In 1970, the Whittier Historical Society was established, and one of its primary goals was to initiate the establishment of a Museum inside the city of Whittier. The acquisition of a facility and the subsequent opening of the Whittier Museum to the general public both occurred in 1983 as a direct result of the efforts of a number of dogged individuals. Since that time, the Whittier Museum has been committed to collecting, preserving, and showing the history of Whittier and its surrounding areas, beginning with the first 100 years of the city’s existence. Donations, grants, and proceeds from fundraising events are the only sources of funding for the Whittier Museum. The Whittier Historical Society is dedicated to ensuring that the Whittier Museum is accessible to the general public as well as school groups and other special groups on a complimentary basis.
The animated images and audio recordings that are part of the Whittier Museum’s digital collection at California Revealed date from the 1950s all the way up until the 2000s. The collection features a significant number of oral history interviews with Whittier locals, in addition to films and videos documenting local events and the Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility, which is located in Whittier.
The Whittier Historical Society is the organization.
Within the provisions of Section 501(C)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, the Whittier Historical Society was established and is run only for charitable purposes. As a result, it is not formed for the purpose of maximizing the personal profit of any one person or any other organization. The Whittier Historical Society was founded for a variety of reasons, the most important of which are as follows:
- Discover, collect, maintain, and exhibit artifacts, documents, photographs, literary or artistic works, and any other articles or materials that may help establish or illustrate the history of Whittier, the Whittier area, and the State of California.
- The Whittier Museum and its Collections should be preserved for the purposes of study, the public’s education and enjoyment, and the public’s enjoyment of the museum’s collections.
- Contribute, in collaboration with the City of Whittier, to the Bailey House’s day-to-day operations and preventative maintenance.
- It is important to educate the community about the importance of preserving the historical sites and buildings that are located in the Whittier area.
- Publish and disseminate information with the goal of increasing the number of people who live in the Whittier area and the areas surrounding it who have an appreciation and enjoyment of the aforementioned topics.
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