WHO WE ARE
Saving Yesterday for Tomorrow
HOW WE CAME TO BE
In 1973, the Livermore Heritage Guild was founded in reaction to the impending demolition of the Southern Pacific Depot building. A group of local citizens realized that there were a number of historically valuable buildings and sites that would disappear in the name of progress if no one organized to prevent it. This led to the founding of the Guild.
Our goal is expressed by our motto: "Saving Yesterday for Tomorrow." To that end, the Guild collects and preserves historical artifacts, is an information resource for those who are interested in the history of Livermore and assists those searching for family background.
Click on HERE to download our bylaws (5 pages in PDF format).
Our Board of Directors meet at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, except for the September annual General Meeting and the December social. Meetings of the Guild are open to the public and you are cordially invited to attend. Contact a board member to confirm location. Currently (2016) meetings are at the old Carnegie Library, 2155 Third Street.
The Guild publishes a newsletter with informative articles about the community's history and current heritage activities.
HERITAGE GUILD ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Spearheaded saving the Southern Pacific Depot.
- Helped save and gain local historic recognition of the Buckley Estate (now Ravenswood Historic Site) and the Carnegie Library building, both operated by the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District.
- Was successful in having the D.J. Murphy house on McLeod Street named to the National Register of Historic Places and as a City of Livermore Historic Preservation Heritage site.
- Assisted in gaining National Register status for the Carnegie Building and Hagemann Ranch
- Has had an entry in the annual Livermore Rodeo Parade since 1975.
- Volunteers conduct walking tours of historic buildings and homes.
- Collected and microfilmed more than 100 years of Livermore newspapers and has furnished copies to the Livermore Public Library.
- Created a cross index for these newspapers so that virtually any news item can be located with ease.
- Assisted St. Michael's church with its centennial book.
- Secured old photo collections from newspapers, local photographers, and local family photos.
- Archives contain many old maps, tax records, business directories, etc.
- Conducts tours of the downtown, the Carnegie Building, and the Duarte Garage/Lincoln Highway Museum. Call for arrangements.
- The Guild has restored three early Livermore fire engines.
- Restored and maintains the Duarte Garage and cottage. The Guild saved the structures from demolition and reached an agreement with the City of Livermore in which the Guild assumed responsibility for the structures.
- The Guild opens the Duarte Garage monthly and for special events for students, Scouts, car clubs, the Lincoln Highway Association, and others.
HISTORY CENTER AT THE CARNEGIE BUILDING
The Guild maintains a History Center in the Carnegie Building at 3rd and K Streets in Livermore. We are open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, later during Farmer's Market Thursdays. A docent is always in attendance to assist visitors.
LINCOLN HIGHWAY (DUARTE) MUSEUM
In 1976, the Guild was asked by the City of Livermore to assume responsibility for the Duarte Garage and cottage located on Portola Avenue. The Garage was established as a way station on the old Lincoln Highway in 1915. The Guild opens the Garage monthly and for special events.
In 2014, the Guild was asked by the City of Livermore to assume responsibility for the historic 5 acre Hagemann Ranch. The Guild is working to preserve and restore the site and manages three other non-profits operating on the site. The Guild opens the Ranch approximately monthly, the last Sunday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 and for special events.
Interesting and informative presentations are held throughout the year, check this site or the Independent calendar for dates. Join us at the Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore. Doors open at 7 p.m.; lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. No charge, though a donation is always appreciated. Lite refreshments are served. For more information call (925) 449-9927 or check the front page of this site for information.
The Historymobile was originally created by members Tillie Calhoun and Barry Schrader. A delightful new HistoryMobile under the management of Nancy Mulligan, is available to all third grade classes in Livermore. Typically 900 to 1,000 students tour the vehicle each year. The Historymobile is also a regular attraction at city events such as the yearly Ice Cream Social at Ravenswood.
As a fundraising event, each year the Guild holds a dinner and auction of unique donated items on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in May.
Call 449-9927 for details.