The Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society actively collects, preserves, and provides access to Sierra Madre local history materials. Please visit the Historical Archives at the Sierra Madre Public Library. The public is welcome to visit our museums, Richardson House and Lizzie's Trail Inn, on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to Noon
It is important to remember in these challenging economic times that museums bring much to our communities. Museums are engines of commerce, serving to boost the civic and economic climates of communities large and small. U.S. museums attract an estimated 850 million visits each year, more than all professional sporting events and theme parks combined.
Also, did you know that our local museums are available for school field trips and other special events? Did you know that the museums are owned by the City of Sierra Madre, but operated by the SMHPS under a joint agreement? Part of the monies raised by the sale of the SMHPS's latest publication, Southern California Story: Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre, by Michele Zack, is being utilized to assist the City in repairing and maintaining these museums so that they can be utilized effectively as not only repositories of historical artifacts, but also so the public can safely utilize these facilities. These two treasures are an underutilized part of our community which contain a wealth of history just awaiting your exploration!
Suffice it to say that the mission of museums is public service. That's the message that will be carried to Congress on March 1, when some 300 museum advocates from across the country come to Capitol Hill to convey to our representatives the value - economic and otherwise - museums bring to the nation. Join us in this effort by contacting your local officials, via email or telephone or even old-fashioned letter, telling them what your museum means to you and your family. As protectors, interpreters and exhibitors of our heritages - historic, cultural, natural and scientific - museums fulfill a crucial role in America. Help us communicate that to our elected leaders and to continue to support and improve Lizzie's & Richardson House here in Sierra Madre.