San Bernardino CA Historical Society

Find San Bernardino, California historical societies. Historical societies provide information on the history and culture of a specific area, through the use of museum and library art exhibits and programs.


San Bernardino Historical Society 796 North D Street San Bernardino CA 92401 909-885-2204


About San Bernardino Historical Societies

San Bernardino Historical Societies are local organizations and history museums dedicated to studying, preserving, and fostering an appreciation of the past, with an emphasis on the local community's history in San Bernardino, CA. Historical Societies in San Bernardino encourage and engage in the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, photographs, and personal stories. Many Historical Societies conduct research about local businesses and families, which they make accessible and available as public records and exhibits.

You may contact the Historical Society for questions about:
  • San Bernardino Historical Society exhibits and events
  • San Bernardino historical center discounts
  • Genealogy research in San Bernardino, California
  • Making a donation
  • Volunteering
San Bernardino Public Records

Historical Societies are a great source of San Bernardino public records, historical and genealogy research information. Historical records may be available upon request from the San Bernardino organizations, museums, exhibits and exhibitions, and from San Bernardino County historical archives.

Local San Bernardino History

California Historical Societies specialize in a single aspect of local history. San Bernardino Historical Centers may highlight a local institution, such as an university, church, or business. Alternatively, their focus may be on a particular group, such as an ethnicity, profession, or religious group. Some Historical Societies work to preserve San Bernardino historic buildings and properties, ensuring that neighborhoods maintain the historic character that helps define the community. These efforts often involve close work with local San Bernardino and California state government agencies, to list buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, create historic districts, and ensure that historic preservation ordinances and guidelines are established and enforced.

Volunteering for San Bernardino Historical Societies

Many Historical Societies are staffed and organized by volunteers, who often become involved in order to preserve the legacy and heritage of their ancestors or to honor local heroes. Other San Bernardino Historical Societies are professional organizations that have paid staff. These organizations may run San Bernardino museums and educational programs, and a local California government or business entity may manage these Historical Societies. Many Historical Societies provide resources to help smaller organizations or individuals with research projects. In addition, they provide events for school-age children both in the schools and at their facilities.

Historical Society Donations & Funding

Funding for San Bernardino Historical Societies can come from a combination of sources, including government support, universities, and businesses, as well as private donations, endowments, and grants. Historical Societies rely on fundraisers as a significant source of revenue. Fundraisers may include tours of CA historical buildings, sponsored talks and historic reenactments, and San Bernardino genealogy events.

Events & Exhibitions

Historical Societies have an online presence where they provide valuable information about sponsored San Bernardino events and programs. Historical Society websites commonly post historic photographs or articles on topics of local historic interest. Some provide online databases to help with San Bernardino County genealogy research, immigration activity, or census related data.