About Us

The society was formed in 1972 by citizens who were concerned that the Bloss Home would not be saved by the City of Atwater. The house was willed to the city by George Bloss, Jr. upon his death in 1963, and was officially given to the city upon the death of Christine Bloss in December of 1971. It was uncertain as to what would happen with the property. Fortunately due to the efforts of the founders of the society the home was spared from being sold or torn down. In the beginning, to utilize the building, two rooms in the home, the living room and sunroom, were used for offices. The Atwater Chamber of Commerce occupied these rooms for many years and they were followed by the City of Atwater Redevelopment Agency. In 1995 the agency moved to city hall and the entire house was then open for the historical society to use as a museum. The original focus of the society was to restore the house. It was decided to use the house as a home museum and fund raising went into high gear that year. Restoration has been a long process but today there is a minimum left to do inside the home itself. To the society’s credit they are now in the process of taking on other projects and hope in the future to make sure that other landmarks are properly credited and preserved.

The society has published a pictorial history of Atwater and also a cookbook featuring many old time recipes from area residents. Our purpose as a society is to be engaged in maintaining documents, pictures, and records of the history of the area. We give school tours; public tours on the first Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; as well as other group tours that can be arranged by contacting us. We are pleased that a favorite of many years will be coming back for the public to enjoy the end of November 2012. “A Christmas Adventure” an interactive play that is produced by A.B.C. productions will once again be, after a hiatus of four years, a highlight of the Christmas Season at Bloss Home. A.B.C. Productions is a combination of Atwater High and Buhach High School drama students. Watch for publicity on this venue as tickets always sell out quickly.

We meet the third Monday of each month with the exception of December, July, and August when no general membership meetings are held. Our general meetings are held in the museum and begin at 7:00 p.m. The annual meeting is the second Sunday of September and this is a potluck on the grounds of the museum and starts at 4:00 p.m. New members are always welcome, we are a loose knit group that enjoys history and preservation but also a good laugh on occasion, especially at ourselves. For information on membership please contact us at 357-6309 and leave a message or e-mail us at blosshome@gmail.com

Atwater Historical Society, Inc. • P.O. Box 111 Atwater, CA 95301
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