Bringing the history of Rancho Bernardo and surrounding areas to youth and the community.


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The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society is a non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the local history and increasing public awareness through programs and outreach. As a non-profit we depend on the community to help us accomplish our mission: volunteers, donations and contributions, memberships, and gifts to our collections. For more details on the society and programs please have a look at our Information Brochure. Link: Rancho Bernardo Historical Society Brochure The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society serves the local community of Rancho Bernardo, a community within San Diego with a population of over 65,000Search Our Online Collections Database

See Photos of the16th Annual Pancake Festival

Memorial Day, May 29, 2023
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Webb Lake Park, Rancho Bernardo
View Photos Here

Search Our Online Collections Database

Tips for Searching with Keywords. The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Currently available are hundreds of  photos with new items added regularly.
Link: Rancho Bernardo Online Collections Catalog

See our collection of Historic Rancho Bernardo articles that have appeared in our Newsletters. Also see our Collection of Bernardo Brandings Magazines from 1963 – 1974





Tom Cook – Historian and Visionary

Thomas F. Cook

Tom was one of the founders of the Rancho Bernardo Historical Society .
The RB Journal published an obituary about Tom. In 2015 the Rancho Bernardo Historical videotaped an Oral History Interview with Tom at the RB History Museum.









Harry Summers – Founder of Rancho Bernardo

Harry L. Summers

We remember Harry L. Summers,  the founder of Rancho Bernardo.
The LaJolla Light published an obituary about Summers. In 2009 the Rancho Bernardo Historical Society videotaped an interview with Mr. Summers at the Bernardo Winery.







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