The Santee Historical Society Mission Statement
The Santee Historical Society has a simple mission.
The Mission of the Santee Historical Society is to promote awareness, knowledge and appreciation of Santee’s heritage and history: to encourage local historical research and writing; to discover, collect and preserve artifacts, books, pamphlets, maps, genealogies, field books, articles, and materials; and to illustrate and perpetuate the historical heritage of the Santee area.
The Santee Historical Society, a non-profit group, consists of volunteers working to preserve Santee’s history for future generations. Currently the Society is in the process of preparing the Edgemoor Polo Barn to be the permanent home of Santee’s History. There is much work to do. Documents, photos and pamphlets and miscellaneous articles need to be sorted and organized. The types of exhibits to be displayed are still being determined.
Note: Since this post in August of 2012 the Santee Historical Society successfully made what the locals affectionately call “The Barn”, known as the “Santee Barn” to outsiders, their permanent home.
In addition the Edgemoor Barn was not the Polo Barn as stated above. The Polo Barn was near the San Diego River and washed away during the floods of 1916. “The Barn” was actually used to hold prized Guernseys.
City of Santee
Santee incorporated in 1980. Before that it has enjoyed a rich history, in both tribal culture and rural farming and ranching.
Edgemoor Hospital Outbuildings
A notable controversy now under discussion revolves around Edgemoor Hospital. The hospital sits on the a portion of the Edgemoor farm purchased in 1913 by Walter Hamlin Dupee, a Chicago millionaire. Dupee built it into a national award-winning dairy farm, polo pony ranch and early tourist attraction.
An avid sportsman and captain of the Coronado Polo Team, Dupee sold his commercial dairy to the County of San Diego for use as a “last resort” home for the aged and indigent in 1923. These building now comprise the Edgemoor Hospital complex. The city is involved in debate as to whether to tear these down and build a women’s prison on the site.
Though not directly involved in this debate, I think I can guess what outcome The Santee Historical Society desires.
The Society is always looking for help. Interested in volunteering? Feel free to contact them.
Located is at 9200 Magnolia Avenue, Santee, CA 92071. They can be reached at 619-449-2024. If you would like additional information such as the hours they are open visit their website at santeehistoricalsociety.org. You can also follow them on Facebook.
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First Photo by Joseph Eigner, Other Photos by Ambrosia O’Neil