San Clemente Historical Society



I vision a place where people can live together more pleasantly than any other place in America…. the whole picture is very clear before me…. I can see hundreds of white-walled homes bonneted with red tile, with trees, shrubs, hedges of hibiscus, palms and geraniums lining the drives, and a profusion of flowers framing the patios and gardens...

 –Ole Hanson, 1925


Mission Statement


  1. To unite all persons who are interested in the historical and cultural aspects of San Clemente.
  2. To foster greater community appreciation and identity.
  3. To preserve and promote the heritage of San Clemente.
  4. To present the Society's views to the appropriate governmental agencies regarding proposed major developments and legislative actions affecting our historical environment.