Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs dates from the 1940s when Cabot Yerxa homesteaded 160 acres and constructed a 35 room, 5,000-square-foot pueblo out of found and repurposed materials.
Approximately 250 guests arrived at the Pueblo to enjoy their 10th Annual Gala in the cool, night air while celebrating Harold Matzner’s contributions to the Coachella Valley. The Pueblo is operated with support from the Desert Hot Springs Historical Society and a partnership between the City of Desert Hot Springs and the Cabot’s Pueblo Museum Foundation.
New Executive Director Irene Rodriguez greeted arrivals, who enjoyed Cactus Coolers (a cool, refreshing alcoholic concoction) and appetizers at the check-in table, and in the Pueblo’s spacious courtyard. Board president John Mahoney served as emcee, and Jessie Payo performed at dinner on the knoll behind the Pueblo.
Board members circulating were Michael Chedester, Christie Crother, Carol Johansen, Patricia Larson, Nancy Samuelson and Shawn Shepherd.
Matzner was Cabot’s Visionary Sponsor, and Eddie and Danny Verdugo were Pueblo Partner Sponsors. Yerxa’s Associates Sponsors were David Webb Jewelers, Desert Valley Disposal, Donna MacMillan, and Walmart.
Barbara Keller introduced Matzner, who accepted the award and praised the Pueblo for being an excellent example of a private-public partnership, noting, “Being a member of a community means giving back to that community.”
State senator Jeff Stone presented a Certificate of Recognition.
Supporters in attendance included Audrey and Courtney Moe, Kevin Parker, Diane Deshong, Tim Radigan, members of the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, Jan Hawkins and Allen Munro from the Living Desert, and Desert Hot Springs Rotary president Michael R. Burke.
Cabot’s Pueblo Museum
67616 Desert View Ave.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Photography by Pat Krause