* Temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19 *
During the worldwide pandemic, many people turned to food for solace. With more time to cook in the early months of the lockdown, gardening, cooking, baking, and comfort food social media posts exploded across the internet. Whole wheat flour, yeast and other bread making ingredients were constantly out of stock at the supermarket.
12 vintage community cookbooks from a variety of Morongo Basin churches, clubs and non-profits are shelved in our library. Each cookbook holds a wealth of historic morsels about the cooks who submitted their favorite recipes. The spiral cookbooks represent a snapshot of food fads across the decades.
Some earlier recipes, from the 1960s for example, seem quaint today: Lipton Onion Soup Dip, Desserts and Salads Encased in Gelatin, Meatballs with Grape Jelly, Fondue and Stuffed Crescent Rolls as in "Pigs in a Blanket?" Or not?
Please submit your favorite family recipe that reflects the history of your culinary roots. And tell us your story. We are particularly interested in your life in the Morongo Basin: when, where and why you located to the Basin. Tell us about your crowning glories as well as spectacular disasters. A cookbook is on the horizon…..
Submit recipes to email@example.com or call Claudia 760-366-7896 to share your recipe and history by phone.
As a testament to the explosive worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, Morongo Basin Historical Society wants to hear from our members and friends how day to day life has changed positively, negatively or not at all in 2020. Please, no political rants.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org your stories, essays, diary excerpts, poetry, photos, art work, recipes, original songs, fashion statements like tattoos, haircuts gone wrong and beards. Donate masks, gloves, Covid 19 signs, Time magazine, newspaper headlines and family photos to add to our Covid-19 collection.
Many street names have common denominators like a geographic location. Old Woman Springs Road is named after the historic Old Woman Springs Ranch. Others are not so obvious. Why did Yucca Valley name a neighborhood of streets after mines- Anaconda, Bonanza, Carlyle?
Pioneer Families: Warren Vista was named after the early pioneer Mark “Chuck” Warren. Reche Road in Landers is named for Charlie Reche, another early pioneer.
Hilton Ave., Ct., Rd., and Ln. in Yucca Valley is named for the artist John Hilton and Paxton Rd, Ln and Court is named for local author and poet June Le Mert Paxton.
Any vintage photos of the street, houses, businesses or anything related to its history or people who lived on the street are welcome.