April 21 Bird Walk
A bird walk led by Kimball Garrett, collections manager at the L.A. County Museum of Natural History, will leave the Duarte Historical Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte, at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 21. The walk will cover the adjacent Encanto Park area and the nearby San Gabriel River bed trails. Binoculars are helpful. Donuts will be served prior to the walk in the Museum. Admission is free. For further information call 626 358-0329. This event is sponsored by the Duarte Historical Society.
Duarte Historical Museum
Duarte in Bronze--The Statue Project
Activities and Publications
San Gabriel Valley Museums
is celebrating the publication in the Arcadia Book Series:
IMAGES OF AMERICA: DUARTE
Irwin Margiloff & Neil Earle
To purchase a book mail check payable to
The Society was formed in 1951 to record and illustrate the history of Duarte and nearby areas as a California rancho, a settlement, and most recently as a city. It is entirely an unpaid, privately-funded, non-profit organization supported by membership dues, a small endowment, and contributions. The Society is governed by an executive board of volunteers.
Activities of the Society include operation of the Duarte Historical Museum, craft and art fairs, educational interaction with local schools and the library, and bird walks in the adjacent course of the San Gabriel River. [Click here to see photos and statistical reports.] The Society publishes a newsletter, the Branding Iron, participates in the work of the Foothill Curators and publishes their brochure "Locations and Operating Hours of the Historical Museums of the San Gabriel Valley". Bimonthly programs open to the public are held in the Museum.
The main activity of the Society is the Duarte Historical Museum, located at 777 Encanto Parkway, Duarte, California. [Mailing address: P.O.Box 263, Duarte, California 91009]. The museum is staffed by docents who open for the public on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 1 to 3 pm, and from 1 to 4 pm on Saturdays. The Museum is also open by appointment for groups and individuals. It is closed Saturdays on holiday weekends.
The Statue Project: Duarte in Bronze
Our major recent project has been to erect a large bronze equestrian statue, with Andres Duarte riding. The sculpture is installed in a new plaza---"Plaza Duarte"---located just north of City Hall. This is the largest public-art project in the San Gabriel Valley, and we expect the statue to become an icon for the City of Duarte. The dedication ceremony for the statue took place on March 31, 2007 with many descendents of Andres Duarte attending.
Here are further links to information about this project: