Bob and Louise Gabriel

Donation from Museum President and Her Husband Louise and Bob

SANTA MONICA – (March 26, 2007) – The Santa Monica Historical Society Museum (SMHSM) announced today that it recently received a large donation of from the Museum’s President and CEO, Louise Gabriel, and her husband, Bob Santa Monica History Museum Receives Major Gabriel, who serves on the museum’s board of directors and is chairman of its Permanent Home Committee.

“Bob and Louise have each given over 50 years of ongoing service to the community,” said Nat Trives, board member of the museum.Bob and Louise Gabriel

“Both were very active in Santa Monica’s Centennial celebration in 1975, are founding members of the museum, and have devoted much of their lives to helping preserve Santa Monica’s heritage.

Without their assistance, SMHSM would not be on its way to having a permanent home.”

In the last 50 years, Louise Gabriel has contributed over 70,000 hours in community service, over half of which has gone to the establishment and development of the museum. Tireless in her efforts to find a permanent home for the museum, she has held numerous positions with the organization, including official historian, photographer, photo archivist, and historical writer. She also was the first membership chairman.

Prior to becoming president of SMHSM, Louise Gabriel served as president of other organizations, including the Santa Monica Salvation Army Auxiliary, Santa Monica Hospital Auxiliary, Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Santa Monica College Patrons, Santa Monica Boys Club Auxiliary, and the Marina Satellites of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Louise has been honored by many service organizations, the City of Santa Monica and Los Angeles County for her dedication and hard work on behalf of SMHSM. She has received over 30 recognition and service awards.

Bob Gabriel has been serving the personal and business insurance needs of the community since the founding of his firm, Bob Gabriel Co., in 1954. Known for his smiling face, warm handshake and the friendly, prompt and courteous attention he gives to all his clients, Bob is also the recipient of many awards and honors for his community involvement.

“I’ve always said that Santa Monica is the biggest ‘little city’ in the world with so much history,” said Bob. “How proud I am to support the museum’s preservation work, which has been ongoing since Santa Monica’s Centennial celebration in 1975. Our new state-of-the-art museum will showcase for the public the many wonderful treasures gathered together over the years,” he added.

Added Louise Gabriel, “We feel privileged to be living in beautiful Santa Monica, a place we fell in love with when we first came here from out-of-state and knew this was where we wanted to spend the rest of our lives. When we discovered Santa Monica’s history during the centennial, we decided to take an active part in seeing that its history would be preserved and kept alive for all generations to know and value.”