Moraga Historical Society
P.O. Box 103
Moraga, CA  94556

December 2020

Dear Friend,

As someone who values Moraga’s history, we are asking for your help with a now-or-never opportunity.

If we act immediately, we can preserve the historic Joaquin Moraga Adobe as a Museum and Learning Center focused on the Mexican Rancho Era of California’s history. It could become a regional cultural institution that would enable future generations to experience life as it was lived in 1841, when the Moraga family built what is the oldest surviving structure in Contra Costa County on their Rancho Laguna de los Palos Colorados.

The need is urgent. A developer has acquired the Adobe property and started construction of a subdivision on the surrounding land. That development’s approval required the developer to restore the Adobe.  If an additional $250,000 is raised between now and September 21st of next year, the developer has agreed to sell the restored Adobe and the two-acre site on which it sits to the Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe (FJMA) for the public’s future use. But if that goal is not reached, access to the Adobe will be permanently limited to the exclusive, non-public use of the subdivision’s homeowners.

Because of the Adobe’s historical significance to Moraga, our Moraga Historical Society (MHS) Board of Directors has launched a $100,000 public campaign to support FJMA’s acquisition of the Adobe. Every member of the Board has pledged their personal financial support for the campaign.  The fund drive is being led by the committee of five MHS members listed on the next pageand each of whom has committed to a four or five figure donation to the campaign. As a result of those pledges and other donations already received, three-fourths of the $100,000 goal has already been raised.

We are asking members of the community to contribute to the campaign.  Each donation will be appropriately and publicly acknowledged at the Adobe. The attached donation form provides directions for sending donations.  Your help is needed NOW to ensure that our precious community asset, the Joaquin Moraga Adobe, will become a permanent legacy to be enjoyed by future generations of Moragans.

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO PRESERVE THE JOAQUIN MORAGA ADOBE FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF CURRENT AND FUTURE MORAGANS

Please enter on the line immediately below your NAME(s) as Donor(s) for recognition at the Joaquin Moraga Adobe:

 ______________________________________________________________________

Please enter on the line immediately below the ADDRESS to which an MHS “Thank You” and Acknowledgement Letter for tax deductibility purposes should be sent.

(The Moraga Historical Society is an IRS section 501(c)(3) public charity; Tax ID # 94-6131965)

Please make your check payable to “Moraga Historical Society”, indicate on your check that your donation is for the “Moraga Adobe Campaign” and mail your check to:

Moraga Historical Society

PO. Box 103

Moraga, CA  94556

QUESTIONS?

We would be happy to try to answer any question you might have.  Please contact
Susan Sperry, President of the Moraga Historical Society, at (925) 376-3053 or ranchsusan@aol.com.

WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

The Moraga Historical Society Joaquin Moraga Adobe Campaign Committee:

  • Dave Trotter, Committee Chair
  • Brother Mel Anderson, FSC
  • Ron Louis
  • Dick Olsen
  • Sam Sperry