The Board of Supervisors of Riverside County honored and recognized Canyon Lake resident Paul Price on Dec. 11 for his long-time dedication and willingness to share his knowledge and passion for life sciences with the residents of Riverside County.
Paul has dedicated more than 50 years of his life to historical and archaeological causes and has contributed thousands of hours as a volunteer and a professional to enhance museums in Perris, Jurupa Cultural Center, Lake Elsinore, Lake Perris State Park, Menifee, Murrieta, Riverside, Ramona Bowl, San Jacinto, Temecula and the Western Science Center in the County of Riverside.
Paul has used his intense knowledge of art, design and history to teach and educate from youth to older generations about the history and life sciences that surrounds Riverside County by using his vast collections and archives of Native American artifacts, gold mining, entomology, mineralogy, phytology, geology, conchology, herpetology and many others.
He has written historical short stories reflecting Riverside County’s past, as well as wrote, directed and produced educational videos about Riverside County’s disappearing rock art and Temecula’s rich history.
Paul has been instrumental in preserving and championing Native American and Riverside County history, having halted the destruction of several Native American gravesites and villages and historical sites in Riverside County.
He is responsible for the distribution of one of Riverside County’s largest Native American collections among five museums and one reservation in Riverside County. He has donated his own collections to museums in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.
Paul’s recent accomplishment has been as a volunteer and advocate for the 80-year-old Harley and Mary Garbani collection of Riverside Country’s Native American artifacts. He has worked tirelessly for more than a year identifying, cataloging and photographing over four tons of artifacts that will be curated and archived at the Western Science Center in Hemet.