Paso Robles history groups to form new organization

The city of Paso Robles is currently working with three longtime local history groups to form a new organization called the Paso Robles Museum Foundation.

The formation of a foundation — to be made up of the Pioneer Day Committee, Pioneer Museum and Jeanesville Oil Pump Museum — would make it easier for the groups to negotiate a master lease for the property they call home on Riverside Avenue adjacent to Pioneer Park, according to the city.

Each organization has operated at the site for decades.

“It makes good sense for the city to develop one master lease encompassing all of these entities rather than to create redundant agreements with each as a separate body,” city Library and Recreation Services Director Julie Dahlen told The Tribune.

The organizations are currently awaiting approval of nonprofit status and actively negotiating the terms of a lease for the site, she said.

Lease details weren't disclosed.

The switch will largely be a business move and even under the foundation umbrella, the “three local history organizations will remain distinct,” Dahlen said.