Alhambra Historical Society

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Rose Marie Markus, President
1550 Alhambra Rd, Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 300-8845
Building Division Counter Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Plan Check Counter Hours: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Society commemorates historical events and honors persons who have played a particular role in Alhambra's history. 


The Alhambra Historical Society, founded in 1966, invites you to become a member and help further the aims of their organization. Annual dues are $5 per student, $15 per adult or $25 per family. A corporate membership is $150 and individual life membership is $200. The annual membership runs from July 1st-June 30th. To become a member, send your completed form and your check to the Alhambra Historical Society, P.O. Box 6687, Alhambra, CA 91802.

Board Meetings

  • September 6, 2017
  • November 1, 2017
  • January 3, 2018
  • March 7, 2018
  • May 2, 2018

Membership Meetings

  • September 27, 2017
  • November 15, 2017
  • January 24, 2018
  • March 28, 2018
  • May 23, 2018

Meetings of the Alhambra Historical Society are held five times annually, on the fourth Wednesday of January, March, May and September, except for November which is on the Wednesday before or after Thanksgiving. The meetings are held at the Alhambra Masonic Center, 9 West Woodward Avenue at 7:30 p.m., and refreshments are available after the program.


Museum hours are second Sunday of the month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment at (626) 300-8845, all other days. Admission is free. The collection includes a fine collection of memorabilia, period clothing, furnishings and books, that have been donated by residents, various organizations and friends.  


The Museum does not charge an admission fee. Cash donations and other contributions are welcome as a way to pay for operating costs that include utility fees, cleaning, preservation, acquisition and building repairs. However, please call the museum before making any material donations. Unbleached white cotton sheets or pillow cases used to preserve textiles will be gladly received--as will Alhambra High School Annuals from 1970s era to present day; any high school annuals from Mark Keppel or San Gabriel High Schools. Thank you very much for your support!


The Museum is looking for history buffs who would be interested in volunteering - two to three hours a week on a regular basis. Your assistance can make a big difference towards keeping better records of donations and holdings, changing exhibits more frequently, and keeping the Museum doors open more hours. The Museum is a treasure trove of local history.  

The Historical Society's goal is to open the Museum more hours to share this treasure with more people--school classes, organizations, as well as individuals and family groups. Call today 626-300-8845 and leave your name and number as a new Alhambra Historical Society Museum Volunteer! 

In 1966 at the invitation of Mayor Norma Yocum and Fred Turner, a group of 21 long-time Alhambra residents and civic leaders met to form The Alhambra Historical Society, Inc. Norma Yocum was elected the first president. The groupproceeded in its acquisition and preservation of documents, artifacts, and the historical records of the City of Alhambra and its residents.The Society commemorates historical events and honors persons who have played a particular role in Alhambra's history. Through the years taped interviews were recorded with long-time residents and descendants of Alhambra's pioneers to preserve an oral history of the city and its residents. In these endeavors the Society promotes historical education and the development of civic pride.

The Historical Society encourages and promotes the research and study of history in its relation to the population and development of Alhambra and the surrounding San Gabriel Valley; as an archival and educational organization to collect, classify, publish and disseminate historical information, data and facts; to locate, restore, mark and preserve historical places and structures worthy of recognition; to acquire by gifts, bequests, purchase or otherwise real and personal property and interest therein and hold, use, lease, sell, convey and otherwise dispose of the same.


  • Rose Marie Markus, President
  • (Vacant), Vice President
  • (Vacant), Secretary
  • Duane Markus, Treasurer
  • Betty Barnett, Immediate Past President 

Trustees: Marilee Buchany, Madeleine Doerning, Betty Munson, Edwin Suquilanda

Director of Museum, (Vacant)

City Council Representative: David Mejia 

What's the Status of the General Plan Update?

(Update as of March 19, 2018). You may have seen a notice in Around Alhambra indicating that the Draft General Plan Update and Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) would be available for public review beginning March 23, 2018. However, the City and its consultant continue to refine both documents, and they will not be completed by this date. A new notice indicating a revised date for public review will be issued once the documents are ready. We anticipate that this will occur in the next couple of months and apologize for any inconvenience that this delay has caused. If you have already signed up for email notifications, you will be emailed when the documents are available for review. If you have not signed up and wish to be notified please send an email to: Please type “Request for Notification” in the subject line.


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  • Kick-Off and Introduction: Joint Meeting of the City Council/Commissions/Boards (Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Granada Park Gym)
  • Community meeting to Introduce the Project and Identify Issues (May 20, 2015, Civic Center Library-Reese Hall)
  • 710 Day Celebration: Informational Booth (Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Valley/Fremont)
  • Farmer's Market: Informational Booth (Sunday, June 28, 2015, South Second Street)
  • Farmer's Market: Informational Booth (Sunday, July 19, 2015, South Second Street)
  • Community Meeting #2  (Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Alhambra Civic Center Library -Reese Hall)
  • Community Meeting #3 (Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Alhambra Civic Center Library- Reese Hall)



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