Beyond the river stretches the interminable prairie, where the fields of harvested wheat lie wrapped in slumber; . . . . The light stealing upon the broad shadows, first touches the tops of the prairie wagons. . . . Then, making more and more progress, it shines. . . and at last, in full glory of splendor, brings out the yellow of the cultivated fields and the course brown of the sandy soil.

~ Picturesque America, 1872

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The Fresno Historical Society is headquartered at the Kearney Historic Site. Our offices are located in the 1892 two-story Servants' Quarters - one of the five original structures remaining of the ranch town of M. Theo Kearney's Fruit Vale Estate.  The turn-of-the-century buildings - Kearney Mansion Museum, Servants' Quarters, Carriage House, Ice House, and Oil House are situated on the 1890s estate grounds that were at the center of M. Theo Kearney's 5,000-acre Fruit Vale Estate. 

The Servant’s Quarters’ building is located directly south of Kearney Mansion and shares a porch with the Mansion.  Come to the east side of the Servant’s Quarters. Look for the gray awning and signage that reads “Fresno City & County Historical Society”.


Mailing Address and Location

Fresno Historical Society
7160 West Kearney Boulevard
Fresno, CA 93706



9:00AM - 5:00PM

Tuesday - Friday


Please note: no research requests will be taken during October 2016 as staff prepares for the Civil War Revisited fundraiser. 


Please note: The office is not a walk-in research facility. Researchers have access to the holdings of the Historical Society Archives by appointment only. Research appointments must be made at least two weeks in advance. Also, due to recent staff shortages, staff may be unavailable at the office or by phone. Please leave a message on the main office number (see below) or send an email( and a staff member will contact you shortly.  


Phone Number  559.441.0862      

Fax Number      559.441.1372       

Email Address (For Research Requests see below)


Research Requests      

(Read Research Services page before emailing a request)


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Last Updated Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:30 AM.