Historians donate books about Menifee history to new school

Principal Brian Martes, center, of Harvest Hill Steam Academy accepts donated books of Menifee history from Menifee Valley Historical Association board members Elinor Martin and Bill Zimmerman. Courtesy photo

MENIFEE – Students attending Harvest Hill Steam Academy, Menifee Union School District’s newest elementary school, now have 20 brand-new books available for check out in the school’s library. The Menifee history books were written by Elinor Martin and Betty Bouris, who are founding board members of the Menifee Valley Historical Association. The books are filled with photographs and information about the early pioneers that settled in the valley.

Over the summer, Martin, who serves as the association’s president, joined Vice President Bill Zimmerman on a visit to the school to present the books to Principal Brian Martes. The organization has been donating history books to Menifee schools since its formation in 2004.

“We know the students are learning about California history in third grade that includes a unit on local history, so we’re pleased to provide another resource for them,” Martin said.

The organization opened a history museum in 2016; it is free and open to the public every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Menifee history books are available for purchase at the museum. Docents also host private field trips and tours for youth organizations, scout troops and school children. Children can earn a special embroidered badge when they visit the museum. For more information, visit www.menifeehistory.com.

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