Seasonal Shopping at the Walker House

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Kay Hoveland manages the San Dimas Historical Society’s annual Holiday Boutique and year-round gift shop, which operate out of San Dimas’ historic Walker House. The Holiday Boutique is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each weekend in December starting Dec. 4 and ending Dec. 19. Photo: Rommel Alcantara

By Sara Smola

San Dimas resident and Historical Society member Kay Hoveland manages the San Dimas Historical Society’s annual Holiday Boutique (in addition to managing the society’s year-round gift shop). 

The Holiday Boutique features holiday goods, children’s items and household wares. Hoveland says the focus is really on storied artifacts from the early 1900s to 1950s. “This year, we have a collection of old bottles found at the site of the Brasada development,” Hoveland said, referring to a new housing development being built in the northern foothills of San Dimas.

San Dimas residents and Historical Society volunteers Kay Hoveland, right, and Ann Vackrinos, left, sort through various trinkets and antiques as they prepare for the annual Holiday Boutique at the Walker House in December. Proceeds from the boutique will help the Historical Society in their mission to preserve the city’s history for future generations. Photo: Rommel Alcantara

As a non-profit organization, the Historical Society relies on dues as well as proceeds from the Holiday Boutique to ensure the preservation of San Dimas history for the future. The society provides accessibility of official records and antique items, many of which are meticulously maintained and continually added to in the society’s museum and research library located on the second floor of the Walker House. Its archives are available to the general public. In addition to welcoming school tours, the society offers scholarship programs to student volunteers and walking tours on the first Saturday of the month. 

“I think preservation is the most important thing,” Hoveland said. “If we don’t do it, then our children will never know.” 

The Holiday Boutique is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each weekend in December starting Dec. 4 and ending Dec. 19 at the Walker House, located at 121 N. San Dimas Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773.


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