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- Become a Volunteer

Get Involved - Become a Volunteer

Volunteers play an important role in the operations of the Palm Springs Historical Society. Consider getting involved as a way of learning more about Palm Springs past and connecting with like-minded people as you contribute to your community.

Volunteers' time and talent are vital to continuing our mission. We couldn't do it without you. Volunteers work in a variety of departments including Education, Public Programs, Museum Docents, Library Assistant, Library Collections, Oral History, Research Library and Walking Tour Docents to name a few.

We seek a diverse group of volunteers who can apply their skills, interests, experiences and energy. 

Current Volunteer Openings:

Walking Tour Docents
Museum Docents

To inquire about volunteering CONTACT US by email to receive a Volunteer Application or download the Volunteer Application (pdf 235 KB) or Walking Tour Volunteer Application (pdf 164 KB) save it and print it out to email or drop off for review. We will contact you for an interview if an appropriate position becomes available. Thank you for your interest!


- Welwood Murray Memorial Library

Monday, February 23, 2015

The 1941 Welwood Murray Memorial Library (WMML) re-opens after a full renovation.

Palm Springs Historical Society Research Library

VIEW the Online Research Library
The PSHS Research Library offers numerous materials from the Museum's collection. Browse our extensive online database, explore photos, books, periodicals, manuscripts, and much more.

Check out the Online Collections Database

VISIT the Research Library
Tel: 760-323-8297 
Now housing the Palm Springs Historical Society's Research Library. Please call to make an appointment. Arrangements must be made prior with the Historical Society to access historic archives on site at the library.

PSHS Policies and Services

Downtown Public Library and Visitors Center

Tel: 760-323-8296
The WMML provides library services as a branch of the main Palm Springs Library, free WiFi, public computers and a browsing collection of national magazines and newspapers. It will also function as a downtown visitors center from 9 am to 9 pm everyday.

WMML Policies and Services

100 South Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262


- Forever Marilyn

Monday, April 1, 2014

The 26 foot tall, 34,000 pound sculpture was disassembled. Tuesday morning the crane loaded the four pieces plus base onto two flat bed trucks headed to Hamilton, New Jersey.

The Seward Johnson statue will take a 7 day trip across country making at least 10 city stops along the way for "I Saw Marilyn!" photo ops. She heads to the Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, N.J. for a May 4 - July 2015 retrospective on the life and work of Johnson, who will be 84 this year.

Seward Johnson: The Retrospective

Forever Marilyn lifted in sky Forever Marilyn skirt Forever Marilyn legsForever Marilyn disasembledForever Marilyn on the truck

 


- Fire burns historic 1935 Palm Springs Community Church

An early morning fire Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 4:30am all but gutted one of the city's oldest structures, the Palm Springs Community Church on the corner of Baristo and South Cahuilla.

Built in 1935 and designed in Gothic Revival style that was common in the 1920's and 30's, this architecture is the only surviving example of this kind in Palm Springs.

Fun Fact: President Eisenhower and Mamie worshiped here in 1954.