The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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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 Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:54 AM.