Palm Springs Historical Society

Palm Springs Historical Society

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Vegissaur
5 contributions
Oct 2022
This was a highlight during our trip! I celebrated by 30th with family and coordinated a private tour. I selected the Rat Pack Playground tour in Palm Springs and it did not disappoint. I contacted the Historical Society a few months in advance and Steven corresponded with me via email and over the phone. The process was easy and I was able to modify the number of attendees even up to the day.
Roger was our tour guide and he was AMAZING! He actually wrote the tour and went above and beyond for our group as we had my 1 year old and pups join us. We had strollers of course but he understood and accommodated us by providing waters and umbrellas for us to keep cool. He was so informative with tidbits of trivia and catered the tour to our interests. Specifically highlighting the Rat Pack of course but also the mid century architecture. We got to see the homes of Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd Charise, Kim Novak and the Elvis Presley honeymoon home to name only a few. We were able to stop and take pictures and he even gave us the address of Frank Sinatra's house (which is located in a near by neighborhood) so that we could see that too.
He was very nice and I loved getting to learn all about this lovely Palm Springs neighborhood and history from him.
Bonus, not long after our tour, he wrote a very nice email to me with more trivia and details about Sinatra's house that I was able to share with my group. Thank you Roger! I highly recommend this tour!
Written 10 October 2022
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Daugman
Seattle169 contributions
Jan 2022
I know the desert well, but the gentleman working the desk had some great info. One i didn't know was about a 150 car garage undergroun in the heart of palm springs
Written 27 January 2022
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That was Drew, one of our wonderful Docents. The underground garage you are referring to is at the La Plaza Shopping Center on Palm Canyon Drive in downtown PS.
Written 2 February 2022
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Sue S
Plainville, CT1 contribution
Jan 2022
On the walking tour, we visited homes hidden by gates and high foliage and the guide showed us photographs. We didn't see anything worth walking three hours for. The guide was lovely and had lots of information about all of these architectural gems that we could NOT see. Know before you go!
Written 21 January 2022
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I'm sorry you didn't have a positive experience on the tour. I have heard that the "privacy hedges" can obstruct the views of some homes.
Written 2 February 2022
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Jennifer C
3 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
We booked a tour with Anthony and couldn’t have been more pleased at all the knowledge and interesting information he relayed. He also informed us about the plant life on our tour which was so appreciated. The wealth of research and attention to detail is appreciated! Such a beautiful walk! Highly suggest this as a an activity in the area!
Written 26 December 2021
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Thank you, we're very pleased you enjoyed the tour.
Written 2 February 2022
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Laurel M
Calgary, Canada756 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
The regular tour schedule isn’t available until November so I called the Historical Society office and was able to book a private tour with the help of Steven. Only $40 each. Our docent, David, contacted me by email with directions for the meet up spot and to confirm length of tour - shorter or longer if we desired. What a fantastic walk! David is so knowledgeable about the history of Hollywood stars making Palm Springs their getaway home. He showed us so many examples of the mid century modern architectural style and the Spanish architectural style that make up much of Palm Springs. We even got to peek behind the gates of some of these beautiful homes. The walk is very easy, completely flat, no traffic. David kept us in the shade as much as possible but still bring water and a hat. Thank you David for a wonderful morning walk!
Written 23 October 2021
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We are thrilled you enjoyed the private tour.
Written 2 February 2022
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Kathy
Fallbrook, CA1 contribution
Oct 2021
Absolutely amazing tour! One of the best I've had. Jim was our tour guide and a wealth of information on Palm Springs, from history to his personal touches. You could tell he genuinely enjoyed what he was doing. My parents and I did this car tour and would recommend it for anyone. I had been to Palm Springs multiple times but had no idea of the history in the background and can't wait to hear more. To brag about Jim, our tour guide, more --> he was energetic, pleasant, friendly and just fun to be around. I also need to mention Kathy, who heads these tours, and was also a wealth of information and beyond helpful in finding us the tour for our needs. Overall, a great tour and a great organization. I look forward to doing more with them in the future!
Written 21 October 2021
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Thank you for your rave review! Everyone loves the private car tour given by Jim Cook. Kathy is always helpful and ready to inform.
Written 2 February 2022
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Adventurer446183
Portland, OR25 contributions
Jan 2020
We went by this building on Palm Canyon. It seems that the main purpose is to raise contributions. for the Society.
Written 15 February 2020
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Chip1701
Plymouth, MN1,061 contributions
Jan 2020
We signed up for one of the Palm Springs Historical Society walking tours called "The Rat Pack". The stroll took us through a neighborhood where a number of Hollywood stars had houses back in their day. Pretty good tour with info about the various architectural styles in this area, some amusing stories about the stars and their antics while in Palm Springs. Pretty slow moving walk so no worries there. Not really in any way for kids. Lasted 2.5 hours. Bring water. No bathrooms.
Written 31 January 2020
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napa9002
San Jose5 contributions
Jan 2020
This is the house of the first non-native resident in Palm Springs. There is a small amount of history and a bigger section dedicated to Raymond Loewy, a fabulous designer. Highly recommended.
Written 28 January 2020
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xyzsail
Strongsville, OH180 contributions
Jan 2020
I stopped in here and the docent at the desk was interesting and had stories to share. Small display, but when I visited, there was a temporary display about a local designer.
Written 17 January 2020
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