Upcoming Events

Colton Area Museum & Historical Society Presents:  “Nickelodeon Pizza of Colton Tradition” with Gary Grossich

Mr. Grossich has owned Nickelodeon Pizza for 44 years.  Hear about his story from Valley Boulevard to Washington Street providing a place for Coltonites and the surrounding region to congregate and enjoy great food.

When:  Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Colton Area Museum – Larry Sheffield Research Center
380 N. La Cadena Drive
Colton, CA 92324
(Note:  The Larry Sheffield Research Center is downstairs)

The meeting is free and opened to the public.  For more information call 951-283-4860 or 909-825-0671


Colton Area Museum & Historical Society Presents: A Story of Early Settlement, Agua Mansa and La Placita by Jim Wood

Saturday, March 11, 2017,  2:30pm
Colton Area Museum
In the Basement at the Larry Sheffield Research Center
308 N. La Cadena Drive, Colton, CA 92324

Fascinating details about the first settlements on the Santa Ana River from 1884 to 1864.  Jim Wood is a member of the Old Spanish Trail Association, Agua Mansa Chapter.

Museum Speaker Program is a free event open to the public.



Larry Sheffield Memorial and Museum Gathering

Celebration of Life is scheduled for Thursday, February 16 at Hermosa Gardens Cemetery in the Mission Chapel at 2:30 p.m. Feel free to bring your own prepared remarks. In lieu of flowers, send memorial contributions to Cancer Research Institute, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006 or the Colton Area Museum Association c/o Mike Murphy P.O. Box 1648, Colton, CA 92324.

A gathering at the Museum will occur proceeding the Chapel Services – Everyone Welcome.

Colton Area Museum & Historical Society Present: 25 Anniversary Open House Event – Join us in this wonderful celebration of Colton History, Culture and Art!!

cam-25th-anniversaryLive Holiday Music by Dr. G and company

Light refreshments will be provided

Featuring Hazel Olson Art Exhibit

Where:  380 N. La Cadena Drive, Colton Ca. 92324

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time:  11: a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The event is free and opened to the public. For more information contact Mike Murphy at 951- 283-4860 or 909-825-0671.

Colton Area Museum & Historical Society Present:  “Growing up in South Colton”


When: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time:  2:00 pm
Where: Hutton Center, 660 N. Colton Avenue
Dr. Tom Rivera
Frank Acosta
Henry Vasquez
Michael Gomez

RSVP/Information: 909.213.0515



Colton Area Museum, Historical Society and the Colton Library Present: History Day at the Library

history%20day%20at%20the%20library%20flyer_201606111828383903Saturday, July 9, 2016
1 pm – 2:30pm
Colton Main Library
656 North 9th Street Colton, CA 92324
(909) 824-8814

Step back in time with the Colton Area Museum and experience the history of Colton through stories, a puppet show, songs and other activities! All programs are free and no registration is required.

The Inlandia Institute and Colton Area Museum Present:  GROWING UP ALELUYA
by Ernest F. Garcia

Saturday, June 18, 2016 • 2 pm • Colton Area Museum
380 N La Cadena Dr • Colton, CA 92324

This event is free and open to the public
Light refreshments will be provided. Book sales & signing to follow the readinBookLaunchGarcia_CAMg

“Ernie has written a charming memoir of growing up in a South Colton barrio. Growing Up Aleluya is replete with amusing vignettes of Ernie’s escapades with his cronies and vivid descriptions of his resourcefulness during the Great Depression and the World War II eras. We are honored to cheer his latest literary achievement. .”


3rd Annual Museum Day

Poster2a_CAM_Museum Day 2016Tactical Urbanism – Serrano Nursery
Live Music – Tania Y Su Nueva Era, Fernando Ibarra just some of the stars
Magic Show and Clowns – Juan Diaz
Inlandia Institute – Cati Porter and Mike Sleboda
Local Author Present – J.M. Moore
IB Music CenterVictor Ibarra, RepresentingFood: Le Rendezvous Cafe, Choppers Tacos, El Aguila Real, Supanburi Thai,
Colton Nonprofits will be present
Sphaira – Custom Dream Catchers
Flowers, Plants, Green: Riverside-San Bernardino Counties Orchard Society; De La Rosa Designs
SAVE THE DATE!!    See Details at Event Webpage:  3rd Annual Museum Event Page on Facebook –

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Guest Speaker for April 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Why Do They Call it That?

SaNick Cataldon Bernardino County Place Names.    We will have an interactive local history lesson by identifying the significance behind the names of cities, streets and other familiar places.

 Guest Speaker Nick Cataldo is a member of Western Writers of America and has been is a contributing western history writer for the Tombstone Epitaph, Oregon-California Trails Association and for Wild West Magazine.

He is the author of Images of America: San Bernardino (published by Arcadia Publishing in 2002), co-author of Pioneers of San Bernardino:  1851–1857 (published by the San Bernardino County Museum Association in 2001) and co-author of The Earps of San Bernardino County, (published by the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society in 2002), and currently writes a local history newspaper column for the San Bernardino County Sun.

His most recent book, entitled “The Earp Clan:  The Southern California Years” (published by Back Roads Press) was released in October of 2006.     

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 2:30 pm
Where: 380 N. La Cadena Drive – In the Carnegie Lecture Room located in the basement.

Saturday, March 12, 2016
“THE BIG RED CAR” The Pacific Electric Railway Passenger Service in Colton & Nearby Cities Presentation by:


Frank Esquer and Barbara Jones

pe2-01-227139_626x400In 1906, the start of construction of the rail line which ultimately connected Pacific Electric’s Northern District with lines of its Eastern District (San Bernardino, Redlands, Riverside).  Guest spearkers Equer and Jones will be presenting pictures, maps and other information about this great “interurban operator” that provided the access to property and outer regions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange County.    Come hear about the local artifacts of this great mass transit project that is all but disappeared and an artifact of history.

When: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 2:30 pm
Where: 380 N. La Cadena Drive – In the Carnegie Lecture Room located in the basement.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Guest speaker Chief of Police Mark Owens of the Colton Police Department will be presenting a view of the department’s history, the present and visions for the future.  Come see this presentation in the Historical Carnegie Library Building of the CAM and Historical Society.

When: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Time: 2:30 pm
Where: 380 N. La Cadena Drive – In the Carnegie Lecture Room located in the basement.

Screen shot 2016-02-05 at 11.23.03 AMTown Marshal: Virgil Earp was appointed to Chief of Police, a position appointed by the City Council, in the early 1900s. Originally the town marshal owned his own horse but administered police service from the new city hall in 1890. He booked prisoners, after transporting them in a wheelbarrow, into a 2-room cell too low for a man to stand in. Colton grew in square mileage, which required the council to furnish a horse. They raised the Chief’s salary to $75 per month.


The meeting is free and opened to the public. For more information contact Mike Murphy at 951- 283-4860 or 909-825-0671



Saturday, January 9, 2016
Colton Area Museum & Historical Society Presents:

“The South Colton Oral History Project”

Come hear the results of the many oral history interviews taken by the “The South Colton Oral History Project.”    Stories from residents and former residents of South Colton neighborhoods provide insight on this vibrant and changing community.

  • Time:        2:30 p.m.
  • Location:  Colton Area Museum, 380 N. La Cadena Dr., Colton, California
  • The meeting is free and opened to the public.
  • For more information contact Frank Acosta at (909) 370-1963 or Mike Murphy at (909) 825-0671


Saturday, November 14, 2015
Colton Area Museum & Historical Society Presents:

Tour of San BTrainernardino
History and Railroad Museum

The San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum is located in the old “Baggage Room” of the recently restored historic, 1918 San Bernardino Depot. This museum highlights the history of the San Bernardino Area and the railroad that built this region and influences its residents’ lives.

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Time: 12:30 p.m.(see details below)

Place: 1170 W. Third Street, San Bernardino, CA. 92410

Carpool/Caravan – “Think Green” – Leaves from Colton Area Museum
380 N. La Cadena Drive, Colton, CA
Leaves to San Bernardino at 12:30 p.m. sharp for a special tour that starts at 1:00 p.m.

Due of the tour, the Colton Area Museum will close at 12:15 on Nov. 14.
For more information contact: 951-283-4860 or 909-824-8814, coltonareamuseum.com

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Colton Area Museum & Historical Society Presents:
Luis A. Fuerte              
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Highly acclaimed cameraman for the late Huell Howser helped create the legendary KCET show, California Gold.

Time 2:30 p.m.
at the Colton Public Library
656 N. 9th Street, Colton, CA 92324

The meeting is free and opened to the public.
For more information contact:
(909) 824-8814 or (951) 283-4860 coltonareamuseum.com


Saturday, May 2, 2015
Colton Area Museum & Historical Society Presents:

From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
at the Colton Area Museum
380 N. La Cadena Drive, Colton, CA 92324
Come and make history with us as you experience how families lived and played in Colton a hundred years ago!

Artwork by Frank Esquer

Artwork by Frank Esquer

– Games and Activities
– Crafts
– Entertainment
– Displays in the Museum

Special Guests:
South Colton Heritage Project presented by Casa de Culturas – share your photos and memories of South Colton to be included in documentary; &

Corinna OrdenezCorinna Ordoñez.

Colton resident, singer, and performer of both English and Spanish repertoire.  Ms. Ordoñez presently performs as a solo artist and with a versatile group of the Inland Empire called Maxximo – with a diverse Latin American genre ranging from cumbias, salsa to more traditional Mexican songs.

She attends California State University San Bernardino, with a declared major in Kinesiology and minor in Spanish (Certificate for Public Translation).   She is also a former winner of the San Bernardino Miss National Orange Show Most Outstanding Teen Pageant in 2009.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Arrowhead Hot Springs


Come and learn the fascinating 150-year history of the sanitariums, hotels, resort facilities, and spring water at Arrowhead Springs.

       When:       Saturday, April 11, 2015

       Time:         2:30 p.m.

       Where:      Colton Area Museum

                        380 N. La Cadena in Colton

The meeting is free and opened to the public.

For more information: Mike Murphy (909) 825-0671 or (951) 283-4860.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Colton Area Museum Association will host Hub City Heroes: Memories of South Colton’ a special presentation by author and filmmaker Antonio Gonzalez Vasquez,

The presentation is free and a limited number of signed copies of his book ‘Mexican American in Redlands’ will be available for purchase. Mr. Vasquez’s work can be seen at www.mexicanheritage.yolasite.com and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Casa-de-Culturas/170588023182

For more information contact Mike Murphy at the Colton Area Museum Association, (909) 825-0671 or (951) 283-4860.

Author and Filmmaker - Dr. Antonio Gonzalez Vasquez

Author and Filmmaker – Dr. Antonio Gonzalez Vasquez


Saturday March 14, 2015 2:30 pm
at the Colton Area Museum
380 N. La Cadena, Colton 92324






Saturday, February 14, 2015

Art Morgan, Economic Development Manager, City of Colton
“Update on Current Projects in Colton”

Presentation is open to the public and free
Meeting time is 2:30 p.m.
Colton Area Museum
380 N. La Cadena Drive
Colton, CA 92324

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Saturday, January 10, 2015
Program of the Colton Area Museum Association
Tour of the Norton Air Force Base Museum in San Bernardino

Meet 2:00 p.m. sharp at the Colton Area Museum
380 N. La Cadena Dr., Colton, CA 92324

Norton Area MuseumThen we will caravan and/or carpool to the Norton Air Force Base Museum in San Bernardino for a special tour – If you want to drive separately to the Norton AFB Museum please arrive no later than 2:25 p.m. please.

The Norton AFB Museum opened March 2014 with the mission to preserve, honor, and promote the history of the Norton Air Force Base. The Norton AFB Museum is located in the completely renovated NCO Club Building and contains a growing collection of items from military and civilian personnel.

For more information:
Mike Murphy, President, Colton Area Museum Association
(909) 825-0671, (951) 283-4860
Colton Area Museum  (909) 823-8814


Events 2014:
Saturday, November 8, 2014 – at “Colton Area Museum” located at 380 N. La Cadena Dr., Colton, CA  –

Guest Lecture Series: Topic – How California got it’s Shape.

Brief Description: Learn the exciting, determining events that led up to the current borders of California. California is the only state to define its own boundaries. It was a long, convoluted journey. Come and discover how and why.

Speaker: Richard McInnis, researcher of California and local history, retired teacher, member of Native Sons of the Golden West

Lecture Starts Promptly at: 2:30 pm


Directions to the Colton Area Museum:  Interstate 10, 9th Street Exit, North to H Street, left to N. La Cadena Dr., right to 380 N. La Cadena Dr.  Parking along N. La Cadena Drive and G Street.

For wheelchair access call (909) 824-8814 or (909) 951-283-4860


Past Events 2014:

Saturday, September 13, 2014 – at “the Villas” located at 501 N. 9th Street, Colton, CA Guest Lecture Series

Brief Description: Learn about the history of the this special bell that was gifted by Ellen Colton in 1877 and is now in the lovely patio at the Villas.

Lecture Starts Promptly at: 2:30 pm

Left to Right: Larry Sheffield, Mario Suarez, and Dr. G.

Left to Right: Larry Sheffield, Mario Suarez, and Dr. G.







Guest Lecturer: Larry Sheffield is a local historian, author of several books and former editor of the Crossroads Journal of Colton Area History and Past President of the Colton Area Museum.

Directions to “the Villas”:  Interstate 10, 9th Street Exit, North to 501 N. 9th Street.