Del Mar Historical Society, Del Mar Village Association agree to merge
With a common goal of preserving the historical feel of downtown Del Mar, the city’s Village Association and Historical Society will merge on June 1.
“It’s a perfect match,” said Jen Grove, executive director of the Del Mar Village Association. “We have basically very similar mission statements and we’re able to provide a kind of umbrella for them to do the projects they wanted to do. So we’re stronger as a unit together as opposed to having two operating budgets.”
The move will get the historical society closer to finding a permanent home for the Alvarado House, currently located near the Del Mar Fairgrounds. It will allow for it to have a page on the village association’s modern Web site, and ultimately open museums to display and sell their historical photos.
Larry Brooks of the historical society said the two associations are looking forward to working together.
“It’s basically really a win, win for both groups,” he said. “There are some really gruesome facts about nonprofits really taking a bath right now in this economy, and right now just to pool our resources together if nothing else makes us both survive.”
The historical society’s goal of moving the Alvarado House back into downtown Del Mar will cost $250,000, it was estimated. Brooks said about 20 percent of that has already been generated through book and photograph sales.
More money should come with the help of what Brooks called the village association’s “expertise” in fundraising and event planning. He said one occasion being proposed would involve the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club during racing season.
Grove said the two groups are currently “in transition” to the merge in June, the end of the village association’s fiscal year. At that point the Del Mar Historical Society will become the Del Mar Historical Committee and be part of the village association.
“We hope closer to the June 1 date to thank all of our past members and of course let them know we will continue to depend on their help,” Historical Society President Tensia Moriel Trejo said.
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