Menifee parents seeking both an educational and fun activity for their out-of-school students due to the coronavirus “stay-at-home” order have a new virtual tour they can take of the Menifee Valley Historical Association Museum.
Menifee’s museum itself is closed due to the coronavirus, but little is lost in the virtual visit now available at the museum’s website at https://www.menfeehistory.com/history-museum. The virtual visit is available both by using a cursor to roam around the museum and viewing all the displays or by listening and taking tour of the museum itself narrated by Menifee Mayor Bill Zimmerman or a study of the area’s geology narrated by Bob Kent, museum docent and geologist.
Students by clicking on the “Discover Menifee’s Past” linking the museum on YouTube will not only find the guided tours with worksheets and information guides on things like California wildflowers to photos and information about the early days of Menifee and the Valley. Parents can view their children’s finished worksheets to see what they have learned.
The museum website also explores the 12 different historical landmarks found in the city and other areas outside of the Menifee and information about the Indian tribes living in early California.
Museum officials said information on the website is being uploaded each day that will maintain the interest of students and those of all ages interested in Menifee’s history.
The officials invited viewers to “take a picture and share it on our Facebook page.”
The Menifee Museum was opened at 26301 Garbani Road in Menifee in 2016 between Murrieta and Evans Roads next to the Menifee Valley Middle School. The mission of the Menifee Valley Historical Association that supports the museum is to “identify, preserve and promote the historic legacy of the Menifee Valley.”
The Menifee Valley once extended into parts of Murrieta, Canyon Lake and Lake Elsinore all linked by old Highway 395. The museum itself has been closed since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and the state and Riverside County health agencies sent out a “Stay-at-Home” order closing all schools and nonessential businesses.
Many of the loaned and donated exhibits in the museum were carefully collected and preserved by some of the pioneer families of Menifee and Canyon Lake since 1898.
The museum once it is reopened after the stay-at-home orders are lifted will return to its regular 1-4 p.m. Sunday public openings.
Meanwhile, the museum docents and friends Elinor, Betty, Ina May, Bill, Shirley, Mike and Katie said, “Please take care of yourselves and your neighbors. We look forward to seeing you at the Menifee History Museum when we reopen.”
Information can be found on the museum at https://www.menifeehistory.com or call 951-708-6842.
Tony Ault can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.