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Palm Springs Historical Society


Innovation has a way of drawing people in. Where industry, entertainment and food thrive, creative minds will follow. Palm Springs, California was and is no exception to the rule. As the city reached a golden age in the mid 1950’s, there was a sudden awareness that it would be equally important for members of this thriving community to sustain their heritage. The Palm Springs Historical Society was born out of this idea in 1955 with the project being spearheaded by founder Melba Berry Bennett.

Museums and Palm Springs Memories

Today, a visit to the Palm Springs Historical Society is an exciting adventure that takes visitors back in time to experience the city’s progress while honoring the many famous names that have called Palm Springs home or at the very least, their favorite getaway. The Palm Springs Historical Society runs two exquisite museums dedicated to the city’s history and contributions. These include The McCullum Adobe as well as the Cornelia White House. While these museums have rolling exhibits that are changed seasonally and include highlights of films and movie that have graced Palm Springs through the decades. The permanent exhibits shed light on early pioneers through thoughtful displays including equipment, photographs and original letters. To make the experience that much more authentic, visitors will be pleased to learn that both these museums boast the title of the two oldest buildings in Palm Springs! The McCullum Adobe dates back to 1884 while the Cornelia White House was constructed in 1893.

Palm Springs Tours that Take to the Streets

One of the highlights to visiting the Palm Springs Historical Society is the opportunity to participate in one of the many tours available to visitors. Take your pick of themes and then take to the streets with a highly informed tour guide! These tours include everything from a look at historic homes and inns, an insider’s guide to Frank Sinatra’s neighborhood and an in-depth exploration of great architecture in the city. Private Palm Springs tours are available upon request.

An Academic Angle

The Palm Springs Historical Society promotes research and diligent record-keeping of the city’s past and current events through the pristine maintenance of the Welwood Murray Memorial library. Originally opened in 1941, the building is the society’s primary research residence. The library is open for community meetings and also provides digital research centers for the community alongside helping information for tourists passing through.

Make Your Way Through the History of Palm Springs!

When you feel like a walk through the history of Palm Springs, there’s no need to look any further than a visit to the Palm Springs Historical Society. Rich in intrigue and full of fun opportunities to view the city through star-studded lenses, it’s a trip not to be missed! Contact us today to book one of our vacation rentals and to learn more about Palm Springs tours!

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