The CHS was formed in 1963 and upholds a three point mission in addition to the commemoration of historical dates and events:
1) to preserve and mark historic sites and landmarks of the Chatsworth area;
2) to be an agency for the collection of photographs, artifacts,and archaeological items that represent the history of Chatsworth;
3) to establish a museum to house and exhibit the collection.
The first project was the saving and the moving of the Chatsworth Community Church, now called the Pioneer Church. It took hundreds of hours of volunteer labor and over $20,000 to accomplish, but the church was rehabilitated. During the bicentennial year of 1976, the completed church was rededicated and is presently leased to an Anglican Catholic Church. The Pioneer Church, pictured above, is Los Angeles Historical Monument No. 14. It is located in Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen St., Chatsworth, CA 91311.
The society has also worked on preserving numerous other Chatsworth historical sites and monuments, including:
- Naming to historic status the 1890 olive trees on Lassen Street (Los
Angeles Historical Monument No. 19)
The major project at the present time is the preservation and maintenance of the Homestead Acre, the name given to the 1.3 acre compound in Chatsworth Park South that contains the Hill-Palmer Cottage, the Chatsworth Museum, and the Frank H.Schepler, Jr. Memorial Library. The majority of the site is given over to gardens with more than 200 rose bushes, including modern (hybrids) and historical roses, fruit trees and native California plants.
In addition, the CHS is designing and planting a memorial garden in memory of Sheila Watts. Sheila Watts was a founding member and former president of the CHS. The memorial garden will be located in the southwest corner of the Homestead Acre.
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