The Historical Society of La Verne, also known as the La Verne Historical Society, was founded in 1969 and incorporated in 1973. The Society's goals are “to encourage and promote the history and culture of La Verne and surrounding environs; to collect, classify, and disseminate historical information, data, and facts; (and) to locate, mark, and preserve historical places and structures worthy of recognition and perpetuation.” From 1984, a group of dedicated volunteers produced a newsletter for the LVHS, carried out a program to mark historical residences with bronze plaques, and assisted La Verne’s elementary teachers in a “Hands-On History” program.
2015 - 2017 Board Members:
Sally L. Cardenas
Sina Furutan, Student Representative
Brenda Gonzalez, Membership Coordinator
Marlin Heckman, Member-At-Large
Ben Jenkins, Local/Oral History & Archives
Bill Lemon, Website Administrator
Marv Weston, Publicity
Sherry Best, President
Bill Lemon, Vice President
Donna Dye, Secretary
Clark Palmer, Treasurer
Bill Lemon, Family & Local History Researcher
This year the group has expanded activities, collaborated with the San Dimas Historical Society, gained visibility through active “Get on the Bus” and home tours, and participated in the La Verne Fourth of July parade.
The Society’s new motto is “Preserving Old La Verne’s Environment: Making History for the Future.” Started as an organization to preserve fast-vanishing aspects of La Verne’s ‘orange grove’ days, the La Verne Historical Society continues to build our community through educational programs, tours, and lectures.
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