It is our mission to identify, preserve and promote the historic legacy of the Temecula Valley and to educate the public about its historical significance.
NOTE:   Our Facebook page, (click on the link above to view it), hosts a vibrant, active community of Temecula history fans.
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        It is a place to connect for great content on Temecula then and now.
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TVHS Programs & Events Schedule
For a listing of other upcoming local events, check the "Calender of Events" in our newsletter.

 NOTE: Until it is safe to have our programs outdoors, they will be held live on Zoom at the indicated times.
     They will subsequently be posted on our Facebook page for viewing at your convenience.


Monday, October 26th, 6:00 p.m. - Michelle Elling portrays Edna Swanguen and Shelley Leddy portrays Catherine Fernald.

Click here  to view their programs at the scheduled date and time.
  Michelle Elling             Shelley Leddy   
EDNA SWANGUEN:
   Edna Swanguen was born in Los Angeles in 1896. She moved to Temecula during her childhood in the early part of the 20th century. In 1918, Edna became Temecula's switchboard operator…for next 43 years! She inherited the job from her Mother, Lizzie Hall.

   Edna and her husband, Carl, also helped Lizzie run Hall's Café, the first eating establishment in the town of Temecula.

   In 1938, Lizzie moved to Los Angeles, and left the Café to Edna and Carl. They owned and operated the Café until 1954. Edna continued to operate the switchboard until 1961, at which time the General Telephone Company finally installed the technology for Temecula residents and businesses to use dial telephones.
CATHERINE BEATRICE FERNALD:
   Two families joined together and made a tremendous impact on the community of Temecula. Catherine’s family (or “Trixie” as she was known) moved from Great Bend, Kansas. Frank Fernald’s family moved from Maine. Frank and Catherine met and married in 1896 in Temecula.

They had children and developed business interests in Temecula. Marriage gave Trixie the opportunity to develop her interests in photography, bike riding (bicycles and motorcycles) and even flying an airplane!

   Frank operated Temecula’s first gas station which serviced and sold automobiles. The Fernald’s also owned a bicycle shop and a general merchandise store in town. Tune in to learn more about the Fernald family past and present!
Vail Headquarters & Little Temecula History Center
October Events Schedule
Every Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Funday, Kiddie Train rides, & Antique Store is open
Every Sunday 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. Little Temecula History Center is open
Every Tuesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Farmer’s Market, Kiddie Train rides, & Antique Store is open
Saturday, October 3 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annual Native Plant Show
Friday, October 9 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Starlight Bazaar
Sunday, October 11 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Synergy Social Vendors
Saturday, October 17 7:30 p.m. Beetlejuice Movie Night
Saturday, October 24 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thistle and Sage Vegan Market
Sunday, October 25 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Synergy Social Vendors
Friday, October 30 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Starlight Bazaar (Halloween special)
NOTE: During many of the events the Antique Store is open and the Kiddie Train runs. Please confirm our week by week schedule on our Facebook page:
The Temecula Historical Society Antique Store.
Donate to the Historical Society while you shop!
The Temecula Valley Historical Society is now able to receive donations from anyone who shops online at Amazon.
There are no extra charges or fees for you to take advantage of this program.

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 Meetings are held at the Little Temecula History Center located just west of Kohl's, near the intersection of Temecula Parkway and Redhawk Parkway.
 (the Red Implement Barn pictured below)
EARLY BOOM TOWN
TEMECULA
 This 2008 historical society DVD production is available for a $10 donation.

 To order this DVD by mail print out the order form by clicking on the DVD Order Form link (below right) and mail it in.
 DVDs are also available for sale at the monthly historical society meetings.

 Your donation helps fund current and future projects of the Temecula Valley Historical Society.
DVD Order Form   (pdf)
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