The San Marcos Historical Society (SMHS) is an active contributor to our community. Established in 1967 and incorporated in 1968 under the guidance of Flora Brown, the Society is a private, non-profit corporation devoted to the collection, preservation and presentation of artifacts, documents and photos relating to the history of the area.
If you have kids in Elementary School, you are probably familiar with their Hands-on-History Program where volunteers help students experience activities that acquaint them with life in San Marcos in the 1890s-1920s. Students get to churn butter, do household chores, play games and tour the historical houses, depending on the age and size of the group.
The San Marcos Historical Society used to be located on San Marcos Blvd until the end of 2009 when it was relocated to Heritage Park within Walnut Grove Park. The Welcome Center/Museum is housed in Mary Connor’s Hall, which was built in 1940 by the Works Projects Administration. You can also tour the historic Cox and Bidwell houses, which were built in the late 1800’s and are filled with antiques and decor from that time period. It’s a pretty cool spot.
The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1-4:30PM. During the summer, they will be open on Thursday evenings from 4:30-7:30PM with special activities, such as: Calligraphy Demonstrations, Game Nights, Artist Showcases, etc.
To get details on upcoming events or to arrange a tour, visit them at www.smhistory.org or call 760-744-9025. Also, if you have a connection to the history of San Marcos in some way, they would love to hear from you.