Monthly meetings are held on the second      
Friday of the month at The Portola Community
Center,  45-480 Portola Ave.    Palm Desert.

  • Meeting starts at 6:30 PM
  •  Program follows short meeting
  • No meetings during June, July, August
     and September -
  •  For more information e-mail CVAS    
     President, Britt Wilson at  
Coachella Valley Archaeological Society (CVAS)

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, CVAS will not be conducting in-person
membership meetings for the balance of 2020; however, we will offer
our speaker presentations via Zoom on our regularly scheduled
meeting dates (2nd Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m.)   Contact us at for Zoom information.


REBECCA M. FARNBACH - Local author and
Historian - "The Unique Vail Ranch"

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               REBECCA M. FARNBACH BIO                  

 Rebecca Marshall Farnbach is a transplanted Midwesterner who fell in love with the climate and historic
lore of the Temecula Valley since arriving in 1988. She came in time to vote for cityhood and to welcome the
stream of people who increased the population from 12,000 to over 100,000.

        Rebecca and her husband Darell successfully advocated for the preservation and restoration of the Vail
Headquarters historic site, which is now a historical centerpiece for families in the community. While preparing
the lawsuit for saving Vail HQ, Rebecca acquired a lot of information about the history of Temecula and is now
one of the go-to people for historic information. She advocates for the other historic properties in the area and
has recently encouraged the City of Temecula to enact the Mills Act to protect owners of historic properties.

       In February 2020 the Temecula Chamber of Commerce named Rebecca and Darell Farnbach Citizens of
the Year to honor their work in historic preservation.

       Rebecca broke into publication with an article in Seventeen magazine when she was seventeen years
old and later wrote a nationally distributed recipe pamphlet for the Federal WIC (Women Infant Child) nutrition

        She has authored numerous articles in local publications, including The High Country magazine and The
Riverside County Chronicles Since 2005, Rebecca has collaborated with other local individuals to write six
books in the Images of America series.

       The San Diego Christian Writers Guild has honored Rebecca with several awards, including Writer of the
Year in 2005. She has received several poetry awards from other organizations. Her most recent publication is
Dancing with Prayers in My Feet, a collection of her best poetry and prose, with the title poem a biography of
a Native woman.

        Rebecca is a founding member, past president, and current board member of the Temecula Valley
Historical Society.