Hemet Museum reopens to share history with residents and visitors

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Anne Jennings, a mainstay at the Hemet Museum for more than three decades, stands next to one of her favorite exhibits, an apricot cutting machine invented by L.J. Burns of Hemet in 1959 and believed to be the first commercially proven ’cot cutter. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
It seems strange to say there are new items at a museum that is known for its historic artifacts, but the Hemet Museum is looking forward to curating a new piano player exhibit as it reopens after an 18-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before its official reopening on Sept. 17, dedicated volunteers hosted a celebration that attracted many familiar faces as well as some new ones. The energy and enthusiasm from supporters who gathered on Sept. 13 for the two-hour gathering were felt throughout the converted Santa Fe train depot at 100 W. Florida Ave. It was also a reunion of sorts since many had not seen each other during the time the museum was closed to the public. Hemet Museum will be open Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Richard Leitz, who will serve as a F
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