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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You hear the words, Fresno Historical Society, and all sorts of things probably come to mind. And, a great many of those things are probably true. We do save things. We’re passionate collectors of things small enough to fit in a file folder, as...
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Board of Trustees Dan Adams, President Chuck Rigsbee, Vice-President Sayre Miller, Past President Secretary, Bruce Owdom Gary Renner, Treasurer Alisha Anderson Bill Chandler Harry Gill Peter McDonald Robert Oliver Vincent Petrucci Jim...
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Most of what the Fresno Historical Society does is connected with Valley stories -  locating them, piecing them together, preserving them, and sharing them.  Why?   First, we have a passion for California’s Central Valley and its...
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From the imposing stature of a twelve-foot redwood statue to a sturdy wooden butter bowl and paddle.  From a delicate baby’s christening gown to the symmetrical beauty of a Mono Indian basket.  Objects help us tell people’s...