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Alpine’s Historic Wildfires: What have we learned? Free Presentation – October 20, 2019

Please join us for a free presentation about Alpine’s Historic Wildfires by Jason McBroom, Alpine Fire Marshall on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 1:30pm at the Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine. October is Fire Prevention Month. Please come to our Wildfire Program where the Alpine Fire Marshal, Jason McBroom, will share his wealth of fire information with us. History of Wildfires in Alpine over the Past Century. How can we make Alpine Fire Safe? What does the future hold? 1:30pm Light Desserts then at 2pm the Wildfire Presentation will begin. Admission is FREE (donations appreciated) but seating is limited, please make a reservation: call Tom Myers at 619-885-8063 or send an email to info@alpinehistory.org

 

Alpine Historical Society Museum OPEN HOUSE – August 24 & 25, 2019

Open House this weekend for the Alpine Historical Society! The Alpine Historical Society’s John De Witt Museum will be open this Saturday and Sunday, August 24 & 25, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm.

The Dr. Sophronia Nichols’ House displays  first doctor’s life, early school days and the Foss Family. The “Then and Now” exhibit in the Adam Beaty House shows contrasting artifacts and photos of the past and present.  Alpine’s beekeeping history is shown in the John Harbison room. Special looks at the restored buggy and Rorie, the five foot fiberglass gorilla,  can be found in the Carriage House. Private and group tours can also be scheduled by contacting Carol Morrison at 619-445-2544. For more info please call Tom Myers at 619-885-8063 or email info@alpinehistory.org or visit www.alpinehistory.org The Alpine Historical Museum is located at 2116 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901 (619) 659-8740

George Washington Webb & Sons Early Alpine Adventures at the Next Historical Society Meeting – August 18, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019. The Alpine Historical Society will be having their monthly Meeting and Potluck at the Alpine Woman’s Club (2156 Alpine Blvd.) Sam S. Webb, a fourth generation Californian and family biographer, will bring stories of Alpine’s earliest and most influential settler and his family’s many adventures in the area. Hear about Alpine’s first school, Toll Road to Julian’s gold mines, protection of the first school Marn from dastardly deeds of a Frenchman and more. All are welcome. Please bring a potluck item for the luncheon at 1pm or arrive at 1:45 pm for the brief general meeting, immediately followed by the speaker at 2pm. Admission is free, but make a reservation by calling Tom Myers at (619)885-8063 or email to infor@alpinehistory.org.

Our Open House at the Alpine History Museum this month is on Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm. For more info please call Tom Myers at 619-885-8063 or email info@alpinehistory.org or visit www.alpinehistory.org The Alpine Historical Museum is located at 2116 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901 (619) 659-8740

 

FIRST EVER Historical Trolley Tour of Alpine! Reserve Your Spot TODAY!- September 29, 2019

Take a Trolley Tour of Historic Alpine! Mark your calendars and plan to join the Alpine Historical Society for our FIRST EVER, docent narrated, trolley tour of historic Alpine and Viejas valley on Sunday, September 29, 2019! Tours will be at 1pm and 3:30 pm — Reservations Required. The narrated tour will take you to more than two dozen sites in Alpine and Viejas Valley where historians will discuss the first people, the Spanish era, early settlers, and the growth and development of our town. The tours start at the John DeWitt Museum. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register and board the trolley. The tour ends at the John DeWitt Museum where it began. Each tour will take about 1-1/2 hours. The museum is located at 2116 Tavern Road in Alpine. Cost: $35.00 per person Reservations (prepaid) are required for these tours. Please call Lisa (951) 704-8854 or EMAIL HERE to make your reservations.

 

Alpine Historical Society Museum OPEN HOUSE – June 29 & 30, 2019

Open House this weekend for the Alpine Historical Society! The Alpine Historical Society’s John De Witt Museum will be open this Saturday and Sunday, June 29 & 30, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm at 2116 Tavern Road.

The Dr. Sophronia Nichols’ House displays  first doctor’s life, early school days and the Foss Family. The “Then and Now” exhibit in the Adam Beaty House shows contrasting artifacts and photos of the past and present.  Alpine’s beekeeping history is shown in the John Harbison room. Special looks at the restored buggy and Rorie, the five foot fiberglass gorilla,  can be found in the Carriage House. Private and group tours can also be scheduled by contacting Carol Morrison at 619-445-2544. For more info please call Tom Myers at 619-885-8063 or email info@alpinehistory.org or visit www.alpinehistory.org The Alpine Historical Museum is located at 2116 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901 (619) 659-8740

 

 

The Man from 1926 Comes to Alpine! A Fathers’ Day Special for the Men in Your Lives – June 16, 2019

The Man from 1926 comes to Alpine! A Fathers’ Day Special for the Men in your Lives.

Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd. Potluck at 1:00 pm or program only at 1:45pm. James Train joins us as a time traveler with entertaining stories, photos, artifacts and a 1926 Model T. This is a FREE EVENT. Reservation: Tom Myers at 619-885-8063 or info@alpinehistory.org

 

Alpine Historical Society Museum OPEN HOUSE – April 27 & 28, 2019

Alpine Historical Society Open House this Weekend! The Alpine Historical Society’s John De Witt Museum at 2116 Tavern Road will be open this Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

The Dr. Nichols’ House displays Alpine’s early pioneer days to the 1930’s. The Adam Beaty House shows the contrasting “Then and Now” exhibit in artifacts and photos of the past and present.  Alpine’s beekeeping history is shown in the John Harbison room. Tour the yard with antique farm equipment, a working hand water pump and an herb garden around the buildings.

Private tours can be scheduled by contacting Carol Morrison at 619-445-2544. For more info please call Tom Myers at 619-885-8063 or email info@alpinehistory.org or visit www.alpinehistory.org

The Alpine Historical Museum is located at 2116 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901 (619) 659-8740

 

50 Years and Still Serving Our Community – Miss Alpine Pageant: Alpine Historical Society Special Program – April 14, 2019

The Alpine Historical Society salutes the Miss Alpine pageant with a special program and potluck on Sunday, April 14th at 1:00 pm at the Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd.

Miss Alpine 1971, Celeste Irvine Damon, will be the guest speaker along with current Director, Kathy Foster. Stories will be told of these young women’s participation in the pageant program and thousands of volunteer hours in the community. During the years, new titles were added to the program with many advancing to the State level, including a Miss California, USA.

All are welcome.  Please bring a potluck item to share for the luncheon at 1:00 p.m. or arrive at 1:45 p.m. for the brief general membership meeting, immediately followed by the speaker at 2:00 p. m. Admission is FREE, but seating is limited, so please make a reservation by calling Tom Myers at (619) 885-8063 or send an email to info@alpinehistory.org.

 

Women WARRIORS – A One Woman Performance By Annette Hubbell – February 17, 2019

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step. In this one woman performance, Annette Hubbell brings to life the extraordinary stories of some ordinary women who transformed themselves, paved the way for others, and left the world in a better place. They all had something in common. . .

Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Presented by the Alpine Historical Society at Alpine Woman’s Club • 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine. $10 Donation Per Person. Refreshments Served. Reservations to Tom Myers at 619.885.8063 or info@alpinehistory.org

“Rorie” Alpine’s Historic Gorilla Will Be Available for SELFIES at the Snow Festival on December 7, 2018

“Rorie” the famous Alpine Gorilla, a big fiberglass critter that hangs out at the Alpine Historical Society’s museum, will be available for selfie photos at the Snow Festival this year as part of the 23rd Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival  in Alpine! About 8 feet tall and weighing about 40 pounds, Rorie has been a popular local landmark for years.

 

Where’s Rorie? Alpine’s historic ‘gorilla’ is snow bound!

Once upon a time a big gorilla lived in the eucalyptus trees near a history museum in Alpine.

Now the eucalyptus trees are gone and Rorie the Gorilla, a huge Fiber glass creature, will be at the 23rd Alpine Village Parade of Lights & Snow Festival at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening, Dec. 7.

Created in the 1960s and a long-time resident at the Alpine Historical Society’s museum, Rorie will be ready for selfie photos at the historical society’s booth during the Snow Festival in the Alpine Creek Town Center at 1347 Tavern Road. “We cut down six eucalyptus trees in early November,” Tom Myers, president of the Alpine Historical Society, said about Rorie’s current adventure. “We did that because they were a danger to the three historical houses on the site.”

In the past, Myers said, repairs have been required because of branches that fell on the John De Witt Historic Museum and Library at 2116 Tavern Road. He added that the wood from the tall trees was given away as free firewood. “We’re planning to replace the eucalyptus trees with some native oak trees,” said Myers. “They should be lower water demand and they should become good shade —- habitat friendly.”

Meanwhile, people have been asking what happened to Rorie, an area landmark.   “That’s the mystery question of today —- ‘Where’s Rorie?’” Myers said. “We’re going to give him a bath, brush his teeth and give him some cosmetics, treatment for his hair.  He’ll be back.”

That’s only one of the changes happening at the museum. This year the historical society received a $15,000 grant from the County of San Diego to remove the eucalyptus trees, replace the concrete floor of the carriage house and install a shipping container to store documents and artifacts.

Known as a great place to explore the county’s pioneer history, the museum is also designing a new exhibit about the Willows Resort, one of the earliest ones here, Myers said. “The 1906 buggy that’s been restored will be in the Willows exhibit,” he said. “We’ll have information about the Willows Resort and the multi-generation family (that started and ran it).” Descendants of resort owners S.B. Walker and his wife, Bevie, still live in the area, Myers said. The family came to Alpine in the 1890s.

It’s making that kind of history relevant today that museum docent Carol Morrison, former historical society president, loves to share with tourists, area residents and schoolchildren. “What type of life people led when they first moved here, the local beekeeping history and the farming equipment and more,” Morrison explained. “There’s a bathtub with a hand pump that the children really like. That’s so much more interesting than video games!”

The museum is always in need of docents, volunteers, members and donations. “I think being a docent is exciting, because people don’t know much about our history,” said Morrison.

 

Submitted by: Jo Moreland, Communications, Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce. Jom@AlpineChamber.com

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