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Enthusiastic reopening of the Ménifee history museum



Bill Zimmerman, Menifee Valley Historical Association Board Member and Mayor of Menifee, shows Menifee History Museum to Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Maneesha Jones at an event in reopening of the museum on August 1. Valley News / Shane Gibson photo

A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered for the long-awaited reopening of the Menifee History Museum on Sunday August 1, after more than a year of closure due to restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Don Martin, now 90, was very happy to see it reopen. A member of the Ferrell and Evans families who arrived in Menifee Valley in 1937, Martin was one of the founders of the Menifee Quail Valley Area History Museum. Martin, along with his wife Elinor Evans Martin, who is president of the Menifee Valley Historical Association, operated the Evans Fish Camp at Canyon Lake next to Menifee Valley for many years. They still live in the same house by the lake, and he remembers his children attending Menifee Valley Middle School in the 1950s, in the same rooms where the museum is now located. “I think

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