Itís hard to realize how far the Historical Association has traveled since its inception back in the late 1970's. Following the celebration of the national centennial in 1976 it was decided that San Gabriel needed a "city museum". So, the centennial committee became the historical committee and they were off and running. It was known that there were many artifacts and historical memorabilia scattered throughout the city in peopleís garages, attics and closets. Next we needed a location for museum. Thru the "good offices" of the San Gabriel School District and Mike Frost, principal of Coolidge School, the museum was allowed the use of a room not currently being used for classes. When it became obvious that we needed more space the city came to the rescue and allowed that museum could take over the McGroarty apartments on the second floor of the Civic Auditorium. After a number of years in the auditorium the City moved us to our present location in the former building of the San Gabriel Radio Club.  In the early 1990's the San Gabriel Historical Association received the Bovard-Wilson-Hayes house from the estate of Mary Ruth Hayes. The city allowed us to move the Hayes House to its present location on city land next to the museum.


As part of our agreement with the city it is agreed that the Association will follow the guidelines from the U.S. Secretary of the Interior for the preservation of historical homes. This we continue to do to the best of our ability. We have the on going assistance of Mr. Martin Weil who is a preservation architect. Following our move into the "radio club" we needed more space so the back half of the building was added on to give us more display space. At this time we are looking for ways to expand for a larger work area and storage.


The hand-me-down display cases from Liebergs Dept. Store have stood us in good form all of this time. However, we need to think in terms of securing display cases more appropriate to museum work.


The accessioning of the artifacts of the Hayes House continues thru the fine work of Helen Sanchez and her daughters, Julie and Elizabeth. Helen and her girls write it up and Camila Lopez and Karen Cranston enter it into the computer. Those of you that are interested in this work and would like to help please give me a call (626) 282-0749 or Camila Lopez (626) 287-8482.        


Bill Williams, Past President - SGHA


The San Gabriel Historical Association is governed by a Board of Trustees. The board meets the second Monday of each month (except for July) at 7:30 p.m. at the Grapevine Room - San Gabriel Senior Center,  324 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776.


The San Gabriel Historical Association holds five (5) general meetings the third Monday of the month (January - March - May - September - November) at 7:00 p.m. at the Grapevine Room - San Gabriel Senior Center,  324 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776. The meetings include a speaker or speakers on topics relevant to local history.  The meetings are free and open to the public.



Hayes House & Museum

Open Second Saturday
of each Month
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Large Groups by Appointment

President: Pam Petievich  
Vice-President: Bill A'Hearn  
Recording Secretary: Virginia Mullen  
Corresponding Secretary: Cookie Cici  
Treasurer: Sally Baldwin

Board of Trustees
(Two-Year Terms)

2018-2019 2019-2020  

Sally Baldwin

Bill AíHearn


Harry Baldwin

Mary Ann Baldonado


Camila Lopez

Pam Bingham


Steve Kemp

Ernesto Bustillos


Virginia Mullen

Mary Cammarano


Pam Petievich

Cici Claro

Helen Salazar

Eloy Zarate

Helen Sanchez

San Gabriel Historical Association
546 W. Broadway
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Tel: 626.308.3223

Second Saturday of each Month 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Large Groups by Appointment


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