Special Unveiling Ceremony Wednesday, January 29

The Perris Valley Museum Historical Archives cordially invites the public to a special unveiling ceremony of its 1880 edition of Thompson and West’s History of Los Angeles County, California.

This book is considered to be “one of the most historically-significant volumes of Southern California history.”  The volume held by the Perris Valley Museum Historical Archives is one of thirty-four known in existence, and only one of thee known locally accessible to the public.

What makes this book particularly significant to the city of Perris is who once owned it.  The book once belonged to Frederick Thomas Perris, chief engineer of the California Southern Railway and the city of Perris’s namesake.  Fred Perris had an impressive private library in his home on D Street in San Bernardino, which was said to include an oversized world atlas gifted to him by Rand McNally of the publishing house after he stayed with the Perris family while in Southern California.  It is believed this book was part of a collection gifted to the Perris Valley Historical and Museum Association in the early 1980’s by Oscar Washington Perris, Jr., Fred Perris’s grandson.

The unveiling ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in the archive’s facility located in the historic Bank of Perrris building.  Light refreshments will be served.

An R.S.V.P. is requested before January 24 via either e-mail to christina_perris@perrisvalleyarchives.org or via telephone at (951) 657-6700.

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