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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Fall 2013 Calendar
- Museum/Curator work parties (weather permitting) are scheduled every Monday morning from 9 AM to 12 noon at the museum.
- Thursday, November 14: The General Meeting will be held in the conference room of Whispering Pines Estates, 391 Montclair, Big Bear City, at 7 PM. BBVHS Museum curator Kim Sweet will be our program speaker. Kim will offer a presentation on a most interesting California adventurer, Cabot Abram Yerxa, who homesteaded a 160 acre plot in the Coachella Valley in 1913. Yerxa hand-built an adobe style home on the property that is officially known as 'Cabot's Old Indian Pueblo Museum'. It is listed in the State Office of Historic Preservation as simply 'Yerxa's Discovery'. The public is invited and admission is free. Refreshments will follow the meeting.
- Friday, November 15: The field trip will be a visit to Cabot's Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs (weather permitting). Participants will meet at the BBVHS Museum parking lot at 8:30 AM and caravan to the desert location. Everyone should bring a lunch, as there is a nice picnic area on the Cabot Museum property. Wear comfortable, closed shoes, as there are many narrow stairs. Also, please note that there is a nominal entrance fee for the museum visit. A definite head count is needed by Thursday, November 7, so the museum can assign enough docents for our group. Please call or email Jim Weyant, Field Trip chairman.
- Thursday, November 28: Thanksgiving Day - a day for giving thanks for the harvest and other blessings of the year. Thanksgiving was first observed by the pilgrims in the fall of 1621, when Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony appointed a day for feasting and thanksgiving. On October 3, 1789, President Washington declared November 26, 1789, a Day of Thanksgiving to express gratitude for the creation of the Unisted States of America.
- Tuesday, December 3: The BBVHS Annual Christmas Dinner. The Society cordially invites you to attend our Christmas Dinner at the Salvation Army Pine Summit Converence Center, 700 Wren Ave., Big Bear Lake, at 5:30 PM. Come for delicious food, comaraderie, and great entertainment. The price is $20 per person until November 26. Beginning November 27 the price will be $25 per person. The final reservation deadline is December 1. No tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the event. We request all attendees a bring a new, unwrapped gift for children from newborn to 12 years of age. If you prefer, a monetary donation may be made. The gifts and monetary donations will be given to the Kiwanis Club of Big Bear Valley, which will distribute to needy children in the Big Bear Valley. A reservation form is included in the Big Bear Balley Historical Society's "Tall Pines" November issue.