There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!


  Big Bear, CA, March 15, 2014 - In 1848, gold was discovered in northern California which brought thousands of people to the state from all over the world. One of these people was Bill Holcomb who tried his luck up north, but quickly decided to head to southern California. He heard rumors of gold in Big Bear Valley, but wasn't sure … [Read more...]

Hollywood Loves Big Bear


  Big Bear, CA, February 22, 2014 - In July of 1911, a movie company from back east arrived at the new Pine Knot Lodge in Big Bear and began filming. That began a love affair between Hollywood and Big Bear that still continues. At about the same time, tourism started taking off in the valley, but only in the summer. During the … [Read more...]

1884 – Big Bear Gets a Dam and a Lake

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    Big Bear Lake, CA, February 15, 2014 - Frank Brown and Hiram Barton rode into Big Bear Valley on horseback in May of 1883. They quickly concluded that if they built a dam at the narrow west end of the valley, they would create a lake five and a half miles long that could supply much needed water to thirsty communities down … [Read more...]

Native American History Month is a Good Reason to Visit the Local Museum

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San Bernardino County, CA, November 12, 2013 - The ancestry and traditions of American Indians have been celebrated nationally every year since 1994. In support, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has passed a proclamation recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month. Supervisor James Ramos said he was proud that the County … [Read more...]

Historical Society seeks museum docents


Big Bear City, CA, April 1, 2013 - The Big Bear Valley Historical Society is getting ready to open the museum for the 2013 season, and they are seeking docents to help with operations. No prior knowledge of Big Bear history is needed; that will be provided in training manuals and at two one-hour training sessions, scheduled at the museum on … [Read more...]

Historical Society Taco “Friend Raiser”

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 22, 2013 - Sonora Cantina will host a “Friend Raiser” next Monday to help raise money for the Big Bear Valley Historical Society. “Tacos With A Purpose” will take place on Monday, March 25th, from 12 noon until 8:30pm at Sonora Cantina in Big Bear Lake. You don’t have to cook or clean up, and you’ll have a … [Read more...]

Everything you always wanted to know about the mob

Big Bear City, CA, March 11, 2013 - Kim Sweet is back as Museum Curator for the Big Bear Valley Historical Society, and she’ll be the featured speaker at its next general meeting. The public is invited to attend March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Discovery Center to hear her plans for the museum and its contents. The Historical Society does not have a … [Read more...]

Big Bear Valley Historical Society General Meeting

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 24, 2013 - The scheduled speaker at the next general meeting of the Big Bear Valley Historical Society is Bill Sapp, archaeologist for the San Bernardino National Forest.  Mr. Sapp will be presenting information on the recently created Forest Service Stewardship Program where individuals, families and businesses agree … [Read more...]

Historical Society Program & Field Trip

Big Bear City, CA, November 1, 2012, 6am - The speaker at the Big Bear Valley Historical Society’s last regular meeting for the 2012 season will be Mr. David DeSoucy. He’s a retired deputy sheriff from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Historical Society and has been extremely active in collecting and preserving the history of the agency. … [Read more...]

More Pizza With A Purpose

Big Bear Lake, CA, October 22, 2012, 3pm - The Big Bear Valley Historical Society will have their next fundraising event on October 23 from 11am until 8pm at Maggio’s in the Von’s Shopping Center. More Pizza With A Purpose will benefit the Big Bear Museum. There will be food, fun and a raffle. Music will be provided by Bill Baker & Al … [Read more...]