Canyon Lakers make donation to museum

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Kathi and Paul Price donate their natural science collection to the Murrieta Museum. Photo provided by Kathi Price

Longtime Canyon Lake residents Kathi and Paul Price donated their natural science collection to the Murrieta Museum. The collection will be displayed in a cabinet made as an Eagle Scout Project by Derek Hays of Murrieta.

The Price collection includes specimens of marine, mammal, plant, insect, animal and bones, and etc. Pat Jennings and Museum Director Annette Jennings enthusiastically received the collection.

Kathi and Paul encourage children and parents to visit the museum to learn about nature and life science.

The museum, a center for culture and history, opened its doors to the public in April 2019. It is located at 41810 Juniper St. and is open on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. There is no fee to visit the museum; however, donations are always accepted so the museum can continue to thrive.

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 extensive 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 is 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.

In December 2018, the Board of Supervisors of Riverside County honored and recognized Paul for his long-time dedication and willingness to share his knowledge and passion for life sciences with the residents of Riverside County.

For more information about Paul Price, visit pauljprice.com. For more information about the Murrieta Museum, visit murrietahistoricalsociety.org.

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