The Temecula Valley Historical Society is proud to own
a collection of over 700 books, mainly about Native Americans and
other indigenous people. Many of the books are out of print and
some are rare, including an 1830 Ojibway language Bible and a signed
copy of Pancho Villa's wife's memoirs.
William and Donna Cherry donated the collection in 2006. The books
were originally collected by Clifford Parr, a pharmacist in Manteca,
California. After retiring in Hemet, Mr. Parr gave the books to
Mrs. Cherry, a teacher, for reference on California History.
The Cherry's knew about VaRRA* through association with Darell Farnbach
and asked if VaRRA would like to have the collection. VaRRA's board
of directors decided to receive the collection with the idea of
creating a study center.
Presently, several volunteers are cataloguing the books under the
direction of librarian Joshua Fox, Dick Fox, and Rebecca Farnbach.
The books will be kept in shelves in the Little Temecula History
Center. Listings will be put on internet web sites for researchers
to view. Historians will be allowed to study the books onsite.
We want to thank the two families responsible for the donation,
which we call "The Cherry/Parr Collection".
* Vail Ranch Restoration Association (VaRRA), now merged into the Temecula Valley Historical Society.