Poway Historical and Memorial Society

Poway History, Poway Pioneer Families, History Museum - Poway Historical and Memorial Society

Preserving the Past for the Future


The mission of the Poway Historical and Memorial Society (PHMS) is to bring together persons interested in collecting and preserving artifacts and information of historical value pertaining to Poway and its immediate environs. Through these endeavors, we can share with our children the heritage of our community --- from the pioneer days to the present.
Poway has an unique and fascinating history. In order to preserve this history, a group of citizens banded together to form the Poway Historical and Memorial Society. In the summer of 1964, Mr. Ray Stock organized the first meeting at the Old Timers' Picnic at Felicita Park in Escondido. The Constitution and by-laws were adopted the following November & Mr. Stock was elected the first President. The initial membership was fifty-three; today we have over 200 members.
In a cooperative effort between the City of Poway and the PHMS, a museum facility has been established in Old Poway Park on Midland Road. We have a railroad that runs through the park, the Nelson House (a replica of an old pioneer house), I.O.G.T. Hall (Independent Order of Good Templars 1881), blacksmith shop, and other facilities used for social events. All work in the park is done by dedicated volunteers preserving Poway's unique heritage.
Continue preserving our history through artifacts, buildings and research, and to disseminate this information to our school children, researchers, or any interested individuals.
The history, romance and nostalgia of Poway are fascinating. Over the years, many changes have and will continue to take place, but the romance of the past has always intrigued all of us. We invite you to join the PHMS and become an integral part of our community.
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