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Heritage Museum

The History of California’s First River



image Before the 1960s, Mission Valley looked very different. Today it may be hard to imagine the valley dotted with farms along a meandering river.

The San Diego River Heritage Museum will tell the story of life in Mission Valley along the river from the 1850s – 1950s. It will feature recorded audio and video of people who experienced this life firsthand, a life much different than today’s. The project is scheduled to open in 2018-2019.

The Heritage Museum will be a focal point in the new Civita community, a 230.5 acre transit oriented development which is a joint venture of locally based Sudberry Properties and the Grant Family, which has owned this property since the late 1920s.

Do you have items such as photographs, produce crates, milk bottles, postcards and artwork that is connected to Mission Valley before the 1960s? We would love to document it. We would love to include it in the Heritage Museum, too.

If you might be interested in financially supporting this project, we would love to talk with you.

For more information, contact our President and CEO, Rob Hutsel, by email rob@sandiegoriver.org or by calling (619) 297-7380.

To learn more about the history of Mission Valley, check out our One River, Many Stories Program.

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