Historical Commission

The Historical Commission is charged with advising the Board of Supervisors on historic matters within the County of Riverside to discover and identify persons, events, and places of historical importance within the County; to make recommendations relating to the preservation of historic sites and structures; to make recommendations pertaining to the County historical parks, sites, and museums and to encourage their development; and to cooperate with and obtain assistance from related agencies.

The Historical Commission meets quarterly in the months of February, May, August, and November, on the third Thursday of that month at 1:30 p.m. The Commission will meet at various locations throughout the County with accessible facilities within each supervisorial district.

Those interested in serving on the Historical Commission should contact the Board of Supervisors for their district.





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2019 Roster

Ruth Atkins

First District – Supervisor Jeffries

Ruth Atkins was appointed to the Historical Commission in March 2013. After working for Beckman Instruments as a secretary and then Cash Manager for 30 years, she moved with her husband to Lake Elsinore in 1994. Ruth became actively involved in the Lake Elsinore Historical Society (LEHS) in 1997, serving as Secretary, Secretary/Treasurer, and then President since 2007. While LEHS has accomplished many projects, Ruth is particularly proud of coordinating the restoration of Lake Elsinore’s first fire engine, which is a 1925 American-LaFrance Type 65 Fire Engine. She is a member of the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Elsinore Valley Arts Network, and is active in many community activities.

Joyce Hohenadl

First District – Supervisor Jeffries

Joyce Hohenadl has been a member of the Historical Commission since 2006 and has served in previous years as both Chair and Vice-Chair. Joyce is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and former Real Estate Deputy Commissioner ll for the Department of Real Estate. She is Chairman on the Lake Elsinore Historical Preservation Advisory Committee and Treasurer of the Lake Elsinore Citizens Committee. Mrs. Hohenadl is Secretary, Lake Elsinore Historical Society and helped in locating, researching, organizing and proofreading for the Postcard History Series of Lake Elsinore. She has obtained five Riverside County Historical Markers for buildings in Lake Elsinore. She served as State Preservation Chairman and District XI Chaplain for the Daughters of the American Revolution. As a member of the Luiseno Chapter, Temecula Valley, NSDAR, she served as Regent, First Vice Regent and is currently Second Vice Regent.

Don Williamson

Second District – Supervisor Spiegel

Don Williamson was appointed to the Historical Commission in 2013. A Corona resident since 1957, he considers himself a member of the last generation that grew up in Corona while it was still a small town. Don has co-authored a book on local history, written many articles and is a sought after speaker on Corona’s past. In 2015, Don founded the Corona History Association, a group devoted to raising an accurate awareness of the city’s legacy, particularly the long ignored history of the Hispanic population. He is retired from retail grocery business. Don is an officer of the Corona Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has served as a Corona Public Library Trustee.

Steve Lech

Second District – Supervisor Spiegel

Steve Lech is a native Riversider who has been interested in the local history of Riverside County for more than 35 years. He has written 8 books on various topics related to Riverside County history, including Along the Old Roads – A History of the Portion of Southern California That Became Riverside County, 1772-1893, considered to be the definitive history of Riverside County. He co-authors the weekly “Back in the Day” column for the Press-Enterprise newspaper in which he explores many aspects of local history throughout western Riverside County. He has been a docent at the historic Mission Inn hotel for more than 25 years, and is currently the president of the Riverside Historical Society.

John Randall III

Third District – Supervisor Washington

John Randall III has a strong love of history. He taught history and social sciences at local high schools for over 28 years and after 28 years of service retired from the United States Marine Corps. Dr. Randall currently acts as a Student Teacher Supervisor for the University of Phoenix. He is also a member of the Temecula Valley Historical Society and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Dr. Randall is looking forward to helping protect and preserve the history of Riverside County for present and future residents.

Corinne Awad

Third District – Supervisor Washington

Corinne was appointed to the Historical Commission in 2017. She believes that the significance of preserving history and historical sites will assist in retaining distinctive regional culture, community unity, and bring greater understanding. Corinne has worked for local government agencies her entire career. Assisting Riverside County’s constituency is the part of Corinne’s career that she absolutely enjoys. She finds providing public service to the community to be a very rewarding job and continuously looks for ways to serve. Corinne has a Master Degree in Public Administration. Corinne is married with five children. Corinne and her family live in the City of San Jacinto. Corinne and her family enjoy visiting historical sites during their leisure time.

Maureen Boren

Fourth District – Supervisor Perez

Maureen Media Boren has worked for the Coachella Valley Unified School District and Desert Sands Unified School District for a total of more than thirty years. Ms. Boren is an active supporter and member of the Coachella Valley History Museum as well as all the history museums in the Coachella Valley. This experience has given Ms. Boren first-hand knowledge of the history, neighborhoods, culture and residents of the Coachella Valley.

Ms. Boren has served on the Historical Commission since September of 2017 when she was appointed to fill a vacant seat. She was reappointed in 2018.

Renee Brown

Fourth District – Supervisor Perez

Renee Brown received her Bachelor’s in Social Science with an emphasis on History, Political Science and Sociology from Chapman University in 2008.  Formerly a journalist and educator, today she is the Director of Education and Associate Curator at the Palm Springs Historical Society.

Bernard (Bernie) Howlett

Fifth District – Supervisor Hewitt

Bernard Howlett has been an active member the Historical Commission since 2015. Mr. Howlett was born in Canada and moved to the United States at the age of six. He served in the US Navy from 1964-68 and applied for and received his US Citizenship in 1969. He has been a security officer, school bus driver and then school bus mechanic, later Head Mechanic for the company. This led to him moving to Banning in 1982 to work at the CHP Vehicle Inspection Facility east of town. He has served as a Commissioner and later as Trustee of the Banning Public Library and has been an active amateur historian for the San Gorgonio Pass area since 1995. He is now retired and living in Banning.

Mario Garai

Fifth District – Supervisor Hewitt

Mario Garai received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Merced with a focus in United States and World History. During his academic career, he was part of student government where he advocated for the preservation of Merced history on campus. He was published in the Undergraduate Student Academic Journal and assisted in multiple art, photography, and history curated exhibitions that focused on showcasing the importance of history. He curated a special photography project entitled “Drought Perspectives” which highlighted the exceptional drought faced by California. Mr. Garai is focused on the preservation of historically important events, documents, and oral histories.

Kim Jarrell Johnson

Member at Large

Kim Jarrell Johnson was appointed to the At-Large position on the Historical Commission in 2017. Kim is a life-long resident of Jurupa Valley and has worked in local government in the areas of land use planning, park planning, and historic preservation. She has served as a planning commissioner for the city of Jurupa Valley and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District. Kim has had a life-long fascination with history. She has authored six books on local history topics, has written local history columns for newspapers in the area for over 13 years, and currently serves on the board of the Riverside Historical Society.

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