* Temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19 *
Due to the coronavirus, the Board of Morongo Basin Historical Society decided on March 13 to close down the museum and research center in order to protect our members and visitors. We continue to meet and conduct business remotely via computer.
2019 was a very productive year in which we reconfigured the inside of the museum, painting two rooms with vibrant desert yellow hues and added 8 new exhibits: The Col. E. B. Moore Room focuses on Homesteading in the Basin and has additional exhibits of Kirk Martin wood block prints and Howard Pierce ceramics.
The Landers Room living room is divided into 3 sections: Honoring Our Veterans, The Kate Fisher Family Quilting-Sewing exhibit and the Cactus Spine bookstore and gift shop.
The Board room where we normally hold meetings has the following exhibits: Pioneertown and the Landers Lynn Twins exhibit case, Pioneering from 1900s – 1930s, and Jackrabbit Homesteads 1940s to 1960s exhibit and a special look at local history for Junior History Detectives.
We honor our important early pioneer families in the hallway between the kitchen and the living room on the Pioneer Spirit wall which highlights the Mark “Chuck” Warren family, the Charlie and Walter Reche families and the Martha Wood Coutant family from Johnson Valley.
The original Russell Hayden saddle reflects Hollywood’s influence in the Basin as well as Cattle Ranching from the late1800s to 1946.
Inside the newest exhibit in the front entrance is a bobcat.to reflect natural history in the Morongo Basin. Donations of butterflies, bird eggs, insects are welcomed.
The front entrance case currently holds, Past President Bob Connors vintage telephone collection.
Last year we worked on outdoor exhibits installing a double sided ‘Curiosity Wall’ with tools, implements and oddities.
Although, the tidied-up yard is now overrun with native volunteer plants and weeds due to the torrential spring rains, the hula hoes are ready for volunteers to help.
2020 started out on a high note, with the March 11 book launch of the 2020 revised edition of Martha Wood Coutant’s 1985 book Heart Bar Ranch and Johnson Valley Neighbors. The new edition includes vintage photos and information about Al Swarthout, J. Dale Gentry, Charlie and Walter Reche and other figures in the book. We were fortunate to have so much help from Martha Coutant’s son Stan and Charlie Reche’s grandson Morgan. Please support local history, by buying the book.
Sadly, we had to cancel the March 15 2nd annual Newlin & Vernette Landers Day due to the pandemic.
We look forward to seeing you at the museum.
Email: cj61464@ gmail.com
Email: cj61464@ gmail.com