(760) 630-0444


10am - 2:30pm
Tours during closed hours are available by appointment.


2317 Old Foothill Dr.
Vista, CA 92084


8am - 4pm


P.O.Box 1032
Vista, CA 92085

(760) 295-9993

The Vista Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (IRS number 95-3752966).

Nominations are now open for 2020 selections for the Vista Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Vista Historical Society. The Hall of Fame celebrates Vista’s history by highlighting individual accomplishments in support of Vista. A minimum of two members will be elected to the hall of fame each year. One of these members will be from the regular division and one from the early residents division.

The regular division nominee can be living or dead and must meet the first three criteria listed below. The early resident’s division nominee must also meet the first three criteria and must also meet the fourth criteria that he or she must have been dead for 20 years or more. The reason for the difference in the divisions is to ensure that early residents who made significant contributions to Vista are remembered.


The criteria for election to the hall of fame are as follows:

  1. Each nominee must have lived in Vista at least 20 years.
  2. Each nominee must have made significant contributions to the betterment of the community. The accomplishments must be verified to the society’s satisfaction.
  3. Married couples who both meet the criteria may be nominated together as one nominee.
  4. The early resident nominee must have died in 2000 or prior to that year.

The deadline for nominations is February 21, 2020.

Those who are selected will be honored during a ceremony to be held at the Vista Historical Society annual meeting, and their photographs will be placed in the Historical Society Museum alongside those elected in former years. The annual meeting will be held on May 16, 2019 at the Shadowridge Country Club.

The Vista Historical Society board of directors will appoint a committee of former Hall of Fame inductees and community representatives to review nominations received from the public.

Existing Hall of Fame member biographies can be found here:


Members and Friends of the Vista Historical Society

I want to thank all of our members and friends for your support this past year. 2019 has been a fairly successful year for the Vista Historical Society and Museum.
We were able to raise sufficient funds to repair the foundation of our 85 year old mu­seum building thanks in large part to your generous donations.

We also acquired a scanner based on a grant from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors that will allow us to digitize the remaining portion of the Vista Press, our historic city newspaper not on our website. We would like to place it on our website in the coming year. We have also used generous donations to purchase a hanging system to increase our ability to display Vista history.

A vital part of Vista’s heritage is the Vista Historical Society’s Museum at Rancho Minerva, where staff and docents preserve and honor the past while serving the present. Over the years, Vistans were warmly welcomed at Rancho Minerva for social events, and now it is the privilege of our docents to make visitors feel at home in this historic place.