society was formed in 1972 by citizens who were concerned that
the Bloss Home would not be saved by the City of Atwater.
house was willed to the City of Atwater by George Bloss, Jr. upon
his death in 1963. It was officially given to the city upon the
death of George’s wife, Christine Bloss in December of 1971.
It was uncertain as to what the city would do with the property.
Fortunately, due to the efforts of the founders of the society,
the home was spared from being sold or torn down.
two rooms in the home - the living room and sunroom – were
used for offices by the Atwater Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber
occupied these rooms for many years, before they were utilized
by the City of Atwater Redevelopment Agency. In 1995 the agency
moved to city hall and the entire house was opened for the Atwater
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. Restoration continues
even today. Through fundraising efforts many of the rooms inside
have been restored however there is still work left to do.
society has published a pictorial history of Atwater and a cookbook
featuring many old-time recipes from area residents. The purpose
of the society is to be engaged in maintaining documents, pictures,
and records of the history of the area.
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.
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 1:00
p.m. We are a loose knit group who enjoy history, as well as preserving
the Bloss Home. Our meetings are well attended where we get a
lot accomplished, and have fun at the same time.
For information on membership please contact us at (209)
357-6309 and leave a message or e-mail us at email@example.com
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