Valley History Comes to Life during Pioneers’ Day at Museum

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Guests getting ready to leave on a wagon ride throughout the fields at the Pioneers Museum on Saturday.
Guests load up and get ready to embark on a wagon ride through the fields on Pioneers’ Day at the Pioneers’ Park Museum on Saturday.

IMPERIAL — History eked from the walls of the Pioneers’ Museum and into the open as participants learned about and experienced the life of Imperial Valley’s early settlers at Pioneers’ Day on Saturday. Entertainment, historical displays, and activities for the whole family were provided at this free event.

“The overall goal was to get people out here and see what the museum has to offer as far as historical and educational value,” explained Lynn Housouer, Chief Executive Officer of the Pioneers’ Museum.

Starting from the parking lot, the museum was filled with activities and booths for visitors to enjoy. Vintage tractors and antique farm hardware were lined up outside the museum, giving guests a visual learning experience. There were also various interactive stations, such as a wagon ride and a Holtville jail cell photo booth. Younger guests were also entertained with lasso roping and potato chip shooting booths.

There were no lack of refreshments at this year’s Pioneers Day. Free hot dogs were available as well as Chuck Wagon Grub and kettle corn. All proceeds were donated to the museum.

Along with outdoor activities, there were plenty of things to enjoy inside the comprehensive and history-filled museum as volunteers ran interactive booths where attendees could see how early settlers did everyday activities such as grinding coffee and sewing.

“I decided to volunteer because I know the staff puts a lot of time and effort into making this a place where people could come and see the history of the Imperial Valley,” explained Alonna Moreno, a volunteer at the coffee-grinding booth. “One of my favorite parts of the event is probably some of the prep work we do beforehand. We’re all here working hard together to clean up and prepare for the guests who come the next day and then watching the little ones as they see how things used to operate before we had modern technology nowadays.”

“I think we had more people come in this year,” said Housouer. “I think the word is getting out that we have a very nice museum that the community should be very proud of, and I think as people leave today they’ll think about the next time we have another one and bring more friends.”

“I’m happy with the outcome today,” continued Housouer, “and I think everybody else by the smiles on their faces had a good time. So I think we accomplished what we were trying to do, which was have people come out and see the museum and have a good time.”

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