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 first 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 second Monday of the month (January - March - May - September - November) at 7:30 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 First Saturday
of each Month
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Large Groups by Appointment

President: Cristina Alvarado  
Vice-President: Pan Petrievich  
Recording Secretary: Ellie Andrews  
Corresponding Secretary: Julie Costanzo  
Treasurer: Harry Baldwin

Board of Trustees
(Two-Year Terms)

2015-2016 2016-2017  

Cookie Cici

Cristina Alvarado


Mary Ann Baldonado

Ellie Andrews


Ernesto Bustillos

Julie Costanzo


Mary Cammarano

Steve Kemp


Harry Baldwin

Virginia Mullen


Helen Salazar

Pan Petrievich

Pam Bingham

Mary Seigner

Bill AíHearn


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

First Saturday of each Month 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Large Groups by Appointment


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