The purpose of the Atascadero Historical Society is:
(1) To preserve the memory of the unique history of the Atascadero Colony, as well as the story of the community of Atascadero and its environs.
(2) To operate a Museum for the above purpose.
(3) To communicate the lessons of history in order that the present and future may learn from the past.
Colony Heritage Center
With the acquisition of
approximately 3 acres, along Highway 41, just North of El Camino Real and
adjoining the new Atascadero Library, the non-profit Atascadero Historical
Society will be undertaking an exciting new effort to develop this property
into the Atascadero Colony Heritage Center.
The ultimate purpose of the Colony Heritage Center will be to preserve
the unique history of E.G. Lewis and the early residents of the Atascadero
Colony, who were instrumental in building this first master planned community
in California, designed to accommodate the automobile and founded in the name
of the American Woman’s Republic
(pre-suffrage organization), into the town that we enjoy today. The location of this project is at the
periphery of the Historic District of Atascadero which currently has two
buildings on the National Historic Register and is on the original site of the
colony's tent city. In addition to further preserving and promoting our unique
history this area will be used to educate the public on the progression from
the inception of the Colony (largest subdivision map filed in San Luis Obispo
county) to the present day as well as the natural history. Environmental planning was a prominent factor
in the original plan of this area. To
accomplish these exciting new goals, the Atascadero Historical Society will be
relocating four Colony homes, of which three are already pledged to this site. Our fundraising efforts to accomplish this
are already underway and we are in the process of applying for grants and
developing other fund raising approaches to meet our goals.