The Atwater Historical Society was formed in 1972 in response to the challenge of keeping the Bloss Home for the community.
The house was willed to the City of Atwater by George Bloss, Jr. with the provision that his wife Christine reside in the home until her death. When this occured in December of 1971 the city was at a loss as to what to do with this property.
Several older citizens of Atwater banned together to form the society and go to bat (so to speak) with the city to make sure the house was not sold or razed.
The society incorporated in December of 1972 and the specific purposes of the corporation are to collect, maintain, protect, preserve, and research items of historical significance to the City of Atwater and the surrounding area.
The main Purpose
The main focus for many years by the membership has been to restore the house and keep the historical records maintained. The restoration should be complete in another two to three years.
The society also hopes to be able to landmark other historic buildings and homes in Atwater. We have an active and lively membership who help with docent tours of the museum on the first and third Sunday of each month as well as being involved with the community.
We welcome all who wish to join us in these efforts as new perspectives and fresh ideas are always important.
Information on becoming a member is available by either calling the museum at:
357-6309 (please leave a message) or e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.