Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Upcoming: The D Street Documentary

June 29, 2011

D STREET is a full-length documentary about The City of Perris and Perris Valley, California produced by Borderline Hollywood producers; David E. Van Houten and Nicholas Cruz. D STREET will revolve around the history and future of Perris and in doing so looks to reveal the cultural and economic impact the city has on Southern California and the state at large.

Van Houten’s family (the Hooks, the Ellises and the Van Houtens) has been landowners and business leaders in the area for several generations. The documentary is meant to be a definitive account of an area that continues to be unique and vital and, in some respects, mysterious to many outside of the valley. D STREET looks to see what Perris Valley really is and if it’s a true measure of how America is changing.

D STREET is special because the filmmakers have invited those who feel they would contribute to the narrative of the film. If you have something to share we welcome you to reach us through our contact page.

Thank you

The D STREET Producers

Borderline Hollywood

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What’s happening at your
Perris Valley Historical Museum?

January 30th – we celebrated the Pioneer Family of the year,
The Carlos & Evelyn (Young) Pico Family.
Carlos and Evelyn’s four surviving children, Germaine, Melliss, Marie, and Norman attended with their families as well as the family of the late Gabriel Pico, Norman’s twin brother. They presented the museum with an album filled with their history and photos. The family members put up a storyboard presentation at the event and it will be on display at the museum during the month of February. The Historical Association was honored to highlight a family with ties to our Luiseno Indians. With proclamations presented by Mayor Daryl Busch and Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley’s office, the family and guests had a great time.

Coming up…

February 27th – For “Black History Month” we will have…
· A special exhibit about the life and accomplishments of Clarence Muse, long time resident of Perris, and his contributions to valley life from his “Muse-a-While Ranch.”
· A program presented by the Inland Empire Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Association.

March 27th – GOLD! Experience some of what the gold mining era was all about. Learn all about our “Good Hope Mine” and how it helped to shape the Perris of today. Bring the whole family; it will be fun for young and old alike.
April 24th & 25th – Rail Fest Weekend will be exciting for all those railroad buffs out there. Come join us at the Old Santa Fe Depot for a very special weekend along the original transcontinental route

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fred T. Perris Day 2010

Come Join in the Fun


Celebrating the
Carlos & Evelyn (Young) Pico Family

Football Hero?

The son of Carlos and Evelyn, Norman was a graduate of Perris Union High School 1957.

Did Norman really make a living at flying kites, as predicted in the Perris Union High School yearbook?

Does he still consider "doing nothing" his favorite pastime?

Find out what Norman and his family are up to today.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

11:00 AM

Hosted by
The Perris Valley Historical Museum
Perris City Councel Chambers
corner of
Perris Blvd. & San Jacinto, Perris

Friday, April 3, 2009

New Officers Installed

Dr. Glenn R. Stewart, Professor Emeritus - Cal Poly Pomona

The annual Installation Dinner was held Sunday, March 29th at the First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. Salmon appetizers followed by Pork Loin and Breaded Chicken provided by Quinn Hawley and his Perris High School Interact students were a big hit. Special kudos to Joyce Kerns for her leadership and her fabulous pork and chicken recipes.

Everyone was entertained by guest speaker, Dr. Glenn R. Stewart, Professor Emeritus - Cal Poly Pomona and grandson of Wilbert W. Stewart, owner of the Bank of Perris. He spoke of his family's migration to Perris and the history of the Bank of Perris. With the old bank building up next on the city's redevelopment plan and slated to be our new Archival Library, it was of special interest to all present. Everyone found the Stewart’s unconventional security measures fascinating. Why would customers stand sideways to the teller windows? That information and much more will definitely be kept in the archives of our historical association.

The association thanks Ralph Keyes for letting us borrow his collection of antique collectable banks. They were a new and unique spin on table centerpieces and everyone had a lot of fun figuring out how they worked.

Business of the meeting/dinner was conducted with the following officers installed to serve until next year:

President.....................................Quinn Hawley
1st Vice President................................Rudy Lee
2nd Vice President...........................Katie Keyes
Secretary.......................................Mae Minnich
Treasurer................................Dennise Manning


Ann Motte
Vincent Magana
Kay Busch
Bill Hulstrom
Maethorne Fowler
Midgie Parker – Director at Large

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Museum Hours

The Perris Valley Museum is OPEN, four days a week.
It's located at:
120 4th Street
Perris, CA 92570

Thursday - Noon - 4pm

Friday - Noon - 4pm

Saturday - Noon - 4pm

Sunday - Noon - 4pm

Docent tours are available on request. Please call (951) 657-0274

Volunteers Needed

Docent First Graduating Class of 2009

With the reopening of our newly renovated museum with brand new and exciting exhibit space, comes the increased need for volunteers.

We need:
  • Staff to man the Gift Shop

  • Docents to amaze, entertain, and educate the public

  • Capable individuals to accession, conserve, and maintain museum and archival objects.

We are still actively working toward fine-tuning our new exhibits. Collecting, preserving, and sharing your local history is an ongoing project. Please come and share the joy of continuing this valuable work.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please leave your name and phone number on our message machine 951-657-0274. We will be in contact soon.

Fred T. Perris Day a Big Success

Descendents of the Perris and Levet families had a great time.

There was quite a crowd for the Fred T. Perris Day celebration January 31st, at the newly renovated Santa Fe Depot. After many months of work from our entirely volunteer staff, the new exhibits in the museum were unveiled to the delight of the public. A large contingent of Fred T. Perris (railroad man) and Benjamin F. Levet (depot architect) family members came from near and far for the affair. Under clear, sunny skies we listened to tales of old from direct descendents Christina Perris and Mel Levet. Even Huell Howser showed up with the City of Perris' Michael McDermott, for a tour.

Even Fred T. Perris showed up in his survey wagon.

New museum hours are:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Noon – 4:00 PM

Come visit our new museum. You might want to relive your childhood, teach your children and grandchildren their local history, or just simply have a look inside that building you have been driving by for so long.

We have a great little gift shop, knowledgeable docents on duty, and it is always free.