Patricia Loomis History Library &
Resource Center -
Books, pamphlets, photos and other
resources on local history. Research assistance available weekdays 1 to
5 p.m. or by appointment. 134 S. Mason St., Arroyo Grande, CA
This center offers teachers, students, journalists and researchers a
wealth of materials on California history with a special emphasis on
local South San Luis Obispo County history. The Library and Resource
Center is available to students and community members for research
projects, including the production of community history exhibits and
historical reenactments. The Library and Resource Center was made
possible through the generous donations of two retired women
journalists, Patricia Loomis and Jean Hubbard.
Loomis, a granddaughter of local pioneers E.C. and Clara Loomis, was
raised in Arroyo Grande and has been one of the Societys most important benefactors.
Her generosity allowed the Society to renovate and restore sections of the 1888
Rubys House in order to expand their library and outreach programs. Loomis also
donated a large number of books from her private collection, including the Hubert H.
Bancroft series on the history of the West, a 39-volume collection written in the late
19th century. Loomiss interest in California history stems from her long career as a
journalist with the San Jose Mercury News, where for many years she wrote a history column
named Signposts that focused on early pioneers of the San Jose-South Bay region and the
streets named after them. She is also a long-time member and former officer of the
Oregon-California Trails Association, dedicated to the preservation and protection of
overland emigrant trails and the emigrant experience.
Several hundred books, pamphlets, photos, and scrapbooks were donated
to the Societys new library by local writer Jean Hubbard. Hubbard wrote articles
focusing on South County history for the Times Press Recorder for 12 years. Her articles,
books, and wealth of knowledge on local history will be invaluable resources for
researchers using the new library. Jean is a founder and charter member of the South
County Historical Society, serving most recently as curator of the Paulding House Museum
in Arroyo Grande. Her contributions to the preservation of local history are well known