Preserving and sharing the history of the Coachella valley

Coachella valley historical society, INC.


Junior Historians Winter 2018

January 22 to March 14, 2018

Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30pm

Scholarships are available to cover the $50 Registration Fee.

History of the Coachella Valley and the Living History Museum

  • Get "behind the scenes" tour of the 1909 schoolhouse, the blacksmith shop, the Smiley home, and hear the stories of the people who settled here.
  • Trace the history of the Coachella Valley using the resources of the museum.
  • "Become" an exhibit at "The Heritage Festival" and portray an early settler or famous person from Coachella Valley's History.  March 17, 2018
  • Sharpen your speaking and presentation skills

Can you think of a child who would benefit from the Junior Historian Afterschool Program?  Please help us with recruitment.  

Registration Forms are available here online, the Museum Office, and the Museum Store.  REGISTER TODAY!

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:


Click on the links below to register online or by mail-in form.  

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! 

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.