The community is invited to attend a ceremony dedicating a recently installed bronze plaque honoring Dorothy and Monty Montgomery at the Duarte Historical Museum, 777 Encanto Parkway, Encanto Park in Duarte at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 A reception will follow.
In the 1980s, Monty served on the Duarte City Council, two terms as mayor. The plaque, however, is to honor his years as president of the Duarte Historical Society and his tireless work which resulted in the establishment of the museum in Encanto Park. “The museum house was located at Cotter and Royal Oaks Drives,” says Claudia Heller, current Historical Society president. “When it was destined to be demolished, Monty arranged for the Historical Society to purchase it for a dollar and move it to what later became Encanto Park. It was quite an endeavorbut Monty’s experience as a contractor gave him the expertise he needed to move and refurbish the house, and turn it into a museum.”
With his wife of 68 years, Monty supervised the building of the exhibits while Dorothy served as curator and accessioned the artifacts with detailed care in those pre-computer days. The Museum’s mission is to preserve local history and educate the public. Since 1989 the museum has held regular visiting hours, presented history related programs, and natural history events. It is operated by an all-volunteer staff.
After a lifetime in Duarte, Dorothy and Monty eventually moved to Costa Mesa to care for aging relatives. Their home on Cinco Robles was demolished to make room for City of Hope outbuildings. Their legacy is alive in all of the museum rooms. Monty died in 2013 and Dorothy passed away last year.