extra special exhibit!

Friday, July 9, 2010

More Building Going On!

Our building project in the Main Room is looking great with new walls and display areas. Our curved timeline wall is coming along fine, as well.

Save us your tin cans!

We are also working on posters and filling the shelves in the General Store.

Bring in your empty tin cans! We are looking forward to volunteers helping out to cover them with our period produce labels. Please contact us to help out with this fun project.

Welcome back, April!

April Baxter is back with us this summer to help out with the development of the volunteer program and writing the text panels.

Visit us during the Corn Festival in August

Don't forget to visit us during the Corn Festival in August. You can stop by and see our progress towards our October Opening!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Building up the Main Room

We are now in the process of building up the Main Room. New walls and display cases will give the space movement and definition for our permanent exhibit. Thank you to local La Habran Marty Lorigan for his help with the build-up.

Don't throw out those empty metal food cans! We are still taking empty cans so that we "can" cover them with reproductions of period food labels and place them in the General Store, so please save them for us! You can drop them off on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the downstairs research center.

Please look through your attic, closets, nooks and crannies for anything that belongs in the General Store. Let's fill up those shelves!

The new chairs look great in the theater and we are adding the finishing touches to that wonderful video exhibit space.

We are also looking forward to hosting a very special exhibit in October. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tell Us Your Story!

Share your La Habra experience and enlighten others!

Join us in preserving La Habra's rich history, and the history of those who have lived in and contributed so much to our community! The Old Settlers Historical Society is looking to capture the passion that our prominent citizens have for La Habra.

We are interviewing citizens who have great stories to tell. We want to know how you have influenced and shaped La Habra into what it is today. We want to hear about your storied past, and the adventures that you've had through the years.

Your video-recorded interview will be showcased in our new and upcoming Historical Museum located in La Habra's very first library building! The exhibit will feature a segment of your interview in a 1930's-style movie theater setting.

So tell your story and enlighten hundreds of museum-goers of all ages.

Become a donor and share your story today!

Here's How:
To preserve and share your story, we are graciously accepting $1,099 donations made to the La Habra Old Settlers Historical Society.

The donation package includes:
*An hour-long interview with you at your home or business
*4 DVD copies of the entire interview
*2 DVD copies of the edited 10-minute version which will be showcased in our Historical Museum Movie Theater
*Up to 5 professional photographs of the interviewee taken during the interview

Additional options:
*$150 per every 15 minutes beyond one hour
*$8 for photographs beyond the first five
*$4 per song (from public domain)

Please send your contact information and $1,099 check donation to:

Historical Museum Interview Program
La Habra Old Settlers Historical Society
P.O. Box 1068
La Habra, CA 90633-1068

Or contact:

Kent Roberts
(717) 329-0365

Jim Gomez
(717) 990-4332

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sponsor a Theater Chair

Sponsor a gorgeous period chair for the theater.

Your name can be engraved on a bronze plaque placed on the back of the chair.

Please contact Kent Roberts or a La Habra Historical Museum staff member for more information.

Be a part of the La Habra Historical Museum history!

You can be a La Habra STAR!

Do you want to be a STAR?

Be the star of your own video interview!

Your friends and family will treasure your stories and recollections.

Video interviews can also include your photographs and will be a permanent and valued record of your life.

Save your memories for your future generations.

Contact Jim Gomez, Kent Roberts, or a La Habra Old Settler’s Society member for more information on this program.

Support the La Habra Historical Museum with this special fundraiser.

Be a STAR!

Citrus Fair

We introduced the new South wall displays on the Indian, Mission, and Rancho eras.

Many visitors to the Citrus Fair (which highlighted La Habra's citrus and avocado history) stopped by to visit the museum. They got a chance to try out the new theater and the wonderful video interviews by Jim Gomez.

Artist Matt Southgate was on hand to talk to visitors about his mural and timeline panels.

Thank you, everyone, for all your hard work and efforts!

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