We had come to this dry area . . . and we had paused in it and built our houses and we were slowly creating the legend of our life. We were digging for water and we were leading streams through the dry land. We were planting and ploughing and standing in the midst of the garden that we were making.

~ William Saroyan

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The Collections

Mono Indian, photograph taken in 1896

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 stories.

That’s why the Historical Society has been collecting and preserving history for over nine decades – and sharing these objects through exhibits that explore our region’s social, cultural, civic and economic history.

The Society’s diverse collections include:

  • American Indian Basketry
  • Quilts and Textiles
  • Costumes
  • Furniture
  • Dolls and Toys
  • Musical Instruments
  • Decorative Arts and Paintings
  • Household Tools and Equipment
  • Agricultural Implements
  • Subject Collections

 - The Historic Fresno County Court House Collection , including the Cupola

 - The Joss House Altar from the Sam Yup Association in Fresno’s Chinatown.  

  • And, of course, our largest collection  -  the Archives.

 

We invite you to get in touch with us to talk about making a donation to either the artifact or archival   collections.  Contact the Society Office (559.441.0862) or email archives@valleyhistory.org.

Last Updated Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 09:40 AM.