The Temecula Valley
Historical Society is proud to own a collection of over 700 books,
mainly about Native Americans and other indigenous people. Many
of the books are out of print and some are rare, including an 1830
Ojibway language Bible and a signed copy of Pancho Villa's wife's
William and Donna Cherry donated the collection in 2006. The books
were originally collected by Clifford Parr, a pharmacist in Manteca,
California. After retiring in Hemet, Mr. Parr gave the books to
Mrs. Cherry, a teacher, for reference on California History.
The Cherry's knew about VaRRA* through association with Darell Farnbach
and asked if VaRRA would like to have the collection. VaRRA's board
of directors decided to receive the collection with the idea of
creating a study center.
We want to thank the two families responsible for the donation,
which we call "The Cherry/Parr Collection".