Hemet Museum celebrates 20 years
■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter
About 30 years ago, current Hemet City Councilwoman Linda Krupa, the late Bill
Jennings and his wife Ann, along with other individuals and organizations, got together and raised enough money to purchase the land from the Southern Pacific Railroad.
According to Diane Boss, Chairperson of this elaborate undertaking, “It all began with a group of individuals and organizations interested in preserving the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Hemet train depot before it was demolished.” (Yes kiddies, both passenger and freight trains made it into Hemet a long time ago).
I sat down at the Destination Bistro, a coffee shop attached to the Depot Museum, and had an interesting conversation with Boss who is also Public Information Officer for the Hemet Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization that operates the Hemet Museum.
“Three months ago we started planning this event and have been having meetings to plan this event that will take place at the Museum on the third of November this year.”
The Depot Museum contains both written, pictorial and artifact history of Hemet and the San Jacinto Valley. A visit into the museum is like a walk down memory lane whether or not you are connected to the early days of Hemet. Tourists from around the world visit the museum and are privy to a sense of belonging to another era. It is like being on a ride into the personal life of a community that precedes the present.
The museum is going all out to entertain and inform those who attend the 20th Anniversary Open House at the museum located in the old Santa Fe train depot. The event itinerary is as follows:
11:30 a.m: Museum President Rob Lindquist, along with Councilwoman Linda Krupa and Anne Jennings will be on hand to offer a big welcome to visitors.
12 p.m: Country singer JR will entertain from the Hemet Museum Deck for an hour.
1 p.m: Brian Christie will give a dissertation and display about Sailplane Enterprises.
2 p.m. to 3 p.m: During Brian Christie’s encore, Darlene Ramirez will conduct the Raffle Prize. Drawings will also be conducted by Ramirez.
Merle Gregg will handle new museum memberships, sales of historical items and books. On the museum deck, Sandy Kasper will be in charge of a Third Grade Program Display. Complimentary tickets will be available in the museum for a special drink and treat in Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro in front of the depot.
During the ceremony, Baic Water-Wise Landscaping talks will be conducted by Katharine Botts and Eben Longfellow from “UC Master Gardeners of Riverside County Upstairs.”
Valley Beautiful and UC Master Gardeners of Riverside County information tables will be present and Water-Wise Plants on display, compliments of Cagliero Nursery and Garden Tours of Hemet.
This occasion will be located at 100 Florida Avenue on the Northwest corner of State Street in Hemet on Saturday, Nov 3.
For additional information call 951 – 929-4409 or visit www.hemetmuseum.com or www.facebook.com/Hemet-Museum/
Come on out and bring the kids. You’re sure to have an informative and
entertaining afternoon. There will definitely be something for everybody. It is often quoted that if you want to know something about a town, ask a tourist. Don’t be a visitor when it comes to explaining your hometown. Just sayin’