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WELCOME!

Welcome to the official web page of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and the Santa Clarita History Center in William S. Hart Park in Newhall, California.

The History Center is home to several historic buildings as well as a steam engine and caboose next to the 1888 Saugus Train Station. The Society is currently at work restoring the buildings, most of which have been in place for more than 30 years.

We’re also assessing the collections within the buildings that will enable visitors to make tangible connections to our community and the surrounding area. As the collections have grown exponentially since our founding nearly 50 years ago, careful work and patience is key, but we intend to open our new Railroad Museum within the Saugus Train Station in late 2024. Accurately restored to the most active period of the depot’s life, the museum will feature the rich and multi-faceted history of rail in our valley – from the Chinese laborers who helped build the Southern Pacific Railroad in the 1870s to the Metrolink trains we know today – and everything in between.

In 2025, we hope to have made great progress on a new Santa Clarita History Museum in the Pardee House with exhibits that will tell the story of our valley from its earliest settlers to current-day events. Rotating exhibits on a variety of subjects are planned, offering transparency and substance to our colorful heritage.

While the buildings of the Center are undergoing restoration, the public is welcome to walk through the campus and appreciate the historic elements of the building exteriors. We look forward to sharing our new discoveries and authentic artifacts in secure, welcoming settings soon!

Make sure to sign up for our newsletter, the Dispatch (click here), for a monthly update on developments and events at the Center and news about history happening all around us.

Artifact Donations

We love donations of items with local significance. Please contact Archivist Eva Gritz at egritz@scvhs.org to arrange donation of your items before bringing them to the History Center.

Please do not leave items unattended on the platform outside the train station.

COMING EVENTS

Our Mission

The Mission of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society is to preserve and share the culture and history of the Santa Clarita Valley.

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