Sunday, October 01, 2006

Museum Fundraising Campaign

Mission Statement of the Rancho Bernardo CA Historical Society Museum Fundraising Committee

“We read to know that we are not alone,” said C.S. Lewis. We preserve history for similar reasons: To connect with those who came before us, and those who will follow. We are a part of a stream of humanity, and must preserve remnants of our past like a beautiful patchwork quilt.

The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society has been dedicated to that end for decades. Since its inception in 1982, the nomadic society has striven to collect and protect two types of artifacts:

· The early days - from the days of Native Americans and the Spanish landowners, up until 1960.

· After 1960 - when the idea of Rancho Bernardo was conceived and ultimately developed.

Like most pioneers, the Historical Society first dreamed of a parcel of land, then a structure that could safely shelter their treasures, collected from like-minded citizens.

Thankfully, the Society has now realized part of “The dream”: A home. The hand that reached out to them was that of Ross Rizzo, owner of the Bernardo Winery, and it pointed to a plot where they could set up the 500 sq. ft. Rancho Bernardo Museum. Quickly it filled, and became a frequent resource for visitors.

Now, the next phase has begun. With our partners the RB Community Foundation, and Ross Rizzo providing an additional piece of land, a 2,700 sq. ft. replacement building may rise up at last. If you appreciate the importance of your role in the history of mankind, and Rancho Bernardo, won’t you join us? Please contact Susan Floyd at (858) 248-2030