About Us

The Palm Springs Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1955 by Melba Berry Bennett.

The Museums

We are located on The Village Green Heritage Center in a lovely park-like setting amid the hotels, shops and restaurants of legendary Palm Canyon Drive. Comprised of two 19th century pioneer homes, The McCallum Adobe and Miss Cornelia White's "Little House".

McCallum Adobe

The McCallum Adobe

The oldest remaining building in Palm Springs, built in 1884 for John McCallum, the first permanent white settler. Adobe houses were rare in the dessert because few people knew how to make the bricks.

The relocated and restored adobe now exhibits an extensive collection of photographs, paintings, clothing, tools, books, and Indian ware from the earliest days of Palm Springs. A 24 minute film on the history of Palm Springs runs continuously. Knowledgeable and personable curators are always on hand to answer questions - and if encouraged they probably might have a story or two to share.

Cornelia White House

Miss Cornelia White's “Little House”

Built from railroad ties taken from the abandoned Palmdale railroad in 1893 by the city's first hotel proprietor, Dr. Welwood Murray. This house was once part of the first hotel in Palm Springs (The Palm Springs Hotel) and later the home to pioneer Cornelia White. If your curious to see what a turn-of-the-century Palm Springs residence might have looked like come for a visit, the house is furnished with donated antiques.

Come visit us and see for yourself. Admission is free to both museums.

“Our Mission is to record, preserve and display historical artifacts of the Palm Springs area.” Palm Springs Historical Society

From the PSHS President Greg Hough

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and staff for another fantastic season at the Historical Society!

I'ts been a great year! We're pleased to announce that our walking tours have been overwhelmingly successful, we've had over 8,500 visitors in our two museums, and we look forward to continued success in the future!

Please stay tuned for some exciting information about new events we have planned for this 2012/2013 season!

Meet our Director - Jeri Vogelsang

Palm Springs is experiencing unprecedented growth and a renewed interest in celebrating and preserving its unique past. This makes our historical society vital in the effort to preserve our local heritage. As a part of an increased outreach to the public, we are utilizing the newest technology as a tool to make our history more accessible.