Alhambra Historical Society Museum

‍History & Mission of the Alhambra Historical Society

In 1966 the Alhambra Historical Society Inc was established with the objective to encourage and promote the research and study of history and its relationship to the population and the development of Alhambra and the surrounding San Gabriel Valley. As an archival and educational organization to collect, classify and disseminate historical data and facts.

The collection of artifacts is housed in the eleven-room museum, located at 1550 W Alhambra Road (corner of Alhambra Road and Bushnell Avenue). A vast collection, including the Alhambra Post Advocate, Alhambra Polk city directories from 1905 to 1964, telephone directories from 1882 to 2011, Alhambra High School yearbooks from 1912, and much more.

Museum hours are from 2 to 4 pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month or by appointment at 626-300-8845 or email the Alhambra Historical Society. Admission is free.

You can view a virtual video tour of the museum, courtesy of Iona Works Spaces, located next to the Alhambra Historical Society.

Early History

Alhambra is located seven miles northeast of the business district of Los Angeles at that time, which would have been around City Hall of Los Angeles. Benjamin Wilson, who owned 40,000 acres in three counties, gave about 300 acres of his property in Alhambra, divided into five and ten acre lots. The name Alhambra came from Wilson's daughters and cousins who were reading "Tales of the Alhambra" by Washington Irving. With the growth of the area, Alhambra was incorporated in 1903.

‍Collection

The museum's vast collection includes many articles used in day-to-day lives:

  • More than 400 envelopes of photos from as early as 1880
  • Telephone directories from 1882 to 2011
  • Alhambra Post Advocate Morgue from 1934 to 1964
  • Alhambra Polk City directories from 1905 to 1964
  • Alhambra High School Yearbooks from 1912
  • Artist Colony (Norman Rockwell, Florence Upson Young, Eli Harvey, Sam Hyde Harris and more)
  • Town of Dolgeville (became part of Alhambra)
  • And much, much more!

‍Meetings & Events

There are five board meetings held at the Museum, and three membership meetings with guest speakers and society's business held at the Masonic Lodge at 9 West Woodward. Once a year there is a joint dinner meeting with five other historical organizations. We welcome all to these free events.

Class of Membership

Annual Dues TypeAnnual Dues Fee (Due on July 1st)
Student (With I.D.)$5
Adult
$15
Family (At One Address)
$25
Corporate Membership$150
Individual Life Membership
$200 (One Time Donation)


Please feel free to visit and/or mail to the Alhambra Historical Society Museum at:
1550 W Alhambra Road
Alhambra, CA 91801

You may also call 626-300-8845 or email the Alhambra Historical Society.