As far as the eye can reach it extends, a heaving, swelling sea of green . . . . the whole landscape showed design, like man's nobelist sculptures. How wonderful the power of its beauty! Gazing awestricken, I might have left everything for it.

~ John Muir, 1867

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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


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

Last Updated Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 11:29 AM.