Mural by André Blanché (part of La Quinta Art in Public Places Program). Dorothea Lange photo gallery of Coachella Valley images.
Lincoln’s Scout: Diary of Horatio Cooke, Soldier, Spy, Escape Artist Opening August 9. The year was 1981, and author M. R. Cannon was performing a magic show in nearby Yucaipa, California, when things took an unexpected and fascinating turn. An 85-year-old audience member, Clara Louise Wasem, took over his show and captivated the audience with tales of her father, Professor Horatio G. Cooke, the American Wizard, who had been a Special Scout for Abraham Lincoln, an escape artist and Spiritualism debunker, and a mentor and friend to Harry Houdini. Clara Louise gave the author Cooke’s diary and meticulously kept scrapbook with a charge to share her father’s amazing story. Experience Cooke’s extraordinary life in this new exhibit!
Enjoy our newly expanded local history exhibit! Dive into the stories of your city, from the original stewards of the land, the Cahuilla, to the homesteaders, ranchers, and dreamers looking for a desert oasis.
As the 1980s began, the community of La Quinta was facing considerable growth coupled with a lack of services. Fred and Kay Wolff formed the Task Force for Incorporation and launched a grassroots campaign to secure the votes needed to turn “the Gem of the Desert” into an official city.
The La Quinta Historical Society is a volunteer, non-profit service organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich multicultural history of La Quinta through:
La Quinta Historical Society strives to touch all ages from Youth to Seniors, socio-economic and multi-ethnic groups, community residents and area visitors, in an effort to link the present, the past and the future with the treasured history of La Quinta.
The La Quinta Museum showcases La Quinta’s history and cultural arts through displays on two floors. There is a diorama of a Cahuilla Indian village and another depicting native animals. Photos of the early resorts remind us of the attraction of the desert early on. The community room exhibits a 32 foot long mural of La Quinta highlights painted by Andre Blanche. While you’re there stop in the Museum Store, the place to shop for books about the area and many unique items, some created by local artists.
The La Quinta Museum is a Cultural Museum with two exhibit galleries. Gallery 1 is local history featuring the Cahuilla Indians, The Desert Club and The La Quinta Hotel. Gallery 2 features new revolving exhibits that change every 3 to 4 months.
Visit: 77885 Avenida Montezuma, La Quinta, CA 92253 | Call: (760) 777-7170 | Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm