Monthly Archives: June 2013

More ideas for Fathers day. If he is a Train and BBQ Man, this is the event for him! Perris, CA

June 15, 2013June 16, 2013
Pacific Electric Weekend

Pacific Electric Weekend and Model Train Show. A full parade and display of the Pacific Electric colletion, including a model train show. This is Father’s Day weekend and a BBQ lunch will be available on Sunday.

Menu for lunch will be: BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Corn On The Cob, Potatoe Salad, Cole Slaw, Corn Bread and Peach Cobbler for desert. Price for the BBQ lunch is $10.00 please call the museum for reservations

For more information please call (951) 943-3020

Admission Prices:

Access to the Museum Grounds is free, (except during certain special events). On regular weekends, an all-day pass to ride the trains costs $12.00 for ages 12 and up, $8.00 for ages 5 thru 11, ages 4 and under are free.   A family pass (for members of one family, two adults and all children) is available for $40. Parking is always free. See the Calendar for dates and prices of OERM special events. See the Charters page for information on our charter program.

The Museum is located at:
2201 S. “A” St., Perris, CA 92570

The DRIVE-IN turns 80

What a great piece. Love the video!

Once upon a screen...

It was a Tuesday more than eighty years ago today – June 6, 1933 – that people first drove their cars right up to a screen to watch movies on Crescent Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey.  A new form of entertainment was born and Once Upon a Screen remembers once upon a screen in everywhere U.S.A. with a special birthday tribute to the DRIVE-IN theater.

Richard Hollingshead, a movie fan and a sales manager at his father’s company, Whiz Auto Products, in Camden, New Jersey came up with an idea for “Park-In Theaters,” as Drive-Ins were originally called, where patrons could watch movies while sitting in their own cars.  He experimented in the driveway of his own house by pinning a screen (white sheet) to some trees, mounting a 1928 Kodak projector to the hood of his car and placing a radio behind the screen for sound. It worked. Hollingshead…

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Things to do this weekend 6/8/13…Like Trains and Classic cars??!

Retro cars to delight motor fans and families at Rods & Rails Show at Orange Empire Railway Museum 

The 14th Annual Rods & Rails Show and Potato Festival promises to be a huge hit for lovers of classic cars, trains and Perris history who drop by the Orange Empire Railway Museum on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The annual festival, which is free to the public, is expected to draw more than 5,000 people. The event, sponsored by the City of Perris, features pre-1980 muscle cars, hot rods, classics, street machines, pony cars, lowriders, pre and post war trucks and all makes and models of motorcycles. 

Visitors will enjoy live rhythm and blues music, great food and performances by the Wild West Temecula Gun Fighters. There will be lots of fun for children including the Franklin Hayes Marionettes, a young talent showcase and youth bicycle show. The day also includes the Potato Festival, which is a tribute to the Perris Valley’s agricultural roots. 

The Orange Empire Railway Museum features one of the largest collections of rolling rail cars in the U.S. Visitors can enjoy trolley and cable car exhibits and rides.  Admission to ride is $12 for ages 12 and up and $8 for ages 5 to 11.  For information about the car show, call the City of Perris at 951-943-6603

About Orange Empire Railway Museum

Orange Empire Railway Museum at 2201 South A Street in Perris operates a Museum Railway where visitors can ride on the historic trains and trolleys that helped shape the Southern California we know today. The Museum Railway operates every weekend and on most major holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also on weekdays forcharters and other special events. The Museum grounds are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Also at the festival:

  • The Old Town Temecula Gunfighters western show
  • Petting Zoo
  • Franklin Hayes Marionette Show
  • Youth Bike Show (enter your own retro bike project)
  • Youth Talent Showcase (register your kids)
  • Carnival games
  • Potato doll making
  • Puppet making
  • Cartoon character appearances
  • Story time
  • History exhibits
  • Panning for gold and adobe brick making
  • Carnival games
  • Bouncy house

For more info:

Behind the Scenes

Not much to write about on this one other than check out these really neat behind the scenes pictures I found on classic movies.  Enjoy!!

Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein (1931)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

House On Haunted Hill (1959)

Wizard of Oz (1939)

Planet of the Apes (1968)


Watch original 8mm films at the Egyptian Theatre

The Retro Format Films on 8mm series at the American Cinematheque’s Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian will present an evening of rarely seen films starring the legendary Tom Mix and his horse Tony on June 8. Among the shorts screening are 1915’s “An Arizona Wooing” and 1916’s “Roping a Bride,” as well as the 1922 feature, “Just Tony.” Photo from “Just Tony” is from the L.A. Times’ files. Cliff Retallick will supply the live piano accompaniment.

The Retro Format Films on 8mm series at the American Cinematheque's Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian will present an evening of rarely seen films starring the legendary Tom Mix and his horse Tony on June 8. Among the shorts screening are 1915's "An Arizona Wooing" and 1916's "Roping a Bride," as well as the 1922 feature, "Just Tony." Photo from "Just Tony" is from the L.A. Times' files. Cliff Retallick will supply the live piano accompaniment.  For more information go to

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Womens right to vote

As a woman born with this right, it is easy to forget the brave women who fought for this right and the Amendment 19 on August 19, 1920. Also known as the women’s suffrage act, this right was fought for many years before it passed.  To this very day there is still plenty of suffrage and lack of equal rights for women around the world and I think we should all take time to appreciate what we have here in the United States, and other countries where women are allowed to vote and take office.  The women that took on this battle had to hear all of the criticisms and attempted to be held back by the lack of equal education opportunities and yet  they were strong and fought hard and got us where we are  today.

Thank you to all the unknown soldiers in the photo’s below.  My daughter thanks you as well.

*Interesting fact*

Votes for women were first seriously proposed in the United States in July, 1848, at the Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights Convention organized by  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and  Lucretia Mott. One woman who attended that convention was Charlotte Woodward. She was nineteen at the time. In 1920, when women finally won the vote throughout the nation, Charlotte Woodward was the only participant in the 1848 Convention who was still alive to be able to vote, though she was apparently too ill to actually cast a ballot.