Society activities are open to BBVHS members, and consist of regular monthly meetings, many interesting field trips, and the operation of the museum. A monthly newsletter, "TALL PINES", is mailed to members providing current Society news and listing planned events. The Society publishes books pertaining to Big Bear Valley, which are available at the museum gift shop and local book stores, or may be ordered by mail from the Society. A $5 donation is requested from adults. Children, 14 and under, and members are free.
General membership meetings are held the second Thursday of each month. Board meetings are held on the Thursday prior to the general meeting.
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Spring 2013 Calendar
- WORK PARTIES: Starting March 19, 2013, work parties are scheduled every Tuesday morning from 9 AM to 12 noon, weather permitting. There is much to be done to prepare for the opening of the Big Bear Historical Museum on Memorial Day week end, May 25th to the 27th. Light work for the ladies, dusting, polishing, washing glassware and for the men, moving objects, lifting, painting, etc. Every little bit helps.
- Thursday, May 9: Those interested in becoming host/docents at the Big Bear Hstorical Museum this summer are invited to attend a training session at the museum at 10:00 AM. You do not have to have any prior knowledge of the history of Big Bear. There are training manuals, and may be checked out and read at your convenience before we open. We are open Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Botteron at 909/255-4063 or email her at email@example.com.
- Thursday, May 9: The General Meeing will be held at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 N. Shore Drive, Fawnskin at 7 PM. Jim Weyant, Program/Field Trip Chairman is the speaker for the evening. During his 32-year local police career, he served in various capacities in the poice intelligence field. He will offer a presentation on the history and development of organized crime in America, from it's beginnngs in the east, it's movement to the mid west and some of the impact here in the west. This presentation is offered as a prelude to the overnight field trip on Wednesay, May 15, to Las Vegas that will include a visit to the Mob Museum. The program is open to the public and admission is free. Refreshments will follow the program.
- Sunday, May 12: "Mothers's Day" - Mother's Day is the occasion for paying tribute to mothers. It was first observed in the churches of Philadelphia on May 10, 1908, in reponse to a suggestion by Miss Anna Jarvis of that city. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson, following a resolution by Congress, issued a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day, and directed that the national flag should be displayed on all public buildings on that day.
- Wednesday, May 15: On our field trip we will go on overnight trip to Las Vegas to visit the 'Mob Museum'. This museum is housed in a 3-story building that was once the post office and federal courthouse. Here you'll find in-depth exhibits of the entire history of the development of organized crime in America, as well as the law enforcement efforts to combat same. Pleae call Jim Weyant at 909/585-8455, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in joining in the interesting and fun overnight adventure. Non-member guests are certainly welcome.
- Saturday, May 18: "OPENING DAY WORK PARTY" - TIME 9 AM UNTIL? THIS A VERY CRITICAL WORK DAY, LOTS OF SWEEPING, TRASH/WEED PICKING, VACUUMING, DUSTING AND GENERAL CLEANING UP. NOTHING WILL BE TOO DIFFICULT. A LIGHT LUNCH WILL BE SERVED TO VOLUNTEERS WHO WORK PAST THE NOON HOUR.
- Saturday, 25: The Big Bear Historical Museum, again opens its doors for the summer. If you have never been to this fabulous museum, come and be prepared for a great adventure into the past history of Big Bear, starting with the earliest inhabitants, the Serrano Indians, then gold mining, logging, fox farming, old time movie making, and much more. Visit the school house, an 1875 log cabin, bunk house, assay office, watch black smiths at work, learn to pan for gold (no charge), and the many exibits in the main building. Browse through the book and gift shop. Days open are Wednesday, Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays. Hours are from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A donation of $5 per adult is requested. Children, 14 and under, and members are free. See you there!
- Monday, 27: Memorial Day - Called Decoration Day when it was originated on May 30, 1868 by Gen. John A. Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Memorial Day now marks the tribute made in the United States to all who died in all of its wars.