In 2014, the Historical Society of Morro Bay embraced the city’s 50th anniversary by offering free membership for the year and hosting numerous events, including the Historical Parade and Community Party.
Inspired by new membership and interest in Morro Bay’s history, the governing board of directors intends to build on the increased visibility.
The group leased an office July 1 in the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce & Business Center building at 695 Harbor St. Historical Society President Linda Estes said donations are outfitting the office, which will keep the organization connected to the business community and city leadership. The society’s extensive photographic collection now has a workplace for cataloguing and storage. Club members offer walking tours of historic Morro Bay. Call 772-8757 in advance to schedule a tour.
New members and guests are encouraged to attend the next general meeting scheduled
for 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. For more information, go to www.historicalmorrobay.org.
Dick Miller’s slideshow on Greening Lake will demonstrate an example of the group’s Hidden History Project, Estes said. In the 1800s, the lake was north of Morro Rock, near the Cloisters subdivision.
Another “hidden history” is Las Amigas Women’s Club, which began as a social and sewing club in 1928.
Today, the clubhouse continues to be maintained by members, who pay dues to maintain the building and play bridge twice a month after luncheons or potlucks.
In 1931, real estate agent Manfred Brown donated the land with the stipulation the group would build the clubhouse, dedicate the building in memory of his wife, Kitty, and maintain it for members’ private use.
With food sales, card parties and bazaars, the members raised enough by 1937 to apply for a construction loan from Bank of America. The cost to build the clubhouse was $1,800 and the note for $750 was paid off in 1940.
The club held regular meetings, community dances and donated to the Red Cross. In the mid-1980s, it also rented to groups such as the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Members can also book the clubhouse for private events such as additional bridge parties or larger family gatherings at holidays and birthdays. The clubhouse has a great room that accommodates up to seven bridge tables, a full kitchen, two bathrooms and ample off-road parking.
With 22 members, there is room for more interested bridge players. Call President Maggie Higgins at 772-5769.