The Valley Center History Museum, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that operates with an all-volunteer staff of docents. It is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors, all of whom serve without pay.
The History Museum traces its roots to 1972 when a group of citizens formed the Local History Committee and began collecting historic documents, photographs, and memorabilia. The name of the organization evolved in 2001 into the Valley Center Historical Society which opened the History Museum in 2003.
The History Museum cares for a valuable and irreplaceable collection of artifacts, photographs, historic documents, oral and written histories, personal diaries, vintage newspapers, original art, burial records, and private papers. It is also involved in historic preservation.
The museum partners with the Valley Center branch of San Diego County Library to leverage its resources and reach new audiences, and oversees nearly 1,000 volumes of local and regional history in the Library’s Valley Center Room.
The museum is an educational resources for teachers and schools. To this end, the museum conducts tours, develops curriculum, and outreach programs for local schools. The museum also offers public lectures, tours of historic sites, and a Website offering a breadth of information on the community.