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Mission

The mission of the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and present the history of the peoples of the Santa Maria Valley.

During the Golden Anniversary celebration of the Incorporation of the City of Santa Maria, the Santa Maria Valley Historical society was organized, chartered, and incorporated on September 7, 1955 as a non-profit organization. At present, it has a membership of about 500 persons. The original chartered members of the Society were those who lived in the Valley. Today's membership is not restricted, but open to any person interested in the Valley and California history.

The purposes of the Historical Society are to gather and preserve material relating to the history of the Santa Maria Valley. Also, to administer the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society Museum. The Society holds quarterly dinner meetings with programs of historical nature. In 1959, the Society published a book, This Is Our Valley, available at the museum. In 1987, the Society published the Santa Maria Historical Photo Album.

Current Brochure (PDF)