Select photography by Yvonne Weischedel.

Schools & Education

Our youth, aka "Future Historians," are key to preserving the legacy of the Coachella Valley History Museum.  We aim to instill an appreciation of history by offering activities and programs for schools and children! 

Mexican-American Pioneer Committee

The Mexican-American Pioneer Committee was established in 2006.
Founding members Gilda Sandsness, Mary Carrillo Carmona, John Carmona and Richard Ramirez wanted to preserve the stories of the pioneer families.  They selected family story boards as a way to share the history of the pioneer families with the community through their Mexican-American Pioneer Families Festival along with taking their stories on the road.  They share their story boards with many east valley school children and other community events.  

For more information or to join this committee please contact Gilda Sandsness at 760-251-1112 or via email:

Common Core Curriculum Kits

The museum’s curriculum kits are innovative and refreshing products designed to help elementary-aged students master the California history standards and the Common Core State Standards. We are committed to bringing you engaging, high quality materials designed to motivate students to become proficient readers and learners. Each kit provides a curriculum guide with 8 instructional lessons, extended activities, and supplies to implement the lessons. Prices of the Common Core Curriculum Kits vary from $300 to $600. If we don't have a kit that fits your needs, we will create one for you. The kits are very popular for use in after school ASES programs. Staff training is available. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Preserving and sharing the history of the Coachella valley

Coachella valley historical society, INC.


School Tours

What a great way to incorporate the curriculum taught in class into a hands-on experience!  Third grade classes are invited to visit the grounds with their students to take a tour of the Museum led by one of our knowledgeable and kid-friendly School Tour Docents.  Visit the Blacksmith Shop, the Desert Submarine and take a lesson in the 1909 Schoolhouse - you won't find an iPad here! Please contact our School Tours Coordinator, Rebecca Caldwell, to schedule your visitation.