The Founding of the Historical Society


The San Clemente Historical Society was founded on March 18, 1973, largely in response to concerns about the demolition of historic buildings that had begun in earnest all over town.  Of particular concern was the demolition of the Bartow, Rasmussen, and Ole Hanson Jr. mansions. These "great houses" were beautiful buildings, prominently located on cliffs overlooking the Pacific. The attached article from the San Clemente Journal explains how citizens banded together to curtail the destruction. To read "Saving the Past for the Future," click  here.