Society activities are open to BBVHS members, and consist of regular monthly meetings, many interesting field trips, and the operation of the museum. A bi-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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Winter 2014 Calendar

  • Museum/Curator work parties (weather permitting) are scheduled every Monday morning from 9 AM to 12 noon at the museum.

  • Wednesday, January 1 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  • Due to the unpredictable weather during January and February, no field trips have been arranged.

  • Thursday, January 9: The General Meeting will be held at 7:00 PM at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 N. Shore Dr. (Hwy 38), Fawnskin. Chief Jeff Willis of the Big Bear Fire Department will offer a presentation on the history of our valley's fire-fighting efforts, from early volunteer groups through the recent merger of the Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City agencies. The public is invited and admission is free. Refeshments will follow the meeting.

  • Wednesday, February 12: Abraham Lincoln's Birthday - Lincoln was our 16th President, from 1861 to 1865. His birthday was first publicly observed in 1887 by the Republican Club of New York City and designated as a legal holiday in Illinois in 1892.

  • Thursday, February 13: The General Meeting will be held at 7:00PM at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 N. Shore Dr. (Hwy 38), Fawnskin. The speaker Janice Etter, Big Bear Lake City Planner, will discuss the history of this mountain municipality...What was the governmental organization before the city was formed? What interests and movements led to the incorporation of the west end of the valley? The public is invited and admission is free. Refreshments will follow the meeting.

  • Saturday, February 22: George Washington's Birthday - Washington was the first President of the United States, from 1789 to 1797. Washington's Birthday was first officially celebrated in 1885. Services are held at Washington's home at Mt. Vernon and at the Washington Monument, in the nation's capital.

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