I sometimes picture my farm as a battlefield with troops of people struggling with nature in a hundred-year war.

Germans, Italians, Chinese and Japanese, Armenians, Filipinos, and Mexicans---their voices have sounded over this farm, their families have walked these rows . . .

~ David Mas Masumoto, Epitaph for a Peach

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Kearney Ranch Project

We need a place to save and honor and share the story of California’s great Central Valley. 

The founders of the Fresno Historical Society - children of pioneer families - set a goal back in 1919 to create just such a place.  Today, the Society is working to make their vision a reality.  

Utilizing the 230-acre site of M. Theo Kearney’s Fruit Vale Estate ranch headquarters, we’re planning a destination that will

 

Tell the story of our Valley---California’s Central Valley

Celebrate the Valley’s cultural diversity

Trace the development of agriculture and agribusiness

Document the region’s immigrant story

Teach our children how to learn history’s lessons

Expand the Society’s archives and make its contents more accessible

Provide a community gathering place

Use history to help develop plans for the Valley’s future

 

We’re calling the destination Kearney Ranch. We invite you to explore our vision further.

Last Updated Friday, August 01, 2014 - 07:03 AM.