The Historical Society of Pomona Valley

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The Annual Meeting and Dinner

Celebrated the 1950s in Pomona

1950 HSPV image for annual meeting


Keynote speaker was Dr. Zuoyue Wang of Cal Poly Pomona.   His presentation is titled In Sputnik's Shadow.

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This exciting Zorro event was an interactive celebration of the Pomona Valley's 2012 "Together We Read" program presented by the historical society.  We used the historical  Spanish period adobe like Zorro himself might have paid a welcomed or unwelcomed visit.   Wonderful food, tours of the Adobe de Palomares, entertainment, good company, a Zorro weapons demonstration, and the defining swashbuckler movie The Mark of Zorro.  This classic exciting silent 1920 action movie was shown on an outside screen. 

Zorro Poster 2012

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WWII picture

The Historical Society of Pomona Valley, Inc.

 celebrated the1940s in the Pomona Valley at the

2012 Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers.


1940s records were played on a 78 rpm juke box

Many Interesting Displays Pertaining to the Local Residents


Gary Turner gave a festinating talk on WW2 Japanese interment camps.

Gary is a noted presenter and publisher and will also display his collection of relevant artifacts.


The presentation included slides and a festinating memorabilia collection of the Japanese Relocation Camp at the Pomona Fair Grounds, the war effort, the effect on the multiple local cultures.

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Murder Mystery Dinner

"Murder on the Menu"

 was held on Friday October 28th, 2011

The event was sold out and a big success

Finis -


Gayle King, Bill King, Jim Gallivan, Mickey Gallivan, Bruce Guter, Cosette Lias, Nick Crisafi, Britney Gallivan, John Clifford, Denise Rawlings


Michele Lias and LizBeth Lucca


The evening was filled with local mystery and surprises from people whom you only thought you knew.


30's Fedoras and trophies were given for the funniest and the most accurate solutions.

Mystery Theater- October 29, 2011

Presented by:
The Historical Society of Pomona Valley, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Big Read-
This year featuring the Maltese Falcon


The Historical Society of Pomona Valley
585 East Holt Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767

Did that shady person you know attend?
We are located in historic Ebell Club building at 585 East Holt Avenue, where it intersects Caswell Street, in Pomona CA .

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Annual Meeting: Fox Trotting in Pomona
The Historical Society of Pomona Valley's annual meeting was a great success as we celebrated the roaring twenties.  The excitement of the evening was trying to ignore our local temperance lady who warned about the evils of loose women and booze. Most went ahead and entered the building despite her warnings. Eileen Wallis provided a wonderful program on the women of Pomona during the twenties. She also showed some great silent movies of the era. Melissa was a great bar tender whipping up concoctions of the era. We even had our cigarette girl. Many attendees dressed in costume and the music fit the era. The silent auction was also very successful and the food was great. The museum featured twenties costumes, newspapers, yearbooks, maps and other items from the era. It was a lot of fun as well as a successful fund raiser. 

  Author Lecture: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons
The presentation was very well received.

Out of the lemons handed to Mexican American workers in Corona, California -- low pay, segregated schooling, inadequate housing, and racial discrimination -- Mexican men and women made "lemonade" by transforming leisure spaces such as baseball games, parades, festivals and churches into politicized spaces where workers voiced their grievances, debated strategies for advancement, and built solidarity. Using oral history interviews, extensive citrus company records and his own experiences in Corona, Jose Alamillo argues that Mexican Americans helped lay the groundwork for civil rights struggles and electoral campaigns in the post-World War II era.

Haunted Mansion - Premature Burial
InIn October of 2006 the Phillips Mansion held an event to explore one of the most frightening Victorian themes -- premature burial. People found themselves in the middle of a Victorian nightmare worse than death itself. Poe himself felt this truth was more horrifying than fiction. It would be a grave error to prematurely think of this event as being an "Ordinary Halloween Haunted House."

The event was well researched and the true stories were calculated to raise the hair on your neck..






Screening of "The Mortuary" Featuring the Historic Currier Housefont>

The Mortuary, the film that captured the supposed haunted nature of the Historic Currier House in Pomona was filmed at our historic site.  The director was Tobe Hooper, of "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" fame.

The Doyle family moves to rural California to start a new life; perhaps a strange choice because their new life takes on the form of running the long abandoned Fowler Brothers Funeral Home. The locals fear the place, and there are whispers around town that the land the home lies on is haunted. The Doyle family will soon discover that something lurks beneath the soil -- something that raises rotten corpses from their long forgotten graves and feeds on death itself.

  This movie is rated R for horror, violence and gore, brief sexuality, nudity and language.

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